#UNISON Branch AGM 2022 – Message to #Coventry City UNISON Members


We are writing to let you know that this year’s AGM will be held on 11th March 2022. It is likely this will be a virtual meeting but we will confirm the format closer to the date when we know more about COVID restrictions.

The last year has proved how vital it is that we have active members engaged in their unions. Members have talked to us about the issues you have faced working remotely and thanked reps for the support they have had in person. We have a variety of roles within UNISON and if you want to get involved then there is no better time.

We will support and help new reps and if you want to get active why not get in touch for a chat about what we can do with you to help members in your workplace. If you wish to stand for a branch post or to be a rep please contact the office for the form, either by ringing 024 7655 0829 or emailing us at office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

For existing reps there are many opportunities to get more involved at a branch and regional level. With this circular are the nomination papers for stewards, officers and seconded reps. The nominations open on Monday 20th December and close at midday on 19th January.

We know that not all members are physically in their workplaces so if you want to be nominated for a role then please fill in the form and get 2 members to propose and second you. This can be done via email where the member can simply forward back your form to you and put that they agreed to nominate you. It would be great if they can include all the details we normally ask for on the forms. If you are struggling with this please get in touch; it’s been a different and difficult year and we will be as flexible as we can be to meet nomination requirements.


Sarah Feeney

Branch Secretary

UNISON Coventry City Branch,

Christmas Opening Arrangements – Coventry City UNISON


Christmas Arrangements…COVENTRY CITY UNISON

The Branch Office will be closed from 24th December. We will be taking calls on 29th and 30th December and then closed on the 31st December.

Our National UNISONdirect helpline will be open as below. They can be contacted on 0800 0857 857

December 24: 6am to 3pm
December 25 – 28: CLOSED
December 29 and 30: 6am to midnight
December 31: 6am to 3pm
January 1 – 3: CLOSED
January 4: normal hours resume. (6am to midnight Mon-Fri & 9am to 4pm Sat)


Enough is Enough – Vote YES.


As a Coventry City UNISON branch member, you should have received your ballot papers for the 2021/22 pay claim in the post recently, or you will receive one very soon. 

Our Branch is supporting the position of the national and regional union and urging members to vote Yes for Strike Action.  


UNISON knows going on strike is not something you do lightly. Your job is incredibly important, and people rely on you.  But your employer has made you, and other council and school workers, an unfair offer. 1.75% might sound like it’s better than nothing – but with inflation well above 3%, it’s a real-terms pay cut.

This year, every pound in your pay packet will really count. 

This comes after a decade of declining pay. The value of your pay is now 25% lower than it was in 2010!

Year after year, it’s been chipped away. Unless we say ‘enough!’, your pay will fall further, and those holding the purse strings will get away with it. 

It’s time to take action.   

We need as many members as possible to vote, over 50%, and we urge you to vote yes to strike.   

  • Inflation is increasing with everything from gas, electric, petrol, and food going up, they are increasing National Insurance and yet only want to offer 1.75%, it’s a huge slapdown given we have helped keep things going through the pandemic.
  • They are doing this whilst many MPs have second jobs with huge salaries, yet think it’s ok for council workers to get worse off year after year. 
  • A strong vote for strike action can force them to think again, they need to know we are serious about our pay.  

It is more important than ever that we build the strength of our union. We are asking all of our members one thing, ask at least one of your colleagues to join us in UNISON. If they join before the 4th of January, they will be entitled to vote in the ballot. 

No Ballot Paper?
If you have not received your ballot papers, you can call our UNISONdirect helpline from the 14th of December. The lines are open from 6am until midnight Monday to Friday and from 9am until 4pm on Saturday. Call them free on 0800 0857 857