I can’t thank you enough for all your help XXXXXX. I couldn’t have done it without you.
XXXXX would like to thank you for your time this afternoon and for being so helpful.
Both XXXXXXXXX & XXXXXXXXX have been looking after me since around 20XX and without them, I truly would’ve been lost, not only emotionally & mentally with all that’s gone on, but with support, someone on my side that knows the policies & procedures inside out. XXXXXXXXX, lately, has had so many emails & meetings with me regarding a possible redundancy, that again, I would have been left out on a limb if it wasn’t for them (and this goes for XXXXXXXXX too).
XXXXXXXXX has been a great support to me, when I honestly didn’t think I’d make it through another day here. I was all over the place of not knowing what to do, how to go about things & certainly me not knowing the policies inside out. XXXXXXXXX had time whenever I needed him to listen & help me with advice & attending meetings with me.
XXXXXXXXX & XXXXXXXXX ‘s knowledge is second to none, their support, guidance, knowledge & general help & shoulder to lean on is truly second to none. Without their continued support & knowing I have them here, in my corner to guide me when needed, I honestly don’t think I’d be where I am now.
That is brilliant, thank you so much for your really kind and speedy reply it is much appreciated.
I wanted to send you a quick email as my case that was being managed by XXXXXXXXXXXX has just concluded. I wanted to let you know how well XXXXXXXXXXXX supported me throughout the case and how safe and supported she made me feel throughout. Please pass on my appreciation to her as she made a very stressful and difficult time for me so much easier!
Just wanted to say thank you for your help, you’ve been amazing. Not sure what will be the outcome eventually but your support and advice has made a real difference to me moving forward positively.
I just wanted to say that I really appreciated the support and kindness I received during my recent case with West Sussex. XXXXXX was amazing and I don’t think I would have got through it without her. Please could you thank XXXXXX for me.
Thank you so much for all your support. I really appreciate everything you have done for me. Your communication with me was excellent and I felt your advice, determination and dedication was instrumental in obtaining the absolute best outcome possible for myself. I am very grateful to you for handling my case.
I have had the need for Unison support since December 2022. XXXXXX has been an amazing source of support these past, nearly, five months. XXXXXX had always kept me up to date on any information I need, advocated for rights I didn’t even know I had and was a strong presence in any meeting I had. I honestly wouldn’t have been able to go through the fight I have had with my employer without XXXXXX being there for me and helping me fight for my employee rights.
XXXXXX, you are a credit to Unison. Thank you.
Thank you so much for explaining this to me, it makes perfect sense how you have explained it- I just wish HR could have explained it like this, so I didn’t have to keep emailing them/ contact Unison!
Thanks for keeping members informed and for all your hard work on our behalf.
A good result given their reluctance. Thank you so much for your help with all this, I really appreciate having had you in my corner.
Thank you for your time and advice, it was very helpful and reassuring. I will not hesitate to contact you again should I need to. Both you and the other member of the team that took my first call were supportive and friendly, I found this a great help when talking.
XXXXXXX, I would like to express my gratitude for being there for me during a very difficult time. Your concern made me go through it all easier. I’m glad to see in you not only a unison supporter but also a true work colleague. I will always remember what you did for me! XXXXXXX has immense experience in dealing with complex cases at difficult times. Thank you for showing your support every day even when I went through really difficult times for me! I appreciated the time you took from your busy schedule to take care of my problems. I’m writing to thank you for taking on the extra hours when I suddenly had to be absent from work. I know it wasn’t easy for you and that’s why I wanted to put my gratitude in writing. I’m truly lucky to have a Unison representative like you!
Just wanted to say I’m not sure whether it was related or a routine visit – but thank you for visiting us today. It was greatly appreciated 😃
I just wanted to make you aware of how grateful I am for XXXXXX’s support and guidance in the grievance I brought against my line manager for bullying and harassment which concluded in the Appeal outcome hearing yesterday. This was quite a protracted matter which I found incredibly stressful but XXXXXX was always there for me when I needed him, on many occasions at short notice. He always explained the process and what it would entail, providing me with alternative options to consider to resolve certain issues. He kept me grounded, with his calm and reassuring manner. Always being honest with me and never raising my expectations.
At the grievance hearing, appeal hearing which he accompanied me to as they were both held in person and appeal outcome hearing he really came into his own with his vast knowledgeable and professionalism challenging and clarifying matters with the Chair when necessary.
XXXXXX’s knowledge surpasses that of managers as he gently reminded them that they were not following the correct procedures. This takes courage especially when dealing with individuals who are in senior management roles. XXXXXX has integrity and moral courage for which I am most grateful.
Thank you so much XXXXXX for all your support. I honestly, do not know how I would have coped without you.
I would like to take this opportunity and say a huge thank you for your support.
First of all I would like to say thank you to XXXXX for all support provided! He demonstrated professionalism and it helped me to receive a positive outcome. At the beginning I was a bit sceptical; however, I was convinced from the moment I was contacted by XXXXXXX that this would be a smooth process with a positive outcome. Again, thank you very much and I highly recommend UNISON, especially XXXXXXX, for support with regards work related issues.
Thank you for our settlement [NJC pay 2022-23]. Thank you for working so hard for us.
I really just wanted to thank you for working so hard on our behalf to negotiate a pay rise and extra days Annual Leave, I really appreciate the work you do for us all. I wasn’t sure who exactly to thank or whether it was all of you so thank you so very much 😊
Thank you for all your efforts and support.
After further discussion with my employers today regarding the owed annual leave (I did mention that I had spoken to Unison) they have made an exceptional decision to wipe off the debt of XXXXXXX. The service manager has also spoken to the office staff to ensure that I get my allocated hours every week until I leave. This is a really good result for me so thank you for your advice and help. Thank goodness I belong to Unison!!
I was very happy with the assistance that I received from XXXXXXXXX and UNISON, who managed to achieve my desired outcome. I am fully confident that should events have taken the route of XXXXXXX looking to bring disciplinary charges against me that XXXXXXXXXX would have been able to assist me and win any appeal to overturn XXXXXXXXXXXXX management decision.
I have used Unison twice, and I have found the two representatives very friendly helpful and very knowledgeable. Would recommend every one becomes a member.
XXXXXX was so very considered and informed in their approach and was very helpful and supportive in their role.
Very pleased with the help given to me.
I have been off work due to long term sickness and have been wonderfully supported by XXXXXXXX in your Chichester branch to gain a good level ill-health pension which I have been very grateful for and she has really helped me.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all your help and support, provided to me with my case so far, taking into account everything had to be arranged in an extremely limited amount of time. Please say thank you and my huge appreciation to all members of the Unison Team, anyone who has been involved with my case since last week when I first contacted Unison. The outcomes of the meeting were brilliant.
I have been extremely satisfied with the support I have received from you and I am dearly grateful. Thank you.
Thank you for the update and clarification of what the Unison solicitors believe I may be entitled to. Please go ahead with the tribunal as soon as you think it should. I would like to also take the opportunity to thank everyone involved to date, the support I’ve received so far has been immeasurable!
I was looked after from the start of my enquiry. Well worth the monthly fee!
UNISON was extremely helpful in getting me to consider broader options and worked well with my manager to help resolve the dispute informally.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you enormously for all the time and effort that you put into my case. You were fantastic and made me feel so much safer at all times. Many, many thanks.
I have now received the backpay to XXXXXXXXXXX into my account from XXXXXXXXXX, so that is the last outstanding issue regarding the redundancy process resolved. I’ve therefore now cancelled my direct debit to Unison, but wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for all your help throughout the process. Your support and expertise has been invaluable and made the process a lot less stressful. Much appreciated.
The support from UNISON was fantastic I couldn’t fault it! It really does pay off, you were all so helpful and honest! Thank you so much.
I am free!! Thank you so much for all your help, support and encouragement over the last few months. I really couldn’t have got through this as well as I have without you! Thank you again.
Thanks for your quick reply which as always is most helpful. I have now written to HR to make my claim.
Yes I have returned permanently to work so I am happy to close the case. Thank you so much for your support and guidance during a stressful time for me. I really appreciate all the help you have given me.
I hope you received sent to your office my acknowledgment of your work on my case, particularly so that your seniors are aware of your dedicated support without which I would not have achieved such a successful outcome. With the help from Unison I was able to achieve the outcome that I had wanted. The outcome was the best I could have hoped for, and was achieved with the dedicated and most professional support from my Unison Rep XXXXXXXXXX.
Thank you again for representing me in the disciplinary investigation. It was a stressful situation but you were always there.
I want to give my feedback about my recent case with my previous employer that XXXXXX helped me so much, to be honest, the result was more than I expected, I want to say thank you for his brilliant and hard work in my case, he was exceptional, professional and really helpful.
I have now managed to catch up with XXXXXXXXX and she has been very helpful. She is doing such a good job in very challenging times!
I would like to bring to your attention the excellent support I received from my union rep XXXXXXX. My case was a very challenging one and has lasted for 6 months, and XXXXXXX has been nothing but professional, supportive and amazing. XXXXXXX has been with me all of the way and always a phone call away, without this lovely dedicated lady I wouldn’t of got through the last 6 months. I highly recommend her to everyone, a colleague of mine is joining and I’ve already told her to ask for XXXXXXXX if she ever needs a union rep. I can’t thank her enough she is an asset to your union and really knows her stuff.
I really want to let you both know how hugely thankful I am for the support of Unison. You have both helped me out of an appalling situation. Also I want to say that I am so impressed by XXXXXXXXX’s expertise, her attention to detail and communication skills are really top notch.
I would like to thank ***** with his help today. It was a very helpful conversation and a true professional.
I can’t thank you enough for all your help. You just stop them in their tracks every time they come up with something. You were too clever for them. I am so happy that I have got you as my union rep. You certainly know your job. I will definitely be recommending you to other people and give them your phone number. I will always keep your number just in case I need you again. I would not want anybody else but you. Thank you once again.
I want to thank you for your support this morning. I really appreciated you listening to my anxiety and all that I was stressed about.
Thank you for your support and help over the last few years.
Thank you so much for your very valued support. You are a credit to Unison!!
I would just like to praise XXXXXXXXXXX. She has been nothing but supportive and efficient with my ongoing issues at work. She is a credit to your branch.
I just wanted to say a massive thank you for helping me with this issue! And, what a positive result! Thank you for your caring and positive attitude, making me feel fully supported by yourself and UNISON. I do appreciate it.
I wanted to say a huge thank you for your team’s support. I did speak to XXXXXXXX directly but am well aware of how much support came from other team members. 2 years 8 months to go through, this has been really difficult but I have always had excellent support and advice and calmness when needed. Anyway wanted to say a really big thank you to you and your team.
Just wanted to say again how much I appreciate what you have done over the last couple of weeks. The result today was far better than I could have expected and this is mainly down to you and the huge amount of work you gave to my case at such short notice. Clearly, your evidence, summary and the points that you raised in the meeting went a long way towards the panel concluding as they did. You are a credit to your service.
Thank you ever so much, XXXXXXX, I think this is a good outcome. Your persistence has really paid off.
You attended every absence and wellbeing monitoring meeting with me and always made sure my needs were at the centre of all discussions and that agreed actions were fully reflective of WSCC policies and procedures… thank you so much for all you have done for and with me, for your support and professionalism and I really believe the service you have provided me is truly out-standing. I will never forget your kindness and support and I would happily recommend you and Unison to anyone who asked me.
Once again many thanks for all your support and help during this process and that of the Unison office staff.
I want to thank UNISON and in particular my Caseworker for the help and support XXXXXX gave in succeeding in a claim against my employer. XXXXXX very noticeably working very quickly, and highly efficiently. No delays… and success. XXXXXX took up my case in a very professional manner straight away maintaining a positive & good working relationship with the Head of HR, succeeding in my case. More than 10 out of 10, definitely.
Thank you both so much for all your help, this gives me a lot of reassurance to know that you are there to support me.
I have been on sick leave on no pay since XXXXXX and XXXXXXX has been helping /advising me throughout. I start a new four week trial next XXXXXXXXX in a new role so will hopefully be back on payroll soon. The help I have received has been amazing from XXXXXXXX.
I would just like to say that I had never belonged to a union before UNISON (I had never needed to) and was slightly wary of it. Over my XX years with WSCC I have needed your services twice and was very pleased with the outcomes – so thank you very much.
I think everything with my pension is sorted now so I just wanted to say a very big thank you for your help and support through the retirement process. I couldn’t have asked for better support, you’ve always been so on the ball and I’ve felt very confident in you from the start.
After being supported by XXXXXX through an ill health retirement assessment process with HR and Occupational Health, I wanted to let you know that I have been very grateful for the the input from XXXXXXX.
Unfortunately after XX years service in WSCC the health conditions I had developed and begun to struggle with caused me to have to go off sick and to go through meetings in relation to the sickness policy and then ill health retirement. Whilst having been a manager for a number of years I was familiar to some extent with the processes involved, but being on the receiving side of the process obviously had a very different feel to the situation. However I got there in the end with the best ill health pension available for my circumstances and health conditions.
As I have said to XXXXXXX I could not have gone through dealing with this without his support. When ever I contacted him he listened to me letting off steam and gave his advice where relevant. I was able to think things through both in my discussions with XXXXXXXXX and in my reflections afterwards because he was calm and focused on the matter in hand. When XXXXXXX agreed to find something out for me he did so in a timely way.
I have thanked XXXXXXXX for his help and support already, but also wanted to give you my feedback so that you can be aware of how helpful he has been and how grateful I am to this service from Unison.
Over the past nearly 2 years I’ve had assistance from my Unison rep XXXXXXXXX. I would like to say how much of a help she has been. She has been extremely calm in a crisis and explained processes so well to me. I’ve required representation from Unison as I was going through levels of sickness and phased return issues.
She has such a calm, focused and knowledgeable demeanour that she put me at ease during these very tense management meetings. I would just like to reiterate that XXXXXXXXXX is a fantastic Unison rep and I’m so glad to have met her. I hope that you will be able to pass on my thanks and my gratitude to her as she is a shining light out of the darkness.
I would like to thank you for all the help and care you gave me. This period has opened my eyes to how important UNISON is when needing guidance and help.
I would like to thank you for your very helpful and kind advice and support, especially in the telephone meeting and emails to HR. I would not have got to this place without you, they would have sacked me by now. I am not easily bullied but at times it felt that way, as when you are in a vulnerable state, off sick, it is easy to succumb.
Having just finished the phone call with XXXXXXXXXXXX, and having achieved such a positive outcome, I wanted to thank you so much for your help and support with my grievance. I know that it has been a real slog, and hard work, but you have been so understanding – this has made such a difference to me personally, and the organisation. I really could not have done this without you – thank you.
I just wanted to update you on this issue and I am happy to inform you that XXXXXXXX finally admitted fault and has paid me my August pay. Thank you for all your advice and support on this matter, it was really comforting to know that I wasn’t alone and I don’t think I would have received the above outcome without the support of UNISON.
Thank you as well for all your support. We are like the three musketeers. We would not have done it without you. xxx
I was successful in being awarded the grant from Unison towards my University studies of £500, I am delighted with this. I can now purchase a much needed laptop and a comfy office chair, both really needed. Thank you for all your support.
A big thank you and XXXXX for the meeting. You have given me some useful pointers to raise with my employers.
Thank you so much for the Zoom meeting, I found it very useful! Good to know there is plenty of help if we need it. Unison were brilliant when I needed help before. Fingers crossed the next few weeks go smoothly!
Thank you, very informative and useful advice and guidance from both of you. Feeling a little more confident knowing what support is there if required.
Just wanted to thank you so much for helping me in sorting out my flexible working request with my employer/HR department.
I’m over the moon about the positive outcome and how efficiently and amicably you resolved it. It impressed me how quickly you were able to clarify the issues and determine the legal obligations of the company and then communicate this clearly to the relevant people. I was unable to do this on my own and was getting nowhere with both managers and the HR lead. Thank you as well for being proactive in reminding me to chase it up for the final decision.
This kind of support is well worth the subscription fee!
Thanks for your support today XXXXXXX, it’s really appreciated. I’m so grateful for the support from yourself & the Unison West Sussex team these past 4 years or so. Highly valuable & indispensable.
Many thanks XXXXXX. You have worked tirelessly for me these last few months for which I am grateful. I think I will draw a line under this as I would seriously like to get rid of all my paperwork! I shall concentrate on my new job now which is great.
I have been a member for nearly 18 years and I have to say I needed support in my working career and XXXXXXXXXX from the West Sussex branch has been my rock and advised me wisely. We had a good result from her wisdom and knowledge and I really cannot thank her enough.
XXXXXX provided me with highly professional and superb support whilst I was working at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and needed Union assistance at several times during my employment.
He was always calm, considerate, objective and incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. My husband and I were very impressed with XXXXXX and his approach, kindness and wisdom. We honestly do not know what we would have done without Unison help and XXXXXX’s support at stressful meetings, while finding our way through complex processes during an incredibly difficult and challenging time.
XXXXXXX supported me and helped me negotiate a return to work after an absence of six months due to health issues and then kept in touch with me to check how things were going. He then helped me as further issues arose in my workplace and finally assisted me with helpful information so I could make my own decision around my employment options.
He has been akin to a “guardian angel” and my husband and I are indebted to him for his outstanding support.
XXXXXXX, thank you for supporting me through this episode in my life of big decisions and being there! You are an amazing lady! Thank you again.
So I guess we are all done, thank you so much for all your support and help recently, I can’t quite believe it’s been since March, the whole experience feels like 4 weeks. I meant to message yesterday morning but the last two days have flown by and I finally feel I have a purpose again, so definitely the right course of action. I have a little something to say thank you so would like to be able to pass that on to you or leave at WSCC whichever is easiest for you. Thank you again.
I would like to say how much I have valued XXXXXXXXXX’s assistance to me during the ill health retirement process. She has been empathetic, reassuring and her knowledge has always been spot on – I’ve always felt in very capable hands during a difficult time. I can’t praise XXXXXXXX enough and I would definitely recommend her to anyone. I would also like to thank UNISON for providing this support to me.
Thanks to XXXXXXXXXX, YYYYYYYYYY and everyone else at the West Sussex branch of UNISON involved in my case, I have been reinstated to West Sussex County Council employment while I undergo a four week suitability trial at ZZZZZZZZZZ.
Wow! I still cannot believe it! I can finally stop fighting. I want to thank you for everything you have done for me and the continued support you gave by coming back to help me. Thank you again for everything.
Thanks so much for your prompt reply, and very helpful.
I would like to thank you for all your help and support whilst going through a difficult period. I received a good pension package and thank you for your assistance.
Thank you so much for your call. I really appreciate you taking time to ring, and your thoughts. I think you all do such great work and are not appreciated enough. I follow all your news and I know there are some very important things you are working on.
Thank you so much for your help in sorting this all out, I really do appreciate it. I was so surprised and disappointed by the reaction I received from my line manager and your support was really reassuring.
Lastly I would like to go on record and thank XXXXXXXXXX for his all his hard work on my behalf, he really has been incredible both in the time and effort he has put in to this, and in keeping me up to date with progress and his encouragement to me.
Just a big thank you for all the great support you gave me during my grievance process. I never felt out of the loop and you went out of your way to get to the finish line. We were pleased with the outcome.
XXXXXXXX, may I also thank you for your hard work and tenacity in seeing this matter through.
Thanks, that’s good news and much appreciated by myself and other colleagues.
Thank you for all of your work in achieving this result. You’ve been a brilliant support through the whole process, your commitment went above and beyond what I could have expected.
Thanks XXXXXXXXX, very helpful and supportive.
Just wanted to say that having just had my meeting with HR, XXXXXXX was an outstanding rep and did a great job – very good to have him in there with me.
I’m more than happy!
I wanted to thank you for sorting out my redundancy money being put into my account, I really appreciate it, it was in my account this morning. Thank you for working your magic.
I am moving away altogether [so leaving UNISON]. Thank you for the good work you all do, representing and defending our rights and improving the conditions we work in.
In light of recent events, might not be a bad idea to join a union. I know it is a bit of a sales pitch but truth is when it comes to a stand up for yourself, not having representation means that odds are not in your favour and companies tend to misbehave betting on our lack of knowledge and intimidation tactics. [email from member to fellow colleagues after receiving branch support]
Many thanks for your thorough advice, this was really useful. I will definitely maintain my membership with UNISON and I will wait till I have full membership rights, because I am very pleased with how you are dealing with members’ issues. I wish I could have started with UNISON before, because I was a member of a different union for more than 5 years, but when I asked for help they did not do anything.
Spoke to XXXXX on Friday and she told me I have a job and the hours that I need. So I’m all happy and thanks for your help.
Thanks for this XXXXX – I note the UNISON support for XXXXXXX issues which is really appreciated. Thank you UNISON!
Thanks XXXXXXX, great news. I definitely owe you a drink! Thanks to you and XXXXXXX for your help.
I just wanted to send my best and well done to Dan on covering everything happening here on South Today.
I received the written contract yesterday from X and X has been communicating with me and has been very helpful. I signed the contract and posted it back today. Thank you to you and Unison for all of your help in this matter. It is much appreciated and I certainly wouldn’t have got this outcome without you!
I am pleased to say that I have been offered and accepted a permanent role. Therefore, the compulsory redundancy process has ceased and the offer of voluntary redundancy has been withdrawn. I would like to thank you for your time that you have given as my case holder.
Thank you for all your support and all your hard work. I honestly do not know where I, and we, would have been without you. Your support has been incredible and it is so appreciated. Just thanks for everything and thanks for standing up for us. We are so grateful.
Please see the below email. You are a miracle worker… They have been resisting increasing the team for months! Then hey presto, I am impressed.
As far as Unison and your support throughout this process, I have nothing but positive feedback and am extremely grateful. Everyone has been supportive and understanding and the advice and emotional support was invaluable. You personally have been very kind, professional, knowledgeable, thorough and supportive of me even when I was struggling to keep it together! I do not know what I would have done without you. Thank you so much.
Thanks again XXXXXXX for all your hard work – you and your team have been there for me and my family during a really difficult time.
I am retiring from West Sussex and wanted to ask how I go about paying to be a retired member of UNISON. Also wanted to thank you both for the support you have given me over the years.
I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of the school for your support of XXXXXXX during a difficult time in her life and your professional approach to meetings at school. Your approach helped XXXXXXX but also enabled the school (myself) to conduct ourselves under the absence policy in the correct and sensitive manner it should be. You on behalf of UNISON maintained my view that good union support is invaluable at a time when individuals need it.
Just to advise XXX rang and has agreed to my proposals. Thank you for your support.
I can’t begin to thank you or put into words my appreciation. You have been wonderfully supportive and achieved a great outcome for me. You should be very proud of what you do for members. Don’t ever give up the fight.
Keep up the good work. Proud to be a member.
Thank you for all your help XXXXXX – very proud to be a UNISON member, your support and that of your team is magnificent.
I just wanted to email and say again I appreciate your help, and reiterate what I said. A few months back I said to my husband I thought I would cancel my unison subscription, based on the fact that I’d never intentionally do anything wrong, and we needed the money. He said don’t, as the minute you do, you’ll need them! I’m so glad I didn’t, as I wouldn’t have managed the last few months without you.
Just wanted to let you know that XXXXXXX was really helpful and supportive with my sickness absence case. Having advice from an informed, objective and experienced rep when I was at a low ebb was unbelievably valuable. Hopefully its been put to bed now as I’m back at work. A lot of my responsibilities have been redistributed and we have a new member of the team. I feel a lot more positive about things generally. Thank you again.
Thank you for all your help and support over the restructuring and academisation, which as you know is now not going ahead. It seems to me we had a very narrow escape there!
Can I just say thank you to both of you for your support so far, as obviously your support of the concerns has been heard.
I just wanted to email you and say thank you for all the help with my recent disciplinary and appeal. Both yourself and XXXXX made it an easy and stress free process and helped me get the decision overturned. I had never had a written warning and wasn’t looking forward to having one on my file. Working with both of you made it so much easier, you helped with phrasing the appeal, noticed the problems and inconsistencies and kept the pressure on the XXXXXXX management team so it couldn’t be brushed off.
Thanks X, appreciate your time again. You are a good chap. Unison members are fortunate to have you.
Thank you very much for standing with me in this case. It is absolutely for your support, wisdom and professionalism that this case was won. For the people like me, who are foreign in this country and lack confidence and ability to speak out , it is very important that someone hears and understands us. Thank you for being my voice.
This is the best result for me all round, to say I’m ecstatic is an understatement. I want to thank you for all your support and help with everything.
I’m satisfied – and thrilled – that it’s now resolved! Thank you so much for all your help and perseverance with this.
Just a quick email to say we think you and XXXXX did a fantastic job with your speeches at Select yesterday. You both complemented each other brilliantly. Let’s hope they actually listen to what’s been said now! Thanks so much for giving us a voice.
I would like to say a massive thank you to you for helping and supporting me through the very difficult dismissal process that I have just been through. You made it much more tolerable and were always full of sound advice. Another massive thank you for referring me to see the financial adviser at Centenary House last week, where the news from him about my pension was almost life changing. Thank you once again for all your support.
I wanted to let you know how supportive, professional and empowering XXXXXX has been to me. The endless meetings and emails have been very stressful and without the guidance from XXXXX I am sure I wouldn’t have got my resolution and closure on the case. I have decided to retire early but that is primarily because the whole process highlighted to me that I just do not want to work in a team which fails to enact the West Sussex policies in the way they are meant. However, by virtue of the meetings and with XXXXXX by my side I feel sure that ‘lessons have been learnt’ and change going forward will happen and although I may not benefit others following on behind will. I will still go and speak with Nathan before I leave and I will let him now how well I have been supported by UNISON. In fact you got a mention when I met with XXXXXX today who is overseeing the new Health and Wellbeing Survey. I let him know just how the support had prevented me from having a full blown meltdown and he was delighted to hear it.
Just to say keep on fighting for our best interests. It is appreciated.
Thanks XXXXXX. A perfect explanation as always.
Thank you so much for your prompt reply. You have cleared a few things up for me that were going around in my brain! Many thanks again.
I am grateful to you, XXXXXX and the whole team, for the support I received from you, so thank you.
I just wanted to say thank you for your brilliant contribution yesterday at Select. I am sure that the staff who heard it will be so pleased to hear that Unison really brought their voice to the table. Thanks again.
I do want to say again thank you for your support.
Just to say I had the appraisal decision overturned – thanks for your input with this.
We thank you very much for all the support that you have given us through this process.
Just wanted to say ‘Thank you’ for all your help & support, I don’t know how I could have got through things without the Union, XXXXXX [workplace rep] & yourself [branch officer].
Thank you for today. Feeling happier now there is potentially another option. I will definitely be calling on you for help and support. It’s good to know we have you on our side.
Whatever happens following yesterday’s meeting I just wanted to formally record my huge appreciation for all the support that you have given me over the last few months, and in particular thank you for your ‘work’ yesterday. I went into the meeting not expecting to get any positive results, however due to your tactics, your approach, the way you expressed your questions and the way you managed the meeting, I am now wondering whether there is a chance of getting some positive results. It isn’t clear what will happen, but even if things don’t go my way, I fully believe that yesterday you put me in the best position possible. A massive thank you for all you have done.
Thank you for all your help XXXXX. In the circumstances, a very positive outcome.
I just wanted to say please feel free, if appropriate, to mention my case and the ongoing battles I am still having and the tremendous support I have had from you and now XXXXXXXXX. I still feel I have a long way to go as my management and HR show no signs of bringing this to a resolution which is acceptable to all parties. But knowing I have the support of UNISON has given me the necessary strength to keep going.
Just wanted to say thank you for everything at the meeting today. Everything that you have done is very much appreciated. Throughout the meeting we did pick up that [the manager] is very much apologetic for the way things have turned out. Thanks again for everything.
Just wanted to thank you again for yesterday; I thought you were great in the meeting. Hopefully we get a favourable outcome.
Thank you for all of your help and advice, I have found it useful and now feel confident to move forward.
Thanks. Your advice is much appreciated.
Dee Chauhan has been my Case Worker and I do not know how I would have coped if she hadn’t been there to help and guide me. I have had cancer and have been off sick for over a year and therefore was on zero pay. I cannot praise her enough for understanding and knowledge of the school system. Please pass on my thanks to Dee and once again thank you so much for the support.
Several measures have been put in place to make the situation more manageable and things seem to be running smoothly at the moment, so thank you for your support!
I cannot say enough times how very grateful I have been for your advice, guidance and support over the last X months, I honestly don’t think I would have been able to complete the journey without it, and I am glad that I did complete the journey. Thank you for helping me with that.
I’ve heard the happy news that the pay increase has been agreed fully now and just wanted to thank you for all your support on the issue. It will make a big difference to XXXXXXXX and will also help keep our team stable.
I will be retiring from West Sussex County Council. I have been a member of Unison for my entire career in Local Government. Fortunately I haven’t had cause to call on the Union for assistance but do appreciate the work you do in negotiating pay rises and championing employees’ rights. Thank you.
I know my journey isn’t over yet, but I would like to say a special thank you to you for your continued help and advice and total support through my horrid time.
My apologies for the lateness of this but I mean to email to thank you for raising – successfully – this issue with Capita. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thanks XXXXX and thanks also for your on-going support.
I can’t thank the girls who helped me from your office enough.
So that’s that then! Thank you hugely for all your advice and support, I have really appreciated it.
Thank you for listening yesterday, when I was distressed. My team manager has contacted HR for clarification and she has been advised not to progress with the process as there is insufficient evidence to take this route. I am happy with the outcome. Looking back, I am glad that I joined UNISON and I will encourage every new staff on my team to join because workers do not know what can happen during their employment.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you! Thank you so much for all your help, support and guidance during my very difficult time at work. You were so kind and understanding and took your time to listen and give fantastic advice. I’m so grateful to you and to UNISON, I have no idea what I would’ve done without your help. Thank god I joined UNISON. Honestly can’t thank you enough, and for getting an awesome result for me. You’re a lovely, kind lady who definitely knows her stuff! Thanks again, so so much!
Thank you so much for your valuable time yesterday and for the advice you were able to give. Thank you also for your good wishes and it is people like you within the organisation that it has been a pleasure to work with over the years.
I am happy to say Laurence who works at Unison West Sussex is the best person to work with. I do recommend him as my friend, pal and uncle. I had the great pleasure working with him yesterday. He is patient, friendly, approachable, believes in facts of information and very professional. I hope he will be my solicitor in the future if God bless me with a big company. In fact, I will end here by saying he has been doing his work well. Well done Laurence and may God bless you and your family.
Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for UNISON’s support in the recent pay debacle. Once again thanks for all your hard work on this.
Thank you for clarifying this matter, I am very grateful for your swift assistance and information.
Thank you for the support provided, it was invaluable.
I’m back doing my full time… I would like to say a big thank you for your time and help, it is much appreciated.
So in the end it has all worked out nicely for me… Thank you for your advice at the time.
During the last two years in my 26 years at XXXXXXXX School, following a change in Management, it was unfortunately necessary for my colleagues to seek support from Unison through our rep XXXXXXXX. James Ellis also worked very hard on their behalf and successfully opposed the very unfair changes that the management were attempting to impose upon some of our support staff. I witnessed the stress and anguish my colleagues endured for months so really do value the help that Unison does offer.
I really thank you for contacting XXXXXX so promptly yesterday because it appears that immediate action has happened, and we haven’t had to be in the situation for 10 days like last time. But really, we shouldn’t have to phone or take photos when the sanitary bins need collecting.
Thanks for this. Will leave contacting the solicitors until early next week with the aim of an appointment early the following week. I had the best nights sleep I have had in over two years last night!
Thank you so much for all your help and support, I don’t think I would have got through this without you. I’m hoping there won’t be any issues between now and XXXXXXX, but if there are, I will let you know.
Thank you so much for your phone call Monday evening, very much appreciated and I hope you got on the right train in the end! Your advice was very sound so this has helped with my decision making. Thank you for the advice and clarity… it is so good to know that Unison are there when needed.
I just wanted to thank you for all the help you have given throughout this process, I can honestly say we wouldn’t have been able to do this without your knowledge and advice, it’s been very much appreciated.
Just wanted to say thank you so much for your support on XXXXXXX. I couldn’t have done it without you. You were amazing.
I have just now received an email from XXXXXXX. Thank you for your help with all of this, hopefully it’s all sorted now!
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for the support you gave to XXXXXXX, when they were preparing for my disciplinary hearing. Your input helped us so much when we were planning our strategy and I have no doubt that things would have been very difficult without your help. I really appreciate XXXXXXX’s contribution at this stressful time. XXXXXXX gave me their time, experience, expertise and friendship willingly at all times. Nothing was ever too much trouble and they went out of their way to give me support. I am so pleased to have them as my union rep.
I thought I would just drop you a note as I have been advising XXXXXXX (School) re a staffing restructure / redundancy programme for their TA staff; they have said that XXXXXXX was advising staff from the Unison side of things and have fed back to me that XXXXXXX was really helpful in supporting their staff and getting them through the process. They are very thankful that XXXXXXX was there to support staff and really appreciated this.
O…..M……G!!!!!! Thank you so much…… some good news at last! You’ve been a superstar! Thank you and your team so much for your continued support!
I have praised you throughout this process for enabling me to gain confidence, reassurance and reach a position of calmness. Thank you, XXXXXXXX. I believe more vulnerable staff would have incurred considerable emotional hardship if such events had happened to them. I now take the opportunity to thank Unison for their continued support and ‘addressing’ issues arising with their member. I wish you good health and thank you again, XXXXXXXXXX.
I would also like to thank the West Sussex Unison team for the help and support they have provided to me during my working life at Aspire Sussex.
Just wanted to say thank you for taking our Trainee Social Worker pay challenge forward for us. I have finally had confirmation that we will be getting paid as Social Workers as soon as we receive our HCPC registration. Thanks again.
Many thanks for all you have managed to do to help the staff at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.
Thanks XXXXXXX, wise words as always. I feel closure and I can now move on… Anyway thanks again.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to chat to our Unison colleague, he helped clarify a few issues that I couldn’t work out from the documentation available online at Hartlink and the LGPS site.
Thank you very much indeed for all your help; I am truly appreciative and so pleased with the support I have received from you and Unison.
It looks like I’ve got XXXXXXXXXX – hoorah! Thanks for all your help in getting me this far.
Thank you so much for your support with this. I will wait to hear from you re the other issue. Many thanks.
Just want to say thank you so much for your support with our case. You were fantastic! We couldn’t have got through it without you, so kind, caring and compassionate in what you do – thanks again. We so appreciate it.
Once again thank you for all your support. You are a real asset to Unison.
I would like to express my gratitude to XXXXXXX for all that he has done for me. He is very knowledgeable and very sincere in how he handles your case. He is a brilliant union representative.
Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have spent on my behalf, I didn’t think I would get there, but hopefully I will start to reap the benefit, when they have in-filled my hours.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your time, energy, compassion and overriding insight into the issues arising in my XXXXXXXXXXXXX. I will take some time going through each issue and being concise tomorrow. Furthermore I found your ability to separate out each matter and ask the right questions also enabling and most useful. Many thanks for the pot of tea and thoughtful surroundings where we met.
Just to let you know, XXXXXX received his pension offer on Monday, so we are now closer to it being sorted out. We have to return the forms with his decision, then hopefully it won’t take too much longer to come through. Thank you for all the help you’ve given XXXXXX over the last couple of years, we couldn’t have done it without you.
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the letter you wrote. Yesterday I received a phone call… I have been battling so hard for so long. Thank you again for all you have done for us and for the strong letter you wrote! This really is a life changer… many, many thanks.
Thank you very much for taking the time to write that. Your letter is fantastic. Thank you so much for all of your help, you really have given us hope again.
I wanted to thank you for all your support and advice.
Just wanted you to be aware of the decision to uphold my appeal. Please can I take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and going the extra mile to assist me, without your support I doubt I would have had the strength to have continued with my appeal.
Thanks, good point, excellent advice. Not sure why HR didn’t say as much…
Just to inform you that I have received back pay from April 2017 and my salary is now correct – which I wouldn’t have got without your assistance.
I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you both for your support in recent months. I want you both to know your guidance provided me with well needed advice, which enabled me to approach the challenges I’ve faced with confidence. I’m incredibly grateful to you both for providing me with reassurance and also for helping me to be assertive without being over-emotional at a time I found especially stressful.
I just wanted to thank you for your ongoing support this year in terms of my request for flexible retirement, I can’t believe this has taken a year out of my life.
My return to work was much better than I thought that it would be. Many thanks to your team for their help.
Many thanks for your most prompt and supportive reply. I am interested in becoming a retired member, please be kind enough to let me have the details. I do of course understand that the dreadful inefficiency of Capita isn’t a reflection of any individual concerned.
Thanks very much for supporting me going back to business as usual in XXXXXXXXX, greatly appreciated.
Positive outcome yesterday: No Further Action outcome, would like to thank XX, XX, XX and yourself for your support in what has been a difficult period. On these occasions it is reassuring to have the backup of UNISON. Can now draw a line and move on.
Thanks so much I had an email from XXXX confirming that you were indeed correct at our last meeting [and that HR were wrong]. Thank you so much XXXX, you have been an inspiration, such a valuable and balanced source of information and moral support, always in my best interests.
Just wanted to say thank you for your support throughout the process. I don’t think I could have held it together without that. I hope they do look at the process and how it impacts on the individual to just be left hanging.
I want to thank you for making what is a difficult time that much easier for me, so thank you!
I am so glad to have had the backing of UNISON for 10 years and have advised new members of staff that it is a necessity to be a member. UNISON will always have your back where the school may not. Thank you.
I have really good news in that I am moving to X Services on X! I have got reasonable adjustments in place and they are working well for me. I do need to thank you very much for your support and guidance during a period I found quite overwhelming. Your calm demeanour and knowledge really reassured me. Thank you again
Thank you so much for sorting this for me. I really do appreciate it and a big weight off my mind.
Appeal was upheld! Mainly based on breach of contract. Thank you so much for representing me. So glad I re-joined UNISON!
I wanted to let you know that my workplace rep provided great support and guidance to me through this stressful process and I just wanted to pass on my thanks.
I’ve just read the response on the parking issue and wanted to say thanks for such a comprehensive and clear account. As a member I feel my views have been extremely well represented and I appreciate the amount of work that must have gone into this.
What a great response to the car parking mess. You captured it all. Thank you.
Once again many thanks for your timely, knowledgeable and professional response, which is second to none!
You have produced an excellent and very well written response document. Thank you.
Great response put together on parking proposals. Thank you for putting our voice across so clearly.
I would like to thank you for your support through the process and, most importantly, the advice on the day. Without your support I truly believe the outcome wouldn’t have been what it has and I would be out of a job, so thank you once again for your support and knowledge.
My caseworker’s expertise was a game changer. His knowledge of the law, his skills around dealing with my employer, his ability to understand my situation and his flexibility was, and is, so appreciated. He is everything anyone could want from a rep; he is a credit to the service.
I cannot thank you enough for helping me with this grievance. Needless to say, it would not have happened without the assistance of yourself within the UNISON umbrella. What a valuable thing trade unionism is and long may it remain so!
Thank you for attending the meeting with me and for your support. Really pleased with the outcome, will continue to maintain my healthy lifestyle and improve my sickness levels. Thanks again for your support.
I must sincerely thank you for your support as my UNISON rep and your outstanding job in representing me and supporting my return to work and my continued recovery. You really have been a good friend and confidant, and I will always be grateful.
We are so pleased and relieved. Victory for the small people! Just want to say a huge thank you for all your help and assistance and we feel that with your backing and correspondence that has helped massively towards the outcome.
A letter has arrived this morning offering some job shares, it’s a little complicated but it is a big U-turn from where they started… THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Ours will be a story to tell to other schools about the importance of union membership and not to lay down!!!
Thank you for giving me some of your valuable time. As mentioned during our discussion, I trust and admire the fact that you are approachable and willing to help where you can. It is one of the main reasons I joined UNISON.
I have been waiting for any other complications but there don’t appear to be any! I wish to say a big thanks to you for all your hard work, none of this would have happened without your intervention. So thanks again!
I would just like to add that XXXXXXX has been a very supportive union rep.
Thanks for all your support, it means a lot. Once more thanks to you and your great team.
I just wanted to thank you for all your help with this process.
I would like to thank all of you at UNISON (my Caseworker has been a star!) for your support during this somewhat trying period.
I would also like to take this opportunity to express my thanks and respect for the role carried out by my Caseworker, she was very supportive throughout, I cannot thank you all enough.
I would like to add that my Caseworker has been amazing in all of this.
I know XXXXXX had already emailed you but I just wanted to pass on my thanks for everything you have done. I’m now madly filling out paperwork but am very happy to be doing it. Thank you.
I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of myself and my colleague, XXXXXX, for putting our representation through – we are now in the pool with the permanent teachers thanks to you!
The letter from XXXXXXX arrived in the post this morning. Once again, thank you so much for your dogged determination in seeing this through – and I’m sure I speak for the others you were also campaigning for.
Thank you again, so much, for all your support!
Many thanks for all the effort and hard work you have done in preparing the proposal for our members at XXXXX School.
I just wanted to give you an update on my case and I am pleased to say that my hub base has been changed to XXXXXX which I am really relieved about. Thank you so much for your help.
x has spoken with me this morning and agreed to my request for change in supervisor, therefore no need to accompany me to any meetings at the moment. I can’t thank you enough for your continued support and guidance, you are the perfect union rep and we are lucky to have you with us.
I hope you’re aware of the difference your support, time and expertise has made to me over the last couple of years, and it has been so appreciated. Joining UNISON has been the best thing I ever did, professionally!
Thank you so much for your help, it was sorted without any worries just a conversation, but regardless it was good to have that backing.
Thanks very much for helping to sort out my problem last week it was a big relief to have it resolved. Also for your advice and support through the whole redundancy process which has been very much appreciated.
I spoke to x for some time last night and gave him the background to our situation. I just wanted to say how good it was to have him attend both meetings, I know staff found this really supportive.
Massive thank you for my amazing defence – such a relief it’s finally over.
Thank you so much for making the effort to come all the way to see me on Friday. I can’t thank you enough for the support you gave me during my meeting.
Many thanks for the support. My issue has been fully resolved.
I wanted to say a very big thank you for coming out and representing me recently. It made such a difference knowing that I had UNISON behind me and your support. It really was very much appreciated.
Thank you for your support regarding my pension. I’m very grateful for all your help.
As Unison members we wanted to express our feelings about the unfairness that these changes are creating within our team and your work portrays that effectively.
I just wanted to send a line to say thank you for all your work on this project.
Adur Voluntary Action (AVA), published in their November annual report 2015-16:
AVA places on record the valuable support our staff received from West Sussex UNISON over the year of this annual report. This made a huge difference to the stressful and uncertain situation faced by all AVA’s paid staff. AVA recommends that all local charities employing staff encourage trade union membership, and draw up workplace agreements. This is not a paid advertisement. It is simply the voice of AVA’s direct experience.
Thank you for this and for everything you do to make life easier. I’m so thankful Im in the union. When this is all over, I’d be very happy to be involved in any promotional information. Everyone should be in the union!
A big thank you to you. I’m very impressed in your efforts to help me.
I cannot thank you enough for your kind words, advice and help, you have put me at ease. I know I did nothing wrong and what you said has really helped, I cannot thank you enough, I really appreciate it.
That’s great to know; at least I feel we have been listened to! Thank you so much for all your support on this. I feel UNISON in West Sussex really does support its members and that is down to people like you who really do care and give a damn. I am fine now to be honest – getting there at least. Hope you are too!
Many thanks for letting me know. I have just signed and emailed a copy of the agreement to the solicitor’s and they called me to say this has been received. Many thanks for all your support it really has made such a difference having your advice on all of this.
I know I am a bit late but I would like to say how well my caseworker did for me (she helped me recently over a capabilities matter). Without her knowledge and support I would not have come out of this so well so a big thank you. Best Wishes.
Thank you to the Unison team for recent meetings to discuss pertinent information about retirement policies, and for the Unison pensions seminar.
Thank you ever so much for that. This is a great answer for me. Thank you for your time and support. Kindest.
I just wanted to thank you for all your support and advice through what has been a very difficult time. I need to draw a line in the sand now and move on with my life. I would also like to wish you all the best for your future plans.
Please can you convey my gratitude to my caseworker for all his help in the past.
Good news in the end, just surprising that it took as long as it did. My more recent request has also been acknowledged after four weeks. I have been told I should receive it around the end of this month. Many thanks for your help in getting the log-jam moving!
I have re-started work this week. Thank you so much for your input.
Thank you so much for your help throughout this business. I will let you know when the pension kicks in.
Thank you for the help in the meeting. It was refreshing to have the union on my side.
I wanted to say my rep has been a great support throughout, practically and emotionally with a genuinely kind and caring approach. His knowledge and time given has been really appreciated and has led to some really positive steps being made from my management, finally getting the understanding and professional support that had been lacking for too long. I want to thank UNISON for being a great support, making me feel I have a support network in future that I can always turn to.
Just wanted to thank you for your support and advice last week. I would not have been able to do this without your support, I really appreciate it.
Thanks for your fantastic helpful help. Brilliant!
I’ve just had a call from the above regarding another member and she mentioned that she couldn’t have got her ill health retirement sorted out last year without you and that you were brilliant. Hopefully she told you at the time but, if not, now you know!
Member has resigned as has left her job but she has asked us to note that her branch rep was very helpful and extremely knowledgeable and would like to pass on her compliments.
I do wish I had joined Unison earlier due to previous difficulties in the workplace, which addressed at the time could have prevented things escalating to the detriment of my health and personal/work life. More awareness for new starters to join Unison would be great. Many have started work here over the past year and did not anticipate needing Unison support until it was too late or can only receive phone support because the issue had already begun. The Unison fee is usually the most likely deterrent but the membership pays dividends; and also the worry that (particularly with younger employees) that approaching Unison for support may cause them further problems in the workplace, which isn’t the case.
Thanks loads for your support and advice on this, really helpful
Thank you for the help UNISON have given me with my Stage 1 Sickness Absence. My rep did a great job and I felt very supported. He gave me some information which I wasn’t aware of and also asked some questions of my manager during the meeting. I was very happy with the support he gave me and should be grateful if you would please pass on my thanks and gratitude for the assistance he provided.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and UNISON for the support you gave me yesterday.
Thanks for all your support and input over the past months: a very heartfelt and sincere thanks to you, and best wishes.