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Strikes and protests

As more and more workers resort to strikes to try to defend their livelihoods, Manchester TUC is organising a march and rally on Saturday 20 August to bring together all the local strikers and their supporters.

On the day we expect Unite Arriva, RMT, TSSA and UNISON AQA to be out on strike. We are hoping to involve ASLEF and the CWU and will have a striking criminal barrister, a French railworker from the CGT and the People’s Assembly speaking in addition to strikers. Please use the Facebook event to spread the word, and bring workmates, friends, family, banners, flags etc.

Unite and GMB Arriva NW bus strike
Continuous strike since Wednesday 20 July at the Greeba Road depot in Wythenshawe and Goodwin Street in Bolton. The Wythenshawe pickets are approx 3am – 5pm and the Bolton ones are approx 4:30am to 4pm weekdays, 6am – 1:30pm Saturdays, and 8am-1pm Sundays. You can reach the Wythenshawe depot by a short walk from the Roundthorn Metrolink station. The 101 bus, run by Stagecoach, can get you close to the depot and starts running earlier than the trams.

UNISON AQA strike – Friday 12 – Monday 15 August
Workers will be striking again from Friday 12 – Monday 15 August. Pickets will be at AQA, Devas Street, M15 6EX from 6:30am – 2pm weekdays and 8-10am at the weekend.

ASLEF train drivers strike – Saturday 13 August
ASLEF rail workers employed by Cross Country and Avanti West Coast will be striking on Saturday 13 August. They plan to picket 7am to 5pm at the bottom of Manchester Piccadilly Approach, M1 2HY.

Peterloo march for democracy – Sunday 14 August
March from Piccadilly Gardens at 12:30 to St Peter’s Square for speeches and music. Followed by a seminar on democracy and the media.

Criminal Bar Association strike
Criminal barristers are on strike alternating weeks:

  • Monday 15 – Friday 19 August
  • Tuesday 30 August – 2 September
  • Monday 12 – Friday 16 September
  • Monday 26 – Friday 30 September

RMT and TSSA rail strikes
The RMT and TSSA have announced strikes on Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August.

You can contribute the the RMT’s regional strike fund using the following details. Please email to let them know about any contributions, so they can keep track.

  • Manchester & NW Regional Council
  • Account No. 33720425
  • Sort Code 60-83-01

Manchester South RMT branch are also selling a range of merchandise to raise money for their strike fund.

CWU Royal Mail strikes
CWU have announced strikes at Royal Mail on Friday 26 August, Wednesday 31 August and Thursday 8 to Friday 9 September.

Wigan Diggers Festival – Saturday 10 September
The annual Wigan Diggers festival is from 11:15am to 9:30pm in Gerrard Winstanley Gardens, The Wiend, Wigan town centre. More details.

Workers Can Win – book launch
The next meeting of Manchester TUC delegates is at 7pm on Wednesday 21 September. At 7:30pm the meeting will be opened to the public for the Manchester book launch of Workers Can Win! A Guide to Organising At Work. This will take place at the Mechanics Institute. It is being hosted by Manchester TUC and Greater Manchester Law Centre and sponsored by Strike! MCR, Greater Manchester rs21, Unite NW/389 Greater Manchester Social Action branch, Unite NW/5/4 Queens Road branch, Unite Chep NW/1 branch and Unite Fujitsu NW branch. More details via the Facebook event.

Other strikes?
If you are aware of strikes we could be mobilising solidarity for, please let us know details as soon as possible so we can maximise solidarity efforts. Also don’t forget to submit details of pickets to

In solidarity
Ian Allinson
Industrial action solidarity coordinator
Manchester Trades Union Council

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End Racism at Work event – Thursday, 29 September 2022

Email sent on behalf of Ameen Hadi – Chair North West Black Members Committee  

NW UNISON is committed to ending racism in the workplace.  With this in mind, our NW Black Members’ Committee produced a toolkit for members earlier this year:

To further build on this work, we intend to relaunch an update version of this tool kit on Thursday, 29 September, that can be used by union branches, public sector organisation’s and employers to look at how we can work together to truly end racism in the workplace.

The event aims to bring those parties together to face this important challenge.

We have fantastic speakers and an interactive workshop with refreshments and snacks throughout the morning.

Please register to join us:

The event is open to all activists within your branch, and members are also welcome to attend. Please share and encourage participation in the event within your branch.

If you would like to contribute to this event or have examples of good practice you wish to share, please get in touch.

In solidarity

Ameen Hadi
NW UNISON Chair of Black Members’ Committee

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2022 National Young Member Conference

2 – 4 December 2022

Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel

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UNISON’s Young Member Self-Organised Group Committee has agreed to hold a Young Members Self-Organised Group Conference on Friday 2nd December to Sunday  4th December 2022.

We have now opened the Online Conferencing System (OCS) to allow submission of motions in line with the rule-book requirements. Information on when, how and who can submit it can be found in the NYMC bulletin.

Please note the deadline to submit motions on OCS is 12.00 noon on Friday 5th August 2022.

UNISON’s Young Member Self-Organised Group Conference takes place over (Three) day. All delegates may attend all sessions of conference but voting on motions is restricted to delegates only. Delegates should attend all sessions of Conference.

The conference bulletin will have further information on motion submission from the SOC and submission deadlines.

If you have any queries, please contact the Conference Office at 

Registration and Enquiries

Young Members wishing to attend Young Members Conference should contact their Young Members Regional Contact by 5pm, Thursday 18th August 2022

Please download Regional Young Members Contacts List below:

Click HERE 

If you have any questions or issues please contact Conference Office.

Travel Arrangement

Delegates are asked to book all travel arrangements for conference through Stewart Corporate Travel by emailing

or telephone:

0800 091 4272

Travel costs for Delegates will be funded nationally.

Conference Travel should be booked by the cheapest possible means.

Driving is discouraged for conference unless delegates are travelling together or as a reasonable adjustment. Total reclaimable will be the cost of standard tickets or cost of car travel – whichever is the lesser.

The 250 mile / upgraded or 1st Class travel rule is not applicable for conference travel

All travel requests (including upgraded or 1st Class Travel) as a reasonable adjustment must be reviewed and authorised by the Head of Conferences.


Booking accommodation – please book any accommodation required with a reputable provider with a generous cancellation policy.

Please ensure that members have written confirmation of any booked and paid for accommodation.


Deadline for Submission of Motions12.00 noonFriday 5th August 2022
Deadline to send request to attend to Regional YM Co-ordinator5:00pmThursday 18th August 2022
Publication of Preliminary AgendaFriday 2nd September 2022
Deadline for Submission of Delegates5.00pmThursday 22nd September 2022
Deadline for online Creche and Babysitting requests5.00pmThursday 6th October 2022
Deadline for Submission of Amendments to Standing Orders Committee5.00pmFriday 7th October 2022
Deadline for online Reasonable Adjustment requests for access5.00pmThursday 20th October 2022
Deadline for Submitting Change of Delegates on the OCS11.59pmMonday 28th November 2022
Publication of Final AgendaFriday 4th November 2022
Deadline for Emergency Motions5.00pmThursday 25th November 2022

Personal Pronouns

It is now possible to add your personal pronouns to the online conference system so that they can appear on your credentials.

For information on how to do this, please visit the UNISON website, click on events, choose your conference and scroll to the documents at the bottom of the page and open “Personal pronouns in OCS – User guide”.

If you require help, please email the conference team, or telephone, 0207 121 5123.


Wigan Diggers Festival Saturday 10th September

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North West Women’s Committee Annual General Meeting on Thursday 29th September 2022

 Dear Colleagues

I am writing to provide you with a copy of the draft agenda and to request reports and any agenda items for the North West Women’s Committee Annual General Meeting on Thursday 29th September 2022. The meeting will be held at the UNISON Regional Centre, Arena Point, 1 Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1UN. However, a link to join virtually can also be provided. It will be held from 11am-12.30pm.  In line with the committee’s constitution it is necessary to provide you with the timeline for the AGM arrangements:

Notification of Annual General Meeting is sent & request for agenda itemsat least 6 weeks prior to the date of the AGMBy 18th August 2022
Any agenda items must be received5 days before the agenda is due to be sent outBy 8th September 2022
Final agenda will be sent out to all committee members and women’s officers2 weeks before the meetingBy 15th September 2022

Any urgent agenda items must be notified to the Chair before the start of the meeting and will be added to the agenda at the discretion of the Chair.  It is also necessary under our constitution that all members of the committee provide a verbal or written report – which should include any recruitment initiatives and can include events, geographical, branch, workplace issues.

If you wish to stand for a position, you should do so by completing the form attached and returning it to not later than Thursday 15th September 2022.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send your apologies – written reports will be accepted and distributed with the final agenda.

Kind regards

Sharon, Christine, Teresa, Rachel and Karen

North West Women’s Committee Secretariat Team
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UNISON North West | Membership Services

Arena Point | 1 Hunts Bank | Manchester | M3 1UN | (0161 661 6795)

Working Class Movement Library, Salford – Open Day

Summer Open Days and Library Tours

Event location: Working Class Movement Library, Salford

Date: 23rd Jul 2022

Event time: 11:00 to 16:00

On Saturday 23rd July the Library will be open to drop in visitors. Come along and find out more about the library and our Reading Room, meet staff and volunteers and take a tour of the building. We will also have activities for children and opportunities to learn more about our beautiful garden. Take part in….

·         Arts activities

·         See our exhibitions and displays

·         Tours of the library

·         Activities in the garden

·         Learn how to use our catalogue and Reading Room

If you need any further information then please contact me.

Cheers, Bob

Bob Kelly

Regional Education Organiser


0795 750 6031

Women: ‘Shaping the Trade Union and Civil Justice movements’

On the 30th July Greater Manchester TUC will be hosting its President’s inaugural Equality Conference

Women: ‘Shaping the Trade Union and Civil Justice movements’

About this event

Just as it is woman who bear the brunt of cruel, discriminatory laws and employment practices, so too it is women who lead the way in demanding justice and equality, Andrea Egan, President UNISON

10am – 3pm 30th July

Methodist Halls, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ

The event will be led / facilitated on the day by Rachel Wise our Women’s Officer

The Speakers

Janet Farrar,          

President, UCU

Louise Raw,           

Author, Striking a Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and  Their Place in History

Jan Cunliffe,           

Co-Founder JENGbA

Gemma Aitchison    

Yes Matters

Barbara Bentham     

Lead Member for Environment, Neighbourhoods and Community Safety at Salford City Council

Kudsia Batool,        

Head of Equality and Strategy TUC

We will also have some exhibition tables for organisations who share our vision and hopes.  If you would like to use one of the limited number of paste tables then let us know

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COME AND WORK WITH US- Pre-recruitment events

Come and work as an Organiser in UNISON North West  

Are you ready to lead the fight-back against stagnating wages, the cost-of-living crisis and attacks on our public services?  

UNISON North West is seeking to recruit 9 Local Organisers and 1 Area Organiser to work with our branches to build power and fight for better pay and conditions for workers in the public sector  

These new, permanent organisers will recruit new members and activists, develop leaders, build activist networks and win campaigns through supporting members to take escalating collective action.   

We need committed, proactive and enthusiastic people to organise and empower workers to win improvements in their workplace.  

We want applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds, skills and experience, both within the trade union movement and our allies in the wider community  

We encourage applicants from groups that are under-represented in our organising staff, particularly women and those from Black communities.  

Does this sound like you or someone you know?  

The jobs will be advertised and open to applications in the coming weeks and there is a sample person specification and job description attached

We will be holding information sessions for those interested in finding out more and considering submitting an application for the jobs, including:  

  • what is involved in the role  
  • our approach to organising   
  • guidance on how to complete an application form  
  • an opportunity to talk to those already doing the job 

Sign up to attend via Eventbrite using the links below

Open Day- Saturday 9th July 2022 

Friends Meeting House, School Street, Liverpool L1 3BT 

Sessions at 10 am

and 1 pm

Open evening : Tuesday 12th July

Arena Point, Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1UN 

6 pm – 8 pm

Online event: Wednesday 13th July

Via zoom 

6 pm- 8 pm

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14th June Grenfell commemoration Bolton TUC annual event

Come and show your solidarity with the people of Grenfell by holding a pictures of a victim of the fire

  • 17:45 Assemble BL1 1RU Bolton Town Hall steps
  • 18:00 Stand in silent reflection
  • Say their names
  • 19:00 Housing debate, Wood St Bolton

Exactly 5 years on from the fire that took 72 lives we will assemble outside Bolton Town Hall in silent commemoration as the clock strikes 6

We will hold their pictures aloft as their names are read out.

This will be followed by a housing debate at the Socialist Club, Wood St, Bolton

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Britain Deserves a Pay Rise – Join the TUC Campaign at a Public Meeting in Blackpool on 15 June 2022

When:   Wednesday 15 June 2022, 6pm for a 7pm start

Where: The Winter Gardens, 97 Church St, Blackpool FY1 1HL

As inflation hits 9%, the highest for forty years, and creeps ever higher.

¨ The cost of living crisis is bringing stress and pain to working people.

¨ The government has acted far too slow and done too little to help.

¨ Hard-up families on stretched budgets need emergency support.

¨ Lifting wages of public service workers above rising costs are a must if families are to have any hope.

¨ Proper pay rises will ease financial hardship, protect essential services and put money back into forgotten local communities.

¨ Come and hear how this can work, and add your voice to our campaign. Britain needs and deserves a pay rise. We deserve better than this.