What do carers think of #ClapForCarers?
UNISON steward Hassan Ortega works for a charity providing a homelessness prevention service in Salford. He said: “I feel mixed about #ClapForCarers. It’s great that it’s raised the profile of workers in the community sector who are providing services that are keeping people safe, healthy and protected.” However, Hassan notes that what carers really need is not to be left unprotected and vulnerable themselves – and not to be outsourced. “In some respects, it could be seen as a diversionary activity to keep the public busy. But I value that it’s raised ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 22, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News adult social care care staff care workers Care workers for change Clap for Carers coronavirus Covid-19 Source Type: news

NHS organisations must be honest with staff over PPE stocks, says UNISON
Commenting on the emergency measures published today (Friday) by Public Health England, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “These are absolute worst case scenario measures, which staff hope their organisations won’t have to implement. “No part of the NHS should use this move as an excuse to ration supplies of gowns when they still have stocks. That would cause a damaging breakdown of trust at a time when staff are working under intense pressure. “Managers must be truly honest with health workers and their union reps over the weekend. If gowns run out, staff in high risk areas may...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 18, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus PPE Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Last resort safety equipment plans are ‘ desperate ’ , says UNISON
Commenting on a leaked document drafted by Public Health England outlining “last resort” plans to deal with shortages of personal protective equipment for health workers, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said today (Wednesday): “These desperate measures are a shocking indictment of the lack of proper planning and preparation for supplies in the pandemic. “The situation in care homes is nothing short of an emergency and there will be preventable deaths if staff aren’t properly equipped. “The Health and Safety Executive shouldn’t be complicit in signing off these measures. ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 15, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus dave prentis PPE Source Type: news

Boost to testing for care workers is welcome, says UNISON
Commenting on a government announcement for a major increase in testing for care workers and care home residents, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said today (Wednesday): “With the virus spreading through care homes at a terrifying rate, widespread testing for staff and patients is vital. “This increase is welcome but should have happened much sooner. “Care workers are on the frontline, tending to the most vulnerable people, and they need certainty and reassurance about their health. Notes to editors: – UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members pr...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 15, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release care workers coronavirus coronavirus testing dave prentis Source Type: news

Streamlined interim electronic CASE form
UNISON has produced an interim electronic CASE form for use by branches. The form is one of the most important documents in the union, designed to be completed by – or for – members if they require help  from the union in dealing with a workplace problem. But the current situation with coronavirus and COVID-19  means members cannot necessarily have face-to-face contact with reps, access branch offices or post the forms in. Similarly members may not be able to physically sign the form. So the interim electronic document is  a Word document where the fields can be completed electronically. CAS...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 14, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article branches case form Covid-19 reps workplace reps Source Type: news

Government must up its game on PPE to protect health and care workers ’ lives, demands UNISON
NHS, care and other frontline staff whose lives are on the line need immediate government action to fix inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies, UNISON is demanding today (Sunday). Government apologies and assurances the UK has all the PPE it needs are of no comfort to staff whose workplaces are running low, says UNISON. Over the weekend workers from hospitals, care homes and local council-run services have expressed fear and anger to UNISON’s PPE alert hotline about the absence of gowns, masks and visors where they work. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “No-one doubts ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 12, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Article News coronavirus dave prentis PPE Source Type: news

‘I’m so proud’. Dave Prentis on the first weeks of the COVID-19 crisis
‘My normal way of working – just talking to people, being there for them – can no longer happen’. All photos were taken before social distancing UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis is very clear when he states the union’s role during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our contribution to overcoming the crisis is to protect the people who are protecting us. We’re there for them.” And by those people, Mr Prentis is referring to the millions of public service workers who are working tirelessly and courageously – day and night – to save lives. “I’m simply in a...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 10, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News Covid-19 dave prentis health PPE Source Type: news

Thousands of public service workers contact UNISON with ‘harrowing’ PPE stories
Thousands of people working in the NHS, social care and local services have contacted a UNISON hotline in the last week expressing anxiety at the lack of gloves, masks, eye protectors and gowns where they work. Staff from across the UK’s public services say they’re scared that without the right protective equipment, they risk catching the virus and passing it on to their families, or the elderly and vulnerable people they work with and care for. Keen to work with the government, UNISON has today (Thursday) passed the testimonies from staff working in hospitals, schools, care homes and out in the community, incl...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 9, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Article Covid-19 dave prentis government health NHS PPE social care Source Type: news

Government must not allow universities to fail during the coronavirus outbreak, warn unions
Universities must be given extra protection during the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure their financial survival because of their vital contribution to the economy, local communities and crucial medical research, unions are warning the government today (Tuesday). In a joint letter to higher education minister Michelle Donelan, five unions representing higher education (HE) staff ask for urgent assurances that universities will not be allowed to go under as a result of the outbreak, backed up with legislation. UNISON, University and College Union (UCU), GMB, Unite and the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) say the sect...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 7, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus higher education ruth levin universities Source Type: news

Blog: Remembering our colleagues, fighting for change
As coronavirus spread around the world and hit hard in the  UK, we knew that, because of the jobs they do, our own members would be losing their lives in the fight against COVID-19. Tragically this has started happening now and our members – whether they’re on the frontline of the fight or not – are dying in this dreadful battle. So as general secretary, on behalf of everyone in UNISON, I send the love and condolences of all of us to the families of all those members who have died of coronavirus and those who have died fighting it. These members of our union, and our communities, exemplify what we ar...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 7, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog Source Type: news

Back to the scrubs
Paul Pearson is one of many UNISON activists – and staff – who have stepped in to help out in the coronavirus crisis. For the last three years Paul has been on full-time release from his duties at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to concentrate on representing NHS workers as the UNISON Suffolk health branch secretary. But he is an operating department practitioner by trade. And in the current emergency, he has returned to theatres and critical care, helping patients with COVID-19 and those going through emergency surgery and recovery. “It’s been inspirational to see so many people returning to the ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 6, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News college of operating department practitioners coronavirus Covid-19 health care Source Type: news

Key workers ‘overlooked and underpaid’ says Starmer
Keir Starmer singled out key workers for praise when he appeared in his first TV appearance as Labour leader, following his election at the weekend “They very often have been overlooked, underpaid,” he said in his appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. “And there’s got to be change. They were last and now they’ve got to be first.” Turning to his new role, the Labour leader said the party has “got to be constructive, we’ve got to pull together, support the government where it’s right to do so, but asking those difficult questions. “You can see wh...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 6, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: News affiliated political fund labour leader labour link Our political funds UNISON Labour Link Source Type: news

Blog: Labour must unite behind Keir Starmer
When UNISON gave its backing to Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner back in early January, no-one could have forseen how our country, society and public services would change in just three short months. Public service workers are working tirelessly – in hospitals, but also in care homes, refuse trucks, police stations and call centres – to ensure the rest of us can stay safely indoors. The deadly impact of Covid-19 is having an impact upon everyone and changed everyday life in the most fundamental of ways. Yet the reasons that UNISON backed Keir and Angela haven’t changed – in fact, they are proven even ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 6, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Keir Starmer Labour Party Source Type: news

Mission Possible: Tips for Safe Grocery Shopping During the Pandemic
MONDAY, April 6, 2020 -- The coronavirus pandemic has turned grocery shopping into a mission filled with anxiety, but a food science expert's advice can make it a safe one. The first thing to consider is whether you should go to the store at all,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 6, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Lack of protective equipment for health and social care staff is “a crisis within a crisis”
The heads of Britain’s health and social care unions have today (Wednesday) warned ministers that the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health and social care workers is a “crisis within a crisis”.     In a joint statement – signed by seven organisations including UNISON, the Royal College of Midwives, GMB, Unite and TUC – they call on the government to urgently increase the supply of PPE to staff in the NHS and social care.  The union leaders warn that workers&nb...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 1, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Article News Press release coronavirus coronavirus health workers NHS PPE TUC Source Type: news

Hop to it: Researchers pinpoint why Belgian beers don't keep
Study finds fashionable hoppy brews lose their characteristic taste while sitting on the shelfIt will be music to the ears of Belgian beer enthusiasts: drink up.Scientists studying how well the fashionable hoppy-tasting beers of today keep in the cupboard have highlighted the particular propensity for them to lose their flavour over time.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 1, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Daniel Boffey in Brussels Tags: Beer Science Food science Research Source Type: news

Care workers put at risk by lack of face masks and basic safety kit, says UNISON
Social care workers across the country are at breaking point with many being given just plastic aprons and gloves to protect against coronavirus as they support the vulnerable and elderly, says UNISON today (Tuesday). Care workers say some managers are either refusing to issue face masks or not providing training in how to use them, and not supplying hand sanitiser. This has triggered widespread anxiety among staff that they and their families may become infected or they may spread the virus among the people they care for, says UNISON. The union has also received reports of some employees being asked to work even if they h...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 31, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea coronavirus Personal Protective Equipment Source Type: news

Analytical Chemistry Strategies For Elementary Students
Analytical chemistry is amongst the fundamental subjects of chemistry that we’ve to teach our students. We will need to equip them together with the most basic ideas to help them learn and apply it correctly. But, the classroom can not teach us every little thing. So, how do we impart crucial fundamental ideas to our students? The first step is usually to bring up the students to recognize that a ph will be defined because the chemical entity getting a single or much more phenyl-sulfonyl (or P-S) groups. They ought to realize that a mixture of your unit components is known as a compound. Since, there are actually lot...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 30, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: testuser Tags: Article Source Type: news

What Is Periscope in Physics? Component 2
Periscope in Physics is a new addition to the well known Television show “Dancing with the Stars.” Periscope was originally created by two MIT students, Evan Williams and Chris O’Brien, who joined the Major Brother telecasting group. Although functioning on the show, they realized that the use of a handheld video camera could assistance contestants get a lot more questions out of their hosts and significantly less boring answers. The producers had been initially skeptical in regards to the idea, but ultimately relented and permitted the duo to practice telecasting their usual Q&A format. When a succes...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 30, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: testuser Tags: Article Source Type: news

UNISON continues to push the government over PPE
UNISON has pushed the NHS in England to provide assurances on the protective equipment our members working in healthcare have been calling for and on ensuring our members are kept as safe as possible. Members working across the NHS have voiced concerns about their access to personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, aprons and gloves, and being able to keep themselves safe. UNISON wrote to the government yesterday (25 March) asking for clarity on previous guidance, to ensure the priority remains keeping staff safe so they’re able to support the public. In response to UNISON’s concerns, NHS England and ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 26, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: News coronavirus coronavirus health workers Covid-19 Source Type: news

Unions announce COVID-19 support for nursing students
The unprecedented challenge facing the NHS means emergency arrangements have been put in place regarding nursing students. The trade unions representing nursing students – UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing and Unite – have made an agreement with The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and chief nursing officers across the UK that enables more experienced students to be able to help their NHS colleagues where they can, be paid and have this work count towards their learning. UNISON has also been given assurances that longer-term learning is protected. Nursing students will be given adequate time and supp...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 26, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: News coronavirus coronavirus health workers Covid-19 NHS nurse nursing Source Type: news

Protection equipment for care workers is essential, says UNISON
Social care staff looking after the elderly and vulnerable are ‘frightened and frustrated’ at not getting access to protective equipment, says UNISON today (Wednesday). The union has received reports from workers that employers are denying them masks and basic protection such as hand gel, and that supplies of other kit are running low. These safety essentials are vital in cutting the risk of them infecting the frail people they support, says UNISON. Some staff have been driven to tears for fear they will infect their own families. One care worker, whose daughter has underlying health issues, said: “I feel...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 25, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release coronavirus PPE social care Source Type: news

Supporting our reps and members online
Online training and support for activists UNISON is setting up an online system to continue key training for activist during the current crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, when we have had to postpone all face-to-face training and learning opportunities for members. In the meantime, we have quadrupled the capacity of our online couse for new stewards. There are now 100 places available – click on the link below to find out how to register. Our online new stewards’ course is supported by both a TUC tutor and a UNISON learning and organising staff member. We will be ther...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 23, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News activist education activist training coronavirus Covid-19 learning and organising Source Type: news

Failure to social distance ‘ insulting to health and care staff ’ , says UNISON
Responding to reports that some tourist attractions at the weekend were busier than on a bank holiday, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Don’t be foolish and think social distancing applies to someone else, not to you and your family. It’s insulting to brave healthcare staff on the front line. “NHS and care employees are putting their lives in danger every day at work. This is so we can all stay safe at home with our loved ones. “But selfish people taking risks are adding to the immense burden on hospitals. We’ve all seen the horrendous situation in Italy with intens...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 23, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release coronavirus healthcare staff NHS Source Type: news

Addaction strikers suspend pay campaign
UNISON members running Wigan and Leigh’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation service have suspended their strike action at We Are With You (formerly Addaction). The service was taken over by the charity in April 2018, having been run by Wigan council, with workers who were part of the NHS. But members have been in dispute with We Are With You after it reneged on promises to pay NHS rates to staff whose roles were transferred. The dispute is a long-running one, with 11 days of strike action in 2019. A recent five-day strike came to an end at the beginning of March, shortly before the coronavirus outbreak hit. But now...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 23, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: News Addaction alcohol drugs and substance abuse fair pay Industrial action local government nhs pay outsourcing privatisation UNISON north west Source Type: news

UNISON says thank you
Today, UNISON is saying thank you to public service workers “leaving their loved ones to care for ours” in full page adverts in the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail. The ads recognise and celebrate the role of vital public service workers in the current coronavirus crisis. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:  “Whether they are NHS and emergency services staff working directly with patients; cleaners, caterers and carers keeping our hospitals, care homes and schools going, or council staff providing vital support to our communities in this crisis – our members are public service champion...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 19, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article coronavirus Covid-19 eduction services health care local government Source Type: news

Unions want to work with ministers at this time of crisis
Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement today (Tuesday) that he is to work with businesses and unions to develop a package of employment support for UK workers, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government needs to give people certainty in this rapidly changing situation. Easing the anxiety many people have over their jobs and livelihoods is crucial. “Unions want to work with ministers in the interests of the country at this unprecedented time. “But making sure that all workers off ill with the virus or isolated at home have enough money to pay their rent and bills is es...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 17, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus dave prentis NHS Source Type: news

Some Supermarkets Are Launching Senior-Only Hours During the Coronavirus Pandemic. Not All Retailers Think That ’s a Good Idea
As the elderly have emerged as a category of vulnerable people most endangered by the coronavirus pandemic, store chains across the U.S. are announcing hours specifically dedicated to senior shoppers. National chains including Stop & Shop and Dollar General have announced senior hours, as have many regional chains such as Zannoto’s Family Markets in San Jose, Calif., DeCicco & Sons in New York and Vista Supermarkets in El Paso, Texas. The announcements come as retailers across the country struggle to keep shelves stocked with food, sanitation products and other household goods like toilet paper — despit...
Source: TIME: Health - March 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jasmine Aguilera Tags: Uncategorized Brief COVID-19 News Desk Source Type: news

NPS confirms it cannot pay probation staff 2020 increment on time
Probation unions in England and Wales have demanded talks with the National Probation Service (NPS) today, after it confirmed that it will not be able to pay its staff their expected 2020 increment in April. UNISON national officer Ben Priestley said: “The failure of the NPS to pay its staff their 2020 increments on time in April sends all the wrong messages to members. “Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of probation told the service it has got to raise its game on staffing matters, so this is a setback which it could ill-afford. “UNISON will work with the NPS on the improvement programme which everyone ag...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 16, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: News national probation service NPS police and justice probation pay Source Type: news

UNISON cancels annual health conference
UNISON has today (Friday) cancelled its annual health conference that was due to take place in Brighton from 6-8 April. The decision has been taken in light of the escalation of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The safety of participants and their families was also at the forefront of the general secretary and presidential team’s minds when they took the decision to cancel, says UNISON. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The needs of our NHS and the safety and peace of mind of health workers and their loved ones are paramount. “The cancellation of the event means health staff won’t b...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 13, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Press release Brighton conference coronavirus Covid-19 dave prentis health NHS nurses Source Type: news

The government ’ s new housing proposals are ‘ flawed ’ , says UNISON
The government has published plans for a scheme to help first-time buyers get onto the property ladder. UNISON’s analysis shows that the plans are flawed – and the union is encouraging members to respond to the government’s consultation on the scheme. According to the government, First Homes will make it easier to get onto the property ladder by offering potential first-time buyers in England the opportunity to buy a new-build home with one-third off the market price. The discount will apply to a proportion of new homes and will mainly be funded from developer contributions made as part of the planning sy...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 13, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News housing housing crisis housing manifesto Source Type: news

Lower-sodium turkey breast wins sensory test over full-salt option
(University of Massachusetts Amherst) University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientists produced a lower-salt processed turkey that consumers in a blind sensory test preferred to a full-salt version, according to a study published in the international journal LWT-Food Science and Technology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Marching for Zane
In February 2014, seven -year-old Zane Gbangbola was fast asleep in bed in his Chertsey home. But then a flash flood brought water from a neighbouring field into the Surrey house. With the water seeped gas that, lighter than air, rose upstairs. Zane died. His father Kye (pictured above with a photo of his son) was also upstairs. He suffered a heart attack and is now confined to a wheelchair. His mother Nicole was downstairs and, because the gas rose, was able to raise the alarm. It was later revealed that the field had previously been used for landfill, where deadly hydrogen cyanide can lurk. Yet an inquest decided that Za...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 12, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Source Type: news

Using technology during mealtimes may decrease food intake, study finds
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) When 119 young adults consumed a meal while playing a simple computer game for 15 minutes, they ate significantly less than when they ate the same meal without distractions, said lead author Carli A. Liguori, an alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's food science and human nutrition program. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Safe Staffing Forum 2020: ‘ You ’re mad trying to be a nurse now ’
Sixty UNISON delegates from across the nursing family gathered in Warwick this week for the Safe Staffing Forum. UNISON has been leading on safe staffing in the health sector for the past decade. UNISON national officer for nursing Stuart Tuckwood opened the day of talks and working groups, by stating: “We’re only going to be able to achieve victories if we work together.” Delegates heard research on safe staffing ratios from Peter Griffiths of the University of Southampton, which found that anything less than a nurse to patient ratio of 1:8 has increased negative outcomes for patient safety. Latest figu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 5, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News mental health mental health nurse NHS nurses nursing safe staffing safe staffing 2020 Source Type: news

Oxford University signs up to living wage
Almost 2,000 employees at the University of Oxford will get a pay rise as the university becomes the largest employer in the city to sign up to the Oxford Living Wage (OLW). Staff will see their wages go up to at least £10.21 per hour as they move onto the new minimum hourly rate from 1 August 2020. UNISON welcomed the move today, while urging the city’s colleges – each an individual employer – to follow suit. Oxford City Council introduced the OLW in 2009, set at 95% of the Living Wage Foundation‘s London rate, in recognition of the high cost of living in Oxford ­– including propert...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 4, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News higher education higher education pay Living Wage Foundation Source Type: news

Legacy of government austerity cuts is a hygiene nightmare during coronavirus crisis
Government cuts have heightened public hygiene problems with the closure of more than a fifth of public toilets in Britain during the past decade, according to UNISON figures published today (Wednesday). People across the country are being urged to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly in an information campaign aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19. But these efforts will be made harder because of the government’s council funding cuts that have led to widespread closures of almost a thousand public toilets since the decade of austerity began in 2010. New freedom of information (FoI) figures gathered by UNI...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 4, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus Jon Richards local government cuts public health public toilets Source Type: news

Coronavirus Q & A
As the coronavirus has spread and dominated the news, UNISON has received an increasing number of enquiries on what employers – and members – should do to minimise the risk of infection at this worrying time. The issues and risks will vary depending on the sector you are working in, so UNISON has been proactive in negotiating jointly agreed advice in a number of sectors. General advice on what coronavirus (COVID-19) is, how it is spread, and basic hygiene to minimise the spread of the disease is available from the Public Health England (PHE) Website Basic hygiene includes: Washing your hands regularly, particu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 3, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article health health and safety Source Type: news

‘We need to promote settled status scheme’
The UK care sector has 1.5 million people working in it and more than 100,000 unfilled vacancies, Hassan Ortega told the UNISON community service group conference in Cardiff at the weekend. Around a quarter of a million of those jobs are held by non-UK nationals – with 115,000 of those workers being citizens of EU countries. The new immigration bar outlined by home secretary Priti Patel in the week before the conference requires a minimum salary well above the care sector’s average for anyone coming to work in the UK, he told delegates. Moving an emergency motion on promoting the EU settlement scheme to behalf ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 2, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News 2020 Community Conference eu migrant settled status social care Source Type: news

‘We are in the business of protecting the most vulnerable people’
It is worrying that the number of health and safety reps in workplaces nationally keeps decreasing, North West delegate Gaynor Clarke told representatives of UNISON community workers gathered in Cardiff City Hall at the weekend. Speaking to delegates at the union’s community service group conference, she added: “We need them in the community sector,” citing the ever-present risk of violence from vulnerable clients. “We’re in the business of protecting the most vulnerable people,” she said, “and in our workplace that means our members.” Introducing the service group’s an...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 2, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2020 Community Conference adult care community and voluntary housing Housing Association housing crisis social care Source Type: news

‘Thank you for your work dealing with floods’
“Before anything else, I want to thank you and, through you, all UNISON members who have played such an astonishing part here in Wales over the past two weeks to help us deal with the flooding.” That was the message from Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford when he welcomed the union’s community conference and seminar to Cardiff this weekend. “The reaction of public service workers has been absolutely astounding.” Many delegates and visitors had experienced a hint of what effect that had when flooding in Pontrypridd and Bridgend disrupted their travel to Cardiff on Friday. South Wales Police de...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 29, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2020 Community Conference community and voluntary sector flood defence floods Source Type: news

Love, LGBT+ history and more wins
It’s been freezing cold and dangerously wet, but that hasn’t stopped UNISON members this month. February kicked off with Black members’ conference, where Yvonne Green was presented with the 2020 Nelson Mandela Award and Funmi Ayeni won Young Black member of the year. Heart Unions week ran from 10-16 February, and we made this video to remind you why UNISON is the best: UNISON continued to fight on the frontlines of food safety, and national officer Paul Bell teamed up with bereaved father Steve Nash to deliver a 216,938-strong petition to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) headquarters in London. The petiti...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 28, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2020 Women's Conference Care workers for change ethical care charter LGBT history Source Type: news

Lords must help stop hundreds of millions of pounds leaving the NHS
Peers are being urged today (Wednesday) to support the relaxing of restrictions to the government’s apprenticeship levy scheme to free-up cash for NHS trusts, says UNISON. Previous UNISON research estimates that trusts in England are missing out on more than £200m. This is because unused cash earmarked to fund apprenticeships can’t be used for anything else, despite health budgets being stretched to breaking point. Hospitals unable to spend apprenticeship funds within two years – because they’re too hard up to take on apprentices says UNISON&nb...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 26, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Press release Apprenticeship Levy House of Lords NHS People Plan Sara Gorton training Source Type: news

Researchers find that drinking unsalted tomato juice helps lower cardiovascular disease risk
(Natural News) Tomatoes are full of antioxidants with many health benefits, such as lycopene which has anti-inflammatory properties. Tomatoes are also full of vitamin C that helps boost your immunity. According to a study published in the journal Food Science & Nutrition, drinking unsalted tomato juice regularly may also lower your risk of developing heart disease. Tomato juice... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A proud, strong and growing union
UNISON is a proud and strong union, speaking out on behalf of members and supporting them to defend their interests. We’re also a growing union. Despite a decade of austerity, job losses and cuts to the vital services our members provide, UNISON has bucked a trend. February’s NEC meeting, the first of the year, heard that membership has grown for the second year running. Can we support our boast with numbers? We certainly can. Last year saw a massive 176,469 people join UNISON, as reported in the year-to-date figures including December 2019. That’s 10,873 more recruits than for the same period in 2018, an...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 25, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: P.S data recruiting and organising recruitment recruitment campaign Source Type: news

NEC by-elections
By-elections will be held for three vacant seats on the national executive council (NEC): the East Midlands, Greater London and South West reserved seats. The nomination period opens on Tuesday 3 March 2020 and closes at 5pm on Friday 17 April 2020. The by-election procedures and forms can be downloaded via the “current elections” page of the UNISON website, which can be found using the link below. For any election enquiries, contact the member liaison unit at UNISON Centre. Telephone 020 7121 5399, email elections@unison.co.uk. Find out more and download the election procedures, nomination forms, ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 25, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article democracy and elections NEC NEC 2020 by-election Source Type: news

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