Branch International Relations


The role of the Branch International Relations Officer (BIRO) is to encourage among branch members an awareness of UNISON policy on international matters and an understanding of the importance of international issues.  We probably take for granted the right to access this website, or to meet and discuss work problems or politics, but trade unionists in many other countries risk intimidation and even death for active membership within a union.

I am striving to encourage members to participate in international issues from campaigning to responding to urgent actions and affiliating to organisations.  Communication with others who share a common interest is the very basis of trade unionism, and it shouldn't stop at national borders or because someone tells us you should stop talking. 

Members can look at the links below and contact me on with particular international interests on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   I have taken on the responsibility for raising international issues and leading the branch's international activities.  l will ensure that views of the members are reported at the branch executive meeting and the AGM.

David Wand, Branch International Relations Officer


National UNISON web page on international issues


Palestine Solidarity Campaign

We have some fantastic news to share with you. Since 2017 PSC has been fighting the UK Government in the courts, protecting the right to undertake BDS campaigns in the UK. First we won in the High Court, then we lost in the Court of Appeal, but today the final verdict from the Supreme Court is in and...WE WON!  Read more here pdfPSC.pdf

War on Want

UK votes leave - so where do we go now?  War on Want says "  We must ensure that the Leave vote cannot be claimed as a mandate for the UK to develop its own trade deals on the negative lines that it has traditionally supported within the EU.  Visit the War on Want website

International Health & Safety

This web site deals with issues faced by unions and employees from around the world by setting up an email service for campaigning. For the latest international health and safety news from countries such as India, Pakistan, Turkey, Columbia, Mexico,visit This is a good link to video clips from around the world on people coming together to form unions, and stand up for basic rights; some of these are very funny.

Tamil Solidarity

Please visit this page and take action to keep the plight of the Tamil-speaking people in Sri Lanka on the radar, and to make it clear that, while the UK government and other western governments have turned a blind eye, ordinary people – workers and young people, stand in solidarity and demand rights for trade unions and women's rights.

This year's Tamil Solidarity Day is to take place on the 24th June from 10:30am till 5:30pm at Unite's office in London.  Further information is on the attached newsletter.

Please follow this link to see the Tamil Solidarity Report March to May 2020

Labour Behind the Label

Labour Behind the Label is a worldwide campaign that works to improve conditions and empower workers in the global garment industry. Take action and get more information here.  UNISON works with sister trade unions in other countries and through key international organisations to promote and protect members' interests and concerns. site runs campaigns for the employees.  The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) is an international federation of trade unions.

 Justice for Colombia

Justice for Colombia Newsletter Spring-Summer 2020

 Please see the following link for latest information from Justice for Colombia



























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