Welcome to Essex County UNISON


We are delighted to announce that we have appointed to the Branch Organiser and Caseworker posts.

Graham Gilbert has started work as Branch Organiser. He will be working 21 hours a week and intends to be out in ECC Branch workplaces talking to members and  potential members about what the union has to offer. If you would like him to visit you contact the branch office or Graham’s email.

Mary Downes will be working as a caseworker for the branch.  If you have to ask for branch help you may well be referred to Mary to assist with you case.


The Branch AGM will be held on in March 2020 on a date and at a venue to be announced shortly. Branch Secretary Sue Gainey has announced that she will be standing down so one item on the agenda will be the election of her successor.

Another AGM meeting (with the same agenda) will be held at Essex Fire & Rescue HQ, Kelvedon on another date during March. Due to security measures at the building only Fire & Rescue members are invited to this.



On 1 July 2016 UNISON branches in Essex were restructured and the Essex County Branch now covers only three groups of members:

  • Members directly employed by Essex County Council.
  • Members employed by Essex Fire & Rescue Service.
  • Members employed in LEA maintained (Community or Voluntary Controlled ) schools.

The office telephone number remains 01245 354044.

Alternative numbers are: 01245, then either 430913/430903/430904.

If all our lines continue to be busy please send us an e-mail at unison@essex.gov.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Members working for other employers (including voluntary aided schools, foundation schools and academies) have been transferred to the UNISON Essex branch tel. 01245 608949 email unisoninessex@gmail.com


UNISON Welfare Thereforyou is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL

Click on this link for details of:

· Winter Fuel grants

. School Uniform Grants

· Financial assistance

UNISON Welfare – Debtline Service

Debt can cause a great deal of stress in your life. A small change in circumstances can turn a manageable situation into a debt problem that threatens your home or your family’s wellbeing.

UNISON’s Debtline service is available to all our members to help them manage money and deal with debt. They offer free confidential advice to help you clear your debts.

Debtline can help you deal with:

• credit card debt;
• mortgage arrears;
• home repossession;
• county court judgment claims.

UNISON Welfare Thereforyou is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL

If you require any further information on UNISON Welfare – please contact Branch office



We always need new Unison reps in a number of roles – do you think you could help?


Elected by UNISON members to represent members in a workplace or department (or part of one.) Stewards have full rights to represent their members by meeting management, attending the branch committee etc. There is a full range of training for stewards, and the branch appoints a mentor from amongst experienced activists to advise you.


Elected by UNISON members to represent employees in a workplace or department (or part of one) on health and safety issues specifically. There is clear legal protection and definition of what H&S reps can do. We particularly need people to do this job within Essex County Council departments but volunteers from any workplace would be welcome.


If you don’t feel able to do either of the other jobs we can always use people to act as named contacts between the branch and a workplace/ department. We can email or post you useful information and from time to time we may ask you to find out the feeling amongst members on specific issues for us.

If you are interested in doing any of these jobs or helping UNISON in some other way, please contact the branch office (see below).


We now have a Facebook presence as well – look for UNISON Essex Branch and become a friend. Please be aware that Facebook posts can be seen by managers and others – there have been disciplinary cases against people in Essex who have said something ill-advised things about their work, employer or colleagues.
Don’t post anything on Facebook that you would not put on a postcard to work.

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