Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Do you want a pay rise? - Lobby the Council - 26th September



UNISON members along with friends, family and colleagues are invited to attend our lobby of North Somerset Council's meeting on 26th September at 5.30 pm outside the Town Hall in Weston super Mare. Labour councillors are proposing a motion on our pay claim and we need to be there to support them and show all councillors what we think of the pay cap. UNISON will provide placards, or you can bring your own! Meet at 5.30 pm on 26th September outside the Town Hall.

Pay Up Now Recruitment events at Castlewood and the Town Hall

Here's a few photos from our Pay Up Now Recruitment events held this week. Thanks to all the Reps and members who helped out.

Friday, 15 September 2017

An Evening of Music and Politics with Steve Knightley and Guest Speakers

Last night at the Blakehay Theatre in Weston super Mare, North Somerset UNISON members and friends attended an evening of music and politics. The evening was compered by Richard Capps, Secretary of Weston and North Somerset Trades Union Council. Our guest speakers were Steve Timmins from the Save Weston A&E Campaign, Nigel Costley SWTUC Regional Secretary and Joanne Kaye UNISON SW Regional Secretary. The speakers were followed by a brilliant performance by Steve Knightley, who performed a selection of songs especially for us.

Here are a few photos from the night:

Monday, 11 September 2017

End Austerity - March and Rally in Bristol on 9th September

North Somerset UNISON members joined the march and rally in Bristol on 9th September. The demonstration was called by Mayor Rees to send a message to central government that local councils need funding. Here are a few photos from the day:

Save Weston A&E - Candle Lit Vigil and Demonstration on 4th and 5th September

UNISON members joined colleagues from Protect our NHS North Somerset, Weston & North Somerset Trades Union Council and Weston Labour Party at a Candle Lit Vigil and Demonstration to mark 2 months since the overnight closure of Weston's A&E Dept. There is still no date for reopening. Here's some pictures:

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Fair Pay Now for Local Government and Schools Workers


  • 6th September at 12 pm in Castlewood G09/10 – Members meeting
  • 7th September at 12.30 pm in Town Hall Rickford room – Members meeting
  • 19th September between 12 and 2 pm at Castlewood Canteen – Information stall
  • 20th September between 12 and 2 pm at the Town Hall Canteen – Information stall
  • 26th September at 5.30 pm – Lobby the Council outside the Town Hall

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Belonging at the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon on 1st November

1st November at 7.30 pm
Curzon Cinema, Clevedon

Q&A Panel:  
Morag Livingstone: Director Producer
Brett Sparkes UNITE Community
Dave Chapple (CWU & Bridgwater Trades Council),
Tim Lezard (NUJ)
and Chair is Richard Capps (PCS & Weston Trades Council)

Belonging: The Truth Behind the Headlines is an investigative feature-length documentary about where power lies in the United Kingdom. Re-examining events surrounding 3 industrial disputes, 3 governments and over 3 decades the film shows the impact of government and corporate power on democracy and human rights not just for trade unionists, but for all.
In this film there are many reveals – not least a secret government plan to destroy community and collectivism. Belonging uses documents clearly showing what has long been suspected by many but not proven – until now.

Heart wrenching personal stories are told by those at the centre of these industrial disputes, not only highlighting the impact of the actions of those in power on individuals and communities, but also raising the question of what lies ahead.

From Murdoch’s purchase of The Times and The Sunday Times in 1981 through the News International dispute (1986/7), Royal Mail as it prepared for privatisation (2007/8) and a dispute at the Grangemouth

Oil Refinery in Scotland (2013), Belonging explores what has happened behind closed doors of successive UK governments and the resulting impact on people’s human rights.  Power: “who has it, and what do they do with it?” is as relevant today as it ever was.

This is a film that will not tell you how to think...but will ask you to think again.

Quote from Ken Loach:

'We've always ‎known it - this film shows it's true! Governments, press and, yes, the police gang up against the interests of the people. New evidence is here on the screen. Make sure you see this film.  Thanks, Morag'

YOUTUBE trailer link:

More information and tickets at:

Friday, 28 July 2017

Fair Pay Now for Local Government and Schools workers - write to your councillor and MP

As part of the Local Government and Schools pay campaign UNISON have put a link on their website to make it easy for UNISON members to email their councillors. Here is the link:

You can also find your councillor and MP by going to the website: and inputting your postcode.

There is more information about the pay claim on the UNISON national website at:

Please feel free to personalise the emails by telling your councillors and MPs what your job is and what the impact of low pay has meant for you.

Please do this and encourage all your colleagues to write to their councillors and MPs as well.

The more councillors and MPs that receive letters from public sector workers the more likely they are to support our pay claim.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Tolpuddle Festival 2017

North Somerset UNISON took a coach of members to the Tolpuddle Festival. Here are a few photos from the day - a good day was had by all.

NUS President Shakira Martin with Terry Hutt sat on the stage

Red Notes Choir

Back of Jeremy Corbyn's head with our banner!

Jeremy Corbyn at Wreath Laying
Jeremy Corbyn at Wreath Laying

Jeremy Corbyn at Wreath Laying

Jeremy Corbyn at Wreath Laying

Jeremy Corbyn at Wreath Laying

Jeremy Corbyn at Wreath Laying

Jeremy Corbyn at Wreath Laying

Jeremy Corbyn on stage - you can just about see him!

The Mekons