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UNISON - Richmond upon Thames

Richmond UNISON

Unison is the biggest union in the country serving local government. Richmond Unison Branch represents over 1100 members in the council and public sector companies.

We have members in Richmond upon Thames College, local Housing Associations and virtually all local schools.

We are here to provide support and advice to our members. Please join us! We will support staff who are members, whatever their role. We negotiate and lobby on your behalf. To find more about what we can do Click Here.



DateLatest News Item
Sept 2016 Read our interview with Gillian Norton
July 2016 Launch of first edition of Newsletter July 2016. Go to Members page - drop down to 'Newsletter'
April 2016 Ballot on final offer on SSA
March 2016 Annual General Meeting 2016
May 2015 Richmond shared staffing structure with Wandsworth, see latest news above.
January 2015 Chief Executive of Richmond Council Gillian Norton anounces plans to 'create a shared staffing structure' with Wandsworth Council.  
September 2014 18th October 2014 -TUC demonstration - Richmond Unison is preparing to meet Richmond Unison members at Waterloo at 10 am, please call branch for more information.
September 2014 Next Unison Strike date set for 14th October we hope to see people on the day.
22nd May 2014 School Uniform Grants! Applications open until 11th July 2014. Contact branch for details.
24th April 2014 Well Being Day - 5th June 2014 - Please see latest news.
27th March 2014 Action day for fair pay 1st Apirl 2014 - Stickers and Lanyards available from Unison Office, please come and collect some for your work place.
15th Nov 2013 AFC update Richmond has formally opened TUPE Negotiations from the 18th November
15th Nov 2013 AFC update Youth Service and Children’s Centres Reorganisation have started

              SSA Ballot Results

Accept 93%
Reject 7%

Richmond Unison members have voted in favour of acceptance of the terms of the proposed Collective Agreement by a large majority. Similar results were returned by Unison members in Wandsworth. The agreements to be signed by unions on behalf of their members will set out the main principles governing the proposed contractual changes due to come into effect from the 1st October 2016. Negotiations between employer and union representatives will continue in order that the specific terms of the new form of employment contract, and the revised codes and policies, can be reviewed and agreed in detail.

Click here to view the rest of the presentation

Calling all School Support Staff


Skills for Schools is an online guide to careers,            

training and development in schools

Find out more, visit the Schools Page above


Unison member awarded £25,000 after a company outsourced by Richmond Council admitted liability for a serious breach of Health and Safety Regulations.

As a result of the company’s negligence, the member sustained painful head injuries and lacerations that have left permanent scarring. Unison supported the member in making a claim against the employer alleging serious breaches of various regulations under the Work (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. The medical evidence supporting the claim was undeniable. The employer admitted liability and the claim was settled for the global sum of £25,000.

Drop the Bill; Unison lobbying our MP for Twickenham

Branch Secretary John Holroyd and Branch Support worker Maggie Fordham met with Twickenham Conservative MP Tania Mathias in The House of Commons to lobby against the Trade Union Bill about to have its third reading in Parliament.

To find out more follow the link 



                                                                  Richmond upon Thames Branch


Representatives from Richmond Unison met with Wandsworth Unison and HR from both councils. Check out the report located above in the Shared Services section.

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