Albion sign up to Living Wage

Brighton and Hove Albion have signed up to the city’s Living Wage campaign, sponsored by our Unison branch.

The club has become one of a handful of Premiership clubs to pay all its staff the real Living Wage of £9 an hour, and has also instructed any contractor working for them to pay their staff the same rate.

The Albion are the 550th employer in the city to sign up. Branch Secretary Sue Beatty said: “We are delighted to support the local Living Wage campaign and are very pleased to see the Albion come on board – especially as they are requiring all the contractors who work for them to pay it too.”

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March for Moulsecoomb Primary!

The Department for Education has imposed a forced Academisation Order on Moulsecoomb Primary, a much loved local authority community school. Parents, staff, ex-pupils, trade unions, the council, local MPs and the wider community are united in fighting to keep the school in the local authority. On Saturday 13th July we will be assembling at Moulsecoomb Primary School for a march and rally. The march will head down Lewes Road, past the Level turning right at St Peters Place and up Ditchling Road back to the Level. Once at the Level there will be speakers (TBA) and a family picnic. All are welcome. Bring placards and bring banners. Save our Schools !!

People will be assembling from 09.30 for a 10.00 start.

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Hands Off Moulsecoomb Primary School!




Following an “Inadequate” Ofsted rating Moulsecoomb Primary School faces being forced to join a multi-academy trust. This decision by the Department for Education is opposed by Brighton & Hove City Councillors, unions, parents and staff.

Come to the public meeting to hear why academies do not improve outcomes for children and take schools away from public accountability by privatising them.

Even if you cannot get to the meeting, please sign the petition at


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Your voice, your vote

It’s time to choose who speaks for you on UNISON’s national executive council.

You’re hard at work keeping our vital public services running, and leading busy lives with your family and friends.

So now’s your chance to elect the people who’ll speak up on your behalf over the next two years.

What’s the election for?

All seats are up for election on UNISON’s national executive council (or ‘NEC’).

The NEC is a diverse group of 67 ordinary members like you, working in all areas of public services, who make decisions about how our union is run.

When can I vote?

The ballot opens on 15 April 2019 and closes on 17 May 2019.

A ballot paper will be sent to the home of every eligible member, together with information on the candidates.

Will you remind me?

Yes! We’ll send you an email when the ballot’s open.

What if I haven’t had a ballot paper?

The election opens on 15 April, so if you haven’t received your ballot paper by 29 April, please call 0800 0857 857.

Please join your fellow UNISON members and vote in the NEC election. It only takes a few minutes! Thank you.

More here

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Brighton General campaign speaker at branch AGM

Madeleine Dickens of Sussex Defend NHS will be speaking at our branch AGM on Wednesday (20th March) about the campaign to ensure the land at Brighton General Hospital is kept for community use.

Read more about it here. All branch members are welcome at the AGM at Brighton Town Hall, starting at 5.30pm.

Non-print order flyer STOP THE THEFT OF BGH-page-001


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Bust the winter blues at our branch social!

Unison Social flyer


Use this link to book your tickets – branch members only please

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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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