Welcome to UNISON, our Trade Union. We support and protect almost 1.3 million working people and offer a huge range of benefits to our members. We represent over 8,000 members in the City of Sheffield and those employees engaged in delivering public services allied to the Council, in addition we have members in Further Education Colleges and the Community and Voluntary Sector within Sheffield.

AGM 2015

AGM notice

Wednesday 4th March 2015
5.30pm - 7.00pm
Skyeline Suite
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
Sheaf Street, Sheffield, S1 2BP

AGM 2015 details and timetable (08/01/15)

Annual General Meeting 2015

The following are the arrangements for the Annual General Meeting of the Branch and details of the elections that will be held for various positions in the union. The AGM will be held on:

Wednesday 4th March 2015
Skyeline Suite
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
Sheaf Street, Sheffield, S1 2BP

The AGM is open to all members and its function is to allow an opportunity for members to receive reports from Branch Officers/Convenors on the performance of the branch in the previous year, including the campaigns that we have been involved with, our services to members and the branch accounts. Members have an opportunity to ask questions about reports that are submitted including the financial accounts of the branch.

Motions/Amendments to Branch Rules
As a full member you are entitled to submit motions and amendments to branch rules to the AGM so that they can be debated. For a motion to be competent the subject must be relevant to the functions of the branch and be submitted in time for its inclusion on the agenda of the AGM. The final date for motions or rule amendments to be submitted is 12 noon, Wednesday, 7th January 2015. Motions received by this date will be posted on the branch website (www.sheffield-unison.org.uk). Any member then wishing to submit amendments to motions will need to do so in writing to the branch office with details of the proposer and seconder by 12 noon, Wednesday 21st January 2015.

Election of Stewards/Branch Officer/Conference Delegation
This AGM also endorses the election of Stewards and Branch Officers for the forthcoming year 2015/16. You will find a list of Branch Officer positions overleaf and further details of the roles and responsibilities of Branch Officers can be found in the branch rules that are posted on the branch website. You will also find a description of the duties and responsibilities of Stewards. A nomination form is included in this mailing.

Any full member of the union can stand for election to any of the Branch Officer positions (except for the Labour Link Officer who must be a member of the Labour Party), subject to obtaining the appropriate number of members to support the nomination. Details of the numbers of members required are printed on the enclosed nomination form.

Nominations should be received at the Branch Office no later than 12noon, Wednesday 7th January 2015. In the event of there being more than one nomination for any Officer post a postal ballot will be held of all full members to determine the successful candidate, in the case of Labour Link Officer any election will be held of Labour Link members only.

Any members wishing to be included in the delegations to the following conferences in 2015 should register their interest by completing the appropriate form obtainable from the branch office and submitting it to the Branch Office by 12 noon, Wednesday 7th January 2015:

National Delegate & Local Government Conference
The National Delegate Conference and the National Local Government Conference are the main policy making bodies for UNISON and our service group. Branches are required to ensure that a minimum number of delegates attend or there will be a financial penalty and that the delegation reflects the rules regarding proportionality and fair representation.

These conferences will take place in Glasgow from Sunday 14th June to Monday 15th June 2015 (Local Government) and from Tuesday 16th June to Friday 19th June 2015 (National Delegate Conference).

UNISON is committed to ensuring full participation in our democratic structures and support is provided for members with disabilities and crèche facilities for those with child care responsibilities.

However, members putting their names forward for election to our conference delegations need to be advised that they will normally be expected to book annual leave for the national delegate conference (4 days) and that, if elected to a delegation place, they are committing themselves to attend. The Branch would stand a financial loss on hotel bookings and potentially a substantial penalty if the minimum delegation level is not met.

Young Members’ Weekend Conference – Nottingham 15th – 17th May 2015 (Members wishing to attend must be under 27 years of age on 17th May 2015).
Disabled Members Conference – October 2015 (Actual date and venue TBC)
LGBT Members Conference - November 2015 (Actual date and venue TBC)

Branch AGM and Election Timetable
Distribution of AGM Notice/Preliminary Agenda/Nomination forms –
Wednesday 10th December 2014
Motions, Rule Amendments, Branch Officer/Stewards/Conference delegation nominations to be received in Branch Office by 12 noon, Wednesday 7th January 2015. Any motions received will be posted on the branch website.
Amendments to motions/rule changes to be submitted by 12 noon, Wednesday 21st January 2015.
Final Agenda & Ballot forms for Branch Officer/Steward elections distributed -
Wednesday 4th February 2015.
Close of election period -
12 noon, Wednesday 25th February 2015.

Finally, just to remind you that our union is a democratic organisation that is member led and the AGM and election process is important in ensuring that the union is and remains accountable to its members, not just for its policies and its activities but also in determining those members who will go on and speak for the union and our members. We therefore encourage you to play a full part in the process.

Yours sincerely

Rob Gascoigne/Rod Padley
Joint Branch Secretaries

Latest News

Worried about paying your winter fuel bill? Help is on hand (17/12/14)

Winter fuel help

With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried
about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills.

Help is on hand
“There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on
low income by way of a one-off payment of up to £40.

To apply download the APPLICATION FORM or
simply contact your UNISON branch office.

  • Everyone that applies will receive a booklet giving information about other help that may be available and how to reduce your fuel costs in the future.
  • There is a limited amount in the winter fuel grants fund and once exhausted no further awards can be made. Priority will be given to those who have not previously applied.
  • Your application must be received no later than 13 February 2015. Applications will then be processed and decisions communicated over the following few weeks.

Reporting Hate Crimes (28/11/14)

Being a victim of or witnessing a Hate Crime can be a very traumatic event, but what exactly constitutes a hate crime? The definition is as follows…

‘Any incident, which may or may not, constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate’.

The most important part of the definition is the word ‘perception’. If you perceive a comment, action or incident that you witness or are a victim of to be motivated by prejudice on the grounds of age, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender this constitutes a hate crime.

The Council has a procedure for reporting Hate Crime and the process that follows is outlines on the Hate Incidents and Hate Crime intranet page.

If you do witness an incident or believe you’ve been a victim of a hate crime don’t ignore it, report it!!!

If you would like to speak to UNISON regarding Hate Crime, please contact the Branch on 01142 736307 or alternatively by email at lgbranch@sheffunison.org.uk

Statutory Youth Service petition - your help needed (26/11/14)

Below is a link to a petition on ‘Statutory Youth Service’. Please sign and encourage friends and colleagues to sign to ensure that our young people receive a statutory funded Youth Service from all local authorities that make up the UK.


Why is this important?
Currently there is no statutory obligation placed on local authorities to provide a Youth Service via the respective Councils in the UK. Recently, this has meant that councils when faced with Government austerity cuts have chosen to cut vital services to our young people.
Through these draconian measures many Youth Centres in the hearts of our communities have already faced forced closure and hundreds of thousands of young people now face a much reduced range of services, support, guidance and now lack access to opportunities to acquire critical life skills.

Youth workers who have trained over three years to become professionally qualified are being put out of work after many years of loyal service. The young people in disadvantaged communities, in particular, are being harder hit by these measures. For many vulnerable young people their locally provided service is a lifeline and is a much needed supported pathway to a more productive, happy and fulfilled adulthood.

Up and down the country young people, communities , supporters and their Youth Workers have been trying to resist these cuts - but a much louder voice is needed to ensure that services are put on a statutory footing - helping to prevent even more cuts and the betrayal of our young people in the future.

With your help and public outcry we may be able to ensure our young people receive the necessary services, opportunities and support that so many so desperately need and rely so heavily upon. Please help.

Holiday pay too low? Act Now! (19/11/14)

Two recent legal cases on holiday pay could mean that UNISON members may have claims for underpayment if they did not receive their normal pay when on annual leave.

In the first - known as the Lock case - the European court ruled in favour of a UNISON member who argued that paid annual leave should include commission payments if these were part of normal pay.

And recently, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled in another case that overtime payment should be included in holiday pay if members are required to work overtime regularly.

The EAT took the UNISON Lock judgement into account when it reached its decision.

Both cases referred to the European Working Time Directive, with its guarantee of paid leave, and the judgements only apply to the statutory leave entitlement.

Both issues may affect members who have been underpaid in the past when taking leave and UNISON will support members who have a claim.

As with all tribunal cases, there are strict time limits for when a claim must be submitted: for these cases it is three months, less one day, from date of the last alleged underpayment following a period of statutory annual leave.

If you think you may have been underpaid talk to your local UNISON rep or branch now. The strict time limits mean that you might lose out if you delay.

Fill out the Holiday Pay Case Form here... and hand to your local UNISON rep or branch office.

TUC Young Workers: Pay Politics and Pressure - Sat 29 Nov (19/11/14)

Yorkshire and the Humber TUC Young Workers’ Event, Pay Politics and Pressure.

This event will be held as follows:
Date:         Saturday 29 November 2014
Venue:      Domino Hall, Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield S1 1HA

Time:         10.am – 1.30pm
Speakers:  Colin Burgon (former MP and lifelong TU activist)
                  Ian Pattison   (participant in $15 an hour victory in Seattle, USA)
                  Ian Hodgson  (BFAWU President)

The event is free of charge and we would welcome as many young people as possible who can join us to discuss these issues: the event will explain the attacks on people’s wages and show how trade unions and campaigning can change them.

Pay Consultation - Branch result (12/11/14)

Results of the Pay 2014 Consultative ballot for the City of Sheffield Branch which closed at lunchtime on the 11th November.

  • % voting to accept the employers offer 73.7%
  • % voting to reject the employers offer 22.5%
  • Spoilt ballots 3.8%

Please note that this result is for the City of Sheffield Branch ONLY, when the national result is known then that will appear on the Union’s national website and will be linked to ours.

UNISON briefing for registered social workers (04/11/14)

You can find the briefing here...

The Bisection of Sheffield City Libraries (29/09/14)

Sheffield City Council have given away 14 Community Libraries to Volunteer Community Groups and Independents and closed the Mobile Library Service completely.

100+ full time and part time staff (with over 1,500 years of service between them) have taken VS/VER, leaving the same number of staff to run the remaining 12 Council Community Libraries, plus Central Services.

The staff that have left, given the choice, would have still worked within the Library Service, had the 14 Community libraries remained open.

All of the “leavers” and “stayers” have worked in a thoroughly professional and committed way, giving a first class service to the public over the years.

Will the voluntary and independently run Libraries be able to give the same commitment?

Will these sections of communities within Sheffield be left without a Library to visit if/when the Volunteer/Independent Libraries fail?

Time will tell…

Forthcoming Conferences (22/08/14)

Friday 6th February – Sunday 8th February 2015
Brighton Centre – Brighton

Thursday 12th February – Saturday 14th February 2015
Southport Convention Centre – Southport

To request a nomination form or for further information contact:
UNISON Branch Office
Arundel Gate Court
175 Arundel Gate
S1 2LQ

Tel:   0114 2736307
email:        lgbranch@sheffunison.org.uk

Closing date for nominations: 12noon, Monday 20th October 2014

Council Convenor Election results 2014 (12/03/14)

Ballot papers issued 4828
Ballot papers returned 480

Rodney Padley 287 (Elected)
Lisa Smith 252 (Elected)
Robert Gascoigne 249 (Elected)
Jane Knight 212 (Elected)
Gareth Burdon 194 (Elected)
Joanne Crooks
Jonathan Mordecai

167 each (Elected)

Angela Hall 142
Carol Ring 124
Alix Cordock 114
Kathryn Spurr 84
Darren Whittaker 81

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