UCL UNISON launches #BringThemIn campaign for outsourced workers
“Bring them in” is the cry echoing around the central London campus of University College London this year after the UNISON branch launched a campaign for members providing security, catering and cleaning to be brought in-house and directly employed by the university. The work is currently outsourced to private companies Sodexo and Axis. This means more than 800 staff working on the contracts have worse terms and conditions that colleagues employed by UCL itself, including less annual leave, less maternity and paternity leave, far worse pensions and little or no occupational sick pay. “Our members deserve...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - January 25, 2019 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News he higher ed higher education insourcing outsourcing private contractors privatisation universities Source Type: news

Energy unions call for talks on just transition
Energy unions are calling for talks with the government this year to help workers and communities adapt to the low-carbon economy needed to deal with global warming. The four unions – UNISON, Unite, GMB and Prospect – represent 200,000 workers in the sector and launched a template for a “just transition” to low carbon over the Christmas holidays. Now they want to hold discussions with business, energy and industrial strategy secretary Greg Clark to “chart a constructive way forward in the decade ahead”. The template grew out of a conference of energy workers from all four unions, hosted ...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - January 3, 2019 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article climate change Energy just transition renewable energy Source Type: news

The government should lower retirement age for ambulance staff, says UNISON
The government is being urged to lower the retirement age for ambulance staff to bring them into line with other emergency services workers, says UNISON today (Monday). Paramedics will this afternoon travel to Whitehall to hand the health and social care secretary Matt Hancock a petition. It has been signed by more than 250,000 people and is calling for their retirement age to be reduced from 67 to 60. Ambulance workers face extreme physical and mental pressures, says UNISON, including shifting from day to night rotas, lifting and carrying patients, and attending traumatic incidents. But they currently retire seven years l...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - December 10, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Press release health Source Type: news

MP says we need to change how disability is reported
“People with disabilities are so much more than benefits!” That was how Emma Lewell-Buck MP responded to a question at UNISON’s disabled members’ conference this afternoon, about how much of the media represents disabled people. The guest speaker – the Labour member for South Shields and shadow education minister responsible for children and families’ policy – said that much of the media coverage of disabled people is, too often, inextricably bound up with reporting about benefits. That, she continued, was in large part because Parliament makes that link too – that disabled p...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - October 28, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article disabled members national disabled members' conference 2018 Source Type: news

Cuts to police and justice sector puts communities at risk, says UNISON
Rising crime rates can no longer be ignored by the government, warns UNISON today (Thursday). Speaking at UNISON’s annual police and justice conference in Bournemouth, assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The police and justice sector has been affected in the last eight years by unprecedented cuts and a massive re-organisation. “Since 2010 police community support officer numbers across the country have been slashed by 40% and in Norfolk the provision has been cut completely. “Overall, one in five police staff jobs have been lost, and there has been a 14% reduction in police officer j...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - October 11, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Article Christina McAnea police Source Type: news

Boosting our members ’ digital confidence
UNISON is supporting the Get Online Week – 15-21 October – to help build members’ digital confidence and remove barriers that prevent them fully taking part in an increasingly technical world. The union’s learning and organising team will be rolling out a digital champions network next year and is encouraging members to #try1thing online during the week as part of programme to support members who need to get the right skills for day-to-day digital life. The week comes after the government launched an essential digital skills framework in response to figures showing that more than 11 million people i...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - October 5, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article activists activists education digital learning learning and organising lifelong learning member learning members' learning online learning our activists support for learning Source Type: news

Justice restored
It’s one year since UNISON beat the government at the Supreme Court and forced an immediate change in the law. The case made headlines. Now we can tell the full story of how David beat Goliath. It’s a remarkable, epic tale that spans over four years. And it’s all true. We hear from the people who made it happen and the ordinary members who are currently fighting for what’s right, thanks to that famous win. If you ever want to know what difference your union makes, you just need to read this… The article Justice restored first appeared on the UNISON National site. (Source: UNISON He...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - August 1, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article Source Type: news

Birmingham City Council cuts care workers ’ hours at the expense of local people
UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has today (Tuesday) joined striking care workers on the picket line in Birmingham. More than 250 care workers are taking strike action in response to the City Council’s plans to dramatically cut their working hours, resulting in a significant loss of income, says UNISON. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “I’m proud to join our care workers this morning in Birmingham. “No-one goes on strike lightly, especially care workers who know the benefit they bring, every hour of every day, to those they care for. “But the Council’s decision to slash c...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - July 31, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release care workers council dave prentis Source Type: news

A bold vision
If Labour wins the next election, it will to transform the water, environment and transport industries, shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald promised UNISON activists at the union’s WET service group conference in Brighton. He told delegates that the relentless pursuit of profit over public service will end and the water utilities and railways will be renationalised. There will also be a new agenda for buses, promoting municipally owned companies, new routes and cheaper fares. The party is already working with the Labour-controlled metropolitan authorities on plans to transform cities so that emissions will be re...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - June 18, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News 2018 Water Environment and Transport Conference Labour Party Source Type: news

It ’ s all about the data
As you’ll undoubtedly know from your inbox, from 25 May the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in effect. The law gives individuals more choice and control over how their data is used. The regulation also brings in stricter duties, which all organisations must follow. At UNISON we are committed to keeping your data secure and to not using it in ways you wouldn’t expect. This includes: Being open and honest about how we use your personal data. You can see how in our updated privacy policy; making it simple and straight forward for you to access the data we hold on you; keeping your data secure and act...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - May 25, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article data policy data protection GDPR Source Type: news

Blog: The Windrush generation served us all and made our country a better place
This year our country celebrates two 70th anniversaries – the creation of the NHS and the arrival of SS Windrush at Tilbury Port. The two are intertwined and inseparable, with so many of the Windrush generation helping to build the health service that we all rely on. I am proud that Unison backed the Windrush campaign when many, including the Prime Minister, seemed unaware of the lives blighted and families placed under intolerable pressure. The Windrush generation served us all and made our country a better place. Many of them were members of Unison – working for the benefit of all of us in our town halls, sch...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - April 18, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News immig Windrush Source Type: news

UNISON vows to step up fight against wholly owned subsidiaries
Health members in Brighton today voiced their anger at the increasing practice of NHS trusts in England to set up wholly owned subsidiary companies to provide support services, and voted to fight their spread. The practice is widely regarded as backdoor privatisation of health services – putting at risk the pay and conditions of thousands of NHS staff, particularly low-paid women, Black and disabled workers. The importance of the issue was reflected in the fact that nine bodies contributed to the the composite motion being debated. One delegate argued that wholly owned subsidiary companies represented “the bigg...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - April 18, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2018 Health Conference fighting cuts and privatisation in the NHS health care wholly owned subsidiaries Source Type: news

How to … write a press release
It’s more than a century since the first press release – issued by the Pennsylvania Railroad after a fatal train crash. And while the world and the media that reports on it may have changed a little since 1906, a release remains the best way for organisations to attract the attention of journalists and producers. Before you get started, think about who might need to know what you’re up to before any release is issued. Alerting the regional organiser who looks after your branch, so they can keep national media colleagues in the loop, could help avoid any nasty surprises in future – and keep everyone ...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - April 13, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Liz Chinchen Tags: Magazine activist communications Source Type: news

UNISON puts major proposal for NHS pay to its members
UNISON today unveiled a proposal for a far-reaching modernisation of the NHS pay structure in England over the next three years, which would result in significant pay rises for every single member of staff and could turn the tide of the NHS staffing crisis. The union has led intense and detailed negotiations over a number of months, which have resulted in the proposed framework agreement between NHS unions, employers and the government. The key aim of the proposed agreement is to make the whole NHS pay system “fairer and better” for current and future staff. In the first instance, over a million hospital porter...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - March 21, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News health care living wage NHS England nhs pay pay up now Time to talk about NHS pay Source Type: news

UNISON women vote to fight for refuges
Refuge services for survivors of domestic violence have been decimated by the public-sector funding cuts, UNISON’s women’s conference heard. Data provided by 131 refuges in 2016 demonstrated that, on one day, 78 women along with their children were turned away from refuges because they could not be accommodated. A member who works for a Women’s Aid organisation said: “I have seen first hand the impact of the cuts. We have had to cut our beds from 15 to 10. “Last year we had 120 referrals including 84 children, the most common reason we couldn’t accept someone was we didn’t have the...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - February 4, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article News 2018 Women's Conference cuts domestic violence Source Type: news

Suffragette descendant addresses UNISON women
The great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst spoke of the ‘feminist moment’ we are having today, when she spioke at UNISON’s biggest ever women’s conference. Dr Helen Pankhurst told the conference in Liverpool: “2018 seems potentially as symbolically important as 1918… If we can change social norms and change legislation when it’s needed, that is when the magic happens.” Dr Pankhurst has just written a book entitled Deeds Not Words. She told delegates that during her research she found that, while there are many types of inequalities th...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - February 3, 2018 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article News 2018 Women's Conference domestic violence violence at work Source Type: news

Blog: It ’s time for politicians to wake up, stop hesitating, and put pay up now
This afternoon at the TUC, I was proud to lead the debate on public sector pay. For UNISON’s 1.3 million members, and millions more like them, there is no more important issue. After years of brutal austerity and vicious attacks on our public services – all overseen by a government that has shown little interest in public service – the tide is beginning to turn in our direction. When you consider how poorly public service workers have been treated, that’s not surprising. In the first six years of Tory rule, public sector pay rose by just 4.4%. Yet over the same period, the cost of living soared by 2...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - September 11, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News pay pay up now TUC Source Type: news

New school year, new materials, new challenges
The new school year is beginning and UNISON in schools has been working hard over the summer to produce new materials and updating existing guidance and materials in time for it. We have also updated the schools pages on the website and included information on the learning and training opportunities for school staff members. It’s important for activists to remember that only UNISON has the knowledge, expertise and experience to represent school support staff. And our intention is to make it clear to members and potential members what UNISON has to offer. ‎ Recruitment materials from new teaching union the NE...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - September 4, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Jon Richards Tags: Article Blogs UNISON voices Source Type: news

Dispute registered over plans for Nottingham College redundancies
UNISON has launched an official dispute with Nottingham College after members were told that they could lose their jobs – just as they broke for their summer holidays. General secretary Dave Prentis has written to the Nottinghamshire branch pledging support. The union registered the official dispute after it, and teaching union UCU, were only told about the plans to delete the equivalent of 165 full-time posts on 7 July – after the formal end of term on 4 July. By that time, many members had already gone on their holidays. On top of that, many of the workers are on term-time only contracts, leading UNISON rep C...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - July 27, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News East Midlands education services further education nottingham nottinghamsire redundancies redundancy Source Type: news

Champions campaign helping to turn the tide against austerity
UNISON’s Public Service Champions campaign has played a “key role” in turning the public against the government’s austerity agenda, national delegate conference heard this afternoon. The campaign aimed at winning public opinion was launched last year, as the UK faced a strong Conservative government intent on more cuts to public services. “What a difference a year makes,” James Anthony of the NEC told delegates. “Cracks in the austerity agenda are growing wider and deeper. “The wilful neglect of public services are plain to see in the hung parliament and this coalition of cha...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - June 21, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article 2017 NDC delegate conference austerity local government cuts NHS funding cuts public service champions Save Our Local Services Source Type: news

Dyslexia – what does it mean and how can you help?
UNISON has launched a new online training module to help union members and activists support colleagues who have, or suspect they have, dyslexia and to better understand the condition. It is a short, informal module, designed to allow learners to work through an overview of the topic at their own pace, and features a series of activities and video interviews with UNISON members. It explores what it’s like to have dyslexia and the legal obligations and protections for people with the condition. It also includes tips on making union branch communications dyslexia-friendly. It and similar online modules can be found on ...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - June 15, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article disability discrimination disabled members dyslexia learning learning and organising Source Type: news

UNISON comments on unemployment figures
Commenting on the latest unemployment and earnings figures, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Demand for public services continues to rise, but these figures confirm that the workforce is still being cut. “Services are being starved of funds and staff shortages mean nurses, paramedics, teaching assistants and council employees are having to work even harder, but for less money. “Public sector workers have not had a proper pay rise since 2011. It is no wonder they feel so undervalued. The public sector pay cap must go.” Media contacts: Fatima Ayad T:0207 121 5255 M: 07508 080383 E:&nb...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - June 14, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis Source Type: news

The Manchester Arena terrorist attack – two UNISON members’ stories
Adam Williams was in a corridor with a patient at the Salford Royal hospital when he heard news of an explosion in Manchester. Twenty minutes later he was at the scene. As a paramedic with the North West Ambulance Service, Adam has been trained for this type of incident. But it was still a shock when he arrived. The sound of the scene is what hit him first. Screams of panic and pain, alarms, sirens from police cars, ambulances and fire engines. He saw people wounded and confused: “It was devastation.” “It was devastation.” The hazardous area response team, police officers and other paramedics were a...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - June 6, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Magazine manchester Manchester Arena north west region public service champions UNISON north west Source Type: news

NEC 2017-2019: election results
The results of the 2017 NEC election are now available. Download the summary list of newly elected members  These members will take office following the end of the national delegate conference 2017. The term of office will run until the end of national delegate conference 2019.  A full copy of the scrutineer’s report is available to members of UNISON on request. To obtain a copy, telephone UNISONdirect on 0800 0 857 857. Lines are open 6 am to midnight, Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays. Any query regarding this information or this election should be directed to the member l...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - May 23, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article democracy and elections national executive council NEC Source Type: news

Hot topics for national delegate conference
Nearly a decade after the global financial crisis first hit, the pressure is still unrelenting on our public services and the workers who provide them – including UNISON members working for public bodies, private companies or community and charity organisations. That is the background for June’s national delegate conference, when some 2,000 delegates from branches and regions across the union will gather in Brighton to discuss the union’s priorities and policies for the next 12 months. As motion 39 – about getting the public onside with our public service campaigning – notes: “Despite th...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - May 15, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article 2017 National Delegate Conference ndc 2017 Source Type: news

Unions issue final warning to school academy chain over cutbacks
An academy chain with schools in the East Midlands and Yorkshire & Humberside is facing possible action from eight education unions over plans to axe support staff. The unions – representing headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants and school support staff – have issued the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) with a final warning after the failure to reach an agreement over proposed cuts. Talks will now take place at conciliation service ACAS. The chain is proposing to cut nearly £1m in funding from school budgets and up to 40 jobs from across its 32 primary and secondary schools. In an unprecedented...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - May 4, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release education Source Type: news

Swansea signs up to ethical care
Swansea will become the latest council to implement UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter banning 15-minute care visits and zero-hour contracts next month – if Labour keep control of the council in next week’s local election. Rob Stewart, the leader of the council’s Labour group, signed a commitment UNISON branch secretary Chris Cooze and regional secretary Margaret Thomas pledging that “the charter will be implemented in full” at “the earliest possibility” in the next council term. The charter contains a set of commitments to protect the dignity and quality of life for vul...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - April 27, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article Cymru Wales ethical care charter home care homecare local government save care now Source Type: news

‘ Six weeks to save the NHS ’ , says Prentis
The future of an NHS that is “on the brink” must be centre stage during the general election campaign, UNISON health conference delegates in Liverpool were told today. In his keynote address, union general secretary Dave Prentis said: “We have six weeks to save the NHS. “We all know what happens if the Tories get back. Everything that matters to our members is on the line – your jobs, your wages, our public services, our NHS, our communities and our families. “A general election is always a moment when we decide the future of our country. “But perhaps never more so than this time. ...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - April 24, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: News ambulance services dave prentis eric roberts general health care health care conference 2017 Health Care Service Group Conference 2017 NHS nhs pay Source Type: news

UNISON calls for action to tackle stress epidemic in public services
UNISON is stepping up its campaign on stress after a survey of 10,000 members showed that it is the top health and safety concern for union members. Some three-quarters of members said they had never been surveyed by their employer on stress – and 61% said their employer had never spoken to them the issue at all. The biggest cause of stress, say UNISON members, is excessive demands placed on them by staff shortages, cuts and constant change. And 87% of the almost 10,000 who answered said that increasing pressure on staff, and the stress that brings, means that services to the public suffer. UNISON is calling on its b...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - March 30, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News health and safety health and safety reps hns Stress stress survey Source Type: news

Our park lives are under threat
Open spaces in urban areas have existed for as long as urban areas have existed. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Wonders of the World, while La Alameda de Hércules – a promenaded public mall, garden and park in Seville – was one of the earliest parks, being opened in 1574. Cities such as Paris could revel in formal gardens. London’s equivalent was Vauxhall Gardens, which are believed to have opened before 1660. And Britain started seriously creating parks in our towns and cities in the 19th century, seeing them as ways of helping to improve public health. But those par...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - March 14, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article cuts to local services local government parks Source Type: news

Funding care can lift women workers out of poverty, Welsh councils urged
UNISON Cymru/Wales is asking for meetings with every Welsh council to talk about better funding for the care they commission from non-profit organisations – a more that would lift carers out of poverty. The union wrote to all the councils yesterday, International Women’s Day, warning that thousands of women across the country “are suffering the effects of in-work poverty, despite their dedication in caring for older people”. Extreme financial constraints in the non-profit care sector have seen carers’ supplements for sleep-ins at service users’ homes slashed, along with holiday pay,...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - March 9, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News adult care adult social care care workers community Cymru Wales ethical care charter local government save care now UNISON Cymru/Wales Source Type: news

Health secretary urged to lift NHS pay cap
UNISON is calling on Jeremy Hunt to change tactics and lift the 1% pay cap in the NHS, which it says is causing major problems in the service. The union says that such action is needed now in order to stop the increasing numbers of staff who are leaving. The loss of experienced staff is just one problem facing the NHS at a time of unprecedented pressure. Health Education England figures show that the number of staff leaving the NHS reached 16% last year – a marked increase since 2011. UNISON head of health Christina McAnea has written to the Mr Hunt urging him to lift the 1% pay cap. Thi...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - February 22, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News National Health Service NHS nhs pay pay cap Source Type: news

Dave Prentis tells conference ‘we will campaign against Trump’
Dave Prentis announced UNISON’s official support for Stop Trump UK at the union’s women’s conference in Brighton today, talking about the dangerous times, “times of Brexit and Trump, and the threat to workers’ rights.” But UNISON will always campaign for equality and as part of that, said the union’s general secretary, the union will donate £10,000 to the Stop Trump UK campaign, and fully back the movement. As well as Donald Trump, Mr Prentis talked of UKIP clinging on to the President’s coattails and Paul Nuttal telling sickening lies about los...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - February 16, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article News 2017 National Women's Conference conferences dave prentis women members women members conference 2017 Source Type: news

Blog: Heart unions and celebrate our victories past and future
Our union has a long and proud history of winning for people who work in our public services – and every day, union members, activists and staff defend, protect and support the 1.3 million people who belong to UNISON. We have a huge amount to be proud of but – understandably in these difficult times – we often dwell only on the difficulties, not the victories; only on the struggles, not the successes. I am incredibly proud to be a part of this union and to have the honour of leading it. But the real source of pride is UNISON members, who are delivering world class public services even when times are tough...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - February 9, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News employment rights heart unions heart unions week Heart UNISON rights at work union rights Source Type: news

Right to paid holidays and parental leave under threat after Brexit, says UNISON
UNISON is backing a campaign launched today (Wednesday) to prevent employment rights enjoyed by millions from being scrapped after Brexit. The union is supporting a new bill that aims to ensure protection for employees that has been introduced by the European Union (EU) – and enshrined in British law­ – is not watered down once the UK has left the EU. This includes leave for parents so they can look after their children, legal limits on how many hours employees can work, and the right to take paid holiday and daily rest breaks. Everyone in work –regardless of whether they work in the public or private...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - January 11, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Press release BREXIT employment rights workers rights Source Type: news

Toxic turkey risk over future of meat inspections, says UNISON
Christmas turkey, pigs-in-blankets and meat stuffing could become health hazards under moves to scrap independent abattoir inspectors employed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), says UNISON today (Friday). More than three in five (62%) people would be less confident their festive meat treats would be safe to eat if this were to happen, according to a survey commissioned by the union. The findings are based on responses from nearly 2,000 (1,847) people quizzed over FSA proposals to increase the number of slaughterhouse inspections by private companies. Inspections are currently carried out by government employed staff. But...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - December 23, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release local government meat hygiene meat inspection meat inspectors Source Type: news

All emergency service workers want for Christmas is to be paid their worth
Responding to a TUC analysis published today (Friday) that found emergency service workers have suffered real pay cuts of up to £3,300 since 2011, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Every year emergency service workers put their lives on hold so the rest of us can enjoy the festive season. “We know they are there for us should we need them, often doing unimaginably difficult jobs. “Yet they continue to be paid well below their worth by a government that sees the cost of everything and the value of nothing. “A decent pay rise this year would be a great Christmas present for selfless s...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - December 23, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Energy health pay helath care local government water environment and transport Source Type: news

Working over Christmas? This is for you
Members of the public have given their messages of thanks to public sector workers who keep essential services running over the Christmas holidays. “Thank you for forsaking your Christmas for others, it’s a noble cause”. That’s what one member of the public said when UNISON asked them if they wanted to give a message to those working at Christmas. At UNISON we know that lots of people work on Christmas day. From hospital cleaners, porters, catering staff, nurses, and receptionists to 999 call handlers, homecare workers and many, many more. The people asked to contribute...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - December 15, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article christmas public service champions Source Type: news

West Sussex schools are running out of money – it ’ s time to fund our schools properly and fairly
You might not know it, but some of our schools are running out of money. Take West Sussex for example. When it comes to education, West Sussex is the lowest funded county in the country, and it’s currently facing a financial cliff edge. Schools in West Sussex say they need an additional £20 million from April next year, or they’ll face dramatic cutbacks. That will mean staff won’t be replaced when they leave (and will be under further pressure if they stay), disruptive restructures (which too often lead to cuts in staff or downgrading) will be inevitable, learning support for kids who need it most w...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - December 9, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News school school funding Source Type: news

Teaching assistants urge public to support their dispute with Derby council
Derby teaching assistants – striking today (Thursday) for the eighth time since the city council cut their pay in June – are taking their campaign into the community to get the public to lobby councillors on their behalf. The classroom assistants have been in dispute with their employer since last September when the council announced plans to put them onto term-time contracts. The move means some employees will lose as much as £6,000 a year. The mostly female workforce will be out leafleting today (Thursday) on the streets of Boulton ward in Alvaston where council leader Ranjit Banwait has his seat. UNISO...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - October 6, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis teaching assistants Source Type: news

Finding a way through Brexit
When parliament reconvenes on 7 September, Brexit will be at the top of its agenda. Summer holidays over, it will be time to prepare for the end of an era. It is expected that the two-year process of withdrawal from the EU will be painstakingly negotiated between the UK government and Brussels, from 2017 at the earliest. And UNISON believes it is critical that it plays a part in those negotiations. The trade unions share numerous concerns relating to the Brexit talks, including the need to protect public services, workers’ employment rights and trade union rights. The risk that higher EU protections and standards may...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - September 5, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Magazine anti-racism BREXIT cuts employment rights eu referendum Northern Ireland procurement Save Our Local Services Scotland trade union rights working internationally Source Type: news

Unhealthy development: How DfID promote health privatisation
The recent exposure of the scale of the government’s toxic healthcare privatisation plans has reignited the debate on in whose interest should the NHS be run – patients or shareholders. NHS deficits, caused in part by extortionate Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes, are providing the government with the perfect cover to hand over the most profitable services to private companies. This ideological agenda to commercialise the NHS completely ignores decades of evidence and the expertise of the healthcare profession, driven instead by the interests of private healthcare companies, lobbyists and investors. Unf...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - September 2, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News DfID health privatisation Source Type: news

Colombia still needs human rights monitoring despite peace deal
UNISON’s has welcomed the peace agreement in Colombia as “a major achievement that could lead to real, lasting progress for ordinary Colombians”. But the union’s hed of international affairs Nick Crook also urged the international community to put in place “effective human rights monitoring” in what remains a sensitive time in the South American country. The Colombian government and the Farc rebel group signed their “final, full and definitive” peace accord in Havana on Wednesday, after four years of talks. It ends a 52-year conflict that has killed an estimated 220,000 peopl...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - August 26, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: News colombia international working internationally Source Type: news

A positive frame of mind
UNISON member Darren Buckland is an assistant practitioner with the Community Neurology Service in Nottingham, an integrated NHS and local authority team helping people with neurological conditions. He works primarily with people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. As part of his job he’s been taking part in a project that has started to use mindfulness, a meditative technique, in working with patients – not just with Parkinson’s, but multiple sclerosis, Huntingdon’s disease and epilepsy. Darren and his colleagues spend time with patients, helping them to look at their negative thought process...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - August 12, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Magazine NHS u magazine Source Type: news

Chilcot report: UNISON statement
With the publication of the Chilcot inquiry report on Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war, UNISON has commented with a joint statement by general secretary Dave Prentis and president Eric Roberts. It reads: “After seven long years, the Chilcot inquiry into the invasion of Iraq has published its report. “UNISON opposed the invasion, believing that it was both based on the false premise of Iraq holding weapons of mass destruction and was illegal without a vote in the UN Security Council. “After the invasion, it soon became apparent that neither the UK nor US governments had a post-invasion stra...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - July 6, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News chilcot general secretary international iraq president working internationally Source Type: news

The families of British soldiers and Iraqi civilians deserve nothing less than justice
Dave Prentis, UNISON general secretary: Today the Chilcot report is released after years of waiting. Below is a statement that I have released along with UNISON president Eric Roberts: “After seven long years, the Chilcot inquiry into the invasion of Iraq has published its report. UNISON opposed the invasion, believing that it was both based on the false premise of Iraq holding weapons of mass destruction and was illegal without a vote in the UN Security Council. After the invasion, it soon became apparent that neither the UK nor US governments had a post-invasion strategy; leading to years of instability, civil war ...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - July 6, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News chilcot iraq Source Type: news

UNISON sends solidarity to striking NUT members in England
UNISON has sent a message of support to NUT members in English schools who are taking strike action today. The union has also urged UNISON members to support legal protests and rallies organised by the NUT. “Striking is never an easy option, but the NUT has felt forced to act to protect their pay and working conditions,” said UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis. “Their strike demands – to increase funding to schools and education, guarantee terms and conditions and to resume negotiations on teacher contracts – are just.” Recent government proposals include increasing the number of scho...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - July 5, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News education services local government schools Source Type: news

Corbyn vows to scrap Trade Union Act when in government
Jeremy Corbyn told UNISON delegates today that a Labour government would immediately repeal the Trade Union Act. “We would go further,” the Labour leader said. “We would strengthen trade union and employment rights. We would be a government that says that trade unions are a force for good and a force for equality in our society.” Mr Corbyn was speaking at the National Delegate Conference in Brighton this morning, where was greeted with a standing ovation as he entered the conference hall alongside UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis – and at the conclusion of a speech in which he stressed hi...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - June 22, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: News equal pay eu referendum fighting cuts and privatisation in the NHS labour link living wage Living Wage Foundation NDC NDC16 stop TTIP Source Type: news

Local government staff at breaking point and cutbacks to blame, says UNISON
Local government workers are experiencing unprecedented pressure and stress in the workplace – and government cuts are to blame, says a report from UNISON published today (Wednesday). ­­­­The report – Under Pressure, Underfunded and Undervalued ­­­­– is based on a survey of more than 2,000 local council staff, including teaching assistants, social workers, librarians and carers who look after people in their own homes. The findings highlight how staff morale and working conditions have suffered as a result of government costcutting, with more than half a million jobs in loc...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - June 22, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release heather wakefield local government Source Type: news

Delegates call for action on NJC pay spines
Pay, and particularly the government’s insistence on a 1% pay cap, has a massive impact on members working in all the sectors represented by the service group, UNISON’s local government conference in Brighton heard this afternoon. InHead of local government Heather Wakefield called the pay cap “a poisonous Tory cocktail, eating away at your living standards”, butnoted that there was something good to report – the success in Scotland of winning more than 1% there. “Whatever we do,” said Ms Wakefield, “we must do so in unity”. Speaking on behalf of the national joint...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - June 19, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article lg16 local government local government conference 2016 local government cuts local government pay 2016 local government pay – the National Joint Council (NJC) Source Type: news