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 Welcome to Greater Manchester Mental Health UNISON Branch


We are a Health Care Sector UNISON branch. Most of our members are employed by Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust.  Our other members are employed by a wide range of mental health care employers across Greater Manchester including Independent Hospitals, Nursing Homes and GP Practices, or are Retired Members or Unemployed Members from the branches which merged to form this Greater Manchester Mental Health Branch.

We hope that you find this web site both helpful and of interest.  We wish to provide information about the branch and how to access help when you need to, as well as having links to UNISON’s National and Regional Websites, and to organisations campaigning about the NHS and other issues.

In addition we hope to keep you up to date with activities and priorities of the branch.   We see this branch as an active, campaigning UNISON branch and hope to provide you with details of upcoming events we will be attending as well as reports, links and photographs as we develop this website.

There is a contact form available for you to contact the website administrators.  There are further contact details of branch officers and stewards under the ‘Branch Activists’ tab.


FBU Pensions Dispute


Well donDSC_2615e to the FBU for continuing their fight against government attacks to reduce their pension and increase their working age.

Please visit the FBU website for further information on the dispute and to support their petition to the Government.  http://www.fbu.org.uk/




Caroline visited fire fighters at the Withingon Station on their picket line on 1st November.  Look out for further action and visit your local station.

FBU Picket Line 1 Nov 2013


Contact the branch if you would like a branch executive member to attend with you or would like to take the branch banner.

Save Probation Service


Probation: keep it public and local

Probation works


Please click on more symbol for a letter to your MP.  Please feel free to add your own comments for further impact.  Use Unison link on for further information.


………………………………….MP                                                              Your Address here

House of Commons







Keep Probation Public – Keep Probation Local

I live in your constituency. I am writing to express my fears over the Government’s plans for the future of the Probation Service, as set out in its strategy paper ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’.

The Government wants to split the Probation Service into a small national probation agency and 21 government-owned companies; sell off the companies to the private sector; pay for the contracts via an untried payment by results model; abolish the existing 35 local Probation Trusts and prevent the Trusts from competing with the private sector to run the services they have run for the last 105 years.

Probation is a local service and gains its strength from its links with local authorities, police forces and the community and voluntary sector. The Government wants to break apart these successful local partnerships and replace them with a top-down bureaucratic national commissioning model. The Justice Secretary has prohibited Probation Trusts from bidding to run the very work that my colleagues and I currently provide!

I am pleased that the Government’s Offender Rehabilitation Bill was amended in the House of Lords to require the Justice Secretary to bring his plans for Probation before both Houses of Parliament for ratification. I hope that you will support this amendment when the Bill comes to the Commons this month.

UNISON is campaigning to oppose the Government’s plans and to promote an alternative reform agenda for Probation based on funding local authorities and/or police and crime commissioners to commission local solutions to offending and rehabilitation. You can read more about UNISON’s campaign at: http://www.unison.org.uk/at-work/police-and-justice-staff/key-issues/probation-keep-it-public-and-local/home

I would be grateful if you could

  1. Put our concerns to the Secretary of State for Justice.
  2. Call for proper Parliamentary scrutiny of the Government’s plans for Probation, when the Offender Rehabilitation Bill comes to the Commons for vote later this month.
  3. Call upon the Secretary of State, Chris Graylings, to ensure the investigation, which he called for, into overcharging will be actioned without delay

Yours sincerely




Branch Support Cross Union Anti-Fascist Demo

No to fascism!  

United demonstration in Liverpool


Following attacks at Unite’s office in Liverpool and of PCS activists Unite the Union called a demonstration in Liverpool on Saturday 12th October 2013.  Just 2 weeks after the magnificent demonstration in Manchester in support of the NHS; the trade union movement again pulled together to show that it is also united to fight the threat of the far right.  Unison members again made up a large contingent on the day.
A clear theme of the demonstration and the rally which followed was the MEP elections due to take place in 2014 and the importance of ousting Nick Griffin as one of the North West’s members of the European Parliament.  He does not represent us!
It is a central aim of Trade Unions to fight racism and fascism and build unity and acceptance in our society.  It was good to see cross union unity to fight the enemies of the EDL, BNP, North West Infadels and other fascist organisations.
Another key theme of the rally was the decision of Tommy Robinson to move from the EDL to the Quilliam Organisation.  We should see this as a victory for all the activists, including those from this branch who have supported the fight against the EDL and Unite Against Fascisms fight against the EDL.
The last UAF rally attended by the branch showed that the EDL were losing their position as a street army, being forced to hold the demonstration in Farnworth park well away from the public they hope to influence.  They are without doubt demoralised.
One highlight but definite warning that we need to stay on guard was the Greek speaker who described their anti-fascists movement’s role in the arrest and imprisonment of Golden Dawn members who had recently murdered a prominent rapper.
We must remain strong in the our aims for unity and continue to fight racism, facism and discrimination whenever it surfaces.
To find out more about how to become involved in a Self Organised Group or as an Equalities Officer please contact Caroline – caroline.ridgway1@mhsc.nhs.uk or 07748 960950