Immigration plans ‘spell disaster for care sector’, says UNISON
Commenting on government changes to the immigration system announced today (Tuesday), UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “These plans spell absolute disaster for the care sector. Care doesn’t even get a mention in the home secretary’s plans. “Companies and councils can’t recruit enough staff from the UK so have to rely on care workers from elsewhere. But even with these migrant employees, there’s still way too few care workers to meet demand. “Care work is highly skilled, but low paid, so falls foul of the government’s arbitrary immigration threshold. &...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 19, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea immigration social care Source Type: news

President stresses UNISON ’s myth-busting role
“I didn’t actually join the union when I started with the council: I was only a temp and I was told that I couldn’t join.” UNISON president Josie Bird was explaining to the union’s women’s conference the sort of myths that we still have to break – because what she had been told all those years ago was wrong. It “took me probably a lot longer to become a permanent member of staff – and I was paid on a lower grade – because I wasn’t in a union,” she continued. When she did join, she became active in the young members’ group. And though she’s ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 14, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2020 Women's Conference Josie Bird women members Source Type: news

McAnea issues defiant message to Johnson ’s Tories
“Bring it on, Boris; bring it on.” That was the defiant message from UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea today, when she addressed the union’s women’s conference in Bournemouth. “Here we are, two weeks after Brexit; two months after the general election – and the landscape of the UK looks and feels very different now. “Whichever way you voted, and however fed up you are with it, it’s impossible not to talk about it.” “Indeed,” continued Ms McAnea, “it would be irresponsible of us not to prepare and plan for life under a Tory government ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 14, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article 2020 Women's Conference Christina McAnea equal pay Menopause women members Source Type: news

Blog: Proud of our union – and the strong women who have built it
This week our union has been celebrating HeartUnions week. It’s always a great opportunity to celebrate the work that our union does for UNISON members and for public services. It’s a great opportunity to thank UNISON activists and staff for campaigning, representing and supporting public service workers. And it’s a fantastic chance to shout – loudly and proudly – that we are not just the biggest union in the UK, but the fastest growing union in Western Europe. Our union has so much to be proud of – I’m grateful for that every single day. It’s been particularly great to cele...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 14, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Education for all must be protected
, says UNISON Responding to a speech by shadow education spokesperson Angela Rayner MP at UNISON’s national women’s conference today (Thursday) in Bournemouth, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “UNISON welcomes Angie’s focus on the power of education to transform lives and help people, communities and society reach their full potential. “From early years to further and higher education, Angie has first-hand experience of how a system that’s open to all – regardless of income, post code, or contacts – can help individuals achieve personal, professional and ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 13, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release 2020 Women's Conference angela rayner dave prentis education; adult education Source Type: news

Study: Bariatric surgeries can double peak blood alcohol levels, patients may be unaware
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) Two popular forms of bariatric surgery may dramatically change women's sensitivity to and absorption of alcohol - but patients may be unaware, according to research led by professor of food science and human nutrition M. Yanina Pepino, left. Maria Belen Acevedo, a postdoctoral research associate in the department, was the first author of the study (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Some bariatric surgery patients don ’ t sense heightened blood alcohol levels
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) Two popular forms of bariatric surgery may dramatically change women's sensitivity to and absorption of alcohol - but patients may be unaware, according to research led by professor of food science and human nutrition M. Yanina Pepino, left. Maria Belen Acevedo, a postdoctoral research associate in the department, was the first author of the study (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Heart Unions week: so many reasons to love UNISON
There are a lot of reasons to love trade unions. Heart Unions week, which runs from 10-16 February, is a great chance to shout about them. Here’s our favourite seven reasons why UNISON is so great and below we’ve got a whole other 10 reasons in a video for you to share. Even Keir Starmer gets in on the act (scroll to the end). You can trust UNISON to give you solid, reliable advice on your rights at work – whether it’s about pay, discrimination or you’re at risk of losing your job. UNISON runs (and wins) national campaigns to transform working conditions for some of the most hardworking peopl...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 10, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article heart unions heart unions week Heart UNISON Source Type: news

Blog: The right to a decent and secure home
Housing is one of the biggest issues facing working people today – particularly for low-paid public service workers who do so much for our communities. Decent affordable housing along with decent pay are the very least they deserve. Yet over the last decade the housing crisis has worsened, thanks to the government’s ideological obsession with cuts and austerity, which have significantly reduced public spending on housing and welfare benefits. As a result, the social housing sector has been starved of the funding and resources it needs to invest in new and existing homes – and social housing has become inc...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 6, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

UNISON calls for safe, decent and affordable homes for all
More than a million people are lingering on waiting lists for council houses in England, says UNISON, as it publishes a new housing manifesto to see in the new decade. But despite the housing crisis highlighted by that statistic, fewer than 6,500 low-cost social rented homes were built in England in 2017/18. More than 60% of the housing budget goes towards supporting home-ownership. That, says the union, is unsustainable. Hence the manifesto – Safe, Decent and Affordable Homes for All: UNISON’s vision for Housing – which examines the crisis and outlines solutions. The crisis in England has ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 6, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News community housing housing associations housing crisis local government social housing Source Type: news

AOCS Research Awards go to five UMass Amherst food science Ph.D. students
(University of Massachusetts Amherst) Five food science Ph.D. students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been honored with 2020 student awards from the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) for their outstanding contributions to science. The AOCS is a century-old international scientific and professional organization serving the field of fats, oils and lipids. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Red And Processed Meat Are Not OK For Health, Study Says, Despite News To The Contrary
(CNN) — If you’ve been swayed by recent reports that red and processed meat isn’t harmful to your health, put down that bacon — there’s bad news. New analysis of long term data on nearly 30,000 people found a small but significant risk of death from any cause tied to eating two servings of processed meat or unprocessed red meat each week. Similar risks for cardiovascular disease were found for those eating two servings a week of processed meat, unprocessed red meat or poultry — although that last category might be due to frying or the consumption of skin, researchers said. There was no a...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Red Meat Source Type: news

Too many unanswered questions
Hundreds of delegates were silent at Black members’ conference today as they listened to the tragic story of Zane Gbangbola, who was killed by hydrogen cyanide poisoning. Zane’s father, Kye (pictured), spoke calmly and with great dignity as he described how, after years of fighting for the truth, he is still confronted daily with silence from the authorities involved. “Zane deserves justice, he deserves the truth. I’m sure many of you in the audience have children and I would not wish what has happened to me and my family to ever happen again,” he said. “Yet until we get to the truth, th...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 2, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2020 Black Members Conference Source Type: news

‘ This is our time ’ , Prentis tells Black members
“We live in difficult times. We all know it. But let us say loud and clear, as we leave the European Union at 11pm tonight, all of us send out a message to commit our union to fight the rise in nationalism and hatred facing so many of our communities.” That was at the heart of a rousing speech, as general secretary Dave Prentis addressed UNISON’s Black members’ conference in Bournemouth this afternoon. “We won’t stand by as the government makes immigrants into second-class citizens. Migrant workers are part of the UNISON family. Their story is the story of UNISON too. We will lead by exa...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 31, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article 2020 Black Members Conference BREXIT immigration racism Windrush Source Type: news

Study: Tasting no-calorie sweetener may affect insulin response on glucose tolerance test
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) New research led by University of Illinois professor of food science and human nutrition M. Yanina Pepino, left, suggests that just tasting something sweet, such as the artificial sweetener sucralose, may affect individuals' responses on glucose tolerance tests. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Barriers to overseas recruitment will disrupt care, says UNISON
Commenting on the report from the Migration Advisory Committee published today (Tuesday) on the UK’s future immigration system, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The immigration system has got to work for social care. But reducing the salary threshold by £4,400 won’t allow a single care worker to come to the UK. “The sector is already in crisis. Placing barriers to recruitment from overseas would cause it huge difficulties. “Nor would the government’s idea of a one-year visa be any better. By the time care staff have arrived and settled into their jobs, it&...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 28, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release immigration one-year visa recruitment social care Source Type: news

UNISON comes top in YouGov poll
With the Labour leadership contest under way, research has been released that shows UNISON is the most influential voice among Labour Party members. YouGov asked just over 1,000  party members to say whether they had a favourable or unfavourable view of various affiliated and other organisations. The top two positions in the poll were taken by trade unions, with UNISON seen favourably by 75% of party members and Unite by 65%. UNISON has nominated Keir Starmer in the election to be the next leader of the Labour Party and Angela Rayner as deputy leader. YouGov: Five more things we discovered about Labour members The ar...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 22, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article affiliated political fund labour link Labour Party Our political funds Source Type: news

End-of-year accounts for 2019 – branch audits
Branch treasurers have received notification of the procedures to apply on the closedown of the online branch accounts package (OLBA) for 2019. The branch authorisation sheet which includes the branch auditors’ statement must be signed by the branch auditor and should be sent to: IMPS Team, UNISON, Arena Point, 1 Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1UN. It must arrive by Monday 16 March 2016. As last year, it is a requirement that photocopies of statements for all balances held in bank, building society, deposit accounts, prepaid cards and/or any other short-term investment accounts at 31 December 2019 be sent along...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 20, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article audits branch finances branch officers branch treasurer branches Source Type: news

Preparing for the future
UNISON higher education members gathered in Milton Keynes today, conscious that they were at the first of the union’s conferences since the general election. And that was a point highlighted by assistant general secretary Christina McAnea. However sick of thinking about the election delegates were, she said, “the landscape of the UK looks and feels very different” and “it would be irresponsible of us as a union not to prepare and plan for life under a Tory government with such a huge majority for the next five years”. Ms McAnea, a former national secretary for education and now responsible for...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 16, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News 2020 Higher Education Conference Christina McAnea education services general election 2019 universities Source Type: news

Cricketer Monty Panesar, sports presenter Chris Kamara and author Michael Rosen to help launch Show Racism the Red Card school competition
Big names from the worlds of sport and literature will gather in London next Wednesday (22 January) to launch the annual Show Racism the Red Card school competition – the country’s largest equalities-themed competition for young people. Children’s author and poet Michael Rosen, Chelsea FC Women midfielder Anita Asante, England cricketer Monty Panesar, Sky Sports presenter Chris Kamara and former Scotland manager Alex McLeish will be among the special guests helping to kick-off the competition at UNISON’s Euston headquarters. The project, which has been running for more than two decades, support...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 16, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis ged grebby show racism the red card Source Type: news

Blog: As Labour leader, Keir Starmer would take our values back into government
This article was first published on The Guardian website on Saturday 11 January 2020 The article Blog: As Labour leader, Keir Starmer would take our values back into government first appeared on the UNISON National site. (Source: UNISON meat hygiene)
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 13, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: Article Dave Prentis Labour Link Keir Starmer labour leadership Labour Party Source Type: news

Support pregnant UNISON members in casualised work
UNISON and Maternity Action are working together to raise awareness of the impact of casualisation on pregnant women workers and new mothers in terms of maternity rights, job security, and health and wellbeing. The aim of this project is to achieve policy change, disseminate best practice and equip UNISON reps with information and guidance to improve the situation of casualised women workers. An important part of our research is to establish the level of awareness among our reps of maternity rights for this group of workers and the kinds of issues and problems these members raise with you in the workplace. We are asking UN...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 13, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article activists equalities equality equality reps Maternity Rights women members Your rights in the workplace Source Type: news

Study: Drinking Tea May Help You Live Longer, Especially If It ’ s Green
This study strengthens the body of evidence that habitual tea drinking is associated with lower rates of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, though it cannot prove that it’s definitely the tea that’s responsible,” Dr. Jenna Macciochi, a lecturer in immunology at the University of Sussex, told the SMC. However, she noted that “a body of evidence in nutrition suggests that whole diet patterns are more informative of diet-disease relationships than any isolated food or nutrient.” Dr. Duane Mellor, a registered dietitian and senior teaching fellow at Aston Medical School, Aston University, sai...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Green Tea Source Type: news

Northumbria Police sign Dying to Work charter to protect terminally ill staff
Northumbria Police and the Northumbria office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have signed the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter, on behalf of 5,092 police officers and police staff. The Dying to Work campaign aims to protect the rights of individuals at work with a terminal illness. The charter sets out an agreed way in which an employee should be treated and supported in the event of a terminal diagnosis. The emphasis is on choice, ensuring an individual has help and support however they decide to proceed – whether continuing at work in some way, spending their remaining time with family and friends, or some ot...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 8, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News Northern police and justice workers rights Source Type: news

UNISON backs Angela Rayner for deputy leader of the Labour Party
UNISON, the UK’s largest union, has today (Wednesday) backed Angela Rayner to become deputy leader of the Labour Party. The decision was taken by the union’s Labour Link committee, which is made up of working people from across the country and from all walks of life. All are members of the Labour Party. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Angie has a long association with UNISON as a member and a union rep and has an intimate understanding of the day-to-day struggles facing working people and their families across the UK. “Angie’s popularity across the party means she is the righ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 8, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release angela rayner dave prentis deputy labour leader Labour Party Source Type: news

UNISON backs Keir Starmer to be the next leader of the Labour Party
UNISON – the UK’s largest union – has today (Wednesday) decided to back Keir Starmer to become the next leader of the Labour Party. The decision was taken by the union’s Labour Link committee, which is made up of working people from across the country and from all walks of life. All are members of the Labour Party. Commenting on the decision, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is a pivotal time for Labour. We believe – if elected by the membership – Keir Starmer would be a leader to bring the party together and win back the trust of the thousands of voters who desert...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 8, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis Keir Starmer labour leader Labour Party Source Type: news

Lab-grown food is about to destroy farming – and save the planet | George Monbiot
Scientists are replacing crops and livestock with food made from microbes and water. It may save humanity ’s baconIt sounds like a miracle, but no great technological leaps were required. In a commercial lab on the outskirts of Helsinki, I watched scientists turn water into food. Through a porthole in a metal tank, I could see a yellow froth churning. It ’s a primordial soup of bacteria, taken from the soil and multiplied in the laboratory, using hydrogen extracted from water as its energy source. When the froth was siphoned through a tangle of pipes and squirted on to heated rollers, it turned into a rich yell...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 8, 2020 Category: Science Authors: George Monbiot Tags: Food Agriculture Science Environment Food science World news Source Type: news

Food Modelling Journal: New open-access venue provides a platform for food scientists
(Pensoft Publishers) New open-access peer-reviewed Food Modelling Journal comes to help researchers, modelers and software developers in food science. Supported by the AGINFRA+ community and Pensoft, it focuses on food safety, food quality, food control, food defense and food design via experimental or observational data and mathematical models. A particularly appealing feature is the executable papers, where users can reproduce research findings using the published model and running it either with default or new parameters. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 8, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The most important FOOD SCIENCE stories of 2019
(Natural News) Delicious food truly provides one of the great pleasures in life, and lingering over a tasty meal with friends or family is something we can enjoy time and time again. Food does so much more than just tickle the taste buds, however; it can also be a source of powerful medicine. In the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Orange peels may help boost heart health by modifying gut microbiota, suggest scientists
(Natural News) You may have heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but did you know that orange peels could also promote the same health-boosting effect — particularly towards heart health?  A group of scientists led by Yu Wang, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Florida’s... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Don ’t be fooled by the Conservatives’ festive promises for the NHS
Commenting on the government’s proposals outlined in the Queen’s Speech today (Thursday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “After years of playing Scrooge, the Conservatives now want to cast themselves as Father Christmas and the saviours of the NHS. “But trying to claim credit for generosity when all they’re doing is loosening the tight grip they’ve held on resources for almost a decade won’t fool many. “Simply writing into law plans to continue funding the NHS way below what’s needed will make underinvestment the new norma...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 19, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release general election 2019 hospital parking NHS funding Queen's Speech Source Type: news

Blog: In the battles ahead, we will not let you down
For our public services, for our communities, for our union – last week’s election result was a devastating blow. We now face a Conservative government with a large majority who have shown time and time again that they are a threat to the public services UNISON members provide. I am proud of the campaign UNISON fought in this election, and the role that we played in ensuring that our issues were at the forefront of the election debate. Fighting for public services and those who provide them will always be our union’s priority. Whoever you voted for, UNISON will stand up for our union’s values and th...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 19, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: General secretary's blog dave prentis Source Type: news

A strong union is our best defence
Strengthening and building our union is the best defence for our members and our public services after the devastating election defeat, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis told the national executive council’s December meeting. The scale of the defeat was “devastating for our union, devastating for our members and devastating for our public services,” he said. “But the answers to why we lost are complex and deserve proper consideration rather than just our own views. “What we need to focus on now is how we strengthen the union to face the challenges we know we will now face. “We did it...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 19, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article NEC Source Type: news

A & E waiting times show NHS ‘on its knees’, says UNISON
Commenting on NHS England figures published today (Friday) showing A&E waiting times are the worst on record, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “We can’t go on like this with patients suffering. The NHS is on its knees and a lack of proper funding is to blame. “Staff are working under intolerable pressure with resources cut to the bone. The new government must deliver on its promise to make the health service its top priority.” Notes to editors: – UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in e...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 13, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release lack of funding NHS Source Type: news

Christmas and sexual harassment – stories from the dark side of the office party
When UNISON launched its Us Too campaign this year, inviting members to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment, many revealed harassment they had experienced at work Christmas parties. One anonymous member shared her story. “At our team Christmas do last year, my then manager deemed it acceptable to address my eating disorder and state that ‘despite the eating disorder, he would still have a go on me’. He was very touchy with all staff, and I had been told by other staff that ‘this is just how he is’. “To say I was horrified and scared is an understatement. This comp...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 13, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News equalities harassment sexual harassment unison women Source Type: news

Functional foods help fight disease on a cellular level, thanks to bioactive ingredients
(Natural News) Functional foods contain bioactive compounds that can help fight diseases. Researchers from Wuhan Sports University examined how some of the most widely used bioactive ingredients enhance autophagy, which can help in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. The study was published in the journal Food Science and Human Wellness. What is autophagy? Autophagy is the body’s way of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health staff and patients are being fleeced with parking fees
Commenting on new PA research published today (Tuesday) showing parking fee income for NHS trusts in England has risen by risen by 10% and reached a record high, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Ratcheting up parking charges isn’t how cash-strapped NHS trusts should be tackling their funding problems. “But if the government had put more money into the health service, charges could’ve been scrapped. No nurse, porter or other NHS employee should be fleeced simply for going to work.” Notes to editors: – UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 9, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release hospital parking parking charges Source Type: news

Boris Johnson has been caught out once again
Commenting on new government documents uncovered by the Labour Party suggesting the Prime Minister has misled the public over post-Brexit customs checks for Northern Ireland, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Once again, government documents show you can’t trust Boris Johnson. “His reckless approach and cavalier disregard for the truth is putting at risk the hard-won peace in Northern Ireland. “It’s vital the Good Friday Agreement is protected by the next government.” Notes to editors  – UNISON hosted a press conference about the documents at its nati...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 6, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Boris Johnson dave prentis jeremy corbyn labour Northern Ireland Source Type: news

Cuts … not just Brexit
Just weeks ago, as the general election campaign started to pick up speed, NHS England released some interesting data: accident and emergency waiting times were the worst on record. It didn’t get that much traction in a media concentrating on the run-up to the political theatre of the first party leaders’ debate. But as fullfact.org spelled out: “In October 2019, 83.6% of patients attending all types of A&E departments (including things like dental A&E and urgent care centres) in England were admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.” A year ago, 89.1% were seen within the four-...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 6, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: P.S data activists ge19 general election 2019 Source Type: news

Why Science Can't Seem to Tell Us How to Eat Right
Who’s to blame for the always-changing rules for healthy eating? Food science, the media, the food industry, and nutrition "gurus" all play a part. But it’s also kinds of your fault. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The herb vacha confirmed to have potent antioxidant properties
(Natural News) Vacha, scientifically known as Acorus calamus, is an herb widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. Also known as sweet flag or buch plant, vacha is used to treat various ailments, including epilepsy, mental illness and rheumatism. It also exhibits potent antioxidant effects, according to a study published in the journal Food Science and Human Wellness. In... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In the fight of our lives
For our union and for public services, this election is the fight of our lives – and we’ve been giving it our all. Whether it’s on the streets in marginal seats across the country, talking to our members about the issues at stake, or securing UNISON’s priorities in Labour’s incredible manifesto, I have never known an election where UNISON has played a bigger part. Now, as we head into the final days of the campaign, a Labour victory is needed more than ever before. Decent wages, better childcare, building more affordable homes and restoring vital local services are what’s needed. Labour&...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: Article activists ge19 council cuts cuts to local services dave prentis general election general election 2019 general secretary local government NHS NHS funding cuts Source Type: news

Knock knocking on voters ’ doors
For those who haven’t door knocked or phone canvassed before, the idea might well fill you with doubts about being able to answer and deal with the questions or arguments a voter on their own doorstep or on the end of a phone might put to you. So how can we make make the experience as painless as possible? Some of the ideas below are obvious, but they are all sure-fire winners, based on experience. And remember that the first time you turn up to help canvass, you will get some training and an opportunity to buddy up with a more experienced canvasser until you get the hang of things. Information is key The central goa...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article activists activists ge19 general election 2019 labour link Source Type: news

Hold all bosses to account that exploit low-paid staff, says UNISON
Commenting on the naming and shaming of the UK’s worst employers by the Labour Party, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Employees across the UK are struggling to live on poverty wages. They’re at the mercy of unscrupulous employers who deliberately deny them their rightful earnings. “Care workers are being ripped off by firms who don’t pay them properly for travelling between home visits. “Health service staff are being exploited by a two-tier system. Those whose jobs are transferred to private companies are losing out on NHS wage rises. “These shameful practic...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 2, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release bad bosses low paid carers two-tier system Source Type: news

NHS staff shortages increase
Latest figures show that there are now 106,000 vacancies across the NHS in England, including over 44,000 vacancies in nursing. This marks an increase from one year ago. Beneath this staffing crisis is a chronic lack of government funding, particularly the scrapping of training bursaries. The result is that health workers are working over a million hours a week of unpaid overtime to help the NHS cope with rising demand for care. UNISON health officer Guy Collis said: “A decade of Tory underfunding has left our NHS struggling to cope and this is having a damaging impact on its devoted workforce. “Ongoing underst...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 2, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: News health care NHS NHS funding NHS funding cuts safe staffing Source Type: news

Ambulance delays down to nine-year NHS funding squeeze
Commenting on new research from Labour, which shows that in the past three years almost 1.5 million patients have been delayed in the back of ambulances before being admitted to hospital, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Ambulances queuing outside A&E departments have become a common and distressing sight. It’s frustrating for crews who need to be on their way to the next emergency call and worrying for patients waiting to be seen. “Understaffing, bed shortages and a failure to get a grip on social care problems are behind these delays, which then ripple out across entire hospitals. &ldquo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 29, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release ambulance health labour NHS Source Type: news

Npower collapse is a ‘cruel blow’ for employees, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement today (Friday) that Npower is to close with the loss of 4,500 jobs, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is a cruel blow for Npower employees. They’ve been worried about their jobs for months. Now their worst fears have been realised, less than a month before Christmas. “The UK energy market is in real danger of collapse. If nothing is done, there could soon be other casualties. “Npower’s demise means there’s no time to waste. It makes the powerful case for bringing the retail arms of the Big Six energy firms into public ownership. &l...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 29, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release dave prentis Energy NPower Source Type: news

Blog: Standing with people who make me so proud of our union
I’m always so proud of what our union stands for and what we can achieve when we stand together. But sometimes there are days when that’s particularly true – and earlier this week I had one of those days. It started early on a picket line at Whiston Hospital. The strikers – employed by Compass – have a simple demand, to get the same pay and conditions as those they work alongside in our NHS. Their energy, their passion and their unwillingness to give in are truly inspiring. These are the people who keep our NHS – our nation’s greatest achievement – running each day. They clea...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 28, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Settled status: UNISON can help
After the EU referendum the government decided to introduce a new immigration status for EU citizens called ‘settled status’. What does this mean? People who are citizens or have a passport of a European Union member state, or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, and are in the UK by the 31 December 2020, are required to apply (along with family members) to the EU settlement scheme to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021. The Home Office campaign does not cover the full range of citizens who can apply under the scheme. The messaging is centred on “white” EU/EEA/Swiss c...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 21, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article BREXIT EU EU Citizens eu migrant migrant workers Source Type: news

A powerful package to rebuild the country
Commenting on the launch of the Labour Party manifesto today (Thursday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is a powerful package to rebuild the country and help millions whose lives have been ravaged by nine years of austerity. “It commits to restoring the funding snatched from public services by the Tories’ cold-hearted economic policies and gives dedicated public servants the wage rises they’ve been denied for so long. “Ending the scourge of privatisation will put the focus back on the best interests of patients and local communities rather than shareholders’ pockets. &...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 21, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis labour labour leader Source Type: news