Kirklees UNISON is the local branch of UNISON. We are committed to the principles of solidarity, unity and progress. There is no room for division in our movement. Our strength comes from our belief that only by acting together can ordinary working people organise for their mutual benefit. Individually we beg, together we negotiate. The 11,000 plus members in Kirklees UNISON seek to act for the improvement of our life and our defence against those who would reduce it.

2019: The year of young workers


Millennials: Avocados, flat whites and Instagram – right? Not quite. The hipster characterisation masks a much starker reality for the houseless generation. Most young workers are contending with low wages, insecure jobs and no voice at work. They need trade unions more than ever. This is why UNISON has voted to make 2019 the year of young workers.

A new suite of resources are available to help you communicate with young workers.

Branch news

Members vote for action on monthly pay (November 2019)

Kirklees UNISON members have voted by a sizeable majority (59.3% to 40.7%) to retain 4-weekly pay and to have a legal strike ballot if the Council tries to impose monthly pay.

Last year, 1,030 of our members voted in a consultative ballot to retain 4-weekly pay and reject the imposing of monthly pay. That was the largest consultative exercise ever undertaken by the branch.

This year, after months of Council publicity and staff surveys trying to justify monthly pay to staff, our members voted again to retain 4-weekly pay and fight the imposition of monthly pay. Over 2,300 members voted in UNISON’s consultative exercise this year – double last year’s figure.

Thanks go out to the hard work put in by stewards (and a lot of ordinary UNISON members who, in areas where there are no UNISON stewards, went the ‘extra mile’ to collect ballot papers.)

We will keep you informed of the Council’s response.

Bulletin September 2019: Financial help with learning, plus much more!
Bulletin August 2019: Pay Claim, Conferences and Campaigns

UNISON nationally has  submitted the Local Government Pay Claim for 2020/21.  The claim includes:

-10% (with a minimum wage of £10 per hour)
                                    - 35 hour week                         
                                    - 1 day’s extra holiday 
                                    - a survey of stress/mental health issues in local government

We will keep you informed with progress on the claim. 

EQUALITIES – Kirklees UNISON’S Self-Organised Groups


The Kirklees UNISON’s Women’s Group and Black Members’ Group meetings are now held on the first Monday of every month (except on Bank Holidays) at the UNISON Branch Office, 4 New North Parade, Huddersfield, HD1 5JP.  The Women’s Group meet from 4pm to 5pm and the Black Members Group meets from 5pm to 6pm.  The next meeting for both groups will be on Monday 5th August 2019.


The following UNISON Self-Organised Group Conferences will take place over the next 12 months:- 

Disabled Members’ Conference – from Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th November 2019 in Brighton (registration date has passed).

- LGBT+ Conference – from Friday 15th to Sunday
17th  November 2019 in Bournemouth

- Black Members’ Conference – from Friday 31st January to Sunday 2nd February 2020 in Bournemouth

- Women’s Conference – from Thursday 13th to Saturday
15th February 2020 in Bournemouth

If any member is interested in attending any of these conferences (and meets the criteria) please contact the Kirklees UNISON branch office on 01484-511826. If you are interested in attending a Self-Organised group meeting in the Kirklees Branch Office for either disabled members of LGBT+ please contact the Branch Equalities Officer, Andrew Thompson, at the Branch Office.

CAMPAIGN FOR PRESS AND Broadcasting freedom public meeting
A public meeting has been organised by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (to which this branch is affiliated) at the UNISON Room, Wortley Hall, Wortley, Sheffield, S35 7DB at 3.00pm on Sunday 11th August 2019.

Nick Jones from BBC radio, will be discussing documents held by the National Archives about how Margaret Thatcher ‘micro-managed ‘the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike, especially police operations.  Often she added comments in the margins of official papers.  Even though she claimed that herself and the police were ‘neutral’ in a dispute between the NCB (the National Coal Board) and the NUM (National Union of Mineworkers), she wrote an insert in the archive papers to Chief Constables to “stiffen their resolve” and, on an article about Orgreave, wrote “can we provide funding direct?” to the South Yorkshire Chief Constable.

Nick will also be discussing ‘missing papers’ ie  archive documents that have been removed/closed for the public from  the archive for over 40 years (or more!)  Most of these papers relate to reports from the country’s Security Services.

Women’s Lives
A 10-week free course is being run by UNISON/WEA (Workers’ Education Association) commencing on Wednesday 18th September 2019 – 7.00pm to 9.00pm, entitled ‘Women’s Lives’.

The course is available to women UNISON members and is aimed at issues of interest to women and draws on women’s experiences at work and in their personal life.  The aim of the course is to build confidence.

An information session on the course will be held on Wednesday 4th September 2019 at St John’s Resource Centre, St John’s Road, Birkby, Huddersfield, HD1 5DX from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

To apply for this course telephone 0113 218 2330.

Membership Details
We are legally required to keep your personal details up to date – you can check UNISON’s privacy policy at www.unison.org.uk/privacy-policy to see how we will protect and use your personal information.  Please contact the Branch Office (tel 01484-511826) to update your address, telephone number, private email address etc.  You can also amend your own details via My UNISON at www.unison.org.uk/my-unison.


This year’s Christmas Pantomime is ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield at 2.00pm on Saturday 4th January 2020. 

Tickets are free to Kirklees UNISON members’ children (16 and under), and £5.00 for grandchildren.  All adults - £17.00.  Free travel.

Telephone the branch office (01484-511826) for an application form.


UNISON Education and Training

UNISON’s Education and Training programmes aren’t just for union activists – the courses include:

Essential Development (for activists)
These courses are aimed at members who have recently become activists in the union and are looking to develop their role as a steward or branch officer.
Courses include recruiting members, keeping members informed, how to raise issues in UNISON, proportionality and fair representation, interviewing members and understanding how grievance/disciplinary procedures work, health and safety, becoming a UNISON Learning Representative, equalities, negotiating skills, running a branch, welfare, training for branch finance and tutor training.

Courses for individuals
Open University Courses – one day courses on autism awareness, mental health awareness workshop, dementia workshop Women only courses – one and two day courses on building confidence in women, women’s assertiveness, pathways into UNISON Return to Learning – aimed at giving an opportunity to get back into learning, developing new skills, build self confidence.

Women’s Lives (for women only) – aimed at women who have been away from learning for a long time.

Free ‘Taster’ Workshops – an introduction to UNISON learning – building confidence, building confidence (for men only), assertiveness habits, job applications workshop, creative writing; everyday living/everyday numbers, pre-retirement workshop Future Learning Opportunities (all members) Basic IT Skills Free taster opportunities – National Extension College (NEC) Power up your number skills

UNISON Learning Grants – are available to develop yourself and UNISON offer the following grants for members who are studying at their own expense.
Learning grants of up to £200 (including GCSE’s, A-Levels, BTec, Foundation and undergraduate degrees, and most personal and career development courses) Open University - grants  of up to £200 for a 30 point course and £300 for a 60 point course Personal learning development grants – of £300 for School Support staff and Care Workers Certificate and Diploma grants – up to £300 for members on trade union and labour movement or Women’s Studies courses

UNISON and the Open University – working in partnership Whether you’re looking for ‘short bites’ or non-accredited learning or an academic qualification – the partnership offers learning opportunities in:-

  • Studies OU access modules
  • OpenLearn
  • A suite of free online courses

Free distance learning courses with recognised accreditation in:- Adult Social Care, understanding autism, understanding behaviour that challenges, principles of business administration, principles of caring planning, introducing care for children and young people, common health conditions, counselling skills, customer service, dementia care, care and management of diabetes, dignity/safeguarding in adult and social care, principles of end of life care, equality and diversity, information/advice and guidance, principles of working with individuals with learning disabilities, prevention and control of infection in healthcare settings, awareness of mental health problems, nutrition and health, understanding the safe handling of medication in health and social care, understanding Safeguarding and Prevent and principles of Team Leading.

Copies of the UNISON Full Education  Programme can be obtained by telephoning the branch 01484-511826 or 01924-438188.  You can also contact the branch’s Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator (Michael Pogson) on 01484-511826 for further information on all UNISON’s education courses.


Table Tennis - Come and play for free (Organiser needed - contact us)

Free table tennis is available for Kirklees UNISON members every Wednesday dinner time (between 12 noon and 1.00pm) at the KAL Leisure Centre, Springwood, Huddersfield.

All you have to do is turn up – free table tennis bats/balls are provided at the venue.

(We are looking for a Kirklees UNISON member to help organise the table tennis because the previous ‘organiser’ has moved work location. Please telephone, the Kirklees UNISON office if you are interested in undertaking this ‘role’.)


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Supporting the Bin Workers


Supporting the bin working

Thank you

No To Racism

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Potential back pay: Start and finish times

All UNISON members in the Council who go directly from home to their first call and/or leave their last call and go directly home, please contact Dean Pye (Steward) at the Huddersfield Branch Office on 01484-511826, for a legal case form to lodge their case for potential back pay.


Are you being paid properly for 'sleep-ins'?

Anyone who does sleep-ins as part of their work please contact Dean Pye (Steward) at the Huddersfield Branch Office, on 01484-511826, if you think you are not being paid correctly for the hours you are at work.  (For a “sleep- in” your total pay must be at least £7.50 per hour – however it is made up, even if you slept the whole shift and were not disturbed.)


Kirklees UNISON lottery

Kirklees UNISON run a monthly lottery.  The price of each lottery number is 25p per week per number. 

The monthly prizes in the draw are:

1st prize =          £175
2nd prize=          £150
3rd prize =          £  75
4th prize =          £  50
5th prize =          £  30 x 5

This lottery is only open to Kirklees UNISON members. You can have as many tickets per week as you want.

If you want to join the lottery please contact the Kirklees UNISON branch office on
01484 511826


UNISON Return to Learn and Women's Lives

These two courses are a fantastic free opportunity for UNISON members who have been away from learning for a long time.  The courses are run in a friendly and supportive environment with the support of a Workers Education Association tutor experienced in working with Adults.

Return to Learn (all UNISON members)
This course consists of 12 study group sessions run in the evening for two and a half hours and one residential weekend.  The course is designed to help you gain skills and confidence to study, learn or do something new.  This course will start this Autumn at two venues :

Monday evenings at Barnsley Town Hall
Thursday evenings at Orange Box in Halifax Town Centre.

Women’s Lives
This course consists of 10 study group sessions run in the evening for two hours and one residential weekend.  Women’s Lives is a course designed for women who have been out of education for some time and have had few educational opportunities in the past.  This course is for women with busy lives, families and other commitments.  Many women are used to looking after other peoples’ needs.  This is an opportunity to set time aside for you!  This course will run this Autumn from the following venues:

Wednesday evenings at Huddersfield New College, Huddersfield
Tuesday evenings at Swarthmore Centre, Leeds
Wednesday evenings at The Circle, Sheffield

If you would like further information about any of these two courses please ring Michael Pogson on 01484 511826.


Kirklees Learning Group – Help with Maths and English

Kirklees Learning Group is a partnership between Kirklees Council and the Joint Trade Unions (UNISON, Unite and the GMB) with the aim of improving the literacy and maths skills of Kirklees employees.

Through the Learning Group we are able to offer courses up to level 2 (GCSE / O Level equivalent) in both Maths and English functional skills. The courses are delivered by Kirklees College at both Dewsbury and Huddersfield sites and usually run for a period of 15 weeks. These courses are free and, in most instances, Kirklees employees will be able to attend these courses in work’s time. If you are interested in improving your Maths and English skills, then please contact Michael Pogson (Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator) via the Branch Office on 01484 511826.


1984/5 Miners' Strike Commemorative Plate – Get yours

Miners strike plateThis Branch has a commemorative plate to recognise the miners who were on strike during the 1984/5 Miners’ Strike.

The plate (priced £20) can be bought by any Kirklees UNISON member. On the back of the plate you can have a 'personalised' inscription of two lines. Or you can have no inscription on the back at all.

To obtain a plate (priced £20) please contact the branch office on
01484 511826.


Special offers and events for UNISON members

A great big thank you!


On behalf of myself and my friend and colleague, I would like to thank you for the two trips that we have had through you this year.

Firstly, we went to Durham Miners Gala, which was very enlightening and enjoyable and on Monday, we are looking forward to a day at Bridlington.

Both of us live alone, and although we work together, we don’t get the chance to see one another then. So it was also nice for us to socialise.

Thank You,

Yours Sincerely


(Name withheld)


Christmas Pantomime: Saturday 4th January 2020 - BOOK NOW!

Christmas Pantomime This year’s Christmas Pantomime is Sleeping Beauty at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield at 2.00pm on Saturday 4th January 2020.

Tickets are £17 for Kirklees UNISON members, free for Kirklees UNISON members’ children (16 and under) and £5 for Kirklees UNISON members’ grandchildren (16 and under). Tickets are already selling well. Telephone the branch office for an application form for tickets on 01484-511826.

Download the application form here...pdf


UNISON Health Plan

Why not get money back on everyday expenses such as trips to the dentists and opticians? (plus a whole range of therapy treatments and other cash paying benefits)

You can get cover for Optical, Dental, Specialist Consultation, Complementary Therapies and Chiropody and Physiotherapy, Health Screening, Parental Stays, Worldwide Cover plus more (with cover for up to 5 children included with every plan).

You can claim 100% money back on your bills (13 weeks’ after your first payment). Telephone Kirklees UNISON Office for a leaflet with details.

To claim all you need to do is complete a claim form and return it with your receipt and you will receive your money back in a few days, cheque or bank transfer.


UNISON Insurance

UNISON’s own insurance company (UIA) provides:-

  • Home Insurance – 24/7 UK-based claims support
  • Travel Insurance – single trip and annual multi-trip cover
  • Pet Insurance – claims department staffed with veterinary nurses

Telephone the Branch Office for a form


Do you have an NHS dentist?

Do you have an NHS dentist?

Get £500 of dental cover with the NHS plan exclusively available to UNISON members and their families. Get money back each time you visit your NHS dentist, meaning no more costly treatment bills. Plus, as an exclusive offer, join today and get immediate cover.
Find out more


Discounted Car Insurance for UNISON members

Discounted car insurance for UNISON members is available from LV (Liverpool Victoria) Insurance. Last year 10% of new UNISON customers at LV paid £186 per annum or less for their car insurance.

Breakdown cover is also available to UNISON members for £72 per annum.

Telephone 0800 756 8154 (car insurance) or 0800 756 8692 (breakdown cover) for a quotation. (Textphone 18001)

(Motorbike Insurance, Classic Car insurance and Caravan insurance – 0800 032 0535)


Free table tennis and badminton

All Kirklees UNISON members are reminded that there are free Badminton and Table Tennis facilities for Kirklees UNISON Members at Huddersfield Leisure Centre, Springwood, Huddersfield between 12 noon and 1.00pm on Wednesdays.  Rackets/bats etc can be provided.  Please contact Leslie Bhola (01484 – 221000) if you require further details or merely turn up on the day.


Croyde Bay discount

UNISON’s own holiday centre at Croyde Bay, North Devon has now got a 50% low-paid members’ discount available for its chalets and hotel (subject to availability).

If the total household income for a household for a single person/couple is less than £18,000 per annum (before deductions) or, for a family living in the same property, is less than £28,000 per annum, then you will be able to get a 50% discount.  (This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.  Evidence of income must be provided to confirm eligibility).

To find out more telephone - 01271-890-890 or go to www.croydeunison.co.uk.


Vauxhall: Discounts for Kirklees UNISON Members


0% APR representative/flexible finance, plus Vauxhall lifetime warranty (100,000 miles).

Also discounts on Vauxhall insurance and genuine Vauxhall accessories.

All these offers are available for all eligible family members too!

Please contact the Branch Office on 01484 511826 for details.


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  • Debt advice
  • Listening and support
  • Financial assistance
  • Breaks and holidays
  • Personal advice

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