It’s nearly time for our Annual General Meetings (AGMs) 

UNISON AGM at Collegiate Campus Tuesday 3 March

12–1pm AGM Business

1-2pm  Networking lunch

Both events will be held in HC.0.17 Heart of Campus


UNISON AGM at City Campus Wednesday 4 March

12–1pm AGM Business

1-2pm  Networking lunch

Both events will be held in Owen Room 1029

What is the AGM?

It’s your chance to have a say in how the UNISON Sheffield Hallam University Branch is run and how your membership fees are spent. It’s important to attend, as the Branch can only make decisions if we meet a minimum required attendance.

What happens at the AGM?

At the AGM you will

  • find out what UNISON is doing for you at Sheffield Hallam
  • help elect your branch officers
  • learn about how your membership fees are spent
  • chat to stewards and officers
  • ask questions, make suggestions and have your say on the running of the branch

You also get a free lunch, free promotional items and free entry into a raffle to win John Lewis gift cards.  This year we have increased the value of the gift cards to £30, £20, £15 as well as the number of gift cards at the City AGM to six – it’s win win for members!!

Networking Lunch follows on from the AGM Business.  Lunch is open to members who attend the AGM.

Submit a Motion

If you would like to submit a motion to be placed on the agenda, please email me the details by Friday 8 February. The agenda for the meeting and the officers’ reports will be placed on the UNISON SharePoint site a week prior to the meeting.

Please confirm your attendance to with one of the following options:

  • I will be attending the AGM Business only at Collegiate Campus on Tuesday 3 March 
  • I will be attending both the AGM Business and Networking lunch at the Collegiate Campus on Tuesday 3 March
  • I will be attending the AGM Business only at City Campus on Wednesday 4 March
  • I will be attending both the AGM Business and the Networking lunch at the City Campus on Wednesday 4 March



If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know and we will try to accommodate them.


Saturday 8 February 12-4:30pm

Building on the success of the last couple of years’ trade union conferences, the event will bring together trade unionists from across different industries and sectors to discuss and organise how we can raise anti racism in our unions and workplaces.

From the threat of a far right street movement breaking through, to the anti racist movement’s defeat of fascist ‘Tommy Robinson’ in Britain, to the rise in racist populism and intensification of a ‘hostile environment’ we are seeing in the form of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage – there are both victories for the anti racist movement to discuss, as well as major challenges now facing the anti racist movement.

The result of the general election and the reality of a Johnson led Tory government has made clear that anti racism is going to continue to be an important issue that should be at the heart of our unions.

Speakers include:

Margaret Greer Unison national race equality officer

Wilf Sullivan TUC race equality officer

Daniel Kebede NEU NEC

Riccardo La Torre FBU Eastern regional secretary

Registration 11.45am


Workshops 2pm – 3.15pm


Closing plenary 3.30 – 4.30pm: MOBILISING FOR MASS DEMOS ON 21 MARCH (UN ANTI RACISM DAY) #WorldAgainstRacism #M21

If you are interested in attending this event please email Lucinda Wakefield at


Saturday 21 March 2020

With Trump in the White House, Johnson in Downing Street and the racist and fascist right winning mass support internationally we need to build the resistance. The London, Glasgow and Cardiff demonstrations to mark UN Anti Racism Day are part of a co-ordinated wave of international demonstrations. From Washington to Warsaw we will be marching for a #WorldAgainstRacism 

If you are interested in attending this event please email Lucinda Wakefield at 


Registration is now open for the 2020 National Young Members Weekend at the Crown Plaza in Glasgow.   

The weekend starts at 3pm on Friday 1st May and ends 12:30pm on Sunday 3rd May. 

The weekend includes plenary sessions, education and training, discussions and social activities. It’s a great way to network and find out how to get active and more involved in the union.

Who can attend?

Any young member (under the age of 27 on Sunday 3 May 2020) who is interested in getting actively involved in organising and campaigning in UNISON.

What does it cost?

£300 per young member (the same price as last year). This rate includes accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights, dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. – This is payable by the Branch.

It will be £131.90 for a partner (includes accommodation, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners) – This is payable by the member.

 Travel costs

Travel costs are met centrally. Members are expected to use Stewart Corporate Travel to travel to and from this event. This is in order to control costs but also part of our policy to support public transport and our commitment to the green agenda.

Interested?  Please contact your Branch Administrator for full details.  Closing date for registrations is MONDAY 3rd FEBRUARY.

 Young Workers Need UNISON 


 Member Learning courses taking place between January-March 2020

Autism Awareness (Open University) 5 February 2020

(Apply by: Monday, 6 January 2020)

Non Residential at UNISON Regional Centre Leeds

Cost to Branch: FREE

Mental Health Awareness (Open University) – 7 February 2020

(Apply by: Monday, 6 January 2020)

Non Residential at UNISON Regional Centre Leeds

Cost to Branch: FREE

Dyslexia in the Workplace New – 25 February, 2020

(Apply by: Friday, 24 January 2020)

Non Residential at UNISON Regional Centre Leeds

Cost to Branch: FREE

Neurodiversity in the Workplace New – 26 February, 2020

(Apply by: Friday, 24 January 2020)

Non Residential at UNISON Regional Centre Leeds

Cost to Branch: FREE

Building Confidence in Women – 7, 8 March 2020

(Apply by: Friday, 7 February 2020)

UNISON Regional Centre Leeds, with 1 night residential at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Leeds

Confidence Building (Power to be You) – 19 March 2020

(Apply by: Friday, 21 February 2020)

Non Residential at UNISON Regional Centre Leeds

Cost to Branch: FREE

Pre-Retirement Workshop – 31 March 2020

(Apply by: Friday, 28 February 2020)

Non Residential at UNISON Regional Centre Leeds

Cost to Branch: FREE

To Apply

  1. Please complete a application form which can be downloaded from our website at:-  and return your completed application form to your branch for approval.

 If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  My direct line is 0113 218 2330.

Tanya Shearer

Education Administrator

UNISON Yorkshire and Humberside





Sheffield TUC supports

UNISON receptionists/switchboard operators

on strike at Sheffield College

6 strike days planned, starting Monday 25th November

Sheffield TUC stands by these 6 UNISON members taking strike action tomorrow against a forced change to their contracts which could leave them hundreds of pounds worse off a year – or threatened with the sack.

Martin Mayer, Secretary of Sheffield Trade Union Council said “We are appalled that Sheffield College is forcing these low-paid, mainly women workers to start working on a rota across all four college campuses in the city without extra pay or travel expenses. This will cause significant hardship e.g. with childcare and extra travel costs.”

UNISON has tried to negotiate a solution with Sheffield College management and has even offered mediation via ACAS, but management has refused.

Martin Mayer said “We support our UNISON members taking strike action against bully-boy management at Sheffield College. We demand that Sheffield College stop punishing these low paid staff whose earnings will in effect fall below the living wage because of additional travel costs.

There will be a UNISON picket line tomorrow, Monday 25 November, outside the City Campus on Granville Road from 7.30 am.

Further strike days are planned for 2, 3, 9, 10 and 11 December

Messages of support can be sent to the strikers via Robin Symonds, UNISON Regional Organiser via email to:

Martin Mayer is Secretary Sheffield TUC. He can be contacted on 0776 107 8482


Thursday 28th November UCU Strike Rally

12:30pm City Hall steps, Barkers Pool. Both University of Sheffield and Hallam University lecturers are out on strike. This is a national strike on pay and conditions plus a local dispute at Hallam University on workload and stress issues. They need you support. Please bring your banners.


Friday 29th November #YouthStrike4Climate march and rally

Assemble Devonshire Green 1130am. Depart for city centre march 1230hrs. Rally on City Hall steps Barkers Pool 1pm -3pm. Many young students will be speaking about the climate emergency plus guest speakers including UCU strikers. Trade unions and adults from all walks of life are invited to join the demo and rally.


Friday 29th November Sister4Kashmir conference

2pm Town Hall. Invite only event


Saturday 30th November Solidarity with Palestine rally

12 noon till 1pm outside Sheffield Town Hall. The US administration this week announced it recognises as legal the illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian soil, overturning the international UN consensus on the issue. This has huge implications for the battle for justice in the Middle East. Organised by Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign


Saturday 30th November “Die-in for Kashmir” protest v India’s martial law in Kashmir

2pm till 3pm Barkers Pool


Tuesday 3rd December STOP TRUMP AND HIS RACIST FRIENDS Sheffield rally

5pm Outside Town Hall. Organised by Sheffield Stand Up to Racism

“Kick out the Tories! Impeach Trump! Reject Farage!” Trump is coming to London in December for the NATO Heads of State summit, and on Tuesday 3 December the Queen will be hosting a reception for him at Buckingham Palace. Stand Up to Racism are taking to the streets that evening, in London and all-round the country, to protest against the far-right politics of The Tories, Trump and Farage. 

Join and share the Facebook event page here    Flyer attached.
Download PDF leaflets for the London demo, and a template for protests around the country, here


Tuesday 3rd December Kashmir and Palestine Hustings

7pm ISRAAC Centre (Somali Community Association) 54, Cemetery Road S11 8FP


Wednesday 4th December “The Nation’s Health and the NHS under the next GovernmentGENERAL ELECTION HUSTINGS MEETING organised by Sheffield Save Our NHS

7pm Central United Reform Church, 60 Norfolk St Sheffield S1 2JB. 

We have invited the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and the Brexit Party. More Details to come closer to the event.

If you would like to ask a question, please send to us by return email before 6pm Monday 2nd December to

Join and share the Facebook event page here
Download PDF leaflets for the London demo, and a template for protests around the country, 


Saturday 7th December  General Election market stall event

11pm till 1pm outside Town Hall. Organised by Sheffield TUC in conjunction with Sheffield Peoples Assembly. Other campaigns also to be invited. Sheffield TUC will be handing out its General Election leaflet highlighting main points from Labour manifesto. Other campaigns invited e.g. Stop and Scrap Universal Credit, Sheffield Save Our NHS etc.

Saturday 7th December Miners’ Strike Filming Day.

10am–4pm NUM Barnsley, 2 Huddersfield Road, Barnsley S70 2LS

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign are inviting striking miners, their wives, partners, families, friends and anyone who supported them, to come and speak on camera about their favourite stories – sad, funny, inspiring, or anything they wish to share from the time.

People will be able to browse the NUM banner collection in the Miners Hall and see images from artist Darren Coffield’s Ashes and Diamonds exhibition. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

All welcome