School staff to be consulted over action on budget cuts



Support staff in Brighton & Hove’s schools are being asked to have their say in a national consultative ballot on school budget cuts.

“We want to know what you think, and what you are prepared to do, to help us defend schools against further cuts and job losses” said Branch Secretary Sue Beatty.

“We can’t go on like this. Your school is too important to be put at risk by failing government policies, increasing workloads, funding and staffing cuts, all of which hurt support staff, teachers and of course the children.”

All Unison members in schools are urged to take part in the ballot which begins on 22nd January. Make sure the branch office has your personal email address so you can have your say. Email them on

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International Solidarity needed

From Eric Lee of LabourStart.

Just a few days ago I wrote to ask for your support in the struggle against Hungary’s new “slave law.”  Our campaign, launched at the request of the Hungarian Trade Union Confederation, called on the country’s president to refuse to sign this terrible law.

He did not listen to us, and signed the law three days ago.  

Our campaign, which had 7,288 supporters and was translated into 13 different languages, did not succeed.

But the struggle continues.  

The Hungarian trade unions have issued this statement.

I think it’s important that we be completely honest about these things.  We tell you when our campaigns help to win victories for workers.  But we also tell you when we come up short.

And we know it’s not just about the numbers.  Some of our largest campaigns have had little effect, while some small ones seem to persuade employers and governments to change course.

We do know that the chances of winning are increased the more people we can involve in our campaigns.

That’s why I’d like to ask you to consider doing some these things over the next few days, a time when most of you are on a holiday break.  It will help.

1. Support Canada’s postal workers, who are involved in a bitter industrial dispute and have been forced back to work against their will.

2. Tell the Iranian government to stop jailing teachers now.

3. Urge the government of Kazakhstan to respect workers’ rights and release jailed activists

4. Protest to Mitsubishi Electric in Thailand about its degrading treatment of workers and its attempts to crush the local union. 

5. Like LabourStart on Facebook

6. Follow us on Twitter

7. Join our group on LinkedIn

8. Make a donation to LabourStart. 

9. Encourage your friends, family and fellow union members to do all of the above.

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Branch wins £25,000 for member

Our Unison branch has won a £25,000 settlement for one of our members after a successful personal injury claim. The member suffered an accident at work.
This is one of the many services Unison offers its members, along with support, advice and representation for all workplace issues.
If you work for Brighton & Hove City Council or in the city’s voluntary and community sector, and aren’t a member yet, come and join us! Email
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Unison joins march for NHS and public services

Brighton and Hove LG Unison Branch members joined hundreds of others at the rally and march on Saturday (13th October) to defend the NHS and all public services from Tory cuts. Branch Secretary Sue Beatty (pictured) was one of the speakers at the rally before the march set off from the Level.SB 1

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Support the march on 13 October – it’s a matter of life and death!

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Walk for Denise raises cash for Sussex Cancer Fund

Some of the walkers enjoy a well-earned drink after completing our Walk for Denise from the Peace Statue to The Venue in Hove on Friday, 14th September.

They were met by Denise’s husband, Alex Knutsen, our former branch secretary (on the right of the picture) who thanked the walkers and accepted the donations collected on the night for the Sussex Cancer Fund.

Denise was the schools convenor for the branch and sadly died in July after a long battle with cancer. denisewalk

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A walk for Denise Knutsen

All Brighton and Hove Unison Branch members, their families and friends are invited to join a short walk in memory of our friend and colleague Denise Knutsen, who died in July after a long battle with cancer. Denise was the senior steward for schools staff in our branch.

The walk will take place on

Friday, 14th September, from 5pm – 7pm.

We will gather at the Peace Statue on the seafront at 5pm for a walk – or stroll – along Hove seafront to the Venue (formerly the Babylon Lounge) and finish with  a well-deserved drink (alcoholic or non- alcoholic) there.

You may like to ask for sponsorship for the walk, but if not come along anyway and make a contribution to the fund for cancer charities that Denise’s family has asked us to support.

If you think you can join us let us know by calling the branch office on 01273 291611 – leave a message if we’re not there.

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