Lighthouse Financial are holding a seminar specifically designed to help UNISON members secure their financial future, please click on the link to find out more:

Lighthouse Finance Seminar



Wednesday 4th March 2020: 12.00-2.00pm- King Edmund Chamber-GOLD F2R01 Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX

Saturday 14th March 2020 : 0930-12.30pm-* Suffolk UNISON Food Standards Agency Members Only* - UNISON Bury Regional Office, Higdon House, Kempson Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7AR

Tuesday 10th March 2020: 6.00-8.30pm- Pioneer Hall, CO-OP Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JG

Monday 16th March 2020: 12.30-2.30pm- Conference Room East- F1R10, West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3YU

Thursday 26th March 2020: 12.00-2.00pm- Beccles Room- RS-G125, Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0EQ



The next Climate Change Day is due to take place on Friday 29th November. A rally is being held at the Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich at 12.00 noon. Please kindly show your support by attending this event.


CLIMATE CHANGE PROTEST- September 20th 2019
UNISON supporting the strike against climate change one of the many protests being held in Suffolk and around the world.



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Unison are having a Green week ahead of the Global Action of school strikes on climate change on Friday 20th September.

This is a week where we urge you to reflect on your workplace in terms of environmental impact. Do they recycle, divested from pensions that invest in  fossil fuels,  do they have an environmental policy ..........there are so many ways to become more green as a company, does your workplace know that's important to you?


The School Strike starts a global week of action on  climate  change  from  20th - 27th September. For more information see link below.

Ipswich are starting their schools strike on the Cornhill outside the town hall at noon on Friday 20th September, there is a march route planned. For more details on times and route please see links below.


We are aware that many of our members are anxious to join in with this action and to highlight the  issues around the climate emergency. 

Whilst as a union we can not support you in striking on this directly, as unions strike for work related matters only, we are not saying you can not join in.

Unison vice president said " because  of  anti trade union laws  members can not support the global strike in their paid time ".

But nothing prevents members from coming to the Cornhill  in their  lunch break. 

At the  TUC conference it was agreed to support a " 30 minute work day campaign action in Solidarity for the 20th".


We urge you to come  along and join in the strike during your  lunch  hour, or talk to your employer about the possibility of using holiday , TOIL , or even some employers are allowing staff unpaid leave so that they can join the action.


Even if you can not make the event , please join in thought social media.


School  students are fighting for their futures, so we must stand up and ensure they are not fighting alone.


We would love to hear from other members who are concerned about the Climate Emergency. Get in touch with the branch who will put you in touch with either Polly and Josie. 


List of useful links and resources.


Global Schools Strike -



Ipswich  Schools Strike -



Climate Emergency report - https://www.



Unions green week - week/



TUC on cutting carbon footprint  at work - - its-time-we- all- found-out



Polly Smith                     Josie Finch













Support staff were celebrated as "stars" during an event at Eleveden Primary School, staff were presented with presents and VIP badges thanking them for their hard work.

Please click on the below link to find out how UNISON helped to celebrate "Stars in Our Schools"



 On Saturday 6th July, my colleague Caron Mullins and I piloted the menopause workshop in Chelmsford. It was a huge success, with all attendees stating that they would like this in their workplaces. 

Since the workshop was mentioned on twitter: Caron and I have been inundated with requests to take these into many more workplaces. 

It would be great to get this it into Suffolk schools or other workplaces, if you are interested please can you kindly contact the branch office: or call: 01473 263100

 Dionne Eade

Local Organiser



Thank you to all of our UNISON members who attended the OU Managing Challenging Behaviour course. We received positive feedback following the course and hope the knowledge you gained will be helpful in your workplace.

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