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26 June 2017


UNISON's National Executive Council has elected Margaret McKee, a catering assistant from Belfast, as president at the union’s annual national conference in Brighton.

Margaret has been a catering assistant at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast for 38 years. She has been an activist for most of that time as well as joint chair of her branch for the past 10 years. 


27 June 2017

Anne Speed, Head of Bargaining and Representation at UNISON NI has welcomed the move by the Department of Health in reversing its decision to cut money from a training fund for specialist nurses in Northern Ireland.

While reinstating the £1.3m is better than nothing, there is still a large funding gap of about £550,000.

The Department of Health, spokesperson has stated that;

23 June 2017
As UNISON prepares to gather with trade union members at work in Northern Ireland at a specially convened meeting on 
Saturday 24 June, Anne Speed, Head of Bargaining and Representation pledged full support for a call from the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions for a united strategy and campaign to secure resources, achieve better pay and defend workers against more austerity.

UNISON held a One Team week of Action – between 5-9 June to celebrate NHS support staff and all the hard work they do.

UNISON asked all health branches to plan an event sometime that week around the theme “Ask me about my job” to engage with members and help raise awareness about the great work support staff do. 

The recent briefing for more information can be found HERE or there is more information on our 'Campaigns Page' 



Saturday 10th June saw the National Demonstration for Freedom & Justice for Palestine




Trade Unions and Globalisation


This short course is targeted at officials, reps and activists who will benefit from a deeper understanding of the links between economic and trade union history to assist in the development of responses to the issues facing trade unions today. The course will look at the Keynesian approach to the ‘Great Depression’ with the ‘New Deal’ and the creation of the ‘Welfare State’, and rise of neoliberalism and ‘globalisation’ in response and their impact on unions and the workplace. The course will also cover:

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On Monday 5 June UNISON NI held a hustings for it's members and branches. 

The political panel consisted of:

  • Steve Aiken Ulster Unionist Party 
  • Tim Attwood Social Democratic and Labour Party 
  • Stewart Dickson Alliance Party 
  • Linda Dillon Sinn Fein 
  • Shaun Harkin People Before Profit 
  • Tanya Jones Green Party 
  • Lily Kerr Workers Party 


UNISON Demonstration Against Cuts to Bryson Care Workers’ Terms & Conditions in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry

31 May 2017 – for immediate release