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LSBU UNISON Annual General Meeting 2018

Come and meet your representatives and find out what your union has been doing for you over the past twelve months and the plans for the next year.

As Brexit looms closer and austerity continues (for some) the government is trying to shackle the unions at a time when they are needed most of all so come and have your say.

More details, incuding ballot forms can be found on our website


Lunch provided

Please register so that we know how many to cater for https://unison-agm.eventbrite.co.uk

LSBU UNISON Branch invites you to a lunchtime event featuring John Page from Hope not Hate

You are invited to come along for a buffet lunch and meet your UNISON team.

John Page from Hope Not Hate will be speaking andthere will be an opportunity to put questions to John and the Branch Executivbe

The HOPE not hate campaign was founded in 2004 to provide a positive antidote to the politics of hate.

HOPE not hate was established to offer a more positive and engaged way of doing anti-fascism. Prioritising working in communities to town centre demonstrations; they engaged and spoke to local people and offered an alternative to  other organisations that were tapping into a wider mood of alienation and hardship and it was important to address issues of concern to voters.

Since it was founded in 2004, HOPE not hate has become one of the largest and most successful political action groups in the country.


UK Black Pride

Carnival themed Big Picnic in the park family music festival, with a main stage, live music and entertainment

UNISON LGBT will have a stall at the event, come along on the day and say hello.

The main stage will promote political messages against the racism, sexism and homophobia which blight Black and LGBT peoples’ lives.

Smaller stages will host music, carnival and entertainment

There will be a food court, market and street gallery


BURSARY OR BUST MARCH: Continuing the fight to save NHS bursaries


We have called another march against the cuts to the NHS bursary. We are a grassroots, student led campaign and need your support! March with us for NHS bursaries and for the FUTURE OF THE NHS!

NHS bursaries are a LIFELINE for many – the cuts will affect podiatrists, physiotherapists, dental nurses, speech and language therapists, radiographers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, midwives, nurses, dieticians and other AHP’s.

We, NHS students, work up to 50% in clinical placements (full time) which is why the bursary is fundamental to us because working part time is very difficult. We are not asking for special treatment, we simply want to keep our financial support in order to be healthcare professionals. If the NHS bursary is cut, it will mean only those who can afford to pay will become healthcare professionals. We strongly believe that a diverse range of people in healthcare professions is important.

We believe that less people will want to train, or retrain, to be healthcare professionals. For nursing, the evidence shows that less equals higher mortality rates. There is currently a deficit of 24,000 nurses which is set to continue to grow. An apprenticeship route has also been proposed for nursing which would mean that those training would recieve approximately £3 an hour. We feel that this is incredibly unfair.

In Osborne’s Autumn spending review, it was revealed that NHS bursaries would be cut and replaced with a loan system. Furthermore, with a freeze on loan repayment thresholds and a rigid Agenda for Change pay scale, NHS students who qualify into their professions will be dealt with further cuts in their pay. The NHS bursary campaigners support free education for all.

The imposition of a loan system is an attempt at breaking the tie between students and the NHS to pave the way for the complete dismantling of the health service in order to privatise and profit. NHS bursary cuts are simply the tip of the iceberg.

Please join us!
Supported by: The Peoples Assembly, DPAC, King’s College London Student Union, Unite, NUS, Unison,the RCN and GMB!

We will have a special performance from the AMAZING NHS CHOIR!!!
Vivienne Westwood
Roger Mckenzie Assistant General Secretary of Unison.
Dr Aislinn Mcklin-Dougherty and Dr Mona Kamal
Our amazing Helen Corry reading some of her wonderful and original poems
Ann Corry a patient and lover of the NHS
More to follow very soon…..watch this space


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The 2016 London South Bank University LGBT+ History Month Debate Discussing the Intersection of Transgender/Gender-Nonconforming Identities and Faith/Religion.

Hosted by SONET this year’s debate takes as its inspiration the themes of the 2016 LGBT+ History Month – Religion, Belief and Philosophy.

In particular, this debate will be discussing the intersection of transgender/gender-nonconforming identities and faith/religion.

Confirmed speakers

  • Moderator – Mohsin Zaidi (Legal Director Pride in London)

  • Ejel Khan (Islam)

  • Jonathan Sedgwick (Church of England)

  • Robert Brown (Nichiren Buddhism)

  • Surat-Shaan Knan (Liberal Judaism)

TUC mass lobby of Parliament – protect the right to strike

Join union members from across the UK for a rally and lobby of MPs against the undemocratic Trade Union Bill.

UNISON thinks MPs should be focusing on the real problems this country faces, not undermining people’s right to be supported at work. That’s why thousands of people are going to Parliament to talk to their MPs on 2 November.  

2015 UNISON AGM – Minutes

Branch Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 24th March 2015 K-207 Keyworth Building



 Veronica Leacock in the chair.
1. Welcome to members and introduction of Officers

The chair welcomed members to the AGM and introduced the branch officers and regional officer.

2.  Apologies for Absence

Beverley Goring to arrive late due to an unavoidable work commitment. No other apologies received.

3.  Review of minutes from 2014

 Minutes agreed. No matters arising not already on the agenda.

4. Elections for posts

The following were elected unopposed:

  • Branch Secretary:                            Beverley Goring
  • Vice-chair:                                         Michael Veitch
  • Treasurer:                                          Letisha Spencer
  • Education Officer:                            Veronica Leacock
  • Membership Secretary:                   Dina Mehdi
  • Equality and Diversity Officer:       Melany Wagestroom-Gehringer/Gill Hunte
  • Campaigns Officer:                         Melany Wagestroom-Gehringer/Terry Eastham
  • Communications Officer:               Terry Eastham
  • Health and Safety Officer:              Paul Crick/Tanja Perez
  • Welfare Officer:                                Sue Haslam

The following posts remain vacant:

  • Chair
  • International Officer
  • Young Members Officer

5.  Visiting speaker: Max Watson London Region NEC member

Max Watson had to send apologies due to unavoidable commitments in his own branch.

6.  Koint Negotiating Committee and meetings with VC update

Tanya Perez gave a verbal report, summarized as follows:

Support staff restructures have not taken place yet, however selected academic restructures took place in the past 12 months and one or two more have been announced for April 2015. Tanya highlighted UNISON’s involvement in all restructures with a view to meaningful consultation with management and exploring all options in order to avoid compulsory redundancies. A potential outcome of support staff restructuring may well be that there ends up being more posts than there are staff, however this does not mean there will be no redundancies as some staff may find that their particular job has been deleted and that they are not interested in any available alternatives. A priority for UNISON will be to ensure good communication with staff affected by restructures and adequate support and training for staff seeking redeployment.

 The next meeting with the VC is due to take place on 27th March 2015.

7.  London Living Wage and Outsourced Workers

Jonathan Buckner gave a verbal report, summarized as follows:

The London Living Wage has been agreed for all outsourced staff working at the university, regardless of which employer they work for. This was a result of a successful campaign by affected members and took effect from August 2014. A successful meeting was held in early 2014 with Interserve and members are keen to get involved in campaigning improve their terms and conditions. However, there is a need to encourage more people to step forward to take on casework and campaigning and organizing. Jonathan also highlighted the need to work to towards UNISON recognition with the private companies operating at the university.

8.  Report from Fran Alton: UNISON Area Organiser

 Fran gave a brief presentation on the upcoming general election, which is a key campaigning issue for UNISON. Members present were encouraged to use their vote on 7th May and to consider carefully which party to vote for, and which party is most likely to protect our public services. Information was available for members to take away if desired.

9.  Health and Safety update


Paul Crick gave a verbal report, summarized as follows:

There have been numerous developments since the last AGM in relation to health and safety. Most notably a new health and safety policy has been drafted. Paul encouraged all members present to read this carefully, emphasizing that staff have rights in relation to health and safety but also responsibilities. Other developments include: a new fire safety working group, new mandatory health and safety training for all staff, consolidated reporting back from local committees designed to ensure standardized reporting on health and safety matters across the university, a new alcohol and drugs policy which I currently being negotiated.

10.  UNISON Welfare update

 Sue Haslam introduced herself as Welfare Officer and explained the purpose of her role as the point of contact for members who required support from UNISON for issues like financial help, debt advice or emotional support through UNISON’s charity, There For You. Information and leaflets (and stress toys!) were available for members to take away if desired.

11.  A.O.B.

Terry Eastham informed members present of the new LSBU UNISON website and twitter account. Members are encouraged to contact Terry with any suggestion for how to improve the branch online presence.

 Terry also advertised General Election debates taking place at the university.

 The Chair introduced Beverley Goring, newly elected Branch Secretary.

 It was suggested that UNISON should request a presence at the all staff conference arranged for 13th May 2015. The branch committee will investigate this as all members present agreed it would be a good idea.