Community newsletter – November 2021

Enough is enough

From December 1 to January 14, UNISON is balloting its local
government members, asking if they are willing to go on strike to improve their pay. 


After years of declining pay, council and school workers have had enough.

Youth workers, care workers, refuse collectors, social workers, teaching assistants, community workers, street cleaners and so many more went above and beyond during the pandemic. They kept communities safe, cared for the most vulnerable, and ensured schools remained open throughout successive lockdowns.

They went out to work, so that others could stay home.  Despite this, staff have been offered 1.75%. With inflation running at over 3%, this is a real terms pay cut.

Over the last year, some costs have risen significantly – even higher than inflation: petrol and oil – 17.9%; electricity bills – 5.8%; house prices – 8%; rents – 6.9%; and nursery places for a child under two – 4%.

The value of local government pay is now 25% lower than it was in 2010. Year after year, it’s been chipped away. That means, in effect, local government workers work at least a day a week for free, compared to 2010.

375,000 thousand people are being balloted, across 40,000 workplaces.

If you work in a council or school, you’ll receive an important letter and your voting papers through the post from 1 December. Keep your eyes peeled! Every member must return their vote in the free post envelope by 14 January. Your vote is vital.

Jon Richards, UNISON National Officer says ‘With £37 billion wasted on track and trace, £849 million spent on ‘eat out to help out’ and £2 billion in COVID contracts to Tory donors, it might be time for the government to recognise vital workers and make sure local government doesn’t become a bargain basement employer.’  Enough is definitely enough!



Free Will Service



Making a will is important but it is something we tend to put off for a number of reasons. Making a will need not be complicated as a will enables you to protect the interest of your family, friends and dependents. Many believe that their wishes can be carried out without a will – but this is not the case.

If a person dies without making a will the rules of intestacy will govern who benefits from your estate and this may not have been your intention. Unmarried partners have no right to your
inheritance and this can lead to conflict.

UNISON offers a FREE standard Wills Service for members and their partners (for a mirror Will). We also offer reduced rates for members’ complex Wills and Wills for other family members.  The simplest way to obtain your Will is to use the online wills service.

Access the Free Will Service

UNISON’s online Wills Service is very straightforward to use, just complete the online questionnaire. The questionnaire with its online guidance will carefully take you through the process.

In addition, UNISON has negotiated a low-cost Wills Service for members’ families and a low-cost conveyancing service for
members and their families.

If you don’t have access to a computer, phone 08000 857857.

St Helens Branch

8 Hardshaw Street
St Helens WA10 1RE
Tel: 0151 482 0177

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm


Regular savings will build up a tidy lump sum quicker than you think.

ECU provides a number of loan products with competitive interest rates.

Save & Earn
We are now providing payroll deduction through a number of local employers.

For advice about managing your budget or coping with debt.


For People, Not for profit


Dot Davies – St Helens Branch Retired Members Officer


Hello everyone, but a special ‘Hello’ to the retired members out there.

Whilst i am new to this role, i have been active with St Helens UNISON, in various guises, for many years. Now I have finally retired!

Over the next few months, I will be sending out, to our retired members, a quick survey to fill in. My intention is simple, to find out what we can do to help you. So, please look out for it dropping into your inbox shortly.

In the meantime, stay safe.
Kind regards Dot 

If you need to contact me call or email the branch office and i will get back to you asap.

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