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UNISON are proud to support the Belfast Pride Festival. 

We have two events taking place, the first is the UNISON Pride and Visability Art Exhibition running from 31 July - 7 August 2017 in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfats.The Pride & Visibility Art Exhibition showcases some amazing work from various artists across Northern Ireland. More Info can be found HERE

The Second event we are hosting is STAND UP FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY....stand up comedy night 

UNISON activists for across the Northern Ireland branches turned out in force to support this very important and long standing event in the trade unionist calendar.

The Durham Miners' Gala is a large annual gathering held on the second Saturday in July in the city of Durham, England. It is associated with the coal mining heritage (and particularly that of miners' trade unionism) of the Durham Coalfield, which stretched throughout the traditional County of Durham.


The Regional Secretary Newsletter can be found below at the following link HERE






On Saturday 1 July 20,000 people marched for marriage equality. 

The Trade Unions fully support the equal marriage campaign and UNISON were out in force last Saturday. 


On 5 July at the Congress Biennial Conference the 'Trade Unions love Equality' campaign was launched. 

Speaking ahead of the launch of Trade Unions Love Equality, ICTU General Secretary Patricia King said:

6th July 2017  – for immediate release
UNISON is appalled by today's reports that the Department of Education has instructed the Education Authority to cut the amount spent on school uniform grants by £3 million and extended schools funding by £1.5 million. 

Spirit of Mother Jones Festival and Summer School 2017


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;