Welcome to UNISON, our Trade Union. We support and protect almost 1.3 million working people, with over 10,000 members in the Leeds Local Government Branch and offer a huge range of benefits to our members (if you are not already a member join UNISON now). Our branch is run by a committed group of individuals who believe passionately in public services and the public sector ethos.



Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the Branch Office Staff/Convenors/Officers are no longer office-based.  Members contacting the Branch by telephone will hear a message that invites them to either email queries or otherwise leave a voice message that will be picked up remotely and passed to a representative to respond. If you contact UNISON by either method, please ensure you leave your name, workplace and a contact number. Stewards should in the first instance contact their convenor either by phone or email if they need advice or assistance. We look forward to seeing you when this is all over and hope you and your family stay safe.

A collection of useful links providing specific advice to various work areas here...

Leeds TUC COVID-19 Meeting Wednesday 29th April

Leeds TUC is holding an public meeting on Wednesday 29th April between 7pm and 9pm to discuss the COVID-19 crisis. The meeting is taking place online using Zoom.

Trade union speakers include: 

  • John Ingleson, working theatre nurse and Chair of Unison Leeds Teaching Hospitals branch
  • Joanne Thomas, Usdaw Divisional Officer and Chair of Yorkshire & Humber TUC
  • Speaker from Leeds NEU to be confirmed

 The Leeds TUC Executive have agreed a statement and a list of demands around COVID-19. They can be found here: https://leedstuc.wordpress.com/2020/04/24/leeds-tuc-covid-19-statement/

To attend the meeting go to the following link and use the Meeting ID and password below to login.

Meeting ID: 992 2708 0107
Password: 1860

If you are not online you can still attend by dialling in via telephone on: 0203 481 5240

Coronavirus: UNISON Lifelong Learning Latest

At this current difficult time when members may be feeling isolated, UNISON members may be interested in taking part in some of the many online learning opportunities available.

See Learning in UNISON for the latest details.

Campaign for a real Living Wage in Leeds

1. We want Leeds City Council to become a Living Wage Employer

UNISON is campaigning to ensure Leeds City Council workers and all those who are employed to provide the services that the Council commission get paid a Real Living Wage. Currently the Living Wage outside London is £9.00 an hour. We want Leeds City Council to become an accredited Living Wage employer. This will mean that there is a continuing commitment to all its staff to pay at least the Living Wage and that all contracts for commissioned services pay at least the Living Wage.

5 November 2018 is the start of Living Wage week when the new hourly rate for the Living wage will be announced. Please go to www.livingwage.org.uk for more information.
Other councils have already become accredited employers. Birmingham, Cardiff, Calderdale, Edinburgh, Salford and York are some of the councils. We want to help make Leeds a great place to live and work. Let us make November the month that Leeds City Council agrees to being an accredited Living Wage employer.

What can you do to help? see below...


2. Contact your local Councillor - in 2 easy steps!

If you live in Leeds - Email, write or speak with your local councillor.  

  1. Go to https://www.writetothem.com put in your post code and the chose write to all your councillors.
  2. We have put together some ideas for a letter which is here.word doc Use this but please add some words of your own as well or leave some bits out. Complete the letter and details and press to send the email to your councillors.


News headlines

Make the most of UNISON membership - UNISON Protect (02/12/19)

Dear Colleague,

Make the most of your UNISON membership and don't miss out on your FREE £5,000 of Accidental Death Cover! Cover lasts for 12 months but can be renewed for FREE*. It's quick and easy and is yet another reason why it pays to be a Unison member.

REGISTER NOW at www.UNISONProtect.com/J

We'll do the rest. After your application you'll receive a call from us to take further details, activate your cover and explain other benefits available.

Cover is for UK residents aged 18-69.
It lasts for one year and then you can renew it again for free.
For full details, please click here - www.UNISONProtect.com/policy


Pay claim: Support from Leeds Labour (08/10/19)
Recruit a friend to UNISON - Earn £10 every time (T&Cs apply) (04/10/19)
  1. Earn £10 every time you help strengthen your union’s voice by recruiting a new member to Leeds UNISON.
  2. Get an application form and pass to a friend or colleague.
  3. Write your name and membership number at the top of the UNISON
    application form.
  4. Return it to the Leeds UNISON Branch Office.

Download all the details here... pdf

Getting Online and Learning Online (01/10/19)

Getting Online and Learning Online

If you or know someone would like to learn more about using computers, getting online, staying safe online and learning on line – if you are just starting then Learn My Way is the best place to start. In your browser go to www.learnmyway.com you will need to register use the centre code 8000526.

If you need help to get going or help with any of the information below, you can drop in to our UNISON Learning Zone any Monday between 10am to 2pm best to phone Neil Rhodes on 0789 1272334 or Carol McGrath on 0789 1270958 so we know to expect you.

There are lots of other ways to learn online

Wranx Learning
This a platform for learning various topics –

  • English GCSE
  • English Functional Skills
  • Maths Functional Skills
  • Everyday English Punctuation
  • An Introduction to COSHH: Awareness in the Workplace
  • An Introduction to Online Security
  • An Introduction to Substance Misuse
  • An Introduction to Substance Misuse (Healthcare Professionals)
  • Raising Awareness: Manual Handling for Work
  • Raising Awareness: Menopause in the Workplace
  • Raising Awareness: Mental Health
  • Raising Awareness: Mental Health (for Healthcare Professionals)
  • Equality and Diversity in the Workplace
  • GDPR Awareness
  • Rights for Young Workers
  • Harmful Gambling

Register and choose up to 2 courses at https://unionlearn.ulp.wranx.com/ Then go to https://app.wranx.com/login to log in and use

You can also download the Wranx app on your phone or tablet – uses ios or android

Other useful websites

UNISON Learning and Organising Website: https://learning-unison.org.uk
UNISON e-Notes: https://e-learning.unison.org.uk
Organising Space: https://organisingspace.unison.org.uk
TUC Education: www.tuceducation.org.uk

Here is a website that has lots of guides about being on and using the internet, phone and online advice at www.digitalunite.com


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Please download this update form, fill it out and return to the branch.



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