Job Opportunity

Middlesbrough LG Regional Pool Local Organiser
(Six Month Secondment)

Reference number 
RP LO 1

 

Salary
£27,787 per annum (this is a six-month contract) 

This is a secondment opportunity from a current employer for a six-month period.
Before you apply for this post, you must have an agreement ‘in principle’ from your current employer that they will agree to second you for the six-month period.

Closing date
February 28th, 2019 at 12.00pm 

Job location 
Teesside

Hours 
35 hours per week. Secondment opportunity (6 months) 

Branch Website
middlesbroughlg-unison.co.uk

 

About this Role 

UNISON is the UK’s largest trade union with over 1.3 million members. In Middlesbrough our members work in local government & social services, education and housing, in the private sector delivering public services and in the community & voluntary sector.

Our public services are under major threat. Our members are working under extreme pressure but actively campaigning for services and jobs. We are seeking a Local Organiser to work with our branch to strengthen our branch by focusing on recruitment of new members and retention of existing members.

You will bring your experience and skills to assist our branch in recruiting new members. To undertake this role, you must be a committed Trade Unionist with proven organising, recruiting, administrative and excellent IT skills. The posts will entail daily travel and you will need to have your own transport. This post will be managed by senior officers of Middlesbrough LG UNISON Branch. The post will work from the agreed branch recruitment plan but will include a large amount of independent work so you must be a ‘self-starter’ and be well organised.

UNISON is committed to equality of opportunity. Applicants will be treated equally regardless of gender, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, race, religious belief, political opinion and number of dependents.

 

Further information 

To apply for this opportunity, please complete the Local Organiser Application Form available HERE

Please send 3 copies of the completed application form to the Branch Chairperson at the address below, quoting ref: RP LO 1.

UNISON – Middlesbrough LG Branch
BOHO Six, 2nd Floor Room 28, 5 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1RE

Please note no email requests for application forms will be acknowledged and applications will not be accepted by email. UNISON activists applying for this post as a secondment opportunity must ensure in advance that they have confirmed arrangements and agreement from their employer.

 


 

 

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I'm Chris, a Unison rep of 3 years with Middlesbrough Local Government branch.  3 years also happens to be the length of time I've been attending the Durham Miners Gala.

I'm embarrassed to say that, despite being from County Durham, I had never attended a Big Meeting until 2016. I had obviously heard of it, but never knew what it was about or if it was of any relevance to me or not.

If you've never been to the Durham Miners Gala before it's a tremendous day out and a great celebration of working class culture and solidarity.

July 14th 2018 marked the 134th Miners Gala and it was my first time to have the honour of walking into the Racecourse Field with the banners. I was invited, as a Labour Party member of the City of Durham constituency, to march in with Durham City Labour who this year were marching alongside the Sherburn Villages Collieries. It took two hours to make the half hour walk through the city, but it was a great opportunity to meet people. I held aloft the banner with the Labour Links Officer for Darlington Unison and it was great to be clapped along by people soaking up the sunshine.

The event is very well organised and the day flies over. After working up a hunger and arriving in the field I got some smashing food from the Labour Tea Tent, all handmade by people working together and volunteering their time and energy.

I was waiting on friends arriving, so I had a look around the outskirts of the field at all the different stalls. Former Newcastle United and England centre-half Steve Howey was signing autographs in the UNISON tent, lending a hand to Show Racism the Red Card, too.

 

Steve Howey signing autographs
Steve Howey signing autographs

  

I lay in the baking sun around noon, listening to the old folk performers on the stage sing local ballads of North Eastern life, often tales of hardship, but always of humanity, too. This year the stage was covered with a roof for the first time and the sound system was improved for the growing crowds, so it was easier to enjoy the music as the banners continued to file into the field.

In years gone by, when people told me of the event, I could only get an inkling of its appeal, but you really have to experience it first hand to pick up on the unspoken sense of what has been passed on for over a hundred years and what everyone attending is a part of; people looking out for one another and taking pride in their labour, who they are and where they come from.

Some excellent speeches followed. Matt Wrack of the FBU for the second year running, speaking up for our public servants and protectors in the Fire Service, doing a job that could end their lives as suddenly as many a miner lost theirs.

Dennis Skinner, who has spoken at the Gala many times, in his 88th year had the crowd laughing and cheering ahead of the closing speech by Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. In his speech, Corbyn touched on many things, but one point that sticks in my mind is his aim to have the history of trade unionism taught in our schools. Too many times he has met young students who have asked him what is the role of trade unions.

Trade unionism is at the heart of that togetherness and solidarity which makes the Miners Gala such a celebratory occasion.

This year, after the speeches, we were treated to a rousing set by Billy Bragg as the sun continued to beat on the smiling hordes. There was time to buy a book from one of the stalls. I opted for a James Connelly book from the Workers Party of Ireland's stall. They had come over from Dublin and it was great to pass the time with people you wouldn't otherwise meet.

We left the field to make our way through the vibrant, smiling city that danced to the beat of the brass bands echoing around the streets many had trodden together year after year.

If you've been before you'll be looking forward to next July. If you've yet to experience it, add it to your calendar.

 

To find out more visit www.durhamminersgala.org

 

Chris Riley

Branch Labour Link Officer

 


 

 

 

Mike Hill (labour MP for Hartlepool), pictured with Anita Duffy (Specialist Teaching Assistant at Sunnyside Academy)

 

Mike Hill paid a visit to Sunnyside Academy in south Middlesbrough on Friday 15th June.  The reason for Mike's visit was to promote BSL being taught in educational settings throughout the UK.

Anita Duffy (a Hartlepool resident) works as a Specialist Teaching Assistant supporting deaf children who attend the academy.  Anita, who is profoundly deaf, received a letter from the Houses of Parliament recently regarding the ongoing campaign to support a GCSE qualification in British Sign Language.

Mike witnessed outstanding teaching environments for deaf children using BSL and also observed the youngsters accessing the curriculum regardless of their hearing impairments. Mike also enjoyed a leisurely lunch whilst in the company of the pupils.

Sunnyside is a mainstream school.  It holds six communication bases, a base for children with visual impairment and two higher needs bases. It also offers an excellent setting for the children living in the local community.

Sunnyside Academy is UNIQUE!

 

Anita, a long standing UNISON member, is an ambassador for all the children at Sunnyside.  She states; “All children have the right to achieve their full potential”

Statistics show that over 11 million people in the UK have some form of deafness, so why are we not teaching BSL?

Foreign languages are taught in schools and academies in the UK so why is a GCSE in BRITISH Sign language being denied?

Nurseries are now realising that using signs, expressions and gestures are aiding our young generation to become more confident communicators. Before speech is formed children are able to express meaning and understanding through BSL and this could then support them to suppress anger, frustration and a host of other behaviour difficulties caused by being unable to communicate. BSL should be taught from an early age.

The year 6 pupils at Sunnyside gave Mike a petition from all the pupils, staff and visitors at the academy to hand deliver to Parliament. The older children wrote extremely strong letters containing statements promoting this worthwhile campaign for a GCSE to be taught in BSL.

“ALL children sign at Sunnyside, SO! Follow our example, BSL should be a credited GCSE!”

Pam Richards

UNISON Convenor for Middlesbrough Schools and Academies

 

 


 

 

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