Here is the latest branch news roundup:

  • Branch Nomination for General Secretary – in last week’s update, we told you of the branch nomination for Paul Holmes for General Secretary of UNISON.  Here is the breakdown of the votes from the Committee:
Name: 1st Pref:2nd Pref:Total:
Paul Holmes:10525
Christina McAnea:419
Roger McKenzie:146
Hugo Pierre:328
Peter Sharma:  000

In line with UNISON rules, we can share a 100-word nominating statement with members, which is as follows:

The Branch Committee voted for Paul Holmes based on his detailed candidate statement as well as the answers he gave at the regionally-organised hustings, his current position as a lay member of UNISON as a Branch Secretary, his commitment to increasing the funding of Branches, his promise to only take his current working wage as his salary (£32,000) and his strong commitment to fighting for members.  We are supportive of the prospect of change that Paul can deliver within UNISON’s leadership and how this will positively impact Branches and members. (91 words)

We remind you that, although this is our branch nomination, each member will receive a ballot to vote for whichever candidate they choose.

  • SOAS Victory – we also updated you last week about the upcoming SOAS strike last week, which was related to the 88 proposed redundancies of Professional Services staff.  We’re pleased to let you know that the threat of strike action was enough to stop the proposed redundancies: collective action does work!  A turnout of 72% voted, 75% in favour of taking action. You can find more details about this win here.
  • Online Member Meetings – we will be sending out a link to our first upcoming online member meeting next week, the first of which will held on Tuesday, 6 October, 12:30-1:30pm.  We are looking to hold these monthly and we will have one of our Officers giving an update on their area at the beginning of each meeting.  If you would like to submit a question prior to the meeting, you can do so by emailing  Come along and tell us how you have found working from home, or working on campus as a member of the essential team, over the summer. We hope to see you there!
  • Would you be interested in an on-line writing course – short classes 20-30mins each. Free of charge. With a local writer of national standing, who works with mental health issues, through trade unions? If so, please let know. At the moment this is just indicative, but if there is sufficient interest we will book the writer.

As always, please contact your local rep or officer , or email us at if you have any questions or worries; and you can keep updated through our social media channels below: Twitter: @UoLUnison