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The Faithworkers' Branch of Unite is open to all employees and office holders of any faith organisation. We campaign on the behalf of faithworkers' and run a large network of union reps who have been trained to support our members through difficult times.

Our main page is on Unite's Web Site

We have a Help Line for Faithworkers on 0333 123 0021 (non-members are welcome to call, but we are limited to the support we can give in these circumstances. You need to be a member for a month before we can give full and legal support providing the issue is not on-going. It is better to join before you have problems)

You can join online or download a membership form (as soon as you get a membership number contact the Branch Secretary with the number so that we can check that you have been assigned to our branch).

The Branch Newsletter

The Summer 2017 edition

Branch Officials
Branch Chair:Steven Saxby
Branch Secretary:
Mike Bossingham
Branch Treasurer:
Ruth Oates

Regional Branch Organisers
The branch has agreed to appoint a number of Regional Branch Organisers  who will work to develop membership and co-ordinate regional branch activities as follows:
North West Region:
South West:
Colin Lunt
Nicky Skipworth
South East:
Ruth Oates
North East, Yorks and Humber:
Helen Harrell
West Midlands:
David Isiorho
East Midlands:
Pete Hobson
Scotland, Ireland etc:
London & Eastern (Beds, Herts, Cambs & Norfolk):
Dean Henley
London and Eastern (London, Middx,  Essex, Suffolk):
Steven Saxby

Forthcoming Events

Branch meeting 17th of October, Norwich Unite Office
The day includes:
10:00am-12noon Diginity at Work anti-bullying workshop (open to members and non-members).
1:00-2:45pm FWB Branch meeting

Branch meeting 22nd January 2018, Preston Unite Office

1:00-2:45pm FWB Branch meeting

Branch meeting 16th April 2018, Glasgow Unite Office
1:00-2:45pm FWB Branch meeting

AGM 17th July 2018, Birmingham Unite Office (Provisional)

Training Opportunities

Union Rep

Workplace Reps course.
31st July – 2nd August

NB Members must attend Taster Days 1 and 2 as part of this course.

Starting: 3pm Monday July 31st
Ending:  11am on Wednesday August 2nd
Where: Northern College, Barnsley
Tutor: Adrian Judd

This course is designed to be the core initial training for Unite workplace reps and covers a wide range of knowledge and skills that will be needed in your role as a rep within the Faith Workers Branch.   

On completion of the course, workplace reps should be able to:  
  • Understand the roles and rights of a workplace rep and the basics of employment law and how it applies to branch members.  
  • Understand the structures of Unite and how you can use this for support in the workplace.   
  • Work with the Unite team to get your workplace organised and understand why this is the best way to get changes in the workplace.  
  • Run grievance or disciplinary cases on behalf of unite members, and understand Church of England grievance procedures.
  • Run a local campaign around an issue important to you and other members in your workplace. 
  • Network with other Unite activists in your branch
  • Take an integral part in running national, political and global campaigns in your workplace.   
Please note that space is limited and places will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.  Unite will be responsible for your food, board and travel (your general out of pocket expenses) and our Education Department will be in touch with all successful applicants regarding course details and your travel arrangements.

Progression: once you have done the Workplace Reps course you can do advanced courses in the Clergy Discipline Measure or Change at Work.
If you are an employee you need to get permission from your employer to attend this course. If you do not get permission for paid leave for this course as a trade union duty you must contact your regional officer for advice.

Applications to be made on this form to bridget.clemson@unitetheunion.org cc adrian.judd@unitetheunion.org which should be sent ASAP

Training for Existing Reps.

In addition to the courses listed above:
Change at Work.
September 11th – 15th.

Starting: 3pm Monday September 11th
Ending:  11am on Friday September 15th
Where: Esher Place, London.
Tutor: Adrian Judd

An advanced course which will develop skills and give training in:
  • Methodist Disciplinary Procedures,
  • Dealing with Bullying and Stress,
  • Equalities,
  • Community Organising,
  • Becoming Active within Unite.

It is a huge privilege to be allowed this course, by the Director of Education, through the support of our National Officer Siobhan Endean and our Assistant General Secretary, Gail Cartmail. Places are limited to 15 reps, please book now to avoid disappointment.
Applications for the Change at Work course are to be made on this form to bridget.clemson@unitetheunion.org cc adrian.judd@unitetheunion.org which should be sent ASAP

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