Please donate in memory of Denise Knutsen

As many of you will know, Denise Knutsen, Schools convenor at this branch,  died recently after a long illness.  Her husband Alex, and her children are fundraising for Sussex Cancer Care in memory of Denise,  and they are trying to reach a target of 8k to replace broken equipment at the Centre.

Today the branch received a donation of £279 from staff in Business Ops (Finance).  This was raised by arranging and holding an “ORBIS World Cup” event.  On behalf of Alex, and Denise’s children, we  are deeply grateful to you all for your efforts in memory of a wonderful friend and colleague.

For any who would like to make a contribution to this worthwhile cause, please feel free to visit:

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A celebration of the life of Denise Knutsen

A celebration of the life of Denise Knutsen

Anyone who knew Denise is invited to a celebration of her  life and achievements as follows:

2.30pm, Thursday 2nd August, 2018, at Woodvale Crematorium, South Chapel, Lewes Road, Brighton.

4.30pm  Same day – the “After Party” at the Good Companions, Function Room, Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3TE.

Her husband Alex Knutsen, on behalf of the family, has requested no flowers but says the following about what people can do in Denise’s memory:

“Donations – Denise wanted real change for real people, so the chosen charity (which also benefits the NHS and MacMillan – our “heroes”) is the Sussex Cancer Fund Wish List at

In addition, on the day, there will be a bucket collection for Lost  Cats, so she wants your spare change/some of those plastic bank notes welcome as well! We always had older lost cats and they cost a blooming fortune – neither of us cared, we loved each and every one of them.”



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Denise Knutsen

It is with great sadness and regret that we have to report that our colleague and friend Denise Knutsen died over the weekend following a long illness.  For those of you who knew Denise, she will be remembered for her commitment to the UNISON Brighton & Hove branch and her members in schools, for whom she worked so tirelessly.  Denise will be remembered with love and deep affection and respect.

Any messages of condolence to her husband Alex Knutsen (ex Branch Secretary of our UNISON branch) and her children, Dan and Laura, can be sent via the UNISON office at Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, Brighton BN1 1JA. 


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Thank you NHS!

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Defend the NHS on its 70th birthday!

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Cash win for injured member

Our Unison branch notched up another success for a member recently, when she was awarded £10,000 as the result of a personal injury claim.

The member was injured when she slipped on a wet floor while attending a training session in one of the council’s buildings. She was left with pain and bruising in her hip and numbness in her left foot.

Unison’s personal injury lawyers, Thompsons, commenced court proceedings and a settlement of £10,000 was finally agreed.

Branch secretary Sue Beatty said: “Cases such as this show the value of the union’s legal service. It also shows that the union is prepared to take cases that claim companies and no win/no fee solicitors will not. It’s yet another good reason to join Unison!”

If you think you may have a claim, contact the Unison branch office on 01273 291611.

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Local Government pay offer accepted

The UNISON NJC Committee met on 6th April to consider branch feedback on its recommendation that UNISON should accept the NJC pay offer for 2018-20. In the feedback received 79% of branches and 10 out of 11 regions voted to accept the pay offer.  The NJC Committee therefore formally agreed to accept the pay offer and to notify GMB and Unite and the Local Government Association. The NJC Committee also agreed a pay award implementation strategy for dealing with any attempts by employers to undermine or not implement the pay award, cut conditions or jobs to pay for it or walk away from the NJC. Details will be circulated to branches shortly

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