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

Bulletin May 2019: Women's Group AGM, Raceday & More (09/05/19)

Women’s Group AGM

The AGM of the Kirklees UNISON Women’s Group will take place at 4.00pm on Monday 13th May 2019 in the Kirklees UNISON Office, 4 New North Parade, Huddersfield. The meeting will elect the branch Women’s Officer and the Chair/Secretary of the Women’s Group. All women members invited. Light refreshments available.


John Drewery, former UNISON Welfare Secretary and steward, has recently retired from the Council. John was a hardworking and reliable Welfare Secretary for the branch. He was a steward/Welfare Secretary for 14 years. He often had to deal with members trying to cope with difficult circumstances, especially serious illness, death, debt and divorce.

He had a job which, for many of our members, was ‘below the radar’ and dealt with many personal issues. John helped many members over the years.

He is pleased to welcome all UNISON members to his retirement social which will take place on Monday 13th May at 8pm at the Kings Head, St Georges Square, Huddersfield (next to Huddersfield Railway Station).

There will be a selection of sandwiches and savoury pastries available (including vegetarian food). John would like to see any Kirklees UNISON members there, including any he has helped over the years.

Please let the Branch Office know (for catering purposes) if you intend to attend. If you aren’t attending, John would like to thank Kirklees UNISON members for their support over the years.

Doncaster Race Day

This year’s UNISON Doncaster Race Day will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 3rd August 2019.

There is an exclusive special ticket offer for UNISON members. ‘2 for 1’ Grandstand tickets. Total price - £13 (for 2 tickets). Offer closes at 5.00pm on Friday 26th July 2019. (There will be a £2.75 transaction charge per order except for purchases of 4 tickets or less).

To book tickets telephone 01302-304200 and quote the ‘UNISON Race Day Offer’ and either your UNISON membership number or branch code (both available from the Kirklees UNISON office – 01484-511826).

Members can upgrade to two ‘County Stand tickets’ for £30 (these tickets are normally £32.50 each).

‘With Banners Held High’

There will be a march celebrating the trade union movement taking place on Saturday 18th May 2019 in Wakefield. This year’s theme is ‘A Land Fit For Heroes?’. Assemble at Smyth Street (next to Westgate Railway Station) at 11.00am – march begins at 11.30am. It will be a short march around Wakefield City Centre to assemble at Wood Street at 12 noon (Wood Street is the street with the Town Hall on it). We would urge you to march behind the Kirklees UNISON banner.

The event at Wood Street finishes at 5.00pm – to be followed by a free ’Close of Event’ music show, with a singer, from 6.00pm in Wakefield Labour Club (The Red Shed – Vicarage Street South, Wakefield WF1 1QX – next to Debenhams

Bulletin April 2019: C&K Careers Dispute, IWMD, Galas

C & K Careers’ Dispute

Negotiations continued at C & K Careers until mid-March 2019. (See previous Bulletin) Management then threatened to withdraw the offer that they had already made and the Chief Executive of C & K Careers resigned his job. (Kirklees UNISON members at C & K Careers had previously voted by 70% to 30%, with a turnout of 75%, to take strike action if their claim was not met.)

On 18th March 2019, C & K Careers met Kirklees UNISON’s claim in full. For instance, a proposal to cut sick pay, to a maximum of 2 month’s full pay/2 month’s half pay, was dropped and replaced with the continuation of the existing sick pay scheme which was sick pay with a maximum of 6 month’s full pay/6 month’s half.

The new offer was accepted unanimously by the UNISON members in C & K Careers at a meeting of members held on 25th March 2019. In fact, at that same members’ meeting, UNISON members in C & K Careers also voted unanimously to thank the branch for its support and broke out into spontaneous applause in appreciation of their local UNISON stewards.

The UNISON stewards and members of C & K Careers deserve our full admiration and respect.

International Workers’ Memorial Day

International Workers’ Memorial Day is on Sunday 28th April 2019. This year’s theme for the day is “Dangerous substances – get them out of the workplace”.

The focus will mainly be on Carcinogens - two important issues being asbestos and diesel exhaust. Cleaning fluids or dust in general are also a hazard to workers. Please organise a H&S inspection in your workplace before the day. For general advice please don’t hesitate to contact Mick Donaghue, UNISON H&S Advisor at the UNISON Office.

Kirklees Council and KNH grant all employees 15 minutes’ paid time off to attend a Workers’ Day Memorial Service.

On Thursday 25th April 2019, on the steps of Huddersfield Town Hall, there will be a Workers’ Day Memorial Service with a laying of the wreath at 12 noon with speaker Paul Holmes, Kirklees UNISON Branch Secretary, saying a few words on this year’s theme. Two Labour MP’s, Thelma Walker (Colne Valley) and Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) have also been invited to attend.

On Saturday 27th April 2019, at Long Causeway, Dewsbury, Kirklees UNISON, in conjunction with Dewsbury East Labour Party, we will be conducting a Workers’ Memorial Day service at 11.00 am. Paula Sherriff, Dewsbury Labour MP, will be laying the wreath at the Memorial Service and Kirklees UNISON Branch Secretary, Paul Holmes, will be the guest speaker. Refreshments will be at Dewsbury Socialist Club, Bradford Road from 12.00 noon immediately following the ceremony.

Galas - Two events that the branch are supporting:

‘With Banners Held High’
There will be a march celebrating the trade union movement taking place on Saturday 18th May 2019 in Wakefield. This year’s theme is ‘A Land Fit for Heroes?’. Assemble at Smyth Street (near to Westgate Railway Station) at 11.00 am – march begins at 11.30 am. It will be a short march around Wakefield City Centre to assemble at Wood Street at 12 noon (Wood Street is the street with the Town Hall on it). We would urge you to march behind the Kirklees UNISON Banner. There will be several national speakers including Angela Rayner, Shadow Education Secretary. Events will take place all day – with events in the Town Hall/over, 30 stalls etc which will last until 5.00 pm. There will be a speakers’ corner, marching bands, street food, workshops, heritage, live music and much more. The event at Wood Street finishes at 5.00 pm – to be followed by a free ‘Close of Event’ music show, with a singer, from 6.00 pm in Wakefield Labour Club (The Red Shed - Vicarage Street South, Wakefield WF1 1QX - next to Debenhams.)

Durham Miners’ Gala
On 13th July 2019 in Durham, Britain’s largest labour movement event – 200,000 people attended last year. With fairs, national speakers, stalls, banners, bands and much, much more. Not to be missed. The branch will be sending a bus from Huddersfield and Dewsbury, free for Kirklees UNISON members and their children under 16 (other trade union members and family members over 16 - £10.00).

Kirklees UNISON currently have the following vacancy in our busy town centre office (Huddersfield):

5 hours per week, £9.08 rising to £9.38 per hour

You will be required to work 5 mornings per week, approximately 6.30 am – 7.30 am, Monday to Friday, with an occasional requirement to provide cover for colleagues.

Please contact the Kirklees UNISON office on 01484 511826 for further details. Closing date for applications is 5.00 pm Thursday 18th April 2019.

Black Members’ Meeting
The next Kirklees UNISON Black Members’ meeting will be held on Monday 29th April 2019,at the UNISON branch office, 4 New North Parade,
Huddersfield at 5.00 pm.

Old and new members are welcome to attend.

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.


Thousands of Glasgow Women Strike for Equal Pay

Over 8,000 school staff, nursery workers, care workers and catering/cleaning staff (the majority of whom are UNISON members) in Glasgow Council struck on 23rd/24th October 2018 in the largest equal pay strike since the Equal Pay Act was passed (in the early 1970’s).

UNISON and the GMB had pursued litigation through all legal avenues, all of which backed the union.  But, after 10 months and more than 20 meetings, UNISON/GMB members said that enough was enough.  UNISON members voted 90% Yes for strike action (in all areas except home care) – the homecare members in UNISON, in a separate ballot, voted 99% Yes for strike action.  Perhaps the Council, which is SNP-controlled, now knows the true strength of our members’ feelings on this issue. All 9 bin depots in Glasgow were 
shut as bin workers (mostly men) refused to cross picket lines.  
Negotiations are now ongoing with the Council.


Bolton UNISON success

Cleaners, catering staff, porters and security staff in UNISON, and employed by iFM (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Royal Bolton NHS  Trust), are now to receive NHS pay rates after taking strike action.  

The settlement will see the minimum hourly rate increase from £7.83 to £8.95 immediately and reach £9.92 by the end of 2020.

The pay rise will be backdated to April 2018.  It’s worth £2,000 this year for the lowest paid and £4,000 a year for full-time staff by 2020.  The employer has now offered to pay the NHS “Agenda for Change” pay rates to  iFM staff – when they had previously refused to do so.

Vicki, a cleaner for iFM at Royal Bolton said “We all work in the NHS. 

It is only right that we will all be on NHS pay.  We are no longer invisible.  We are strong.” and proud.  We stuck together and we won”.


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’.)


2018 Photo Gallery

Supporting the Bin Workers


Supporting the bin working

Thank you

No To Racism

Barnsley and Kirklees Branch Banners




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.


Presentation - for their work with 'With Banners Held High'

Granville Williams and Sue Williams being presented with Kirklees UNISON commemorative plates at the last Branch Committee meeting for their work with ‘With Banners Held High’.


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

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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