Branch chair training

11 – 12 May 2024

Wyboston Lakes, Great North Road, Bedford, MK44 3AL

As part of the UNISON Eastern One Weekend 2024, we offer a selection of courses for newly elected branch officers, helping them get to grips with their new role. The course runs all day Saturday and Sunday morning. What will the course help me to do? This will help you understand The roles and skills […]

One Weekend 2024

11 – 12 May 2024

Wyboston Lakes, Great North Road, Bedford, MK44 3AL

We’re heading back to the superlative surroundings of Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire for UNISON Eastern One Weekend 2024 on 11 and 12 May. There’ll be the usual mix of training for new branch officers and activist workshops, but this time ’round we’re also offering sessions for UNISON members who aren’t active in their branches yet […]

Branch health and safety officer training

11 – 12 May 2024

Wyboston Lakes, Great North Road, Bedford, MK44 3AL

As part of the UNISON Eastern One Weekend 2024, we offer a selection of courses for newly elected branch officers, helping them get to grips with their new role. The course runs all day Saturday and Sunday morning. What will the course help me to do? This will help to Equip you with the skills […]

Advanced employment law: disability discrimination

21 – 23 May 2024

Online

It can be difficult to recognise when members have a realistic chance of proving disability discrimination and activists may lack confidence in this area. This nationally provided course will give practical skills for discussing the matter with members and recognising possible cases as well as building skills of interviewing members and analysing evidence which can […]

New stewards

3 – 7 June 2024

UNISON Eastern, Church Lane House, Church Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1NH

This course is for all new UNISON stewards and workplace representatives. Please note that you must have been elected as a representative by your branch and be showing as such on the membership system. What will the course help me to do? Understand the role of an organising union in public services; Recognise the importance […]

Stewards recertification

12 – 13 June 2024

Higdon House, Kempson Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7AR

Every five years UNISON expects our reps to participate in a course to learn about the new requirements, processes, legal changes and organising initiatives from across the union. Why take it? This is an opportunity for you to step outside of your current practice and reflect on what works for you as a UNISON rep […]

How to be a good trans ally

14 June 2024 1:00pm–3:30pm

Online

This short workshop has been written together with the LGBT+ national self-organised group and trans caucus and is for both UNISON activists and members. What will the workshop help me to do? Identify the role of a trans ally and why it’s needed, Explore UNISON’s definition of transgender, Explore what you can do to be […]

Understanding market-related pay and market forces supplements

19 June 2024 12:30pm–1:30pm

Online

Ever wondered what phrases like market supplements mean? Has your employer proposed that some staff get a pay increase but not others because of market factors? Curious about whether this is something we can agree to and what the implications might be for UNISON? Look no further! Join us for a complete beginners guide to […]

Advanced employment law: sexual harassment

3 July 2024 9:00am–4:00pm

Online

This half-day course is part of an expanding set of nationally provided sessions on discrimination under the 2010 Equality Act. Intended for activists who have already completed an introductory employment law course, it works through a film and discusses how to interview a member sensitively, how to prove that sexual harassment happened, time-limits, and the […]

Advanced employment law: religion and belief discrimination

8 July 2024 9:00am–1:00pm

Online

This half-day course is part of an expanding set of nationally provided sessions on discrimination under the 2010 Equality Act. Intended for activists who have already completed an introductory employment law course, it looks at discrimination on the basis of religion or philosophical belief. The session will cover direct discrimination against workers because of their religion; […]

New stewards

5 – 9 August 2024

University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus, LU1 3JU

This course is for all new UNISON stewards and workplace representatives.  It will run over one week in Luton. Please note that you must have been elected as a representative by your branch and be showing as such on the membership system. What will the course help me to do? Understand the role of an […]

New stewards

12 – 16 August 2024

Higdon House, Kempson Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7AR

This course is for all new UNISON stewards and workplace representatives. Please note that you must have been elected as a representative by your branch and be showing as such on the membership system. What will the course help me to do? Understand the role of an organising union in public services; Recognise the importance […]

Advanced employment law: race discrimination

18 September 2024 9:00am–4:30pm

Online

This one-day course is part of an expanding set of nationally provided sessions on discrimination under the 2010 Equality Act. Intended for activists who have already completed an introductory employment law course, this will give practical skills for discussing members’ concerns and recognising potential cases. More generally, it will build skills of interviewing members and […]

Online Stewards Recertification (4 x sessions over 4 weeks, beginning on 10 September)

10 September – 1 October 2024

Online

Every five years UNISON expects our reps to participate in a course to learn about the new requirements, processes, legal changes and organising initiatives from across the union. This blended course combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online and is delivered by experienced regional organising staff. Why take it? This is an opportunity […]

Health and safety reps

7 – 11 October 2024

Higdon House, Kempson Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7AR

This course is essential for new health and safety representatives in the Eastern region. What will the course help me to do? Understand the health and safety rep role; Carry out the health and safety rep’s duties; Be more effective in the role; Understand the key rights of health and safety reps; Recognise the employer’s […]