Monthly Archives: September 2014

Yorkshire Miners Annual Memorial Service

Yorkshire Miners’ Annual Memorial Service
Rotherham Minster, All Saints Square, Rotherham S60 1PW
Sunday 12 October 2014
Service commences 2pm
Music will be provided by Maltby M. W. Band and Yew Tree Theatre Company.

Have a look at the flyer by following this link

Yorkshire Area Miners Memorial 2014


IPCC 2nd Anniversary

Friday 14 November will see the second year anniversary of the IPCC’S ‘scoping exercise’ into the evidence surrounding the ‘Battle of Orgreave.’

The OTJC has called for a demonstration outside the London IPCC HQ. We have already put on transport from South Yorkshire, please get in touch to book your seat and lend your support! No Justice! No Peace!


Britain Needs A Pay Rise

Less than four weeks to go to the TUC march in London. We ALL need a pay rise!  See details below on how you can be a part of this event.

britain needs a pay rise

Real wages for workers in the North East Yorkshire & Humberside have shrunk by more than 7% since 2009. But more worrying still the north east now has the highest number of low paid workers in the country.

Enough is enough. We’re taking a stand to demand a pay rise for Britain. Join us in London on Saturday 18 October. Be part of the last mass demo before next year’s general election. Let’s make it big!

In Sunderland and Hull, over a third of all jobs are now low paid, with workers earning below two thirds of the national mid-point for wages. In Grimsby and Doncaster a quarter of workers are low paid. The lack of good jobs and secure employment is sucking even more money out of local economies. Trapping workers on poverty pay is no way to build a recovery.

March with us to call for an end to the longest squeeze on living standards for nearly a century. March for a better Britain, full of hope for ordinary people and the next generation, jobs that pay and affordable homes.

1.4 million strong – Unite members work to make Britain great in every industry across the economy.  Let’s come together now to demand a recovery for all – not just the top per cent.

See you in London!

Best regards,

Karen Reay, Unite regional secretary North East, Yorkshire & Humberside

The Big TUC Youth Debate

On Saturday 15 November between 11.oo am and 5.00 pm the TUC will be hosting The Big TUC Youth Debate Jobs, Home and Voice.  It has been organised by the TUC Young Workers  Forum and is supported by the NUS. It is the central event of Young Workers month. Further information can be found by accessing this link:

The Big Youth Debate

Freedom Riders campaign spreads

Regular readers of our blog will know about the heroic freedom riders from South Yorkshire who have been fighting to retain free travel for disabled and retired people for six months now. Well as you know action inspires more action and the fight for free travel had been taken up by Unite Community members in our South East region read all about it here   And check out these fantastic pictures! Solidarity Forever!!!Slide02 Slide08 (1) Slide07 Slide06 Slide09 (1) Slide10 Slide11 Slide14 Slide13 Slide12 Slide03 Slide19 Slide18 Slide17 Slide16 (1) Slide15

Jobcentre Whistleblower

Job centre staff are becoming increasingly frustrated and unhappy with the nature of their role- as this person explains in the clip below

Durham Unite Centre nominated for Equality Award

NE equality awards-logocolour

Durham Unite Community Support Centre is proud to have been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2014 North East Equality Awards, in the category The TUC – Unionlearn award

Regardless of whether we win, it is gratifying to see the work we have been doing to increase opportunities for disadvantaged groups and to tackle social exclusion has been recognised, and makes us more determined to continue supporting and reaching out to the most vulnerable in our society.

The awards will be announced on the 17th of October. We wish all the finalists in all the categories the best of luck and congratulate them on their nomination and the commitment they share with us to dedicating their resources and effort towards those people who need it most.