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.

Strike for Fair Pay


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NJC Dispute: Update on Industrial Action (04/08/14)

Unison’s NJC Committee met yesterday to consider plans for industrial action, following the strike on 10 July and its earlier decision to follow this with further action on 30 September.

The Committee agreed that maintaining unity between the three local government unions – GMB, Unite and UNISON, other sectors within UNISON and other public sector unions is crucial to achieving an improved pay offer for our members.

The NJC Committee therefore agreed not to proceed with strike action on 30 September and to seek approval from the Industrial Action Committee for all-out strike action on 14 October. This has the agreement of GMB and Unite and will coincide with the week of action planned by the NHS unions over pay.

Over the next few weeks, it will be critical to put pressure on councillors and MP’s to call on the employers to come back to the negotiating table and talk to us about an improved offer. Every branch will be asked to lobby their council Leader and MP’s and we will be following up to make sure that this happens in every council. We will also provide you with materials to do so.


The NJC Committee also agreed that we should hold a further day of protest on 20 August around the theme of 'locked out of the recovery' - to show that NJC workers are not benefitting from the recovery and that private sector pay settlements are now way above the offer made to NJC workers in councils, schools and academies.

Branches are asked to organise protests out side workplaces on 20 August, with GMB and Unite members if possible. We will be producing materials to support the protest.

UNISON Labour Link – What’s that all about? Meeting dates (22/07/14)

UNISON Labour Link – What’s that all about?

To take part in any political activity unions have to maintain a political fund - and in UNISON you can choose whether to pay a part of your subscriptions into the Labour Link (the affiliated political fund), the general political fund (GPF), both, or neither.

Labour Link works directly within the Labour Party to take UNISON’s policies into the heart of the party. We work at local and national level and have a network of Labour Link officers at branch, regional and national levels who work together with other affiliated unions to promote our agenda.

Our Branch is affiliated to all the local Constituency Labour Parties, and has delegates to many of them. Through Constituency Labour Parties we also send delegates to the Sheffield District Labour Party – the body which organises campaigning across the city for the Labour Party.

We have a Branch Labour Link Committee which meets regularly to co-ordinate our work. This is open to any Branch member who pay’s into the Labour Link (the affiliated political fund); although to participate fully in all aspects of our work you will need to be a member of the Labour Party.

Forthcoming meetings are on the following dates in the Branch Office all starting at 4pm –

  • Tuesday July 22nd
  • Tuesday September 16th
  • Tuesday October 21st
  • Tuesday November 18th 
  • Tuesday December 16th

If you are interested in attending these meetings please contact the Branch Office on 2736307, or email me at ken.curran@outlook.com and I will then get back to you as soon as possible.

Ken Curran
Branch Labour Link Officer

UNISON Campaign to defend the role of School Support Staff (14/05/14)

Dear Member

The draft letter to councillors and MPs should now have arrived in all schools with UNISON members. Please take responsibility for drawing your colleagues’ attention to the letter and encouraging them to write to their local MP and councillors. (Please follow the below links for contact details of all MPs & Councillors)

You can download the model letter here... (Word document)

The work has largely been done by the working party in so much as if colleagues do not feel confident to produce their own letter, a template has been provide along with councillors and MPs names and addresses.

The aim is for the Working Party to meet with councillors to protest against schools downgrading our members. Sheffield is a city that needs to improve educational standards. This will not happen if schools persist in downgrading qualified, experienced staff. The meeting(s) will be much more effective if voters, i.e. you (!) have raised written concerns.
In particular the working party want to meet with the Councillor Jackie Drayton (cabinet member with responsibility for Education) to discuss our concerns and present her with the petition.

Thank you to all those who signed the petition. We received over 1500 signatures and a very positive response from the general public.

Please do not leave this to “someone” else”. These are your jobs and livelihoods that are being threatened!

Many thanks

Lisa Smith
Education Convenor

Who should I send the model letter to?

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/your-city-council/roles-who/mps.html - MPs

http://sheffielddemocracy.moderngov.co.uk/mgCommitteeMailingList.aspx?ID=0 – Councillors

Members Vote To Accept SCC Pay Strategy Proposals (01/04/14)

The consultative ballot of UNISON members in Sheffield City Council affected by the authorities pay strategy proposals, returned a vote of 68% in favour of accepting the proposals with 32% voting against.

Affected members of the council’s other recognised trade unions also voted in favour of accepting the council’s proposals. This being the case, a collective agreement will be signed and the council’s proposals will be implemented.

Branch Officers would like to thank all members who participated in the Consultation process.

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

Probation - Vote YES to protect your T&Cs and Pension (02/01/14)

Download the full bulletin here... pdf


We are close to a deal to protect your terms and conditions, if you transfer to the new national probation service (NPS) or one of the community rehabilitation companies (CRCs) in April.

However, the Ministry of Justice has blocked two very important protections from the proposed staff transfer agreement. That is why UNISON will be balloting you for strike action early in the new year.


UNISON has been negotiating since the summer of 2013 to reach an agreement to protect you in the staff transfer. We do not ask you to take strike action lightly, but we need to persuade the Ministry of Justice that UNISON, and its probation members, are serious about protecting pay, conditions and pensions.

On 10 January you will be sent a UNISON ballot paper which will ask you whether you are prepared to take strike action to defend your terms and conditions and pension. UNISON is urging you to vote YES, to get the Ministry of Justice to do the decent thing and properly protect your terms and conditions and pension after you have transferred to the NPS or a CRC. A strong YES vote is vital to getting success in the negotiations.

If members vote to support strike action, we will call members out on strike from mid-February 2014. Your UNISON branch/representatives will be consulting you shortly on what you think would be the most effective form of strike action. Please make sure that you take part in the consultation. Your views are important.

Download the full bulletin here... pdf

If you are thinking about joining UNISON read this!... (29/02/12)

Letter from a UNISON member...


I have 33 years unblemished service working in Sheffield Schools and have always been a member of UNISON. Sadly I have recently found myself under investigation which has led to disciplinary proceedings through a sheer misunderstanding.

Ever since my initial phone call to UNISON I have always felt supported and respected by all the staff there.

At times in the process I have felt confused, angry, degraded and saddened but Lisa Smith has always managed to keep me positive, motivated and strong so I have been able to keep going.

When I felt at my lowest, unable to speak to others Lisa was always there for me supporting and guiding me through complicated paperwork, meetings answering my questions and generally just being there for me at the end of the phone to reassure me and offer me kind words.

I can truly say I could not have got through this ordeal without UNISON’s help.

Thankfully the procedure is over for me now but I do, and always will feel for anyone going through similar circumstances, it really was horrid.

I would urge anyone who isn’t in a union to join UNISON and to those of you who wonder where your monthly subs go well I can only assume a small proportion of those go to the staff at UNISON who work tirelessly to support their members its worth every penny as you never know when you’ll need their services.

Thank you UNISON


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