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.

UNISON Kirklees Branch Office Closure

The UNISON office will continue to operate a telephone and email  service for members and will be reviewed on 14.4.20. If you have an enquiry or work place issue please call 01484511826  alternatively you can email  branch@kirklees-unison.org.uk

The www.gov.uk/coronavirus<http://www.gov.uk/coronavirus> is a helpful guidance tool.

In addition, there is the branch Facebook page which you can check for updates:https://www.facebook.com/unisonkirklees/.

As you can appreciate this is a very busy and difficult time, so please kindly be patient and we will call or email you back.

Branch news

Coronavirus: There for you - helping members financially (23/03/20)

UNISON is responding to the national coronavirus crisis by offering practical help to members experiencing financial hardship.

Staff at the union’s dedicated charity, There for You, are seeking to reassure members that they are still offering a service to them.

And UNISON branches should divert all welfare support requests to There for You, so that there is one, consistent process at this time.

General secretary Dave Prentis said: “The union would like to be as flexible as possible. However branches should not be setting aside or establishing their own welfare funds for this purpose, as this could lead to some confusion for our members on how to seek support.”

And branches must also remember not to use industrial action funds or property funds to finance hardship – this is not permitted.

Mr Prentis added: “These are unprecedented times, so that’s why I’m asking all branches to consider making a donation to support our charity There for You.

“Members need our help right now – your donation could make a huge difference to so many lives.”

Helping members

The team at There for You is fully committed to providing a complete service throughout the current crisis. The charity remains open and fully operational. 

However, some adjustments on how things normally work may be necessary:

  1. Wherever possible, please scan all applications for financial assistance and supporting paperwork and send to  thereforyou@unison.co.uk.  This will ensure there are no undue delays in processing an application.
  2. If you find yourself unable to support members due to work, family or other pressures, a reminder that members can apply directly with an application form without going through the branch.
  3. If you are dealing with an emergency situation – either linked to COVID-19 or other financial pressures – and your member has no money at all,  call 020 7121 5620. During these unprecedented times, members can apply to us directly for an emergency payment.
  4. If your enquiry concerns an existing case, please in the first instance email thereforyou@unison.co.uk quoting the relevant case number.  Our aim is to get back to you within 2-3 working days at the very latest.

If you require advice and/or are unsure if someone would be eligible for support, call 020 7121 5620 or email thereforyou@unison.co.uk.

When phoning, callers will be asked to leave a message. In emergency situations, we aim to be in touch on the same or next day.

Please regularly check your mailbox (including junk folder) and the UNISON website for further updates in the event that new measures are introduced.

Forms are downloadable from There for You online.

Monthly Pay Consultation Results (31/01/20)

Thank you to all those members from the Council, KNH and affected schools who took part in the branch’s consultation on the revised monthly pay proposals.

The ballot closed at 12 noon on 30 January and the results are as follows:

YES (to accept the proposals): 2842 (97.3%)

NO (to reject the proposals): 79 (2.7%)

The Council have therefore been informed that UNISON accepts the proposal on behalf of members and we are meeting with them over the coming weeks to discuss next steps. Please visit the website to check for any new developments.

UNISON is proud that we have been able to negotiate a fair deal for our members that you have endorsed in overwhelming numbers.

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’.)


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)


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)


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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