LGBT Members

UNISON recognises the importance of its LGBT members and its responsibility for paying particular attention to our needs: that LGBT rights are trade union issues. UNISON’s commitment to equality and to tackling discrimination is written into the union’s rules. UNISON’s support for LGBT rights has not come out of thin air. It is the consequence of many years of work and lobbying by our activists. Members meet as a self-organised group at branch, regional and national level.

Branch groups

There is a developing network of branch LGBT groups which meet to discuss local terms and conditions, build a support network for members facing problems at work, provide a forum for the debate of issues, and assist members in gaining the confidence to get involved in other levels of the union. Branches join together and feed into:

Regional groups

Each of UNISON’s 12 regions has a group which meets regularly. Regional groups are involved in a whole range of activities – taking up places on the regional structures to represent our members, organising training courses for activists, supporting the formation of branch groups, working closely with the other self-organised groups in UNISON. Regional groups each elect two representatives to the national level.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members – stronger together

In UNISON, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members work together to combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and build equality for us all. We believe we are stronger together. But we also recognise it’s important to make room for the distinctive voice of bisexual members and transgender members. These groups have reserved seats on the national committee, to ensure they are well represented, elected at annual national bi and Tran’s network days.

NUH&AS branch feel that this is the way forward and would like to set up a SOG within the branch but we need to know weather LGBT staff within the trust are willing to support us in this venture.


Q: Will the people I work with or my employer know?
A: NO the group will be totally confidential and no one within the trust will be told.

Q: Will the meeting be in work time?
A: NO the aim of the SOG is to be done out of work time and would be set up as a social gathering where people can come chat have a drink and get to know other people and chat about issues .

If you would like more information, please contact:

Our LGBT Officer
Jaymes Kettle-Madon

Ext 76384

Unison are against any finger printing system

It was agreed unanimously that UNISON are against any finger printing system.  This is because there is no guarantee that personal data is secure and services in future could get seconded out and it could be even less secure.   The union stance is that we should say the systems in place are adequate if management follow the proper disciplinary procedure for staff who are careless with standard security protocol/timekeeping etc

The Queen’s Speech has ignored the nation’s concerns, says UNISON


Commenting on today’s Queen’s Speech, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Ministers are living in a parallel universe. Years of harsh spending cuts have caused huge damage to public services across the country. 

“People have had enough of austerity, and want proper investment in schools, hospitals, police forces and local services. Yet there was none of this in the Queen’s Speech.

“Nor was there anything about pay. Nurses, teaching assistants, council workers, care staff and other public sector employees should be rewarded for their hard work with a long overdue wage rise. The pay cap has left them extremely hard up and must go.” 

Read Ahead challenge

Reading ahead challenge

Do you like a challenge? “read Ahead 6 things” begins late in the year, It doesn’t have to be a whole book, a magazine article also counts!

 Our NUH Library is  based at the City Campus.

Look out for posers & information

For any more information contact Linda Press Unison U.L.R Officer



This is for all members and none members who works for the NUH

James Kettle-Madon


My name is Jaymes Kettle-Madon. I have worked for the NHS for 33 years.  For the past 21 years I have taken an active role in Unison as both Branch Steward and for 9 years as Assistant Branch Secretary. Before that I was the Branch Chair person. I care passionately about the NHS and its workforce, and the outsourced staff with the associated companies.

During my term as a union official, I have seen through a number of key challenges that have faced the NHS, the most significant being the outsourcing of staff to the private building company, Carillon and the catering staff to Elior. I have taken an active roll on the Staff Side committee as well as on the Partnership committee bringing up issues that relate to the working lives of staff and for patient care.

Also as an active Unison steward, I have represented members at Disciplinary meetings, Grievances and at Sickness Absence Review meetings. I have a particular interest in equality and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) issues. Over the past years, I have endeavoured to represent the members not only with the one day a week facility time I have, but I have also  spent the last year attending meetings and representing in my own time as well as on days off .

I will continue to deal with the number of challenges that need to be overcome like the vast amount of workforce changes that are happening in Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, as well as the cuts to our NHS budgets that we need to fight not only to keep the NHS but to continue to support our members in providing information and publications about the union and its work on a regular basis, and to provide and maintain educational facilities and encourage members to participate in them.

My aims and objectives are:

To ensure equality of treatment and fare representation for members

To protect the rights of members

To keep members informed as to the best of my abilities and knowledge

To promote and improve health, safety and welfare of our members in the work force

To promote our member-led union and carry out and fulfil decisions made by members

To promote far representation in all union structures for women, black members disabled members, as well as lesbian gay bisexual and transgender members

To encourage solidarity and effective working partnerships

I enjoy role as Branch Assistant Secretary, and enjoy the challenges of being a representative for you, and I would greatly value your support.



Protest against Trump state visit

  1. Introduction

This briefing note gives information regarding a proposed ‘Anti Trump Protest March’ through Nottingham City Centre on Monday 20th February, at 17:30 hours. A crowd of approximately 1000 people will participate.


  1. Background

  This is part of a national march organised in Nottingham, by Nottingham People’s Assembly supported by the Nottingham National Union of Teachers, Nottingham Stand up to Racism, Nottingham Stop the War and East Midlands CND.


See link below via Facebook – events in Nottingham


Excerpt from Facebook page :–


‘’On 20 February, Parliament will debate whether Trump is allowed to make an official state visit to the UK. Theresa May has invited him, but since then nearly 2 million have signed a petition saying Trump isn’t welcome here. Let’s #standuptoTrump – no to Islamophobia, no to racism, no to sexism.


We will march from the Forest Recreation ground – meeting near the Homemade Cafe from 5.30 – to the Market Square.’’


  1. Proposals

The march will commence at the Forest Recreation Ground at 17:30. The route will be:

Forest Recreation Ground – Mansfield Road – Milton Street – Upper Parliament Street to Speakers Corner in the Market Square.


  1. Operational Planning

An action plan will be devised to mitigate the effects on the Public Highway at 17:30 on Monday 20th February 2017.

Nottinghamshire Police have been advised by telephone and email

Traffic Control Centre – will be monitoring the traffic signals along this route. Information will be sent via communications such as Twitter on Monday morning to gives drivers time to reroute the journey home if necessary. Contact Steve O’Sullivan on 0115 8765254

The Press Office and Councillors will be informed.