2020 Pay Claim

At the meeting of the SUE Executive Committee on 14th September, the final pay offer from the Employer was received and after discussion it was agreed to ballot our members on the offer.  Ballot papers have gone out electronical to the relevant SUE members. Any problems should be raised with the Assistant National Secretary (Admin).

SUE Executive Committee.

Despite Covid 19 and the lock-down, the SUE Executive Committee continues to meet albeit remotely, to discuss the important issues facing our members. In particular issues around health and safety, office closure/re-opening and pay and pensions.

2020 Pay Claim

SUE along with ACTS and NUJ has submitted a pay claim for 2020. At present thee Employer has yet to come back with an offer. This is disappointing after commitments given in 2019 to have the pay rise resolved earlier in the year and not drag on into the autumn.

SUE supporting the Peterloo Bi-Centenary Memorial March in Manchester

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The SUE Executive made a donation to the GMTUC to help fund the commemoration of the Bi-Centenary of the Peterloo massacre of 1819. The SUE Executive sent the banner to the march on 18th August 2019.

SUE at the GFTU Biennial General Council Meeting.

Sarah Keig and Claire Jones at GFTU BGCM

SUE was represented at the GFTU BGCM by Sarah Keig, Assistant National Secretary and Claire Jones National Secretary. They are seen here with John McGowan of the SWU, supporting the SWU motion on Social Workers conditions.

SUE Conference 2019

SUE held its 30th Conference on 15th and 16th May at Wortley Hall just north of Sheffield. A fuller report can be found on the relevant page on this website.

During Conference, 3 former SUE activists were made Honorary Life Members. The three

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were Dave Saunders who had been National Secretary during the 1990s to 2003, Keith Hodgson, who for many years was the Branch Secretary for the Northern Branch and was instrumental in setting up the SUE training course and Stan Rupa who was President of SUE during the period of the merger of NUPE , NALGO and CoHSE to form UNISON.

Lilian Greenwood MP is made Honorary Life Member of SUE

Lilian Greenwood Honorary Life Membership (2)

Lilian Greenwood was a SUE member from 1992 till she was elected to Parliament in 2010 as the MP for Nottingham South. Lilian was also on the SUE Executive from 1999 to 2001.  She was presented with her Honorary Life Membership at the SUE Executive Meeting on 25th April 2019.

2019 Pay Negotiations with UNISON.

A joint pay claim on behalf of SUE, UNITE and NUJ was submitted to the Management of UNISON. After a period of negotiations the final offer of 2% was put to the Joint Trade Unions side and after a full discussion the Joint Unions felt that as this was the best that could be achieved through negotiations. Following a ballot of members of the respective unions, members of all 3 unions accepted the pay offer.

SUE Delegation to the biennial UNISON SNC Seminar. 

SUE Delegation to SNC Seminar

SUE was represented by President Jocelyn Pettitt-Rose and Joint National Secretaries Claire Jones and Charlie Sarell at the UNISON SNC Seminar held in Edinburgh, from 30th October to 1st November. The trade union side which also included delegates from Unite and NUJ, met with the Staffing Committee of UNISON’s National Executive along with the General Secretary of UNISON and the Assistant General Secretaries. A range of issues were discussed including the 2019 Pay Claim for staff, which will be fed back to the relevant unions in due course.


SUE Banner Brum 2

SUE supported this demonstration called by the TUC and The People’s Assembly and sent
our banner.


A jointly agreed Pay Claim was submitted by the Joint Trade Unions, including SUE, in November 2017. There have been three meetings with the employer. Following the third meeting an offer was put to the members directly employed by UNISON, in a consultative ballot. This was overwhelmingly rejected (92’5%). Following further negotiations an improved offer of 2.5% was put to the SUE membership and this was accepted. This information has been shared with the Joint Trade Unions and it is hoped that the pay rise will be in the October pay packets.

May 12 SUE banner 1

SUE members marched with their banner on the TUC demonstration on May 12th, alongside colleagues from other unions and non. A German spectator made a special effort to greet the members carrying the SUE banner as he was employed by a German Trade Union himself.