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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

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UNISON LGBT+ Conference 2021 – Day 3 Final session

This mornings session begins with debating on motions to be put forward to National Delegate Conference to be held next year. NDC1 and NDC2 were agreed to be put forward to next years conference, (you can read more about these motions by clicking here)

Votes for motions

Kath Owen UNISON Vice President addresses conference, Kath announced a National online activists meeting, discussed how cuts to specialist services is having a big negative impact to our members.

Following this speech we move onto discussing motions in the Campaigning and Promoting UNISON Section this covers

The first section was for the Hub of Hope this is a useful service for anyone to find support local to those seeking it. you can click on the image below to go to the website.

Then motions were discussed around;

  • Climate Change is a LGBT+ Issue
  • The UK Policing Bill: an infringement of LGBT+ Rights
  • The Future of Adult Social Care for LGBT+ People
  • Response to Racism and LGBT+ Phobia in Mental Health Services
  • Poor Provision of Healthcare for Trans People

This was the last debate on Motions for this conference any non discussed motions will be passed to the next LGBT+ committee meeting.

An LGBT+ engaging branches guide will be launched within a week on the following link https://www.unison.org.uk/out

Next the Digital Organising Awards were presented by Andrea Egan UNISON Vice President and the winners were joint –

  • North West regions
  • Northern Ireland LGBT+Unison Group
Northern Ireland LGBT+ Group
North West Region

Following this a special presentation was made to Carol Mahwood for her endless work for the LGBT+ work in UNISON

Carol Mahwood

Special mention to Carola Towle special thanks to all the work she has done for LGBT+ work and equalities, she will be retiring next year and this is her last Unison LGBT+ Conference.

Carola Towle

This year the bucket collection is virtual and all are asked to donate to Mermaids. Mermaids has been supporting transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families since 1995. you can donate by clicking here https://mermaidsuk.org.uk

This brings the Conference to a close for this year I hope you have found this blog useful and find something that you can take away with you.

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UNISON LGBT+ Conference 2021 – Day 2 afternoon session

This afternoons session started with a welcome back and now it’s time for Motions to continue being discussed and agreed on, these motions were all carried.

  • Trans Equality – Louder and Prouder
  • BI+ Inclusion -Stronger Together
  • Conversion Therapy

Freedom of Information Request- s

  • National Disability Strategy: Smoke and Mirrors
  • Next Steps in the Campaign for Trans + and Non-Binary rights
  • a Hub of hope

You can read about the motions by clicking on the below document

During the above debates attention was drawn to the Pink News Article “High-profile appeal against anti-trans LGB Alliance’s charity” if you click on the link below you can read more…

Next up we had a speech from guest speaker – Taiwo Owatemi MP who is the Labour MP for Coventry North West, and has been an MP continuously since 12 December 2019. you can find her on Twitter.com – @TaiwoOwatemi

the final session today was a panel debate on LGBT+ Mental health which was very interesting with personal accounts from the panel of situations that have happened and the best practice, sign posting work to ensure people are as protected and supported as much as possible. questions were raised with concerns for Mental Health First aiders and support for them to carry out their work successfully but employers not providing any support.

A useful guide has been recently released on mental health policies and bargaining for change. click the document below to read in more details.

Attention was also drawn to the important document, Thriving at work The Stevenson / Farmer review of mental health and employers. the important extract is the following…

“Deloitte conducted a systematic review of literature on the returns from investing in Mental Health in the workplace resulting in the inclusion of 23 high quality examples where investments were made in trying to improve mental health and where there was enough information to evaluate the impact. The return on investment of workplace mental health interventions is overwhelmingly positive. The average return per £1 spent was £4.20 (with a range of between 40p and £9), and this has been supported by international academic literature in the form of meta- studies”

you can read the rest of the document by clicking on the below

This concludes todays conference session and the next session will be tomorrow morning keep your eyes out for the next information.