UNISON, both nationally and at a branch level, is associated with various organisations.

Some offer services to our members and you will find these under the 'Members benefits' menu on the left. We also support some international campaigns which you will find listed by country under the 'International' menu.

Listed here are local or national organisations that UNISON supports and services to which we subscribe.

Abortion Rights Abortion Rights is the national pro-choice campaign

Action for Rail is the TUC and rail union campaign that fights cuts to jobs and services and campaigns for a national, integrated railway under public ownership.

ACTSA Works with the people of southern Africa for justice, democracy and development in the region.

Amnesty  Our purpose is to protect people wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.

Angel of The North Amateur Radio Club  Information about this club will be posted when it is available.

APFUTU The All Pakistan Federation of United Trade Unions has members in every part of the Pakistan economy doing every type of job imaginable. APFUTU members are men and women, young and old or even retired, working full and part time, and are made up of a wide and diverse cross section of  Pakistan society.

Britannia An exclusive range of financial products for UNISON members.

City of Sanctuary  We are committed to supporting and promoting practical action to welcome people seeking sanctuary in Newcastle.

Colombia Solidarity Campaign  Campaigning for a socially just and sustainable peace in Colombia.

Cuba Solidarity Campaign Campaigns in the UK against the US blockade of Cuba and for the Cuban peoples' right to self-determination and sovereignty.

Disasters Emergency Committee Brings together the leading UK aid agencies to finance relief for people affected by major disasters in poorer countries.

European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) is the largest federation of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and comprises 8 million public service workers from over 250 trade unions.

False Economy  False Economy is for everyone concerned about the impact of the government’s spending cuts on their community, their family or their job. It is brought to you by local campaigners, those who rely on or support good public services and those who work to supply them.

Hardest Hit Campaign Brings together disabled people and carers and organisations and groups who represent them and to send a message to Government -  you are hitting disabled people and their families the hardest: stop these cuts.

Hazards Campaign The Hazards Campaign is a network of resource centres and campaigners on health and safety at work.

Healthwatch  Healthwatch England is the national consumer champion in health and care. We have significant statutory powers to ensure the voice of the consumer is strengthened and heard by those who commission, deliver and regulate health and care services.

Hope Not Hate Searchlight's campaign to counter racism and fascism.

International Centre for Trade Union Rights The International Centre for Trade Union Rights (ICTUR) exists to defend and extend trade union rights worldwide.

Justice for Colombia A British NGO that campaigns for human rights, workers' rights and the search for peace with social justice in Colombia.

Labour Research Department (LRD)  Weekly FACT Service

Lifespan A small local charity which brings ease and support to people with serious and life-threatening illness, and to family members and friends who care for them.

LV Insurance Car insurance and breakdown cover.

Medical Aid for Palestinians Works for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees.

Municipal Journal News relating to local government and the  public sector.

National Citizen Service (NCS) is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England. It helps you build your skills for work and life, while you take on new challenges and meet new friends.

National Pensioners Convention Promotes the welfare and interests of all pensioners as a way of securing dignity, respect and financial security in retirement.

Newcastle Ravens RFC A predominantly gay rugby team

Newcastle Tenants and Residents Federation  An independent, tenant led, umbrella voluntary organisation representing tenants and residents associations (TARAs) throughout Newcastle upon Tyne.

Newcastle Unity Festival  An open air, totally free, Music Festival set up to proactively challenge, all forms of intolerance & promote Unity in the community.

Newcastle West End Food Bank  Emergency food for local people in crisis.

Newcastle Womens Aid Offers help, advice and support for women and children experiencing domestic violence.

NOMADESC  Colombian Human Rights Organisation.

North East Labour History Society Dedicated to the study of working people's history in the region, particularly during the modern period.

Palestine Solidarity Campaign  Campaigns for peace & justice for Palestinians, in support of international law and human rights & against all racism.

Poverty and Social Exclusion A research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council

Red Pepper  A bi-monthly magazine and website of left politics and culture.

Refugee Council  The Refugee Council is one of the leading charities in the UK working directly with refugees, and supporting them to rebuild their lives.

Remploy Employment services and employment to people experiencing complex barriers to work

RNLI  The charity that saves lives at sea.

Searchlight Opposes racism and fascism in Britain and abroad.

Show Racism the Red Card  Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s anti-racism educational charity and was established in January 1996.

Stonewall  The lesbian, gay and bisexual charity.

Streetworx  Takes help and support out to people living on the streets.

Thompsons Labour and European Law Review  Weekly review of employment law news affecting trade unions and their members.

Trades Union Congress (TUC)  The voice of Britain at work, with 54 affiliated unions representing 6.2 million working people.

Tyne and Wear Anti-Facist Association Challenging the hate and violence associated with racism and fascism,

Tyne Tunnel Charity Walk  UNISON members supporting the Army Benevolent Fund.

UIA Insurance Competitive rates for Home, Travel and Pet Insurance.

UNIMAG A quarterly periodical updating stewards and  reps on employment law.

Unite Against Fascism  An affiliation of campaigning organisations and trades unions to build a common front against fascism.

War on Want  Fights poverty in developing countries in partnership with people affected by globalisation.

Work and Employment Research Unit The Work and Employment Research Unit (WERU) undertakes critical and multi-disciplinary research in employment and employment relations and from this basis makes a contribution to major contemporary debates as well as to policy development.

Workers Beer Company  Workers Beer Company bar servers are volunteers and their wages are donated to the organisations they represent and support.

Working Class Movement Library

Working people have always struggled to get their voices heard. The Working Class Movement Library records over 200 years of organising and campaigning by ordinary men and women


New on Site


Learning at Work Week

15-21 May 2017. The theme this year is Curious and Creative for Learning at Work Week.

Distance Courses

Starting 24 April 2017, these courses can be done online or paper based.


NEC Elections

Branch nominations and ballot details.

'There For You’ Newsletter

This newsletter includes an update on the changes to the Bereavement Support Payment as well as contact details for ‘Down to Earth’, who provide practical and emotional support throughout the funeral process.


Branch Lottery

Winners in March.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/13

Executive pay bandwagon rolls on

Cycle courier entitled to holiday pay

Employment law changes this April

New minimum wage rates kick in

UK lags on maternity

Merger heralds new teaching union

Consultation on caste discrimination



New courses for members and stewards.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/12

Inflation leaps to 3.2%

More regulation of gig economy needed

Appalling risk of suicides in construction

Fat cats — the great pay divide

Racist abuse after Brexit vote

Lack of diversity at top in Wales


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.


Regional Disabled Members Group

Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 4.30pm.

Misogyny as a Hate Crime

Nottinghamshire Police have taken the bold step to identify misogyny as a hate crime and Northern UNSION are keen for this to be replicated in our region. The aim of the event is to identify how we can move the issue forward across the region with all three Police and Crime Commissioners.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/11

Swings and scooters of inflation basket

No real improvement in weekly earnings

Cosmetic improvement with Living Wage

Zero-hours contracts at record high

Unemployment falls below 1.6 million


AGM 2017

Agenda and annual report.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/10

Economic forecasts in Hammond's Budget

Mixed fortunes in ethnic women's pay gap data

Company merger and acquisitions in 2016

Numbers on zero-hours contracts at a high

GMB take on DX delivery firm

Former chancellor's nice big earner

Charter to stop violence at work


March/Rally for Durham Teaching Assistants

Saturday 25 March. Hear grassroots, union and guest speakers and watch the Reel News film showing the Durham Teaching Assistants’ story.

LGBT Policy weekend

Saturday 25 March, to plan UNISON LGBT activities for the year ahead.

HOPE Not Hate Event

A joint training session for trade union and community activists on how to organise to defeat the politics of division.  18 March 2017.

NE People’s Assembly

March calendar of events and activities.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/9

Trade Union Act regs come into force

Gender pension gap leaves women short

Violence at work — the nasty truth

Bookseller's £7m salary

Money purchase pension are norm

British Gas denied appeal in Lock case

Government fails in ethnicity review


Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.

Retired members

Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.


Branch Lottery

Winners in February.

Workers Memorial Day

Morning seminar and afternoon remembrance service in Hartlepool on Friday 28 April 2017. There is also an Eve of WMD ‘Gig’ on Thursday 27 April.


Labour Research Department Fact 79/8

Government green paper on pensions

A 'Stern diet' for fat cat directors' pay

Employers — don't miss out on talent

Argos repays £2.4 million to 37,000 staff

Economic growth revised upwards

Work fears of disabled people revealed

In the papers

Migrants have helped make Britain. It’s time to celebrate us

NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association

Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care

London transport spending equivalent to £1,500 more per head than North East


Labour Research Department Fact 79/7

Minimum wage cheats named and shamed

Inflation hits three-year high

Unemployment at 11-year low

Inflation erodes growth in weekly earnings

In the papers

Migrants are always the scapegoats. But now they’re taking on Ukip’s lies

I, Daniel Blake is a realistic depiction of life on benefits. Isn’t it?

English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse'

North East peers want law to make Government investigate impact of Brexit on region

North East recruitment drive revealed as jobless total in region rises

UK employment growth driven by foreign nationals, figures show

The NHS needs a rethink. Its priorities no longer make sense

Top Labour politicians come to 'UKIP area' Sunderland for Brexit debates and festival

Rothbury Community Hospital inpatient ward closure public meeting this week

Shopping will cost you more as prices rise, but is Brexit to blame?

Campaigners calling for u-turn over Post Office move

UK labour shortages reported as EU worker numbers fall

Britons living in the EU face Brexit backlash, leaked paper warns

Then the Daily Mail came for Gary Lineker, and we said: ‘Enough!’

Brexit survey revealed: What you would do if given second shot at EU referendum

Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC

There will be a shameful betrayal of the Brexit low-paid

Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire

NHS 'pays £7.5m a year for 20 most expensive agency doctors'

Drive to bring health and social care together is a well-intentioned mess


Disabled Members Policy Weekend

Sunderland, 19/20 May 2017.

Members training

Sign Language (BSL) Introduction, 2 March 2017

Dementia Workshop, 30 March 2017

Reps training

Regional Education Calendar 2017

In the papers

A&E in England had worst delays ever in January, leak suggests

Why was Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes the star of Prime Minister's questions?

Number of patients stuck in hospital 'far higher than NHS data shows'

It's time corporate tax dodgers started losing lucrative council contracts

More council housing needed in the North East - government report reveals

Council tax, youth funding and bins: 6 things to look out for from Sunderland budget meeting

TyneMet and South Tyneside colleges merger: What it means for jobs, campuses and its new name?

Labour Research Department Fact 79/6

Review of tribunal fees finally published

Plan to tackle abusive hiring practices

Insecure work on rise

Twenty eight directors share £68.37 million


Affiliations and donations

A list of affiliations and donations that the branch committee has approved since January 2015.


In the papers

UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report

NHS ID scheme could deter eligible patients, say MPs

Councils may cut social care provision due to underfunding, LGA says

Nursery schools: ‘What society gives children less chance than their parents?’

Council tax rise planned for Northumberland residents as authority faces £36m cuts

'Trump can't hack Trebs' - the best signs from Newcastle anti-Trump demonstration

Labour Research Department Fact 79/5

Racism at work

Economy grows but there's a shortfall

Advice on gender pay gap from Acas

Tories offer no solution on discrimination

Eight assaults a day in Welsh schools


A quarterly periodical updating branch reps on employment law.


Branch Lottery

Winners in January.


Young Members

Northern Region Young Members AGM

Black Members

UNISON Northern Region Black Members Forum AGM 2017.

LV Car Insurance

Discounted car insurance for UNISON members.


North East March and Rally for #ourNHS

In Newcastle on Saturday 4 February.

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 6 February.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/4

Death by a thousand fire service cuts

Guidance on stress

Modern-day slave traders jailed

Fees let bad bosses get off scot free

Top-ranked inclusive employers 2017

Get tough on pay, says pension funds


Women's Network AGM

Agenda and nomination form for the mmeting on 4 February.

Disabled Members

Annual Meeting of the Regional Disabled Members Self Organised Group on Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Members training

Mental Health Awareness Workshop on Thursday 16 February.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/3

Wales to ditch parts of 2016 Trade Union Act

Inflation rates at highest since 2014

Retail inflation eating into earnings growth

UK unemployment at nine-year low

In the Papers

Public sector pay poised to fall by thousands in real terms, TUC says

May’s promise on workers’ rights is hollow if she doesn’t get a deal

NHS crisis: the one act of self-sacrifice that could rescue our health service

Politicians have ignored the working class for too long

World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

Crisis, what NHS crisis? Theresa May must stop this denial

Welsh government tables bill to overturn Trade Union Act


Anne Frank Trust Exhibition

UNISON have now been allocated two spots on the 16 January to have guided tours around the Anne Frank exhibition. 

Labour Research Department Fact 79/2

Courier's tribunal win against CitySprint

TUC warns over Brexit threat to workers' rights

Lame excuses for not paying minimum wage

High street store fined over safety

Manufacturing output edges higher

Child poverty briefing


Branch Lottery

Winners in December.


The Trade Union Act and UNISON's Political Fund

Consultation on political fund review: December-January

Reading Ahead

We are having our first Reading Ahead launch at Welford Learning Zone on 11 January between 10am and 11am.

Trade Union Reps courses

Book now to secure your place on one of the courses for Reps at Newcastle College starting in January 2017.

Northern Region Training Programme

UNISON courses in 2017. These courses are free and open to all members unless otherwise stated.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/1

'Precarious pay penalty' of zero-hours staff

Plans for a Universal Basic Income

2017 — economic forecasts for year

'Fat Cat Wednesday' has been and gone

Northern Ireland to reveal political gifts

UK's deficit in trade in goods gets ever worse

UK economic growth revised upwards