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Bristol UNISON branch members - Please sign up for (first time) use; once authorised you can log in to access additional information.

You can update your details online. Contact the branch office if you need your membership number.

This Bristol Branch website covers members in local government, voluntary and community sectors.


The next Branch Committee will be held on :

Wednesday 18 October 4.30 - 6.00pm Create Centre Hotwells

Agenda items to be forwarded to the branch office email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 4 October

Agenda and papers 

Register your Attendance/Apologises


 COMPLETE DATES FOR ALL BRANCH COMMITTEE AND AGM 2018 - * Note change of venue and time to the December Meeting




Paula Sharley UNISON Bristol Branch Health & Safety Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


All meetings held in the TU Safety Office in the Corn Exchange starting at 1.30pm and usual finishing by 3.30pm

2017 Dates

18 October Agenda 

15 November 

No meeting in December 



Join  - become a Retired Member

Now that you've retired you can still have access to our range of benefits and deals and play an active part in your union by becoming a retired member

Please complete the application form and send it back along with payment to the Bristol Unison.


The next Retired member meeting will take place on 

Wednesday 25 October 2017

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Unison Regional Office, Vintry Building, Wine Street, Bristol BS1 2DB

October Agenda
Meeting Minutes July 2017


To register your attendance or send you apologises for this meeting then click here



Meeting Minutes April 2017

Meeting minutes January  2017


If you are interested in attending any of these courses complete the booking form and return it to theThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Discrimination Training

The Branch will be running a morning training session around discrimination claims on
Wednesday 1  November, the session will run from 9:30-12:30pm at the Create Centre, Hotwells BS1 6XN.
For more information and to book your place touch with  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Making Equalities Central to Your Practice

7 November 2017 

Bristol / Exeter / Taunton

To book you place  https://southwest.unison.org.uk/events/making-equalities-central-to-your-practice/



The course is now scheduled to run on Wednesday 6 December Exeter

Below is a brief description of what the course will cover:

 What will I learn:

  • To define and recognise bullying
  • To understand how legislation applies to workplace bullying
  • To develop a workplace policy on bullying at work
  • To understand how bullying affects both the individual as well as the wider workplace culture

 The course will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm 

If you are interested in attending this course complete the booking form and return it to theThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Womens Conference - February 2017 Jane Carter 

Black Members Conference - January 2017

Get Active Report - January 2017 Kathleen Pittman


Bristol UNISON is holding an election for the position of branch secretary. There are two candidates, Jane Carter and Tom Merchant. Members can use the online ballot form below. The ballot closes at 12:00 noon on 20th February. The result will be announced at the AGM.

Read Jane Carter's election statement

Read Tom Merchant's election statement

The news this month is dominated by the council’s announcement of major cuts in funding which will impact on local services and our members in the branch's main employer. Despite this significant setback, UNISON will continue to fight to defend our members’ employment and rights. We are making good progress in organising members in the voluntary and community sector and have strong presence in Bristol City Council. Now, more than ever we need workplace reps to support members and help build a stronger union. Contact the branch office if you can help.

Read the newsletter

The next UNISON South West Regional Council meeting is being held on Saturday 3 October 2015, 10.00am – 4.00pm at UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre Filton Road Bristol BS34 8QZ
South West regional council
Regional Council brings together branches from across the region three times a year, to discuss campaigns, organisation and the current issues affecting our members across the region.  Future dates are listed below and delegates are elected by each branch.  We try to ensure delegations reflect the diversity of the union and new people are particularly welcomed.
If you would like to attend please let us know at the Branch office by Wednesday 26 August.

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Black History Trail, Bristol

16 August 2015

To commemorate the national anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, UNISON South West Regional Black Members committee invite you to take a walk through Bristol’s historical sites, tracing its major involvement in the trade in African life, the lasting legacies and explore some of the African influences found around the city.

This year we will also incorporate the Black American GI solders influence within the local land marks of central Bristol. 

The Walking Tour will start at 10.30am in Queens Square.

With Dr Edson Burton – Bristol poet, playwright, historian and academic.

A tour of the city and its harbour with breaks at important sites. 

The walk is followed by a Barbeque at St Agnes Lodge, Thomas Street.

The Tour and Barbeque are open to all UNISON members and their families for free.

However, we are asking for a donation of £5 for non members and their families.

Places on the walking tour are limited, so book your place now

Telephone: Georgia Ramsay on 0117 9036999 or

Sharon Foster on 0117 9222287


Please book quickly to ensure your place.

The European Court has recently ruled in a UNISON case that workers ought not to suffer financially when they take annual leave.  This means that if you receive any of the above payments or any other additional payments when you are at work (other than expenses) but do not receive them for periods when you are on holiday, you may be able to claim back pay in respect of non-payment of these additional sums.

For more information and details of how to claim, please visit the UNISON South West web site. Please send the form into the branch office.


UNISON is a Trade Union that acknowledges that services need to change and develop to meet the needs of the community within the Local Authority, at this present time of austerity all services on offer need to be ‘good value for money’ and perform well. UNISON also acknowledges it is prudent and necessary to protect future budgets by careful planning.

The above values lead UNISON to question the changes of the service provision at The Bush Residential as presented within this plan. Detailed within the draft plan BCC has made a prediction that the number of children with additional needs will rise over the coming years. A reduction in the number of beds at the Bush may cause other budgets to be put under pressure in the future, as families may be unable to sustain family life due to the unavailability of a residential short break service.