‘ I can ’ t afford to retire ’ – why carers need a living wage
Care workers have quietly kept the country running for decades, overworked and underpaid. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced carers into life-threatening working conditions, and UNISON is fighting to raise their wages. Sian Stockham works as a carer for people with learning disabilities in Abergaveny, Wales, and also as a support worker in a reablement and rehabilitation resource centre. She said: “I’m lucky to have a job, and one that I love. There is absolutely no work that is more important – caring for people like you would your own and making them comfortable in some of the hardest moments of...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 8, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article care care workers Clap for Carers social care Source Type: news

Blog: Together we will get through this
This is such a difficult time for all of us. There are now lockdowns and severe restrictions on everyone’s daily lives in all four nations of the UK. No one can pretend that this latest series of lockdowns to fight the latest COVID surge is going to be any easier than the others – if anything, at this time of year with the short, cold days, it’s going to be even harder. We also know what to expect this time around. But there’s one massive positive difference as we enter 2021 and that’s the vaccine program that is already underway. Two vaccines being rolled out which gives us all genuine hope t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 5, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Covid-19 dave prentis Source Type: news

Library staff ‘ scared and stressed ’ about working through lockdown
As the third lockdown comes into force in England, library workers again find themselves being asked to maintain library services. This time in the face of a highly transmissible COVID-19 variant. UNISON’s position is that public libraries should close completely. However, Westminster guidelines state that libraries can still provide some library services such as access to IT and click and collect. UNISON believes that even these limited services expose library workers and users to unnecessary risks and should be halted while national restrictions remain in place. UNISON head of local government Jon Richards said: &l...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 5, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article libraries Source Type: news

Close nurseries to all except vulnerable and key-worker children
Pre-schools including nurseries must be closed except to educate the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable, says UNISON today (Tuesday). The union is urging the government to reconsider its decision to keep early-years establishments open​, despite concerns over a new Covid strain. Early-years staff should also be made a priority for vaccination and mass testing says UNISON, and employees should not be expected to go into work until these safety measures are put in place. In addition, the union says protection must be extended to employees in schools open for the children of key wo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 5, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus schools Source Type: news

Ministers must delay school reopening by a fortnight, says UNISON
The government must delay the reopening of all schools in England by two weeks to minimise the spread of Covid-19, UNISON says. The union is joining with other education unions in demanding that remote learning should be introduced for pupils of primary schools across the country, in line with the delay for secondary schools. UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “The Government must act decisively now by delaying the start of term for all schools by two weeks because of spiralling infection rates. Education should move online except for vulnerable children and those of key workers. “UNISON has been calli...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 2, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus schools Source Type: news

Reopening delay is sensible to make school mass testing work, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement by education secretary Gavin Williamson that reopening will be delayed by a fortnight for many schools, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said today (Wednesday): “Everyone agrees it’s important for schools and colleges to open but it can’t be at any expense when infections are rising. “This delay for secondary schools is a sensible decision, giving more time to organise mass testing effectively to limit the spread. Primary and early years reopening should also be delayed because social distancing isn’t really possible. “Ministers should also ensure...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 30, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus schools Source Type: news

A good vintage: science suggests appreciation of wine grows with age
Changes in composition and production of saliva as people grow older appears to intensify perception of aromasJust as a bottle of wine improves with age, so may our ability to pick out the subtleties of its scent. Changes in the composition of our saliva and how much of it we produce appears to intensify our perception of smokey and peppery aromas in red wine, new research suggests.The findings could lead to the development of wines that are more tailored toward specific groups of consumers. “We could diversify winemaking production to make more enjoyable wines based on consumers’ physiologies,” said Mari...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Linda Geddes Tags: Wine Science Human biology World news Ageing Spain Source Type: news

Schools committee raises issues over English testing plans
UNISON’s national schools committee for England, together with representatives of the union’s further education committee, met with Department for Education (DfE) and NHS test and trace officials yesterday to discuss the government’s plans for mass testing of school staff and pupils in secondary schools and colleges in England in January. Among many issues, the committee highlighted concerns about the reliability of the proposed tests, numbers and roles of staff that would be involved, potential increased workloads, proper training, availability of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), face cov...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 23, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article Covid-19 school staff schools Source Type: news

UNISON sends a very public festive ‘thank you’ to its 1.3m members
UNISON is sending a festive message to every public service worker this week, in the form of newspaper adverts thanking them for the many ways they have supported our communities this year. The adverts list how our union’s 1.3million public service “stars” have kept our streets safe, our hospitals running, our rubbish collected, our power on, our elderly looked after and our communities cared for. And they tell our members and the public that, “We’re proud to represent 1.3 million public service stars.” The ads will appear in The Guardian and the Metro papers nationwide, plus T...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 21, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News Covid-19 membership Source Type: news

‘ We ’ll fight the public sector pay freeze ’
Government plans for an ongoing public sector pay freeze will be the big issue affecting UNISON members and our public services, general secretary Dave Prentis told the national executive council (NEC) today. “It is in the DNA of the Tory party to attack public service pay and public service provision,” he told the final meeting of the year via video. “We’ve seen it ever since Margaret Thatcher.” He hit out at Tory efforts to divide and rule by setting private sector workers against their public service counterparts. “There’s no such thing as a private sector household or a public ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 10, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News dave prentis NEC pay freeze Source Type: news

Measuring the impact of COVID-19 on global labour rights
This report highlights how much acting ethically matters. Procurers and contract managers need to seek information about workers in their supply chains and ensure that contract labour clauses are adhered to during the lifespan of the contract.” Of respondents, 74% felt that the pandemic will have a long-term negative effect on procurement. While UNISON works to ease the pressures on members, the union also wants to support efforts to ensure that products used by public service workers in the UK do not jeopardise workers’ rights abroad. This is UNISON’s second research report on pu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 8, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article international modern slavery procurement Source Type: news

John Mitchell obituary
My father, John Mitchell, who has died aged 75, was the founder of Carbohydrate Polymers, a scientific journal which grew from humble roots to become one of the publisher Elsevier ’s lead journals. John recognised the need for this much-needed outlet for research into polysaccharide science – the branch of food technology focused on the carbohydrates found most often in plants, algae and micro-organismsBorn in north London, the son of Albert Mitchell, who was in charge of general election campaigns for the Conservative party, and Marjorie (nee Woodcock), a homemaker, John attended the Haberdasher ’s Aske&...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 7, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Johanna Mitchell Tags: Food science Physics Publishing & drink industry Source Type: news

If we can grow cruelty-free meat in a lab, what is there to beef about? | Barbara Ellen
Science is forcing vegans and vegetarians who demand others join them to think againWith the developments in laboratory-cultured meat, vegetarians and vegans need to ask themselves: is it still about animal welfare or is it about stopping people eating meat?Cultured meat, produced in bioreactors from muscle cells taken from live animals, has beenapproved for the first time by a regulatory authority. “Chicken bites” by San Francisco startup Eat Just have been approved for sale by the Singapore Food Agency. It’s a landmark moment that could lead to a revolution in “kind/clean” meat, significantl...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 5, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Barbara Ellen Tags: Meat Food Meat industry Farming Environment Food science Veganism Vegetarianism Source Type: news

Reserved (low pay) seat threshold for 2021
UNISON’s principles of proportionality and fair representation mean that some seats on elected bodies are reserved for women and low-paid members, so that the make-up fairly represents the wider union. This includes the national executive council (NEC). The definition of low-paid reflects the median gross weekly earnings for all jobs – full time or part time – and is revised each year. The median gross weekly earnings figure for 2020 has been calculated in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings at £479.10, which remains unchanged since last year, partly because of the impact of furlough during...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 2, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article democracy low-paid NEC proportionality Source Type: news

Domestic abuse is a workplace issue
UNISON Northern Ireland’s Women’s Committee have been busy preparing for the 16 days of action to end violence against women. To mark International End Violence Against Women and Girls Day, UNISON Northern Ireland Women’s Committee hosted an online event ‘Normal was never good enough’, where they discussed domestic abuse as a workplace issue. The 16 days of action run from International End Violence Against Women and Girls Day on 25 November up until 10 December. According to Women’s Aid, more than 1 in 5 employed women are experiencing domestic abuse. UNISON Northern Ireland has set up ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 27, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article domestic abuse Northern Ireland women's committee Source Type: news

Shockingly poor government planning left health and care staff vulnerable to the virus
  Responding to a National Audit Office report issued today (Wednesday) into the government’s attempts to source personal protective equipment as the first Covid wave struck, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “It’s unforgivable that shockingly poor government planning left care and health staff to fight Covid-19 without the safety kit to protect themselves. They were left exposed and vulnerable to the virus. “Ministers made the wrong decisions and reacted too slowly to the unfolding tragedy. The lack of foresight to properly prepare for the pandemic undoubte...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 25, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea NAO PPE Source Type: news

Covid contracts need proper scrutiny to end gravy train
Commenting on the National Audit Office report issued today (Wednesday) examining the government’s lack of transparency when awarding contracts valued at £18 billion to tackle Covid-19, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Billions of pounds of public money have been handed out with no proper checks and balances. “Without an open and transparent process, this looks suspiciously like ​ministers have been lining the ​pockets of ​their political pals. This was vital equipment to keep health and care workers safe and...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 18, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea Covid-19 NAO Source Type: news

Blog: Time to celebrate and look after our young members
November is young workers’ month, a time to celebrate the contributions of young workers to the trade union movement, and to highlight the issues they face in the workplace. And this year the month is more important than ever. UNISON represents over 66,000 young workers and we know the importance of the work they do. They’ve been on the frontline of the pandemic, working in the NHS, caring for the elderly and vulnerable  and keeping our essential public services running. But we know that all too often young people have not been valued enough in the workplace. Young workers are more likely to be low-pa...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 16, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: Article Blogs General secretary's blog young workers Young Workers Month 2020 Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes better health and safety protection for zero-hours workers
UNISON has welcomed a High Court ruling that zero-hours contract workers should enjoy better protection at work. The union’s national health and safety officer Robert Baughan commented: “We are pleased that the courts have ruled that zero-hours workers must enjoy the same health and safety protection as any other workers, and we look forward to the government providing the health and safety regulators with the resources to enforce this judgement.” Mr Baughan added: “Many of these workers, particularly those working in care homes and providing home care, have been at the frontline of the battle ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 16, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article health and safety zero hours Source Type: news

Politics can ‘t interfere in the approval of PPE, warns UNISON
UNISON has reacted with dismay to reports that the government applied ‘political pressure’ to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to approve personal protective equipment (PPE) that did not meet safety standards. As the UK deals with the second wave of COVID-19, rising infections and death rates, the union warns that this type of pressure from government – to ignore robust and trusted testing and regulatory procedures – will only increase once the UK finally leaves the EU when the transition period comes to an end on 1 January 2021. The BBC report details email evidence that of the Department of H...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 13, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Covid-19 health and safety PPE Source Type: news

Politics can ’ t interfere in the approval of PPE, warns UNISON
UNISON has reacted with dismay to reports that the government applied ‘political pressure’ to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to approve personal protective equipment (PPE) that did not meet safety standards. As the UK deals with the second wave of COVID-19, rising infections and death rates, the union warns that this type of pressure from government – to ignore robust and trusted testing and regulatory procedures – will only increase once the UK finally leaves the EU when the transition period comes to an end on 1 January 2021. The BBC report details email evidence that of the Department of H...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 13, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Covid-19 health and safety PPE Source Type: news

Government must urgently tackle funding problems for struggling councils, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement of emergency spending controls at Croydon Council, UNISON head of local government Jon Richards said today (Thursday): “Councils are facing massive pressures and their finances are in peril. While Croydon has had its own problems, this could be the first of many to take such drastic action. “Local authorities were struggling to balance the books even before the huge costs of Covid, for which the government has given only short-term, inadequate handouts. “Council workers have been at the forefront of running essential services during the pandemic and shouldn’t pay the p...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 12, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release council cuts local government funding Source Type: news

Pay rise and student support are key to increasing nursing numbers
Commenting on new registration data published by the Nursing and Midwifery Council today (Thursday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Although the number of professionals on the register continues to grow, it’s slowed from last year, particularly for first-time joiners. “As hospitals across the UK ​cope with a further spike in Covid cases and the usual winter pressures, it’s more important than ever to build the NHS workforce and deal with staff shortages. “If the government hopes to meet its targets to grow the nursing workforce, ​despite the collapse in internation...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 12, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

Tony Trinci obituary
My friend and former colleague Tony Trinci, who has died aged 84, was a world expert on fungi whose knowledge was often tapped by commercial enterprises, including Marlow Foods, when it was developing Quorn, and DuPont, which took his advice when adding fungal enzymes to animal feed.Tony was born in Swindon, Wiltshirem where his mother, Beatrice (nee Stefani), a restaurateur, had settled after separating from his father, Pietro Trinci, a builder, who had remained in their native Italy. His parents were never reconciled and Tony did not see his father until he was 11.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Keith Gull Tags: Microbiology Fungi Food science University of Manchester Source Type: news

Blog: Why we ’ ll never stop fighting for a real living wage for all
This is Living Wage Week and the Living Wage Foundation has announced an increase in the real living wage rate to £9.50 (£10.85 in London). The good news is that approximately 250,000 low-paid workers can expect a much-needed pay rise from today. But we mustn’t forget that the real living wage is voluntary, so the bad news is that many others – many of them putting their own health on the line fighting COVID-19 – will be less fortunate and will continue to live on poverty pay. Care staff will also lose out despite supporting the most vulnerable – our loved ones in the most need – t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 9, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog dave prentis Living Wage Foundation living wage week Source Type: news

Branch resources review – where we are so far
UNISON’s branch resource review is progressing, despite the pandemic, with the aim of delivering a set of proposals to the national delegate conference in June 2021. This is where we are so far. Following a motion passed at the 2019 conference, a review group of UNISON members was tasked with reviewing the branch funding regime and how resources are allocated to help branches. In February 202, an online survey to all UNISON branches was issued to branch secretaries. The questions reflected the existing priorities laid out in the code of good branch practice. In total, 357 branches responded – over 42%. Perhaps ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 9, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: News activists branch resources review supporting activists Source Type: news

Last chance to add your voice and help support public services
Normal feels a long way away now, right? Especially now that all four UK countries are back in some sort of lockdown. Our public services are under significant pressure to care for, protect and keep our communities going – and you are at the sharp end again. Against this backdrop, the Chancellor is planning to announce his spending plans for the next year later this month. So, we need to remind him that, as he thinks about the funding of our NHS, local government and public services more widely, we can’t go back to austerity. We need an end to underfunding, understaffing, underpaying and under resourcing if we ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 9, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article no going back to normal Source Type: news

COVID reverses progress on financial equality
A UNISON survey has revealed that that women are being increasingly disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, with those at retirement age hit the hardest. Women make up three-quarters of the part-time labour force, so were hit particularly hard when part-time jobs fell by 70% in the first three months of the pandemic. In response to UNISON’s equality survey, 7.5% of women said that they have lost money from their wages, and 12% are more in debt since the pandemic began. To make matters worse, these effects will be long-lasting, as low pay and job loss translates into pension poverty for women. UNISON national officer ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 9, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News pensions women Women's pensions Source Type: news

Education staff need ​an urgent ​new safety ​plan for schools, says UNISON
The government should restrict school and nursery opening in England as in the first lockdown to help bring the national rate of infection down and ensure the safety of pupils, staff and the wider community, says UNISON today (Tuesday). The union has also called on the government to come up with the necessary funding so children from low-income families can have access to tablets or laptops, allowing high quality education to continue for everyone. The union has written to the Department for Education calling for a​n urgent meeting ​so the government can explain why all schools ​are to remain open duri...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 3, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release lockdown school staff Source Type: news

Time for fair wage for social care workers on ‘forgotten frontline’, says new coalition       
Employers, former ​health and care ministers, and the UK’s largest social care union are joining forces for the first time today (Monday) to call for a major funding package and a fair wage deal for low​-paid staff. The Future Social Care Coalition – a new cross-party alliance of more than 80 organisations and individuals – says an immediate £3.9bn* emergency support fund is needed from the government to get the care sector through the pandemic’s second wave. The money would also guarantee a significant wage boost to&nbs...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 2, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release social care Source Type: news

Working together is key to saving lives in further period of lockdown, says UNISON
Commenting on new lockdown measures for England announced by the Prime Minister today (Saturday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s a difficult time but if everyone works together, we can slow the spread and stop hospitals being overwhelmed at this critical time. “That also means ministers giving councils the resources they need to play their part. “As well as protecting the NHS, lessons must be learned from the dire situation in the care sector earlier in the year. Proper support and protection are paramount. We can’t see a repeat of the heartbreaking death rates in care homes...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 31, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus lockdown Source Type: news

Everyone in the Labour Party must take ‘shameful, distressing’ EHRC report ‘very seriously’, says UNISON
Commenting on the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report into anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is an incredibly serious and damning report that everyone associated with the Party and the wider labour movement must take very seriously. “It will now be up to the whole Labour Party – led by Keir Starmer – to learn the vital lessons outlined in this shameful, distressing report, and repair ​its damaged relationship with the Jewish community. “UNISON has always ​fought racism in all ​i...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 29, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release Labour Party Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes government promise to improve hospital food
This week the government published a report of the independent review of NHS hospital food, with several key recommendations that align with UNISON’s demands. One major recommendation, supported by UNISON, is for funding to upgrade existing hospital kitchens and for the provision of ward kitchens, so all healthcare workers have access to food made on-site and when unavailable, their own meal preparation facilities at all times. UNISON has long been campaigning for better hospital food, in recognition that hard-working hospital staff need high-quality, nutritious and affordable food to support their stressful and dema...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 28, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article health hospital food one team for patient care Source Type: news

School catering staff face losing hundreds of pounds a month, says UNISON
More than 2,000 school meals staff face having their hours and pay cut at a leading catering firm, which could leave many struggling to make ends meet, says UNISON today (Wednesday). The union is demanding urgent talks with the company, Dolce School Catering, after employees based in schools in the North West, Yorkshire & Humberside, the West Midlands and the East of England learned of changes to their contracts just days before the half-term break. As a result, some could lose more than £300 a month, says UNISON. The catering staff have been told their working hours and wages will be reduced by up to two fifths ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 28, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release catering staff school staff Source Type: news

Blog: The Tories ’ disgusting refusal to act on child hunger
This week, schools across the country will be on the half-term break. For many children, this will be a chance to recharge their batteries after a demanding return to school this September. But not for all, because there will be children – over a million children – who will worry about where their next meal is coming from; children going to bed hungry. That is why I was so disgusted last week when the Tories voted en masse to refuse to fund one meal per day for one week to help families hard-hit by the fallout from this pandemic. As the union that represents school meals workers we know how much these great peo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 26, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: General secretary's blog News dave prentis free school meals Source Type: news

More PCSOs would be best way to ensure public comply with Covid rules
Rebuilding the workforce of police community support officers (PCSOs), after almost halving the number in a decade, should be the government’s focus in ensuring people observe Covid restrictions, says UNISON today (Wednesday). A well-resourced network of PCSOs would mean ministers could call on a ready-made and properly trained team, which is already part of the police workforce, to ensure the public follow the rules during this crucial time, the union says. Funding cuts have meant PCSO numbers in forces across England and Wales fell from 16,918 in 2010 to just 9,180 this year* – a 46% reduction. Increasing PCS...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 20, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus PCSOs Source Type: news

Overhauling care sector is the answer to staff shortages
Commenting on high vacancy levels in the adult social care workforce highlighted in a report published by Skills for Care today (Wednesday), UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Vacancy rates this high prove the care system is broken. Government immigration policies are simply making a bad situation worse. “Ministers says they appreciate care workers, but gratitude won’t keep the wolf from the door. “Care can be tough, emotionally exhausting, highly skilled work. But its staff are also underpaid, poorly treated, and undervalued. “The government must end the care crisis by...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 20, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release adult social care care workers Source Type: news

UNISON calls on government to pull back from scrapping Union Learning Fund
UNISON is calling on the government to pull back from its plan to scrap the Union Learning Fund in England, saying that the decision makes no sense. The announcement that the fund would be scrapped came as the economy struggles to bounce back from the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and as the Department of Education’s own findings revealed that the proportion of employers not providing any training at all increased from 34% in 2017 to 39% in 2019; and the proportion of employees not getting any training increased from 38% in 2017 to 40% in 2019. In Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, the devolved governments remain ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 20, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News save union learning union learning fund union learning reps Source Type: news

Blog: We must save union learning
Our union’s role in empowering our members has always been so important to me. The work that goes into helping our members to learn – to develop their own skills and experience – is invaluable. Over decades in our union, I’ve met and campaigned alongside countless UNISON members who have seen their lives and their opportunities transformed by union learning. Their union has helped them change their lives and in turn, they have changed our union, their communities and our country for the better. Union learning is one of the most incredible things our union and our movement does – and so the dis...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 20, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: General secretary's blog News dave prentis save union learning Source Type: news

The ballot to elect UNISON ’ s general secretary
UNISON is in the process of electing a successor to Dave Prentis who retires as the union’s general secretary on 31 December 2020. Details of the election, including candidates, relevant dates and how you can find out more are as follows: Candidates The following have been confirmed as candidates in the election to choose a new general secretary for UNISON. Their names are listed below in the order they will appear on the ballot paper and in the election address booklet. Paul Holmes Nominated by one service group executive, two regional councils and 99 branches. Christina McAnea Nominated by the national executive co...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 19, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article general secretary election Source Type: news

UNISON contributes to London housing consultation
UNISON has responded this week to London mayor Sadiq Khan’s consultation on intermediate housing for key workers in the capital, on behalf of the London region. London regional secretary Maggi Ferncombe said: “Public sector workers are the backbone of London, without whom our infrastructure would collapse. “The valued work they do got London through lockdown, yet the majority cannot live anywhere near where they work – sometimes travelling three or more hours a day to get to and from work. “Put simply, they have been priced out of London. As the union for public sector workers, we welcome the ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 15, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Greater London Region housing Source Type: news

Bristol health branch helps show racists the red card
A UNISON health branch was a major influence behind the winning entry of this year’s Social Partnership forum (SPF) award, North Bristol NHS Trust’s campaign to engage staff with its anti-racism policy. Concorde Health branch was heavily involved from the start, having alerted the trust to high levels of racist abuse – both physical and verbal – towards Black staff at its sites, notably South Mead Hospital. And the result has seen a significant improvement in the protection of staff from abusive patients, visitors and sometimes, even, colleagues. The about-turn started a year ago, during the 2019 Bl...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 12, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News Black history month black members NHS staff show racism the red card South West Source Type: news

UNISON urges Bangor University to ‘ put people before buildings ’
Bangor University is set to make 200 staff members redundant, including 120 support staff roles in accommodation, estates, IT, examinations, academic registry and libraries together with 80 academic jobs. The University started a consultation last month about how to make up a financial shortfall and has now shared the restructure proposals with staff. The proposal outlines what would be the third round of job cuts in as many years and has been attributed to ‘an anticipated shortfall in income, mainly related to international student recruitment’ and will require the university to find £13m of savings...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 9, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Cymru Wales higher education Source Type: news

UNISON fights to save award-winning hospital catering
Over 2,200 have signed a UNISON petition to stop North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust from outsourcing the award-winning catering service at Hitchingbrooke Hopsital. The hospital, which was named as one of the top 10 hospitals in the country for food, is set to have 70 roles put out to tender, including kitchen, linen and patient services. As reported in the Hunts Post, UNISON ran a webinar with health expert Dr John Lister. He claimed that “private companies will not be able to match the quality and level” of the outstanding service currently provided at the hospital. He concluded that “Outsourcing wil...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 9, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article eastern region health Source Type: news

Researchers team up to solve America's hard cider identity crisis
(Virginia Tech) Funded by a $500,000 award from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Jacob Lahne, assistant professor of food science at Virginia Tech, and Clinton Neill, assistant professor of population medicine and diagnostic sciences at Cornell, are embarking upon a four-year, multistate research project that aims to create a common descriptive sensory language to help American cider producers communicate their products to consumers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Blog: Ten years of the Equality Act and still fighting
This October is the 10th anniversary of the Equality Act in Great Britain, and COVID-19 has shown why it is still so needed. As a UNISON activist in a voluntary sector branch, I rely on the Equality Act when representing members – including disabled members discriminated against and facing dismissal because of sickness levels, lack of disability leave or reasonable adjustments. I have also used it to prevent discrimination happening in the first place, working with employers to introduce accessibility passports for disabled workers. The Equality Act was a fantastic achievement. Years of trade union campaigning and a ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 30, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 equalities equality act Source Type: news

Petition launches to get COVID tests for all education staff
UNISON has launched an emergency petition calling on Matt Hancock for all education workers to be included as one of the groups named for priority COVID-19 testing. It takes a whole team to keep schools, nurseries, colleges and universities running, but when the health secretary announced the list of workers that will be eligible for priority testing in England, in education, only ‘teaching staff’ were mentioned. This completely ignores the fact that over half of the staff in education aren’t teachers. The union is demanding that when the government announces the full details...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 29, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 education Source Type: news

University staff speak out about COVID-19 fears
A UNISON survey published this week shows how university staff including cleaners, security guards and administrative workers are feeling increasingly anxious about work, now that universities have reopened. Rebecca Hawkins* is a technical demonstrator in the art and design department of a university. She said: “I don’t feel safe at all. Every day presents a new challenge that nobody knows how to handle. I just feel like we’re all making it up as we go along, with sketchy guidelines that seem open to interpretation. “We had an email from the dean the other day saying that someone in our group had te...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 24, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article coronavirus higher education Covid-19 universities university Source Type: news

Raise a toast to public track and trace
As the country faces new restrictions because of COVID-19, campaign group We Own It is urging people to help reinforce the message to MPs that we need a proper, public test and trace system, instead of the ‘privatised shambles that the government seems intent on’. The group – which campaigns for public services to be run for people, not profit – wants you to invite your MP to a quick online meeting this Friday, 25 September, where they can join you in raising a toast to the NHS and public health teams, showing support for public test and trace. After last week’s announcement by Prime Minister ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 23, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 privatisation We Own It Source Type: news

Sodexo threatens sweeping redundancies at City University   
UNISON’s City University branch is deeply disappointed to discover Sodexo, the contractor running catering staff at the university, intends to make up to half of those staff redundant. There are 40 contracted catering staff at City, and the proposed new structure put forward by Sodexo only has 20 jobs. The 30-day consultation period formally begun on 4 September, but three weeks later staff are still waiting for details of redundancy terms and the selection process. Furthermore, around 30 staff on zero hours contracts who work regularly at City University have been taken off furlough and told there is no work for the...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 21, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News catering staff london universities zero hours Source Type: news