Covid-19 Information for employees

Branch staff continue to provide representation and advise remotely. They are available to you at 0207 697 4030 or The information about Covid-19 changes very quickly. Please see below links which are being regularly updated:  ACAS: TUC: Unison:

Deal or no deal – Supporting our EU, EEA and Swiss Members

On 23 June 2016 majority of those who took part in the Brexit referendum voted in favour of leaving the UE. Nine months later the government has initiated the official EU withdraw process, which started two-year period of Brexit negotiations. That meant that UK was due to leave EU before 29 March 2019 which was […]

UNISON LGBT Conference in Bournemouth 15th to 17th November 2019

CALL FOR DELEGATES. DEADLINE FOR DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST FRIDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2019 Branch is going to send a delegation to this year’s UNISON LGBT Conference. It is going to be held in Bournemouth from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th November 2019. Send your expression of interest by September 13th to:  A statement of up […]

Nomination for UNISON National Labour Link Committee

UNISON Housing Association Labour Link have nominated Pete Hannell for the London seat of UNISON National Labour Link Committee. The election is now on and all branch Labour Link members should have been sent a ballot paper to their home address with a stamped addressed envelope to send it back. “Pete is a longstanding trade […]

TUC’s Brexit Campaign

The TUC’s campaign on Brexit is to avoid a no deal. In terms of the objectives these are Keeping all the hard-won workers’ rights that come from the EU, and making sure that UK workers get the same rights as workers in the EU into the future   Stopping a job-destroying “no deal” Brexit, and […]

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) for UNISON members

From 25th May 2018 GDPR came into effect. In the regulations are duties which organisations, such as trade unions, comply with. Failure to comply could lead to heavy fines. Further information is available by following this link.

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Trade union recognition agreement signed

UNISON has signed a recognition agreement with one of the UK’s largest housing associations, Optivo Housing, allowing the union to negotiate pay and working conditions on behalf of staff there.

The agreement – signed by UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis and Optivo chief executive officer Paul Hackett – allows the union to both recruit new members and negotiate on behalf of existing ones.

Optivo is one of the UK’s largest housing associations with over 44,000 affordable homes in London, the South East and the Midlands. It was formed following the amalgamation of Amicus Horizon and Viridian Housing Association last May.