Environment Agency unions seek meeting on ‘indefensible’ pay offer
UNISON and the other trade unions representing Environment Agency staff are seeking an urgent meeting with environment secretary George Eustice, to discuss the ‘indefensible’ pay offer to their members. In a strongly-worded letter today, the unions assert that: “It will be a source of national embarrassment that, with the UK government hosting world leaders at COP26 in Glasgow later this year, you are failing to invest in the very staff who will play a key role in delivering UK government policies to tackle climate change.” Donna Rowe-Merriman, UNISON’s national secretary for business, communi...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - August 13, 2021 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News environment agency WET Source Type: news

UNISON campaign to protect East Midlands NHS jobs pays off
A UNISON campaign to protect the jobs of over 10,000 NHS staff has been backed by the new University Hospitals of Northamptonshire (UHN) NHS Group. A signed agreement which lasts until the end of 2024 recognises the contribution made by NHS workers during the pandemic and aims to ensure job security under the merger of Northampton General Hospital and Kettering General Hospital trusts. Mark Smith, chief people officer for UHN, signed UNISON’s job protection agreement to show his commitment to safeguard the employment of staff and offer reassurances as the new group model moves forward. UNISON is u...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - August 2, 2021 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News East Midlands NHS Source Type: news

It ’s #NotTooMuchToMask
As the final coronavirus restrictions across England are lifted and the legal requirements to wear a face mask and social distance come to an end, leading healthcare organisations, charities, unions and medical professionals have joined forces to support the public to make sensible choices that can keep themselves and others safe from infection. Launching a new campaign #NotTooMuchToMask, the group, led by the NHS Confederation, alongside a host of other organisations are encouraging everyone to keep protecting themselves and each other from catching or passing on coronavirus at a time when cases are soaring, and hosp...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - July 19, 2021 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Christina McAnea Covid-19 face masks Source Type: news

Energy conference tackles climate change and equality
UNISON’s energy service group today held the first UNISON conference to take place online. But after vice president James Anthony (pictured above) had explained this, delegates were more concerned with trying to make history of a different kind, with an agenda that was dominated by the struggles against climate change and for equality. Angela Greenhalgh, the chair of the national energy committee, spoke briefly of the impact of COVID-19 on the sector, with the loss of jobs a serious concern. They were subjects that would come up throughout conference. Ms Greenhalgh observed that there was a vital need “for new ...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - June 10, 2021 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2021 Energy Conference Source Type: news

Majority of nursing staff have experienced sexual harassment at work, survey shows
Three in five nurses (60%) have experienced sexual harassment at work, according to a survey published today (Thursday) by UNISON and Nursing Times. More than 2,000 nursing staff and students took part in the research, which shows that ​incidents ​of sexual harassment are almost commonplace, with staff targeted by patients, family and friends of those in their care, and their own health colleagues. Some said they were expected to put up with abusive behaviour because it ​was seen as “just part of the job”, while a number described it happening so frequently that it ha​d become “normal&rd...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - June 2, 2021 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nurses sexual harassment Source Type: news

UNISON responds to the situation in East Jerusalem and Gaza
UNISON has expressed its deep concern about the escalation of tensions in East Jerusalem in recent weeks, including the scenes at al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan. The union has also condemned the violence and the bombing of Gaza, and expressed its regret at the tragic loss of life and injuries to Palestinians and Israelis. The escalation has happened in part due to the planned evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, in addition to the police raid on al-Aqsa and increasing restrictions on Palestinians in East Jerusalem. The families have lived i...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - May 12, 2021 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News international Palestine Source Type: news

Government must do more to persuade care staff to have the jab
Reacting to NHS data showing that care home staff vaccination rates in the majority of English local authorities are below the level recommended by SAGE scientists, UNISON senior national social care officer Gavin Edwards said: “Ministers know the areas where vaccination rates are low, but for some reason they aren’t taking the targeted action needed to increase ​the numbers. “Faced with the same challenge, governments around the world rolled up their sleeves and worked with local authorities, unions and employers to drive-up care staff vaccination numbers. ​But ​in En...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - April 16, 2021 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Gavin Edwards vaccination Source Type: news

Chancellor must use the budget to show  social care really matters
Responding to a survey by a coalition of care organisations issued today (Tuesday) that found two thirds of MPs polled backed a multi-billion-pound investment in social care, UNISON senior national officer Gavin Edwards said:  “The case for the wholesale reform of the UK care system has never been stronger. Even MPs from rival parties agree the time has come to stop kicking the problem into the long grass. “Rishi Sunak must use his budget to send out the message that social care is a crucial public service, just like the NHS. He must make the cash available to fully...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - March 2, 2021 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release budget care Source Type: news

Blog: We ’re not martyrs, we’re fighting for change
Think of the working-class women of Glasgow leading rent strikes in 1915. The machinists at Ford, downing tools to get what they deserved in the 1960s. And the Greenham Common peace protesters of the 1980s or the care workers taking to the streets to demand equal pay in 2018. Every International Women’s Day, all of us – women and men together – celebrate women’s history and recognise our global struggles. And we commit to keep working together to win. International Women’s Day this year is Monday 8 March and the theme around the world is #ChooseToChallenge, and that’s exactly what one mi...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - March 1, 2021 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Christina McAnea international women's day Source Type: news

Saving the lives of the workers who are saving our lives
When the COVID-19 pandemic broke, there was a rush to find personal protective equipment (PPE) for key workers. But in the urgency to stay safe, nobody stopped to question who was making the PPE, and whether they were safe too. With billions of pounds spent on PPE and other life-saving equipment since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the extent to which the public purse is contributing to, or is complicit in, human rights violations globally has worsened. In June 2020, a Channel 4 news investigation revealed the shocking exploitation of migrant workers at Top Glove factories in Malaysia who churn out Personal Protective Equipmen...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - September 28, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article Covid-19 human rights international procurement Source Type: news

Safety measures must be the priority to tackle increased infection spread
Monday 21 September 2020 ​For immediate release Safety measures must be the priority to tackle increased infection spread, says UNISON Commenting on the government’s latest scientific briefing ​today (Monday) on increasing Covid-19 infection rates, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The situation is spiralling out of control and the measures in place so far aren’t working. Confusing messages and mixed signals from ministers aren’t helping either. “There’s simply no time for complacency. The government ​must ​make public safety ​a priority. “S...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - September 21, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus public services Source Type: news

New survey will reveal state of NHS staff car parking
UNISON has launched a survey of NHS staff in hospitals, to get a fuller understanding of what is happening about free car parking for workers as the lockdown eases. Hospital parking has been free for NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, while local authorities and private providers have also offered free parking to health and social care staff. At the beginning of July, the prime minister confirmed that parking would remain free until the end of the pandemic. In addition, NHS England People Plan, which was published at the beginning of August, stated that: “NHS organisations should continue to give their people fr...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - August 21, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 hospital car parking charter NHS Source Type: news

UNISON wins Access to Work victory
UNISON has won a major victory for disabled workers, after the Department for Work and Pensions announced that new help will be available to disabled people who are working at home, with Access to Work extended to include support for specialist equipment, travel costs and mental health. UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea wrote to the Chancellor in July calling for a “culture change in UK employers” so that disabled people who want to, can work from home, with additional funding for Access to Work to better enable that. UNISON also met Treasury officials in July, when they were able to lay out t...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - August 19, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News access to work Christina McAnea disabled members Source Type: news

Police unions seek improvement of pay offer
The police staff trade unions – UNISON, Unite and GMB – have agreed to go back to the employers to seek an improvement for low-paid police staff on the current pay offer for 2020. The offer, made on 22 July, is for: 2.5% increase on all pay points with effect from 1 September 2020; 2.5% increase on standby allowance with effect from 1 September 2020; Without prejudice talks on police staff apprenticeship pay. However, this falls far short of the unions’ pay claim, which included a 6.5%, or £1,200, increase in police staff pay and 6.5% increase in standby allowance and away from home overnight allo...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - August 3, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News police and justice police staff police staff pay Source Type: news

Napier staff to be balloted over planned redundancies
UNISON is to ballot for strike action at Edinburgh Napier University, after the employer moved to make at least 60 staff compulsorily redundant. The union is also calling on Richard Lochhead, the minister for higher and further education, to intervene and enforce the Scottish government’s much vaunted fair work standards.  The announcement came as the university made the move before student recruitment income is clear and before less drastic alternatives have been exhausted. Members at Napier should receive their ballots from the middle of next week, and the union is urging people to back their representatives a...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - July 15, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News higher education Scotland Source Type: news

Vital health staff must feel valued and supported
Commenting on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s annual registration report published today (Thursday), UNISON national nursing officer Stuart Tuckwood said: “Overseas nurses ​have been on the front line providing vital care throughout the pandemic. Ministers must make them feel welcome and treat them fairly by keeping promises to drop the health surcharge and provide refunds ​for fees already incurred. “Although ​staffing numbers are heading in the right direction, there’s a long way ​​to go before the 100,000 vacancies across t...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - July 8, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Article News Press release nurse Stuart Tuckwood Source Type: news

Money for public services would mean a quicker recovery
Responding to the summer economic statement today (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Chancellor has firmly closed the door on the damaging austerity of the past decade. “But while there’s much for young people, the energy sector and UK businesses to celebrate, there’s next to nothing for public services and the workers who’ve kept the country going through the last few difficult months. “Proper investment in our public services would help speed the country back to recovery and more prosperous, certain times. It would heal over the deep cracks in care ...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - July 8, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Article News Press release chancellor dave prentis Source Type: news

Blog: We must recommit ourselves to the fight against racism in all its forms
The murder of George Floyd is another example of the racism that blights US society. There are those who would claim that the situation in the UK is different, but that’s not true. Racism, in all its forms, remains a part of our society. It exists when Black workers get paid less than someone else doing the same job or when they’re passed over for jobs that similarly or less qualified colleagues are appointed to. It exists when you’re more likely to be fined for breaching Coronavirus restrictions if you’re Black. And it exists too in the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities. The ...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - June 1, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Low-paid  hospital staff to get a pay rise
Thousands of low–paid health workers employed by private company Medirest are to get a pay rise, says UNISON today (Friday). The 2,200 staff, who provide cleaning, portering and catering services in NHS hospitals across England, will see their pay increase by an average of 5 per cent from the beginning of next month.  Hourly rates for the lowest paid workers will rise from around £8.75 to £9.21 an hour, bringing their pay in line with NHS staff doin...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - May 15, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea Compass hospital Medirest pay Source Type: news

There for You launches COVID-19 response fund
There for You is UNISON’s unique charity, set up to help members in difficulties – and this year, the COVID-19 crisis is making life harder for many of our already-stretched members. Because more of you are struggling, There for You has set up a special fund to respond to calls for help needed especially because of the pandemic, with £250,000 set aside to help members. Carol Sewell is a trustee for the charity – and a member of the union’s national executive council. She explains that, for a number of weeks, a team including herself and head of welfare Julie Grant, have been looking “at ...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - May 5, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News coronavirus Covid-19 there for you unison welfare Source Type: news

Record numbers join UNISON
Public service champions working to deal with the coronavirus crisis are joining the union in record numbers as they seek support and security. The latest figures show that the union has grown by almost 16,000 members since the beginning of the year. That came after some 62,000 new members joined UNISON in the last three months – with record numbers signing up in the last few weeks. That is “a sign of how worried people are,” said general secretary Dave Prentis. “People are joining the union for advice and security at this worrying time. And they are turning to UNISON because our workplace reps and ...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - April 20, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article activists Go for growth recruiting and organising recruitment Source Type: news

Testing increase welcome, but government must be careful not to overpromise, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement by health secretary Matt Hancock today (Thursday) that the government is aiming to conduct 100,000 tests by the end of April, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Testing is key in the fight against the virus. It’s clear the UK isn’t doing enough. We can’t waste another minute. “But the government must be realistic about what’s possible and not overpromise. Delivering over the coming weeks will be crucial to how both frontline staff and the wider public view the government’s ability to manage the crisis. “Many NHS and care staf...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - April 2, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release care workers coronavirus coronavirus testing dave prentis NHS Source Type: news

Promises of protective equipment alone won ’t keep people safe, says UNISON
Promises of personal protective equipment (PPE) alone won’t keep NHS, care, police and other essential workers safe, says UNISON today (Tuesday) as the union urges the Prime Minister to ensure all staff get the protection they need. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has written to Boris Johnson demanding he takes action to ensure all hospitals, care homes, police forces and council services have the sanitiser, gowns, masks and gloves needed to keep staff safe. While supplies of PPE have clearly got through to parts of the UK’s public services, UNISON is concerned there are still many wor...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - March 31, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Article News Press release coronavirus dave prentis PPE public services Source Type: news

Don ’t push key workers and the vulnerable to the back of the queue, says UNISON
Ministers and supermarkets must work together to ensure key workers and the vulnerable get the food they need, says UNISON today (Friday). The union says there must be co-ordinated measures to prioritise health staff and other public service workers who are unable to buy even the basics at the end of their shifts because of the widespread panic buying. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Sadly the time has come for ministers to take more decisive action to avoid key workers and vulnerable people being left without food after selfish and irresponsible stockpiling. “Government calls for people not to hoa...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - March 20, 2020 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus dave prentis NHS staff public services Source Type: news

12 Labour pledges for public services
When Labour published its manifesto for next week’s general election, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis welcomed it, saying: “I commend this manifesto to UNISON members because it’s a manifesto that reflects the priorities of our union. It shows why Labour is the best party for public services.” But why does Dave  think voting for Labour next Thursday is the best course for UNISON members? Here are 12 instances where Labour has listened to UNISON – and included what we want in the party’s manifesto. These are big wins for all our members, for their families, their communities an...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - December 4, 2019 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article activists ge19 general election 2019 labour link Labour Party Source Type: news

Reserved (low pay) seat threshold for 2020
UNISON’s principles of proportionality and fair representation means that some seats on elected bodies, including the NEC, are reserved for women and low-paid members, so that the make-up fairly represents the wider union. The definition of “low paid” reflects the median gross weekly earnings for all jobs (full time or part time) and is revised each year. The median gross weekly earnings figure for 2019/20 has been calculated in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings at £479.10, a 4.2% increase on last year. This means the cut-off wage for election to reserved (low pay) seats in the union is now &p...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - November 8, 2019 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News activists elections Source Type: news

Labour plans will transform working lives of women
Commenting on Labour’s proposals to improve the workplace for women, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Thursday): “Balancing work with caring for children or elderly parents and running a home can be a struggle for many women. “Good employers know that paying women fairly, offering them generous maternity leave and pay packages, along with flexible working, support through the menopause and a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment can significantly ease that burden. “It also makes for sound business sense as motivated staff, who feel supported ...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - November 8, 2019 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea labour women Source Type: news

Fighting sexual harassment and standing up for disabled workers
Delegates took part in an impassioned debate on sexual harassment in the workplace in the final session of national conference in Liverpool, while also voting unanimously for 2021 to be designated the Year of Disabled Workers. Pat Heron (pictured), speaking on behalf of women’s conference, argued that, with over a million women members UNISON must lead the way on fighting sexual harassment.  “We must lead the way,” she said, “encouraging our branches and our women to come forward. “We are all complacent if we don’t speak out,” she said. “Members need to know UNISON will ...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - June 24, 2019 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article disabled members National Disabled Members sexual harassment women members young members Source Type: news

Care staff forced to sleep in offices and not wash
This report demonstrates how much sleep-in staff are relied upon. “They’re effectively keeping the care system on its feet. Yet workers are hugely undervalued by employers and paid poverty wages. “It’s totally unacceptable to leave staff to sleep in offices, and not protect them from abuse. “More staff could quit their jobs if employers don’t act, leaving care even more in crisis.” UNISON is now calling on employers to improve sleep-in working conditions such as providing somewhere safe and clean to sleep, carrying out proper risk assessments, and for the government to fund the bac...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - June 17, 2019 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Alison Charlton Tags: News Press release care homes dave prentis Source Type: news

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