Urgent action needed to fix care staffing, says UNISON
This report makes ​it crystal clear ​that the care sector is on the precipice due to the catastrophic staffing crisis. “Care homes are closing because they can’t recruit, putting unbearable pressure on other parts of an already-struggling system. And the government’s hopeless ‘no jab, no job’ policy is about to make the situation ​a whole lot worse. “Ministers can’t keep wringing their hands ​or behaving like the care crisis is someone else’s problem. “Urgent action is needed to improve pay for this skilled, crucial work and begin to plug the gapi...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 22, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release adult social care care workers CQC Source Type: news

Tell the chancellor you ’ re #ForOurServices
In just seven days’ time, on 27 October, Rishi Sunak will deliver the autumn budget and provide details of the government’s spending priorities for the next three years. UNISON is concerned that he will find a way of continuing the pay freeze in public services – which is why the union has created a petition to pile pressure on the chancellor to invest in public services and the people who provide them. General secretary Christina McAnea said: “This time last year, when the government delivered a one-year settlement, it announced a pay freeze for most public services. We can’t let them do the ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 19, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article Source Type: news

Police staff: More needs to be done on pay
Debate on the second day of UNISON’s police and justice conference in Brighton was dominated by emergency motions calling for a fair pay award and opposing the pay freeze for police and probation staff announced by the Westminster government. As one delegate from the East Midlands put it, clapping for public service workers “does not pay my bills. [Home secretary] Priti Patel sends a letter – a letter doesn’t pay my bills.” But there was acknowledgement too that more needs to be done to engage members in consultations to ensure that pressure can be brought on the employer. Karen Pearl from Lan...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 15, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article 2021 Police and Justice Conference Source Type: news

‘There’s a big job to be done,’ says shadow police minister
“There’s a big job to be done but this must be a watershed moment”. That was a key message from Sarah Jones MP, addressing the murder of Sarah Everard by serving Metropolitan police officer Wayne Couzens when she spoke to UNISON’s police and justice conference in Brighton this morning. Labour’s shadow police and fire service minister welcomed the news that Philip Allott, the Conservative police, fire and crime commissioner for North Yorkshire who had stated that women “need to be streetwise” and “just learn a bit about the legal process”, had finally quit, three hours a...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 15, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article 2021 Police and Justice Conference Source Type: news

New toolkit highlights positive impact of teaching assistants
UNISON has never doubted the hugely positive impact that teaching assistants (TAs) make in schools, whether in pupil attainment, pastoral support or enabling teachers to focus on teaching. Indeed, every year UNISON’s Stars in Our Schools’ celebrations collect hundreds of examples of their extraordinary work. But, for a long time, little independent research was carried out examining their impact. Indeed a toolkit produced by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), a leading independent organisation that focuses on research in education, even claimed that, while TAs bring value to school communities, they did ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 7, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article schools teaching assistants Source Type: news

Improve local government pay offer or face strike action, says UNISON
UNISON is to ballot for industrial action among the 400,000 council and school staff it represents in England, Wales and Northern Ireland over ​what the union says is an “inadequate” pay offer from employers. An overwhelming majority (79%) of UNISON ​members who took part in ​a month-long consultation ​exercise voted to reject the 1.75% offer​. The union says this falls well short of the 10% claim ​put forward for this year ​with GMB and Unite. ​UNISON believes it is not too late for local government employers to think again and improve the increase offered to staff...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 4, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release NJC council and school pay Source Type: news

Labour ’s pledge to create insourcing wave for public services is welcome, says UNISON
Welcoming the pledges made by shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves at the Labour Conference to begin a huge programme of insourcing for public services and a major investment in green technology, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Years of outsourcing essential public services has been a colossal mistake. It’s created a race to the bottom on workers’ pay, while hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money have been snaffled by private firms who value profit above all else. “Bringing services back in-house will benefit not only hard-working staff in the public sector but all thos...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 27, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release green economy insourcing Source Type: news

COVID pandemic has ‘ shone a light on inequalities ’ in the NHS
UNISON’s virtual health conference closed with a trio of motions dedicated to the fight against discrimination within the NHS, as the health service moves forward after the pandemic. As a motion on “dismantling inequalities” during the recovery put it: “The NHS has an urgent and compelling duty to eliminate the stark inequalities that affect staff with protected characteristics – inequalities that were not caused by COVID but which have been magnified and exacerbated by it.” Naomi Byron of Homerton Hospital branch told conference that the experiences of some of her branch colleagues duri...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 22, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 Virtual Health Conference Source Type: news

How green is your food? Eco-labels can change the way we eat, study shows
While food labels are nothing new, a different type that calculates the environmental cost has had a surprising effect on consumersIt ’s lunchtime at a workplace cafeteria in Birmingham, and employees returning to work after months away during the coronavirus pandemic are noticing something has changed. Next to the sandwiches and hot and cold dishes is a small globe symbol, coloured green, orange or red with a letter in the cent re from A to E. “Meet our new eco-labels”, a sign reads.Researchers at Oxford University have analysed the ingredients in every food item on the menu and given the dishes an envir...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Tiffany Cassidy Tags: Food & drink industry Business Environment Climate change Greenhouse gas emissions Food science UK news Source Type: news

Research suggests a diet rich in dairy fat may lower the risk of heart disease
Study ’s lead author says evidence shows ‘type of dietary fat, or the source of dietary fat, is actually more important than the amount’Get our free news app;get our morning email briefingA higher consumption of dairy fat may be linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, according to new research that suggests choosing full-fat dairy options is no worse for heart health.The study, from an international team of experts, challenges the view that full-fat dairy products, such as cheese, yoghurt and milk, should be avoided because of their high saturated fat content.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 21, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Donna Lu Tags: Medical research Diets and dieting Food Science Source Type: news

‘Exhausted and demoralised staff are walking away from healthcare’
UNISON’s virtual health conference opened this morning with a succession of motions aimed at ensuring members’ health and wellbeing as the UK moves forward from the pandemic. Ros Norman (pictured above), chair of the health service group executive (HSGE) said: “The consequences of the virus for health care staff was devastating. Everyone of the health care workers who died have left families bereaved, teams in tears and branches who will never ever forget the toll that this virus has taken.” UNISON senior vice president Andrea Egan talked of the “unprecedented challenges” on members&rsqu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 20, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 Virtual Health Conference Source Type: news

Scrap mandatory vaccine deadline or risk decimating the care sector, says UNISON
The care sector faces catastrophic staff shortages unless unvaccinated workers get their Covid shot by midnight (Thursday) or the government listens to reason and abandons its draconian ‘no jab, no job’ policy, warns UNISON. Care workers must have their first vaccination today (Thursday) to beat the government’s deadline of 11 November to be double-jabbed or be banned from entering care homes in England. UNISON believes mandatory vaccination should be scrapped or thousands of people may lose out on the support they need. The care sector is already in the grip of a severe staffing crisis and...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 15, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release adult social care Mandatory vaccination Source Type: news

A new post-pandemic deal is needed for public services
The government must recognise the dedication and commitment of workers who got us through the pandemic with a new deal for public services and its staff, says UNISON today (Monday). Speaking at the TUC earlier today, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Covid has had a profound effect on public service staff. Their sacrifice, the loss of life, the strain on physical and mental health and the economic repercussions will be felt for generations. “The Westminster government needs to be reminded of this and told in no uncertain terms to listen to the voices of the workers who carried...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Christina McAnea covid public services Source Type: news

UNISON calls for proper investment for public services after COVID
“Working people have been through the wringer over the past 18 months”, began UNISON vice president Andrea Egan, as she addressed delegates at the annual TUC congress. “Our public services – and union members – have kept the country afloat. So now is the time to invest in them properly – and to reject the failed policies of the past. Austerity has never worked before and it certainly won’t work now.” Speaking to the government’s plans to squeeze post-COVID 19 spending and freeze public sector pay, Ms Egan (pictured) said: “The spending constraints will not help th...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News TUC Source Type: news

Ministers must bring back  safety measures in schools, say unions 
The government should re-introduce safety measures in schools, including bubbles, social distancing and face coverings, in light of warnings of the “exponential growth” of coronavirus amongst children when the new academic year begins, say education unions UNISON, GMB and Unite. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) committee has cautioned that it’s “highly likely” there will be a high prevalence of the virus for pupils and staff when term starts in England, causing more disruption in learning. After 18 months of unsettled education, it’s vital every effort is made to mini...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 2, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release school staff Source Type: news

Exploitation of care workers must end, says UNISON
care wCommenting on the Labour Party’s call today (Thursday) to make Parliamentary time available to consider a bill that would ensure care workers are paid at least the minimum wage, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “It’s a national scandal that care workers continue to receive less than the minimum wage. Frontline workers are being exploited and ministers must make time to deal with this immediately. “Ending the unscrupulous practices that blight the care sector cannot come soon enough. This includes not only action on low pay, but the use of zero-hours...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 26, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release care workers national minimum wage travel time Source Type: news

Unions write to home secretary demanding police staff pay freeze is overturned
Unions representing police staff, including control room operatives, 999 calls handlers and forensic specialists, have written to the home secretary Priti Patel today (Wednesday) asking her to urgently reconsider the decision to impose a pay freeze on the majority of police staff this year. In July, the Police Staff Council decided police staff earning over £24,000 a year would have their pay frozen for 2021/22, with those earning below that figure receiving an increase of just £250 a year. In their letter, the unions – UNISON, GMB and Unite – highlight that police staff are the only group of emerge...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 25, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release police staff pay Source Type: news

Blog: Is this the kind of community you want to live in?
Every day, our lives are made better, safer and happier by the places and services run by our local councils, and by the workers who keep them going. Without everything our councils give us, our lives would be very different. The political decision, made in Westminster, to starve our services of cash for the last decade, has put everything at risk. If something isn’t done urgently, the outcome will be catastrophic. UNISON has produced a new film – watch as our local services crumble to dust in front of your eyes … We will find ourselves walking at night in darkness, because there’s no money to k...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 25, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Christina McAnea local government SOS Source Type: news

Sandwell leisure staff strike again over ‘fire and rehire’ tactics
Swimming instructors, lifeguards, receptionists and other staff at the Sandwell Leisure Trust in the West Midlands took to the picket line at the Portway Lifestyle Centre this morning as they took further industrial action over changes to their contracts. The one-day strike is the third this year by employees of the trust, in response to new agreements affecting the pay of around 280. Support has come from three Labour councillors, who visited the picket line today, as well as other trade unionists. The employer’s use of ‘fire and rehire’ tactics has been condemned by UNISON,...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 23, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News West Midlands Source Type: news

Blog: Plight of desperate Afghans highlights UK ’s cruel refugee plans
We are witnessing deeply upsetting scenes from Afghanistan. People are fleeing safety through desperate means. Human rights activists, feminists, trade unionists, journalists – now waiting for a terrifying knock on their door. After the UK’s involvement in Afghanistan over the last two decades, we cannot fail them now. But this needs a concerted effort, because the Westminster government is already pushing plans through Parliament to make claiming asylum almost impossible. The Nationality and Borders Bill – introduced this summer – seeks to punish the most desperate refugees. Those who make ‘i...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 18, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News international Source Type: news

UNISON Cymru/Wales opens consultation on NHS pay
UNISON’s consultation on the 3% pay rise for NHS staff in Cymru/Wales opens tomorrow, Wednesday 11 August. Eligible members will be sent a secure link to vote – and everyone is urged to have their say. Health is the main area that is devolved in Wales, so there has been frustration that the pay rise has been imposed by Westminster with no negotiating table to turn to. UNISON Cymru/Wales believes that the pay rise is not only ‘short of the mark’, but further stretches the gap between the highest and lowest paid. Those who earn the most are getting over £3,000 out of the award – those on t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 10, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News Cymru Wales nhs pay Source Type: news

Red Meat Tied to Higher Risk for Ischemic Heart Disease
FRIDAY, Aug. 6, 2021 -- Higher intake of both unprocessed red meat and processed meat is associated with ischemic heart disease (IHD), according to a review published online July 20 in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. Keren Papier,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 6, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

UK government includes workplaces in abuse advice
UNISON’s argument that home and work cannot be neatly separated in terms of domestic abuse has been recognised in draft statutory guidance in support of the Domestic Abuse Act. The government is now recommending that, as best practice, employers should develop policies that set out their approach to domestic abuse, which could include signposting, roles and responsibilities in their organisations, and training. It has stated that, “this support offer may include access to paid leave, which can be helpful to victims in certain situations”. The Home Office has launched a consultation on the draft guidance, ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 5, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News domestic abuse unison women Source Type: news

Army of invisible ​, yet indispensable​ health staff must be included in NHS pay award
Cleaners, porters, catering assistants, security ​guards and other health staff employed by private ​companies but working in the NHS​ must not miss out on ​any pay ​rise given to their colleagues, says UNISON today (Monday). UNISON ​is urging firms such as Serco, Sodexo and Mitie – as well as subsidiary companies ​owned by individual NHS trusts – to increase hourly pay rates to at least match new NHS rates (known as Agenda for Change) so they are not left behind. ​Last week UNISON ​was critical of the government for failing to honour its own ‘leve...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 2, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release #OneTeam2k one team us 2 Source Type: news

All ​ health staff must be included in NHS pay award
Cleaners, porters, catering assistants, security ​guards and other health staff employed by private ​companies but working in the NHS​ must not miss out on ​any pay ​rise given to their colleagues, says UNISON today (Monday). UNISON ​is urging firms such as Serco, Sodexo and Mitie – as well as subsidiary companies ​owned by individual NHS trusts – to increase hourly pay rates to at least match new NHS rates (known as Agenda for Change) so they are not left behind. ​Last week UNISON ​was critical of the government for failing to honour its own ‘leve...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 2, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release #OneTeam2k one team us 2 Source Type: news

Top seeds: artists capture global efforts to future-proof nature – in pictures
Scientists, ecologists and artists have collaborated to showcase global work to protect seeds in an exhibition at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum& art gallery (Ramm) in Exeter.Seedscapes: future-proofing nature runs until 5 SeptemberContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 2, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Anna Turns Tags: Exhibitions Biodiversity Photography Environment Science Art Art and design Culture Biology Food Food science Conservation Kew Gardens Trees and forests Wildlife Plants Farming Wildfires Natural History Museum Museums Source Type: news

Police staff unions angered by employers ’ offer of a pay freeze
Police staff unions UNISON, Unite and the GMB have reacted with anger after employers offered their members in England and Wales a pay freeze yesterday. With inflation running at 3.9% RPI, this would be a pay cut in real terms. The employers – the National Police Chiefs Council, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, and the Home Office – offered the same to police staff as the home secretary imposed on police officers last week: a £250 increase for those earning up to £24,000, with nothing for anyone else. UNISON national officer for police Ben Priestley commented: “Police s...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 28, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News police and justice Source Type: news

Council staff who kept local services and schools running deserve a real pay rise
Staff working for councils and in schools are worth more than the 1.75% pay offer put forward by employers after working through the worst of times, say unions representing local authority workers today (Tuesday). UNISON, GMB and Unite are urging local government employers to rethink their revised pay offer of a 1.75% pay rise (with 2.75% for those on the bottom pay point) for 2021/22 by awarding an increase that will properly and fairly reward council and school support staff. The unions say the offer falls well short of the 10% claim they put forward for this year. Last m...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 27, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release local government pay – the National Joint Council (NJC) Source Type: news

UMass Amherst grad student awarded fellowship for food allergy research
(University of Massachusetts Amherst) University of Massachusetts Amherst food science Ph.D. candidate Cassandra Suther has received a prestigious predoctoral fellowship of $180,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) to study the effect of norovirus on the development and severity of food allergies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Delayed pay rise will leave staff disappointed, say health unions
Health unions representing 1.2 million NHS staff in England have responded to the 3% NHS pay rise announced by the government today (Wednesday), which accepts the recommendation made by the independent pay review body. UNISON head of health and chair of the joint health unions Sara Gorton said: “Dedicated staff have been waiting far too long for a decent pay rise. That the government has moved from the insult of 1% shows ministers realise the damage that’s been done. “But the memory of 1%, combined with lengthy delay, has done lasting damage to morale and the trust staff have in ministers. The g...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 21, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nhs pay Source Type: news

It ’s good the government has moved on NHS pay, but staff deserve more, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the government is to give NHS staff in England a 3% pay rise, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The government’s acceptance of the NHS pay review body recommendation is an improvement on its earlier miserly 1% proposal. “But the increase falls short of what NHS staff deserve after the past 16 months. It’s less than the wage rise given to Scottish health colleagues and not enough to protect the NHS. “Porters, cleaners, nurses, paramedics and other health workers have waited for months for what they hoped would be a fair deal. ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 21, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nhs pay Source Type: news

Blog: Six months into our new era
Six months ago I took up post as UNISON’s newly elected general secretary. My passion for fighting for every member has been unrelenting for decades, so my plans for our future in UNISON were clear and driven by the experiences of our hard-working members and activists across every region and service group.  I promised that branches, regions, and devolved nations would get the resources they need and my pledge to support every member pitched a bold plan for a new UNISON College. Demanding a new deal for public services and public service workers had to be a central part of our journey out of COVID, as well as...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 21, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog Christina McAnea Source Type: news

Face mask mistakes have left parents and children “ high and dry ” , says UNISON
Responding to new government figures published today (Tuesday) showing more than a million children in England were off school last week due to Covid-19, UNISON assistant general secretary Jon Richards said: “Face masks should never have been ditched in schools ​back in May, as ministers were repeatedly warned. “The government’s chaotic approach to relaxing restrictions is now approaching a free-for-all and this is the result. “Hundreds of thousands of parents have been left high and dry in the last days of term, either forced to home school or dealing with childcare nightmares.” Notes to ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 20, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus schools face masks Source Type: news

​Health workers increasingly concerned at continued government stalling on NHS pay   
More than 100 days after health workers ​were due a wage rise, and almost 11 months since UNISON appealed to Boris Johnson ​to grant them a £2,000 increase, ​the government has yet to deliver, says the union today (Saturday). ​Health staff are ​increasingly worried that ​the government won’t announce an NHS pay rise before ​MPs disappear next week for their six-week summer break, says UNISON. ​It’s now been three weeks since ministers received the ​NHS pay review body ​(PRB) ​report and the delay is making hea...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 16, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release NHS pay rise Source Type: news

Important wins and ongoing battles across the union
UNISON’s national executive council (NEC) today congratulated the union’s staff and activists who had earned a very important recent legal victory in protecting the rights of members to strike. General secretary Christina McAnea said it was a “very significant victory against the strike-breaking tactics of employers”, with bosses no longer being able to mistreat staff who take part in union-organised workplace disputes. The case involved a UNISON workplace rep who was suspended from work and disciplined in the middle of industrial action about sleep-ins in early 2019. It was a timely victory as the ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 14, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News NEC Source Type: news

Blog: Wilfully sowing the seeds of masked confusion
We all want a return to our normal pre-COVID-19 lives, but only a government led by Boris Johnson could think they can just wish it, and it will happen. They appear to have tired of governing the country out of this pandemic and would rather let the people do it themselves. But responsibility goes hand in hand with leadership. It is not an optional extra. We are now back to incredibly confusing, constantly changing mixed messages – and it is left to the public to do what they think is right and our members to deal with the fallout. So, mandatory masks for care home and hospital visitors, but not on crowded buses or t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog Christina McAnea Covid-19 health and safety Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes record fine for Southern Water ’s polluting actions
UNISON has today welcomed the record £90 million fine for Southern Water, after it dumped untreated sewage into seas off the southern coast of England, but warned that the issues were not limited to a single company. Southern Water has been found to have discharged between 16 and 21 billion litres of raw sewage into some of the most delicate environments in the UK over a period of seven years. This was done to avoid financial penalties and the cost of upgrading the company’s infrastructure. As reported in The Guardian, nearly all of the waters where the raw sewage was dumped are covered by domestic and internat...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article WET Source Type: news

Masks are still crucial in the fight against Covid
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement today (Monday) regarding the relaxing of the remaining Covid restrictions in England, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Now isn’t the time to ditch mandatory mask wearing. The Prime Minister should be providing direction to the public, not side-stepping the responsibility that comes with government. “Rising infections have more than made the case for keeping masks in shops, schools, on public transport and other enclosed spaces. But a plethora of mixed messages is sowing confusion where clarity is needed. “Government guid...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Christina McAnea covid face masks Source Type: news

Ditching masks at a stroke is too much too soon
Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement end​ing rules requiring face coverings in enclosed public spaces, UNISON assistant general secretary Jon Richards said today (Monday): “This isn’t the time to throw caution to the wind, especially with infections on the rise. The economy is important, but so is public confidence. “These hasty changes will create a confusing cocktail of guidance. The public will be expected to know how to react to each and every situation they face. “Pressure is already building on ambulance and other NHS services, and that’s before saf...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 5, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release face coverings pandemic Source Type: news

This  isn’t the time to throw caution to the wind over mask wearing
Commenting on reports that the government is to scrap rules requiring face coverings to be worn in enclosed public spaces, UNISON assistant general secretary Jon Richards said today (Monday): “This isn’t the time to throw caution to the wind, especially with infections on the rise. The economy is important, but so is public confidence. “People want clarity from the government as restrictions are eased. They don’t need a confusing free-for-all, with ministers absolving themselves of any responsibility for public health. “Ditching masks prematurely in schools h...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 5, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release face coverings pandemic Source Type: news

Members protest fire and rehire at £73m leisure centre
Around 40 people joined a UNISON protest rally outside the construction site of the new £73million Aquatic Centre in Sandwell, West Midlands, being built for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The rally on Tuesday was called to highlight the “unnecessary and unjust” fire and rehire of all staff undertaken by Sandwell Leisure Trust, the organisation set to run the Aquatic Centre. Tony Barnsley, branch secretary for Sandwell UNISON, said: “Forcing staff to move away from national pay, terms and conditions is totally unjustifiable when a new £73million centre is being built and Sandwell Leisure Trust h...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 24, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News local government Source Type: news

New presidential team
At a virtual NEC meeting at the end of the union’s special delegate conference, Paul Holmes was elected president with Andrea Egan and Kath Owen elected senior and junior vice presidents respectively. Currently, Paul Holmes is unable to take up the post of president.  The union’s previous presidential team had collectively served a much longer term than usual due to the COVID pandemic. The article New presidential team first appeared on the UNISON National site. (Source: UNISON meat hygiene)
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 21, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article NEC UNISON president Source Type: news

Climate change: ‘ there will be no jobs on a dead planet ’
During the hottest week of the year, questions of how climate change will affect lives and livelihoods – and how unions will respond – were discussed at a special delegates conference online fringe event. Led by NEC member and UNISON vice president James Anthony, delegates heard how the union movement is preparing for the seismic changes that will drive the UK towards its 2050 net zero target. To achieve the goal, the UK government plans to phase out coal-fired power stations by 2024 and replace them with sustainable energy sources. Investment in public transport, renewable energy and nature restoration will be...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 18, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2021 virtual special national delegate conference climate change green unison Source Type: news

Blog: Why we will always stand with the Windrush generation
On 22 June the UK will celebrate Windrush Day, marking the moment when the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks. This historic moment has come to stand for the huge contribution that post-war immigrants made to the UK. It has always had a special meaning for UNISON as a union. Workers from the Commonwealth not only helped build public services, they fought back against racism and, as they did so, they transformed our trade union movement too. It’s one of the reasons why equality and a public service ethos that serves all communities is at the heart of everything UNISON does. They are a part of the history of our ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 18, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog Christina McAnea Windrush Source Type: news

Invest in vital  public services and learn pandemic lessons, says UNISON
Addressing the UNISON annual conference earlier today (Wednesday) general secretary Christina McAnea urged the government to bring forward the start of the Covid public inquiry, ditch plans to compel nervous care workers to be jabbed and invest in the public services that have kept the UK running during the pandemic. Christina McAnea said: “I’m incredibly proud to be speaking to you as the first woman general secretary in the history of our union. I must first pay tribute to my predecessor Dave Prentis. Under his leadership UNISON became the biggest union in the country. “So much has happen...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 16, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release 2021 virtual special national delegate conference public inquiry Source Type: news

UNISON delegates pass branch resources review
UNISON’s special delegate conference today voted to pass the two-year work of the branch resources review, with its blueprint for helping branches to better organise in the future. The motion was proposed by UNISON president Josie Bird, who also led the review team of 24 lay members. Their work took into account the results of a branch survey, interviews with branch secretaries and conversations with over 3,000 activists in over 50 events. Ms Bird told the online delegates: “Branches are not just a definition in our rulebook, but made up of activists, like yourself, who volunteer their time to help others. &ldq...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 15, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 virtual special national delegate conference branch resources review Source Type: news

The pandemic has ‘ exposed and exacerbated structural inequality ’
“We are pioneers this week.” That’s how UNISON president Josie Bird opened the union’s special delegate conference this morning – the first time the national gathering of activists has gone virtual. While UNISON had to abandon its national delegate conference last year, as the country was still struggling to cope with COVID-19 and lockdown, to do so a second time was never an option, she said, as the gathering was “the most important cog in the machinery of the union’s democracy.” Ms Bird was speaking from a studio in Congress House in London, where she was joined live by her...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 15, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 virtual special national delegate conference UNISON president Source Type: news

Councils in tourist hotspots overwhelmed with litter problems
Visitors flocking to UK beauty spots are creating vast piles of litter that are putting enormous pressure on councils and their overstretched workers, says UNISON. The government must give proper financial support to ensure local authorities can maintain services and keep communities rubbish-free for everyone’s safe enjoyment, says the union. With people grounded for the summer once again, many are staying at home or heading to UK holiday destinations to enjoy beaches, the countryside and parks. But many popular public spaces are at risk of being swamped with waste as people dump food packaging, cans, bags, napp...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 14, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release council funding refuse workers Source Type: news

One Voice
One of the most important things that the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted over the past year has been that the physical and emotional wellbeing of health and care staff, must be of equal priority to that of patients. This has not always been the case in the past for a number of reasons, including a narrow focus on performance and, sometimes, putting patients’ needs ahead of our own. Staff who are psychosocially healthy are better able to meet the needs and preferences of patients. So, it is essential to respond to needs of staff now as we emerge from the critical stage of the pandemic and the NHS is in its most ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 10, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Hassan Govia Tags: health Source Type: news

Researchers want to convert rapeseed proteins from feed to food
(University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Science) A new research project SEEDFOOD will attempt to change this by creating new fundamental knowledge, so we can use the proteins for food in the future. The research project has been established with a grant of DKK 56 million kroner from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge Programme and is being led from Department of Food Science at University of Copenhagen. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 7, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news