Oxfordshire County UNISON Branch has won the ‘South East Local Government Branch of the Year’ award for 2012.

The award was the result of a straw poll of leading activists and was made in recognition from UNISON of the hard work carried out by the Branch  Officers and Staff over the past year.


Presenting the award at the Branch Annual General Meeting on 21 February, Steve Waite, Regional Organiser for the Thames Valley Team, said: “In particular, this award takes into account the Branch’s success in recruiting an additional 600 members, its networking with other Oxfordshire Branches, its liaison with the Health Branch to prevent duplication of representation in Care Homes, and the pooling of the RMS database systems with Health and District branches.”

Receiving the award, Branch Secretary Peter Fryer said: “There were 100 other branches up for the award and we’re delighted to have received this recognition from UNISON for our work in the South East Region. Our achievements in the past year are the result of a team effort: not just the senior officers, but also our administration staff, members’ officers and stewards. It’s very much a team effort, so I’d like to thank everyone for their hard work.”

The AGM’s guest of honour, UNISON’s Assistant General Secretary Roger McKenzie, also congratulated the  Branch on its award.