This Bristol Branch website covers members in local government, voluntary and community sectors.
The next Branch Committee will be held on :
Tuesday 21 November Create 4.30 - 6.00pm Create Centre Hotwells
Furture Committee Dates:
Thursday 14 December 4.30 - 6.00pm Regional Office Vintry House Wine Street Bristol
Agenda Items to the branch office by Thursday 30 November
Thursday 25 January 12.00 - 1.30pm Regional Office Vintry House Wine Street Bristol
Agenda Items to the branch office by Thursday 11 January 2018
The AGM Date has changed to Tuesday 22 February 2018 5.00 - 6.30pm Unitarian Chapel Brunswick Square Bristol
All meetings held in the TU Safety Office in the Corn Exchange starting at 1.30pm and usual finishing by 3.30pm
To: All Safety Representatives
Branch Health & Safety Committee meetings are usually held on the Third Wednesday afternoon each month. New reps are especially welcome!
Please find below an agenda for the next safety committee meeting. YOU as a UNISON safety rep are entitled to attend these monthly meetings as part of your statutory times allowance of half a day a week. This meeting will be held during normal working hours on Wednesday 15th November at 1.30pm (tea and biscuits provided but feel free to bring your lunch) in the TU Safety Office at the Corn Exchange. The meeting should finish by 3pm.
Bristol Unison Health and Safety Committee
Wednesday 15th November 2017
H&S Offices Corn Exchange
- Introductions/apologies and previous minutes
- Safety Rep forum – your chance to discuss your workplace issues
- Report back from other meetings
- Accommodation moves info share
- Dates for diaries – Branch Committee Tues 21st Nov 30-6.00 Create Centre Thurs 14th Dec 4.30-6.00 Vintry Hse
- Time recording for Trade Union duties
- Future meetings of the UNISON H&S Committee
- Next meeting - 17th January 2018
Paula Sharley - Branch H&S Officer
Based at Fishponds Library (alternate Mondays and Saturdays). Tel: 0117 9038560
Hillfields Library (Tuesday) Tel: 0117 9038576
Based at TU Safety Office (Wednesday, Thursday, alternate Fridays). Tel: 0117 9037718
H&S Meeting Dates 2018
No meeting in December 2017
17 January 2018
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.
Retired Members Meetings 2018
The next Retired members meeting will be held on Tuesday 23 January 2:00-4:00pm at the Unison Regional Office Vintry House Wine Street Bristol BS1 2BD
This next meeting will include workshop session on Social Media run by Kath Pittman, UNISON Bristol Branch Education Officer. There'll also be time to ask for other training and information opportunities, and an update about the issues in the motion we put together for this year's UNISON Retired Members Annual Conference. Although we weren't able to submit this in time, other motions raised at the conference shared similar issues.
Minutes of October meeting and agenda will be sent nearer the time.
Agenda will be sent out mid January.
Minutes coming soon
Meeting Minutes July 2017
BULLYING & HARASSMENT TRAINING CHANGE OF DATE / LOCATION DATE SET
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
UNISON STEWARDS TRAINING DATES - Bristol
19,26 January 2, 9 & 16 February 2018
13, 20, 27 April 4, 11 May 2018
UNISON Health & Safety Stage 1 - Bristol
26 April 3, 10, 17, 24 May 2018
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.
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.
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.
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