Upcoming UNISON Events for November 2021

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Young Workers Month 2021: What are trade unions doing about climate change?

4 November 2021

Ahead of the COP26 in Glasgow on 6 November, UNISON’s young members present a webinar exploring what trade unions are doing to support the fight against climate change and how they work with climate campaigners.

Speakers: Allison Roche, UNISON policy officer leading on the environment; Denis Fernando, Friends of the Earth; Stuart Melvin, COP26 Coalition, others to be confirmed. Chaired by Lilly Boulby, UNISON NEC Young Members representative.

The webinar will take place on GoToWebinar; all UNISON members welcome – whether you are a young member or not.

Register here

Community and Voluntary sector meeting

4 November 2021

In November our biannual meetings are taking place with Community members working for major charities, housing associations and the Community and Voluntary sector. Each region and nation has the right to send representatives to these meetings which will consider how we can best meet the needs of our members working in these areas.

This meeting will take place on Microsoft Teams.

This year for the first time ever we are opening up the Community and Voluntary sector meeting for anyone working in this group to attend! This group includes anyone who works for smaller charities, non-profits, including in social care for a non-profit organisation. Come along to meet other members, share issues arising in your sector and find out how to get involved with Community Conference in March 2022.

Contact your regional Community lead if you are interested in attending these meetings. Regional Community leads will engage with delegates who wish to attend. Please note you will have to be a member working in the Community and Voluntary sector to attend.

If you have any queries, contact us at cvsector@unison.co.uk

Join the live launch of UNISON’s green report at the Glasgow COP26

8 November 2021

On Monday 8 November Christina McAnea, general secretary, will launch our commissioned research on how public services can and must be de-carbonised.

The event will take place in our Glasgow offices from 12 noon to an audience made up of a range of our UNISON members from the Scotland Green Network, Young Members, Service Groups, PDCC Chair, Scotland NEC members and guests.


  • Mika Minio, one of the authors of the report, Transition Economics
  • Christina McAnea, General Secretary UNISON
  • Paul Novak, Deputy General Secretary TUC
  • Jan Willem Gourdriaan, General Secretary EPSU
  • David Boys, Deputy General Secretary PSI

The launch event will be live streamed on UNISON social media channels at noon 8th November:

Watch on UNISON Scotland’s Facebook page

Watch on UNISON Scotland’s Twitter page

Watch on YouTube

The hashtag we are using for the event is #GreenUnison and            #Cop26

Achieving race equality and tackling racial harassment in Higher Education

11 November 2021

A UNISON webinar on race equality and racial Harassment webinar that will look the situation in higher education and what employer’s responsibilities are. You will hear about the higher education Race Equality Charter (REC) and how this relates to university support staff.


  • Dr. Arun Verma, Head of the Race Equality Charter, Advance HE
  • Wilf Sullivan, TUC’s Race Equality Officer
  • Ruth Levin, UNISON Senior National Officer

Register on Zoom

Supporting staff mental health in Higher Education Webinar

16 November 2021

Supporting good mental health at work is a growing concern for our union. Join this webinar to find out more about why mental health is an important workplace issue that employers should recognise.  You will hear about the Mentally Healthy Universities Programme and UNISON’s approach to mental health at work.


  • Kim Sunley, UNISON, National Officer.
  • Robyn Guillaume-Smith, MIND

Register on Zoom

Hybrid and flexible working in higher education

22 November 2021

Is Hybrid working here to stay? How can we make it work for our members? Find out more by registering for our webinar that will look at work/life balance benefits, challenges and unintended consequences.


  • Clare Knights, UNISON Assistant National Officer
  • Mobina Begum, HESGE Chair

Register on Zoom

Organising, campaigning and recruiting in HE

25 November 2021

Join this webinar to learn about organising, campaigning and recruiting during these challenging times. Share ideas and get inspired!


  • Monica Hirst, UNISON Strategic Organising Unit
  • Ryan Gouldsboro, UNISON Kings College branch secretary
  • Ruth Levin, UNISON Senior National Officer

Register to attend on Zoom