The general secretary, Dave Prentis, opened the conference with a morale boosting speech to delegates. Dave reassured conference that in spite of the barrage of anti trade union legislation UNISON remained strong and popular amongst working people.
To illustrate this he told conference that since this government came to power over 700,000 people of the have joined unison which demonstrates that unions are as relevant today as they always have been.
Delegates then split into 3 focus group sessions on:
Change Management and Downbanding – facilitated by Alan Lofthouse
Managing Sickness Absence (incorporating stress in the workplace) – facilitated by Robert Baughan
The Changing Face of UNISON - facilitated by Dave Johnson
After lunch delegates listen to 2 presentations followed by QAs on:
- TUC’s Work on Public Services and Austerity – Matt Dykes, TUC Senior Policy Officer for - Public Services
- Trade Union Bill – Rob Smith, Thompsons