Kirklees UNISON is the local branch of UNISON. We are committed to the principles of solidarity, unity and progress. There is no room for division in our movement. Our strength comes from our belief that only by acting together can ordinary working people organise for their mutual benefit. Individually we beg, together we negotiate. The 11,000 plus members in Kirklees UNISON seek to act for the improvement of our life and our defence against those who would reduce it.

Pay Up Now!

Pay Up Now

UNISON major pay campaign: “Pay Up Now!”

For years now, public service workers have seen their pay held back by government in the name of austerity. First a freeze then a cap saw public sector pay rise by just 4.4% between 2010 and 2016 while the cost of living rose by 22%.

Public sector workers need a pay rise!

That’s no way to treat people like you, hardworking people who play such a vital role in looking after us and holding our communities together – keeping us safe, healthy, educated, and cared for.

But the tide may be turning. The government is now under real pressure to scrap the 1% cap on public sector wages and UNISON is leading the fight to get you the pay rise you deserve. More and more people are listening and supporting our Pay Up Now! campaign.

Now it’s up to us, in UNISON, to keep that pressure on until we get:

  • an end to the pay cap;
  • government money made available for an immediate pay rise for all public sector workers;
  • an end to government interference in bargaining arrangements for all public sector pay.

We can’t miss this opportunity. They won’t pay up if we don’t all speak up. So, please get involved in our campaign and help us win. Together we can do it.

Why not use our pay calculator to give you an idea of how your pay has fallen behind the cost of living over the last seven years.

Check out the PayUpNow Salary Calculator here!...


Branch news

Potential back pay: Start and finish times

All UNISON members in the Council who go directly from home to their first call and/or leave their last call and go directly home, please contact Dean Pye (Steward) at the Huddersfield Branch Office on 01484-511826, for a legal case form to lodge their case for potential back pay.


Are you being paid properly for 'sleep-ins'?

Anyone who does sleep-ins as part of their work please contact Dean Pye (Steward) at the Huddersfield Branch Office, on 01484-511826, if you think you are not being paid correctly for the hours you are at work.  (For a “sleep- in” your total pay must be at least £7.50 per hour – however it is made up, even if you slept the whole shift and were not disturbed.)


Your skills, your future

Due to unforeseen circumstances this workshop did not go ahead in September 2017.  However, we are pleased to announce the re-scheduled date of Saturday 9th December 2017, 10.00am – 4.00pm .  The workshop will run from the Branch Office in Huddersfield and lunch will be provided.

There are still places available on this popular workshop which will cover identifying your existing skills and helping you feel more confident about your skills and abilities.  It will identify ways to seek out opportunities for development and highlight your achievements.

Telephone 01484-511826 to book a place on the course or speak to Michael Pogson (Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator) about this and other learning opportunities in UNISON.


Kirklees UNISON lottery

Kirklees UNISON run a monthly lottery.  The price of each lottery number is 25p per week per number. 

The monthly prizes in the draw are:

1st prize =          £175
2nd prize=          £150
3rd prize =          £  75
4th prize =          £  50
5th prize =          £  30 x 5

This lottery is only open to Kirklees UNISON members. You can have as many tickets per week as you want.

If you want to join the lottery please contact the Kirklees UNISON branch office on
01484 511826


Casual cleaner required for Kirklees UNISON Branch

Kirklees UNISON
Casual Cleaner

We currently have a requirement for a Casual Cleaner in our busy town centre office (Huddersfield) to cover for holidays and sickness absences. 

The hours worked will normally be early weekday mornings.  The rate of pay is £8.86 per hour.

Please contact the Office Manager, Georgina Bottomley for further details on 01484 511826.


UNISON Return to Learn and Women's Lives

These two courses are a fantastic free opportunity for UNISON members who have been away from learning for a long time.  The courses are run in a friendly and supportive environment with the support of a Workers Education Association tutor experienced in working with Adults.

Return to Learn (all UNISON members)
This course consists of 12 study group sessions run in the evening for two and a half hours and one residential weekend.  The course is designed to help you gain skills and confidence to study, learn or do something new.  This course will start this Autumn at two venues :

Monday evenings at Barnsley Town Hall
Thursday evenings at Orange Box in Halifax Town Centre.

Women’s Lives
This course consists of 10 study group sessions run in the evening for two hours and one residential weekend.  Women’s Lives is a course designed for women who have been out of education for some time and have had few educational opportunities in the past.  This course is for women with busy lives, families and other commitments.  Many women are used to looking after other peoples’ needs.  This is an opportunity to set time aside for you!  This course will run this Autumn from the following venues:

Wednesday evenings at Huddersfield New College, Huddersfield
Tuesday evenings at Swathmore Centre, Leeds
Wednesday evenings at The Circle, Sheffield

If you would like further information about any of these two courses please ring Michael Pogson on 01484 511826.


Self Organised Groups - Regular meeting dates

Kirklees UNISON’s Self Organised Groups are held monthly, as follows:

First Wednesday of each month 1-2pm

Last Monday of each month 4-5pm

First Wednesday of each month 4-5pm

Third Wednesday of each month 4-5pm

All the meetings are in the Kirklees UNISON Branch Office at 4 New North Parade, Huddersfield, HD1 5JP. For more information please telephone Sabahat Rafiq, Equalities Officer at the Branch Office on 01484 511826


Presentation - for their work with 'With Banners Held High'

Granville Williams and Sue Williams being presented with Kirklees UNISON commemorative plates at the last Branch Committee meeting for their work with ‘With Banners Held High’.


Branch Officer Vacancies 2017/18

Vacancies exist in the branch for the following Branch Officer positions:

  • Membership Services’ Officer
  • Sports Officer
  • Vice-Chairperson
  • Young Members' Officer
  • Assistant Treasurer
  • Social Officer

Nomination forms for the above positions can be obtained from the UNISON Branch Office and must be proposed and seconded by existing, full members of Kirklees UNISON.

The branch are very keen to have these positions filled and would encourage nominations.  Anyone with a query about the roles should contact the Kirklees UNISON Branch Office.


UNISON Educational Grants 2017


UNISON offers the following grants to members studying during 2017 at their own expense.

  • Learning Support Grants of £70 for members on further education courses or first degree level courses.
  • Open University grants of £120 for 60 point courses at first degree level with the Open University or £60 for 30 point courses.

Grants are offered on a first-come first-served basis until funding is spent.  If you are interested in applying then please contact Michael Pogson, Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator, via the UNISON Branch office, on 01484 511826 for a grant application form.


UNISON Bursaries for Activists 2017


UNISON offers grants to help members who wish to study Trade Union and Labour Movement and Women’s Studies Courses.  The grants available to members studying out of their own expense are:

  • Certificate or Diploma Grants of up to £300 for members on Trade Union and Labour Movement or Women’s Studies courses.
  • BA grants of up to £500 for members on Trade Union and Labour Movement or Women’s Studies courses.
  • Master’s Degree Grants of up to one-third of fees for Union representatives studying Trade Union and Labour Movement or Women’s Studies.

If you are already studying or planning to study any of the above courses in 2017 then please contact Michael Pogson Lifelong Learning Co-Ordinator via the Branch Office on 01484 511286 for a grant application form. 


Kirklees College refuses to implement pay offer

Kirklees UNISON members at Kirklees College voted overwhelmingly to reject this year’s FE (Further Education) College’s national pay offer of 1% or £250 whichever was the greater.

However, nationally across England, UNISON members in FE Colleges voted to accept the pay offer by 70% to 30%. Kirklees College has now informed Kirklees UNISON they “are not in a position to offer a pay award for 2016/17 at this time”.

Kirklees UNISON representatives will be arranging meetings with its members at Kirklees College to discuss the situation. The College had not, previously, given any indication during the national pay negotiations that they did not intend to honour the national pay award.

(UNISON FE members in Scotland had been offered a 2016/17 pay offer of £230 a year – just more than half of the £450 per year which was offered to FE teachers in Scotland. Following a ‘months-long’ campaign, including strike days and action short of strike action, UNISON members in Scotland’s FE Colleges have been offered a pay rise of £450 per year, the same as teaching staff, with an additional consolidation of a £100 payment from 1st April 2017.)

Kirklees Learning Group – Help with Maths and English

Kirklees Learning Group is a partnership between Kirklees Council and the Joint Trade Unions (UNISON, Unite and the GMB) with the aim of improving the literacy and maths skills of Kirklees employees.

Through the Learning Group we are able to offer courses up to level 2 (GCSE / O Level equivalent) in both Maths and English functional skills. The courses are delivered by Kirklees College at both Dewsbury and Huddersfield sites and usually run for a period of 15 weeks. These courses are free and, in most instances, Kirklees employees will be able to attend these courses in work’s time. If you are interested in improving your Maths and English skills, then please contact Michael Pogson (Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator) via the Branch Office on 01484 511826.


Dave Ellis (1947 – 2016)

In memory of DAVE ELLIS (1947 - 2016)

Kirklees UNISON Branch Vice-Chair and Chief Steward, Kirklees College

A Huddersfield giant - in stature, principles and ideals. 

A Yorkshire socialist and internationalist.

Revered by all at Kirklees UNISON.

Nick Ruff             Paul Holmes
Branch Chair        Branch Secretary

You can watch a video of friends gathering to say farewell to Dave Ellis at his funeral on Monday 25th July here.


Self Organised Groups in Kirklees UNISON

UNISON is looking to promote two more self-organised groups within our Kirklees Branch. 

They are Disability and Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Groups.  (The branch already has functioning Black Members’ and Women’s Groups.) 

We are hoping to get these groups ‘up and running’.  These groups are there to support people who have issues within their workplace and also for networking. The benefits are very rewarding so join up now.

Contact Orvil Smith or Sabahat Rafiq (Equalities Officer - job share) on 01484 511826 for further details and information.


1984/5 Miners' Strike Commemorative Plate – Get yours

Miners strike plateThis Branch has a commemorative plate to recognise the miners who were on strike during the 1984/5 Miners’ Strike.

The plate (priced £20) can be bought by any Kirklees UNISON member. On the back of the plate you can have a 'personalised' inscription of two lines. Or you can have no inscription on the back at all.

To obtain a plate (priced £20) please contact the branch office on
01484 511826.


Special offers and events for UNISON members

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Christmas Pantomime: Jack and the Beanstalk


This year’s Christmas Pantomime trip is to the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield, to see Jack and the Beanstalk at 2.30pm on Saturday 6th January 2018.

Tickets, which are going quickly, are priced:

  • Kirklees UNISON members, other adults (non-UNISON members) and children of non-Kirklees UNISON members - £17
  • Kirklees UNISON members’ children – Free
  • Kirklees UNISON members’ grandchildren - £5

(We have booked the whole theatre for this performance – but there are only 430 seats. So when they’re gone. They’re gone.)

Free transport will also be provided from other local areas – Batley, Dewsbury, Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike etc. (This will be a British Sign Language interpreted performance – ensure you complete the booking form with the appropriate details.).

Also please note this is a subsidised trip by Kirklees UNISON and so tickets are not for sale to people who are eligible to be Kirklees UNISON members and choose not to be.

Booking forms available from either of the Kirklees UNISON offices.  01484 – 511826 (Huddersfield) or 01924 – 438188 (Dewsbury).


Discounted Car Insurance for UNISON members

Discounted car insurance for UNISON members is available from LV (Liverpool Victoria) Insurance. Last year 10% of new UNISON customers at LV paid £186 per annum or less for their car insurance.

Breakdown cover is also available to UNISON members for £72 per annum.

Telephone 0800 756 8154 (car insurance) or 0800 756 8692 (breakdown cover) for a quotation. (Textphone 18001)

(Motorbike Insurance, Classic Car insurance and Caravan insurance – 0800 032 0535)


Free table tennis and badminton

All Kirklees UNISON members are reminded that there are free Badminton and Table Tennis facilities for Kirklees UNISON Members at Huddersfield Leisure Centre, Springwood, Huddersfield between 12 noon and 1.00pm on Wednesdays.  Rackets/bats etc can be provided.  Please contact Leslie Bhola (01484 – 221000) if you require further details or merely turn up on the day.


Croyde Bay discount

UNISON’s own holiday centre at Croyde Bay, North Devon has now got a 50% low-paid members’ discount available for its chalets and hotel (subject to availability).

If the total household income for a household for a single person/couple is less than £18,000 per annum (before deductions) or, for a family living in the same property, is less than £28,000 per annum, then you will be able to get a 50% discount.  (This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.  Evidence of income must be provided to confirm eligibility).

To find out more telephone - 01271-890-890 or go to www.croydeunison.co.uk.


Vauxhall: Discounts for Kirklees UNISON Members


0% APR representative/flexible finance, plus Vauxhall lifetime warranty (100,000 miles).

Also discounts on Vauxhall insurance and genuine Vauxhall accessories.

All these offers are available for all eligible family members too!

Please contact the Branch Office on 01484 511826 for details.


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