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.

Latest Members' Bulletin

Download the Members' Newsletter December 2019 here...

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

Winter Fuel Grant 2019/20 - closing date 14 February 2020 (05/12/19)

You can all the details an application form here...

Get help with winter fuel bills

Members living on a low income constantly struggle to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute in the winter when the cost of heating homes rises as the outside temperature falls.

But it’s not all bad news – help IS available.  The union’s welfare charity There for You has once more set up a limited fund to help members on low incomes towards the cost of their winter fuel bill through a one-off payment of £40.

The process is very similar to previous years and an amount of money has been ring-fenced to support this initiative. However, once it’s gone it’s gone! 

So don’t miss out.  Apply early and send your form and supporting paperwork in as soon as possible.  All the information you need can be found below.   Alternatively, contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857 for a form to be sent to you. 

Just one more thing please don’t keep details of this grant a secret.  Help us to help even more members and let your work colleagues know that help is at hand.  There will be many, like you, worrying about how they will cope this Winter. 

Completed applications need to be sent to There for You, (WFG) UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY by Friday 14 February 2020 at the latest.

You can all the details an application form here...


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

Introduction to Family History Workshop - book by 16 October (01/10/19)

Family TreeThis one day workshop delivered by WEA in partnership with UNISON can help you improve your confidence and discover skills you never knew you had.

Introduction to Family History is designed for people interested in their own family histories or genealogy in general, offering discussion and research tips. 

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Know the difference between genealogy and family history
  • Understand why researching family history can be a valuable activity
  • Be able to draw your own family tree using common symbols
  • Know how to start and progress your own research

DATE: 22nd October 2019
TIME: 10am to 4pm. Lunch will be provided.
VENUE: UNISON, Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Office,
Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds LS2 8NJ.

If you are interested in attending the workshop please email carol.mcgrath@leedsunison.org.uk or neil.rhodes@leedsunison.org.uk before 16 October 2019

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


Win Prizes for Improving your Numeracy (26/09/19)
Lifelong Learning opportunites with UNISON (24/01/19)

Leeds UNISON promotes and delivers a wide range of courses and workshops.

Find out more here...

newDownload our new
Lifelong Learning with UNISON booklet


Membership Update Form - keep your information up to date (15/10/18)

We are legally required to keep your information up to date.

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



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