Closing the ethnicity pay gap

18 August 2023

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

Across the UK, Black employees earn on average 2.3% less than their white colleagues, though this is as high as 16% for Pakistani people and 8% for Black Africans. UNISON is committed to closing the ethnicity pay gap and this course is designed to help you do it. What will the course cover? UNISON’s ethnicity […]

New Stewards at the Activist Summer School

14 – 18 August 2023

UNISON Eastern, 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 […]

Developing skills to challenge micro-aggressions in the workplace (for Black activists)

17 August 2023

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

Are you a Black UNISON Eastern activist observing problems with microaggressions in your workplace but you’re struggling to challenge them? This is the course for you! What will the course look at? Defining microaggression & micro invalidation, Identifying ways to intervene and challenge micro-aggressions, Practising having a conversation around microaggressions in a safe environment. When […]

Introduction to disability discrimination law

17 August 2023

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

This course is a general introduction to disability discrimination law. By the end of the course, you will have a better understanding of the definition of disability, who might be covered by the law, and the adjustments an employer can be expected to make. When does the course run? This course runs on Thursday 17 […]

Local pay claims

16 August 2023

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

For thousands of UNISON members, the only path to fair pay is through local collective bargaining with their employer. If you’re an activist in a local pay employer, or help negotiate for members of your branch on local pay, this is the course for you. What will the course help me to do? Engage local […]

New union learning reps at the activist summer school

14 – 16 August 2023

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

The core course for new union learning representatives explains UNISON’s approach to lifelong learning and helping working people to gain skills and qualifications and learn for personal fulfilment. With a focus on those who have traditionally been excluded from learning, you will learn how you can work with members and employers to identify learning needs, […]

Negotiating skills

15 August 2023

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

This course is for UNISON reps who are involved in negotiations with management. What will the course help me to do? Develop and practice negotiating skills, Understand the process of negotiating, Be familiar with different styles of negotiating, Understand how to prepare, present and negotiate on a claim, Develop good practice in negotiations. When does […]

The Anti-Racism Charter: Sharing best practice

14 August 2023 12:00pm–1:00pm

UNISON Eastern brings together Black trade unionists and local  employers for a lunchtime webinar on implementing the Anti-Racism Charter. Whether you’re a senior employer or a UNISON member, this is a great chance to see how the Anti-Racism Charter can make a difference in your workplace. Speakers Stephen Moir, CEO of Cambridgeshire County Council Nicole […]

Making equality central to your union practice

14 August 2023

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

Do you want to gain a greater understanding of equalities issues and learn how to embed equality within your union work? Then this is the course for you. What will the course help me to do? Look at how reps can make equality central to their union practice, Learn about equality legislation, Find out more […]

New stewards

4 – 13 July 2023

UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY

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

10 – 11 July 2023

UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY

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 […]

FE webinar: how to improve working in further education

10 July 2023 12:00pm–1:00pm

Online via Teams

Further education staff in UNISON Eastern are invited to this fantastic event to discuss how we can collectively work to improve further education. Tell me more We’ll be joined by a UNISON national officer for FE and a representative from the Real Living Wage Foundation to dissect the issues that matter to workers in sixth […]

Further Representation Skills

6 – 7 July 2023

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

This two day course is for existing stewards who have completed the five-day new stewards course. What will the course help me to do? The course reinforces some approaches and procedures introduced in the new stewards course and explores in more detail. It explains further for identifying needs and exploring what is and isn’t a […]

Assertiveness for women

3 – 5 July 2023

Chapter House, Cathedral Walk, Chelmsford CM1 1NX

Our popular assertiveness for women course – designed for women activists and reps in UNISON Eastern region. What will the course help me to do? Understand the meaning of assertive, passive and aggressive behaviour, Consider the nature and impact of behaviour on ourselves and others, Become more aware of differing behavioural styles, Discuss the value […]

Health and safety reps

26 – 30 June 2023

UNISON Eastern, Higdon House, Kempson Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, 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 […]