Welcome to UNISON’s website for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Branch. We have over 4,000 members and our team are committed to getting you the best outcome possible. As a campaigning branch you will see us out in workplaces across the borough, supporting local events and organising to secure the rights of all our members in Rotherham.

Strike for fair pay: 10 July 2014

Local Government strike date set for 10 July 2014 (23/06/14)

UNISON today confirmed that its local government and school support staff members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be taking one day of strike action on 10 July in support of better pay. The decision was taken following a yes vote in a strike ballot, announced earlier today.

Local government employers have offered a 1% pay rise.

UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said:

“We have a clear majority for strike action so a one day strike will go ahead on 10 July. We expect to be joined in that action by other unions in local government and will be campaigning amongst our members for maximum support on that day.

“Many of our members are low paid women earning barely above the minimum wage, who care for our children, our elderly and our vulnerable and they deserve better treatment than they have had at the hands of this Government. The employers must get back into talks immediately to avoid a damaging dispute.”

Local government workers have been condemned to three consecutive years of pay freezes, followed by below-inflation rises in 2013 and 2014, leaving their pay reduced by almost 20% since the Coalition came to power.

You can see the full ballot result here...

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Campaign against Children’s Centre closures (April 2014)

Save our children centresThe branch held a protest against the proposed closure of 13 children’s centres which included live music, face painting, and a speech from Rotherham Central MP Sarah Champion. Sarah also signed our petition against the closures. We are aiming to get 9500 signatures to trigger a debate in a full Council meeting and we need your support to reach this target!


You can download the petition here OR sign online. We are over half way to our target but we need one final push to get as many signatures as we can by the end of the month. If you can share the link and the paper petition amongst your family, friends, and local community and return them to us by April 30 2014.

RMBC are also running a public consultation that ends on April 30 and we encourage everyone to complete this and also contact their local Councillor. You can find out who your local Councillor is here. We have produced a standard letter that you can send to them and also a list of the Councillors in the wards where a Children’s Centre is ear-marked for closure. We have highlighted the Councillor in these wards that is up for re-election in May as the suggested member to contact.

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John Healey MP with children, parents and workers signing our Children's Centres petition.

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Sarah champion MP signing our Children's Centres petition.

UNISON delivers Living Wage for RMBC Staff! (12/05/14)

Living wage

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council have confirmed that they will pay the living wage to around 1500 members of staff from October 2014.

This will mean a rise for those on the lowest pay - boosting the hourly rate up to £7.65 per hour, which is £1.34 more than the National Minimum Wage rate for workers aged 21 years and over.

UNISON Rotherham has actively campaigned for the Council to adopt the living wage, which they originally stated was unaffordable, and we collected hundreds of petition signatures in support of our campaign last summer.

This successful campaign highlights UNISON Rotherham’s ongoing commitment as a campaigning union and demonstrates the success we can deliver when we campaign strongly. The council have confirmed that the costs incurred by this increase are budgeted for and if you think you may benefit from this wage rise and would like to discuss further please contact the branch office.

Update your membership details - draw to win £50 vouchers (28/03/14)

For all existing members who update their personal details during March/ April 2014 they will be entered in to a draw to win £50 of ‘M & S’ vouchers.

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Please return completed forms to UNISON Rotherham, Freepost RRJH-AGLL-EKHE, Lawrence House, Downs Row, Rotherham, S60 2HD

LGPS changes April 2014 (28/03/14)

You may remember that in 2012 UNISON members voted in favour of accepting the changes to the pension scheme that had been reached following negotiations at National level.

These changes will now come in to force from April 1st 2014. UNISON Rotherham has briefed all it’s workplace stewards on these changes and how they will impact on staff. If you have any questions please speak to any rep or contact the branch office should you wish to arrange a meeting or workplace visit with a pensions champion who will happy to discuss the changes in more details.

Find out more details here...

Save Our SureStart Children's Centres (March 2014)

save our sure start

Rotherham Council will close 13 children’s centres to save £2.2 million. In what it calls a re-configuration of the service...but to us it looks like decimation.

We are yet to learn which centres will be closed or how they have been chosen but we do know that more than 100 jobs will be cut and we believe the “re-configured” service will leave thousands of vulnerable under-5s and their families without adequate access to support.

Download the bulletin here...

UNISON Members vote to accept changes to terms and conditions (10/03/14)

UNISON Rotherham Local Government non-schools members have recently voted 59% in favour of accepting changes to terms and conditions that RMBC presented to them. (Accept 59% Reject 41%)

Sign our petition for a Living Wage for all (03/10/13)

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently every year. It is calculated according to the cost of living and gives the minimum pay rate required for a worker to provide their family with the essentials of life.

  • In London the 2012/2013 Greater London Authority rate is £8.55 per hour.
  • Outside of London the current rate is £7.45.

Our goal is straightforward – to get employers to pay the Living Wage to all employees.

Sign the petition here...

Branch Rules and Constitution (25/09/12)

The new Branch Rules and Constitution has been published. You can find it here...

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