UNISON Northern Ireland


Nobody's Listening To Me

Wednesday 1 May 2019


Is anybody there to listen to me?  What do I need to do to be heard?  This one day workshop will examine that whilst we have two ears and one mouth do we really listen?  This workshop which will be engaging, interactive and fun will explore why we don’t hear and what’s being said to us … so let’s open our ears and communicate effectively.  It will be delivered by Mary Harrigan, Personal Development Coach.


Palliative Care - Talking About Death

Thursday 2 May 2019

UNISON Belfast

Finance & The Organised Branch

Friday 3 May 2019

UNISON Belfast

This course is essential for all branch committee members as there is collective responsibility for ensuring branch finances are managed transparently and within rule.   This day will cover a range of topics – including Knowledge of branch finance processes; Budget Planning; Finance Updates; Ensuring your Branch is compliant with UNISON procedures and rules. 

The tutor is:  Pamela Dooley


Branch Chairperson Officer Training

Friday 3 May 2019

UNISON Belfast

The Branch Chairperson plays a key role in leading the branch committee to move the branch forward.   It is not just about chairing meetings, it is about strategy, branch assessment and monitoring and developing a strong working relationship with the Branch Secretary.  This one day workshop will look at the role as set out in the UNISON Code of Good Branch Practice but explores the skills and competencies to be a leader in the branch.  The tutors are Denis Keating, Regional Convenor and Fidelma Carolan, Regional Organiser

Branch Treasurer's OLBA Training

Tuesday 7 May 2019

UNISON Belfast

This is a one day workshop for all new Branch Treasurers.  OLBA is UNISON’s web-based accounting package, use of which by branches is required by the rule book.  OLBA will help you to keep track of your branch’s finances; it will allow you, at the click of a button, to print accounts (and other reports) for your committee meetings and for the branch AGM; and it will allow you to monitor your branch’s income and expenditure against the branch budget. 


ERA Refresher

Wednesday 8 May 2019


The course is designed to meet the requirements of the Employment Relations Act (ERA) recertification.   If you have been a trade union rep for more than 5 years, you must undertake this course to gain reaccreditation and retain your role in the union as a workplace rep or on seconded release.  

Expecting Equality - Pregnancy & New Mothers

Wednesday 8 May 2019

ICTU Belfast

Expecting Equality - A short seminar examining the rights of employees who are pregnant or who are new mothers

Organising Steward (Day 1-3)

Wednesday 8 May 2019 to Friday 10 May 2019

UNISON Belfast 

UNISON stewards are the most important link between members in the workplace, their employer and the wider union.  This six day course is for new stewards to give you the knowledge and skills to support members locally and take on issues in your workplace.   New stewards get paid time to attend (where a facility agreement exists with the employer).  The course is accredited by SERC and will be delivered by a SERC tutor.

Days 4-6 will take place 7, 14 & 21June (3 Fridays)  – UNISON Belfast

Branch Health & Safety Officer Training

Friday 10 May 2019

UNISON Belfast

Health and Safety representatives play a key role in workplaces and the number has increased substantially following a resolution by Regional Council to ensure that all stewards are trained.  This one day workshop is for Branch Health & Safety Officers to ensure that you are equipped to support them and develop a H&S strategy within your branch.  It will explore the role of the H&S Officer, how you fit in with branch structures, how to work with your H&S reps to hold employers to account for safety.  The tutor is Joe Lynch, lay tutor


Dementia - An Introduction

Monday 13 May 2019