Blog: Celebrating our local government champions

This week sees Champions Day, when UNISON recognises the local government workforce

Christina McAnea, arms folded, in front of conference stage - 'Fighting for our future'

It’s a tough time working in local government right now. UNISON members working in councils and schools are telling me their jobs are becoming more and more difficult every day.

Council funding – slashed every year for the past decade – is putting pressure on vital services. And an ever-decreasing number of staff means the ones left are worn out.

Yet council and school workers continue with their hard work to keep our communities together – supporting our most vulnerable and providing precious support where it’s needed most.

Their many hours of hard work are often taken for granted. Mostly by politicians, sometimes by the public, but never by UNISON.

This Wednesday, we are holding our annual local government Champions Day. It’s an opportunity for us to celebrate our everyday heroes of local government, and to recognise the incredible work they do.

Workplaces across the country will be holding events and activities to appreciate local government staff and showcase just how much we rely on them.

However your workplace is celebrating, UNISON celebrates with you, and I want to say a huge thank you and well done.

Local government staff always deserve recognition, and I’m proud to lead a union that dedicates time to recognising their worth.