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.

Campaign against Children’s Centre closures

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.

Save our Childrens Centres - photo gallery (April 2014)

Save our children Centres photo

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

Save our children Centres photo

Sarah champion MP signing our Children's Centres petition.

News headlines

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...

Latest Newsletter published (14/03/14)

You can find the March 2014 newsletter 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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