Positively Public Campaign and Public Residential Care Homes for Vulnerable Older People

This Conference: 1)Supports UNISON’s Positively Public campaign and all the initiatives that have arisen from it; 2)Notes with alarm that public residential care homes are rapidly disappearing and that this has not been highlighted in the Positively Public campaign and needs to be addressed urgently; 3)Recognises the dramatic loss in the number of publicly owned […]

Dignity and Respect at Work

This Conference welcomes the establishment of core objectives and associated priorities and as a much needed development. It has enabled our lay structures at national and regional level in partnership with staff to focus upon those key issues determined by our sovereign bodies. Conference also welcomes the initial work undertaken to apply both lay and […]

Rule C.2.4 Unemployed Members

Delete first sentence and existing C.2.4.1. Insert new C,2.4.1 as follows: “2.4.1Members dismissed or made redundant from employment within the meaning of C.1 who notify the branch secretary in writing within six months of loss of their employment may acquire unemployed membership for two years from the date of dismissal or redundancy. This entitles them […]

Rule D.1.3 Composition

Insert new Rule D.1.3.4 as follows:- “1.3.4No branch delegate may attend and speak at the Conference as a person in any of the categories set out in Rule D.1.7.” D.1.7 delete: “The following persons shall have the right to attend the Conference and to speak, but not to vote:” and insert: “1.7The following persons shall […]

Rule D.2.2 Regional Representatives

Insert new sentence in italics at the end of Rule D.2.2.1 as follows:- “Each member shall continue to occupy her reserved seat notwithstanding that her pay may increase to a rate above the said basic hourly rate, provided that the increase does not arise as a result of the member choosing to change her job.”

Rule D.3 Service Groups

Rule D.3.1.1, delete “Water” and insert “Water and Environment”

Rule D.4.1.3 Self Organised Groups

Rule D.4.1.3 delete “members with disabilities” and insert “disabled members.” In addition, replace “members with disabilities” with “disabled members” throughout the Rule Book, i.e.: Rule B.2.3, delete “members with disabilities” and insert “disabled members”.

Developing a Young Members’ Organising Culture

Conference acknowledges that young members are the future of UNISON and that it is vitally important they are supported and encouraged to be active. Conference welcomes the commitment being shown to young members by the national Union through the prioritising of organising and recruiting work with young members, including the young members organising and recruitment […]

Campaign Against Privatisation

This Conference believes that the private ownership of essential services is being increasingly exposed for the disaster that it is. The state of Britain’s railways has revealed particularly clearly what happens when the mandatory priority of an undertaking is to maximise the profits of its shareholders. Private ownership can clearly be seen to reduce equality, […]

Rule G.4.1.1 Branch Officers

After “International Officer” insert “Membership Officer”

Age Discrimination and Citizenship

This Conference whilst recognising that age discrimination can affect people of all ages deplores the blatant age discrimination that young people face in today’s society. Discrimination against young people exists in legislation and other rules and regulations, including those relating to: 1)National Minimum Wage 2)Eligibility to vote 3)Job Seekers’ Allowance 4)Housing and Council Tax benefits […]

Care for the Elderly

This Conference welcomes the statements made by the main political parties during the general election campaign and hopes that, in office, the Government will make evident its practical support for pensioners. However, Conference expresses its grave concern that the Government continues to refuse to implement the central recommendation of the Royal Commission on Long Term […]

Housing Privatisation

Conference notes that the campaign against the privatisation of council housing is continuing and gathering strength. It congratulates UNISON members and tenants in Dudley and on the Aylesbury estate in Southwark for their successful campaigns for a ‘no’ vote in the tenant ballots. Conference further notes the outstanding success of the national, West Midlands Region […]

Discrimination in Pension Schemes

This Conference welcomes the support of employers’ bodies for amendments to the Local Government Pension Scheme to the purpose of removing/amending those regulations which discriminate against non-married partners including same sex. Conference notes this matter now lies with the Government and that they have failed to progress the necessary changes to date as they are […]

Public Services

The future health of our public services is at a critical point, with a government committed to improving them after years of under investment, but increasingly choosing the private sector, not existing staff, as the solution to problems. Conference deplores the fact that the Government has responded to the need for better services by creating […]