Blog: Today I saw our union at its best

One of the great pleasures of being UNISON general secretary is getting to spend the day with great branches and brilliant activists.

Today, I’ve been with Cheshire West and Chester Local Government branch as their employer became the latest signatory to our Ethical Care Charter.

I was fortunate enough to get to spend time with Teresa and Geoff – the hard working and committed branch secretary and branch chair – who are pushing forward UNISON’s agenda, not just on social care but on pay and protection of our members.

That’s particularly challenging given their local council – run by Labour – has a majority of just one. But

Teresa and Geoff are the kind of brilliant people who make our union strong. Engaging, pragmatic and working tirelessly to make sure UNISON’s voice is heard – and why our union is respected and listened to.

Today I saw our union at its best. Teresa and Geoff are making a massive difference, even when times are tough. Thank you to them for the warm welcome today and for everything they, like all our activists, do for our union.