Women’s International Day 8th March 2024

International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th March every year. It has been observed as a special day for women everywhere for more than a century. The colour of women’s day in 2024 is purple, green and white. While Purple signifies justice and dignity and being royal to the cause, Green symbolises hope. White, […]

Second council budget meeting passes 15% Council Tax Increase

At the second Croydon council budget meeting that took place on Wednesday 8th March after a second vote the council tax increase of 15% was finally passed. There were protests outside the Town Hall before the meeting with unions, local community groups and local residents all attending despite the bad weather. Yvonne Green, our Branch […]

Further Demonstration Say No to 15% Council Tax Hike Wednesday 8th March

Due to the  Croydon councils budget meeting not passing the 15% council tax rise last Wednesday on the 1st March there will be a further council meeting this week on Wednesday 8th March. Join the demo outside the Town Hall in Katherine Croydon CRO 1NX from 6pm. The demo is being organised with the Croydon […]

Croydon councillors vote against 15 per cent council tax rise in new budget

Croydon councillors vote against new budget which included 15 per cent council tax rise  At a council meeting last night on the 1st March Councillors in Croydon rejected a 15% increase in council tax which would have seen bills rise substantially. Last month the bankrupt authority was given special permission by the government to make […]

Say No to a 15% Council Tax Rise

Say No to a 15% Council Tax Rise There has been a lot of press coverage both locally and at a national level about the proposed 15% rise in council tax by the Croydon Council. This is due to the council issuing a third section 114 in November 2022 as part of an ongoing financial […]

Croydon UNISON AGM 2022

The Croydon UNISON AGM took place on Tuesday 8th March 2022 at Cedar Hall, Ruskin House, Croydon, CR0 1BD. There were two sessions from 12.30pm to 2pm and 4.30pm to 6.00pm. A report to the committee and members attending was circulated for the 2021-22 Financial Year. AGM-Annual-Report-2021-22 Nick Turnball, Area Organiser, and a number of […]

Croydon UNISON support NHS Protest

Croydon UNISON support NHS Protest In January 2022 Yvonne Green, Branch Secretary of Croydon UNISON, attended a protest organised by GMB with other union members outside Croydon University Hospital. The protest was to support low wage cleaners and porters who no longer receive sick pay if they come down with COVID. Photo: Yvonne Green (left) […]

Enough is enough

After years of declining pay, council and school workers have had enough. It’s time to take action on pay – enough is 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. You kept communities safe, cared for the […]

Black History Month 2021

October is Black History Month Black History Month gives us a month to celebrate the contributions and achievements of black people throughout the world and to educate all on black history. The theme for this year is Proud2Be. A suggested book to read is “Cane Warriors” by Alex Wheatle.   There are various vibrant displays […]

Listen to Christine McAnea, our new General Secretary on BBC Woman’s Hour

Listen to Christine McAnea, our new UNISON General Secretary who spoke on Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 21st January. She is the first woman to hold this post. In her interview she highlighted the important role played by public service workers during the pandemic,  particularly care workers who are often very poorly […]