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UNISON Community Conference 2022 – Glasgow – Day 2 Conference Session

Conference began and the Annual Report was brought to the members and this report was carried. you can read the Annual Report by clicking on the image below…

Now we move onto conference business and the discussion of motions, you can read about these in the conference guide by clicking on the image below….

The first Motion to be discussed is – Motion 1 – Organising to achieve fairer pay in Social care, amendment 1.1 has fallen and Motion 1 is carried as NOT amended.

Now motion 2 is being brought to conference this is – Social Care Recruitment and Retention Crisis. this motion was carried

next up is Motion 3 – Now is the time to put women at the heart of the economic recovery from covid by investing in social care. The motion was carried.

Motion 4 was discussed – Trans Equality in the Community Sector – Louder and Prouder! this motion was carried.

other motions were discussed and carried – Motion 5 COVID Secure workplaces for Disabled Members working in Community, Motion 6 The Future of adult social Care for LGBT+ People, Motion 7 – Reasonable adjustments for Disabled Members in Community, Motion 8 – Insourcing adult social care, Motion 9 – Campaigning on the Housing Crisis, Motion 10 – Organising to end the crisis in Social Care, Motion 11 – Care Workers From Abroad – a New form of slave Labour was carried as amended 11.1. Motion 12 – Fair Pay for all Social Care Workers also carried.

Motion 13 – Time for Change – Fell as the motion was not moved

Motion 14 – The Death of the office – Fell as the motion was not moved

Motion 15 – Stop Bosses from encroaching on your free time and compensate your overtime properly. was carried as amended 15.1

Motion 16 – Fair Sickness Absence for all – supporting better sickness absence for community workers with additional needs. – this was carried as amended 16.1.

Motion 17 – Time to recognise all Community and Voluntary Sector Workers – Was carried.

Motion 18 – Countering Fragmentation – Was Carried

Motion 19 – Charitable sector emerging from Covid – Was Carried

Motion 20 – Supporting and Organising Community Members – Was Carried

Motion 21 – Learning and Organising in Community – Was Carried

Motion 22 – Contractual Sick Pay Campaign – Was Carried

This brought conference to a close early as all business was completed in this session. There will now be no session tomorrow. There was a social get together organised to happen this evening for a chance for attendees to network and socialise with other members from across the country.

This brings to a close the Conference blog, hope you have found it useful, look out for the next one at another conference coming up very soon.

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Our Year In Review and Annual General Meeting Announcement

Dear Member 

We would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting – Friday 25 February 2022 Arrival 6pm AGM Start at 6.30pm

The AGM will finish at 7.30pm and be followed by a 2 course Indian Hot Buffet, then a live band and Disco. The Bar will be open till 1am 

On arrival each member will receive one FREE Drinks Voucher to be redeemed at the Bar. 

Please let us know if you are able to attend and have any dietary requirements by clicking here –

We strongly advise that you all take a lateral flow test before attending the AGM.
Non-members are able to wait in the bar until 
the AGM is completed

If you would like to book a table for UNISON Members please let us know by emailing

You can also book a nights stay at Derby Conference Centre at….

Please also contact us if you have any special requirements or details in accessing our AGM. by emailing or calling us.

Please also find below our latest Newsletter containing details of… 
Branch Officer Updates, Free Training For Members, Regional Report, Annual General Meeting, Fairness and Equality , LGBT+ Conference Update
and much more… 

We hope you find this useful and it would be great to see you all at the AGM.

Becky Everett
Branch Secretary

Richard Platt
Branch Chair

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A Tribute to Sue Salzedo

We would just like to pay tribute to Sue Salzedo who was a a great support and friend to Julie Walker our Branch Treasurer and a very good friend of our branch. Rosie Bartram UNISON Area Organiser – Case Support Unit and Regional Women’s Network Secretary sums up below in her words how much sue was respected in UNISON for everything she did for the union and its members.

For those interested in attending Sue’s funeral please contact Derby City Branch and we will share these with you.

Hi all

I am writing this with a heavy heart as we recently lost a much loved and respected member of the UNISON family. Sue Salzedo sadly passed away in December 2021 at the age of 75. She was a member of Leicestershire County Branch but was also active in several of our self-organised groups (SOGs) as well as Regional and National forums. I thought it would be fitting to honour her many years of activism and her dedication to supporting members.

Sue, a Social Worker, started her UNISON path as a steward for NALGO. We know that she was active in the 1990s and I suspect that she was active before this time too. In 1991 she was the Women’s Officer within the branch. As such she attended regular meetings and attended Women’s Conference on numerous occasions. She was also active in the LGBT+ SOG at this time. She was a branch delegate, regional delegate and also got involved nationally too. She was a leading light in both SOGs and continued to be until the end of 2021.

Sue was the branch chair at Leicestershire from 2003 to 2006. She retired in 2006 but still continued to be a very active part of both the branch and regionally. She became joint retired members secretary upon retiring, sharing the role with Shirley Ball and then Richard Lancaster. In 2016 she took on this role solely and held it until now. She was also a member of the International Committee, Regional Council and the Equalities Committee.

She was an integral part of the Regional Women’s Network and will be sorely missed by us all. Sue was interviewed for an article in Out In UNISON magazine back in 2008. It gives a great insight into Sue, and I wanted to share my favourite quote from it with you. When asked what advice she would give others when approaching retirement she said, “don’t wait; don’t worry about spending money to do things that you really want to do, now is the only time that you have. The main thing is to enjoy yourself.” I think this advice applies to us all. 

Thank you Sue.

Rosie Bartram

UNISON Area Organiser – Case Support Unit

Regional Women’s Network Secretary