University employers improve offer at latest pay talks
Unions representing workers across the UK higher education sector met employers yesterday for the second round of pay talks, and received an improved offer over that made at the first meeting on 26 March. UNISON head of education Jon Richards (above) said: “While the employers made an increase to their opening offer, this still falls far short of the fair claim made by unions. “As negotiations continue, the unions will push for an improved deal at the next meeting later this month.” In March, the university employers said they had “an initial envelop...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 12, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article education services higher ed higher education industrial relations Pay negotiation and bargaining universities Source Type: news

Saving the planet – and your pension
Climate change is an issue that will have an impact on all of us, now and for future generations. One way that we can make a practical difference is in thinking about where our money is invested – specifically where our pension schemes invest their funds on our behalf. UNISON members in England and Wales can make a difference by campaigning through their branches for their local government pension scheme (LGPS) pension fund to pull out of all investments in fossil fuels, commonly known as divestment. A new UNISON report shows that the rate of divestment away from investing in fossil fuels is still far too slow. Accor...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article climate change LGPS pensions pensions divestment Source Type: news

Six months is enough but only if politicians come together
Commenting on the EU’s decision to grant the UK an extension to Brexit until 31 October, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Six months should be enough time to solve the UK’s Brexit quandary, but only if politicians come together and compromise. It’s a sensible move and something UNISON has been calling for. “Thankfully a disastrous no-deal is off the cards for now. But if the PM sticks with her red lines and runs down the clock, that nightmare could soon be upon us again. “The country needs a grown-up relationship with Europe and one that takes account of the June 2016 result....
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release BREXIT dave prentis Source Type: news

Bus lane fines for ambulance crews must end, says UNISON
Ambulance crews are being hit with fines for using empty bus lanes, says UNISON today (Wednesday). Many UK cities are banning ambulances from public transport lanes when it’s not a 999 emergency, according to the union. Many ambulance drivers, who use the lanes to avoid traffic and speed up journeys for patients needing vital care, have received penalties, delegates attending UNISON’s annual health conference in Bournemouth heard. Patients who are in discomfort or need vital treatment such as dialysis could end up stuck in traffic congestion if the fines continue, says UNISON. The clampdown also puts further pr...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 10, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

Nursing associates a ‘ fantastic addition ’ to the NHS team
Andrea Sutcliffe (right) with UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea in Bournemouth The chief executive and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council has praised the hundreds of health workers who have so far become registered as nursing associates. Speaking to UNISON’s health conference yesterday, Andrea Sutcliffe said: “The pride they have in their job is tangible. It drips out of their fingertips. And they are a fantastic addition to the team that is looking after people across the health service in England.” Ms Sutcliffe also paid tribute to UNISON for its help in developing the regu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 10, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Health Conference NHS one team for patient care Source Type: news

Safe staffing a ‘ vital ’ campaign for NHS ’ s frontline staff
The lack of safe staffing on wards and in ambulances is putting patients and staff at risk, UNISON’s health conference heard today. Once again in Bournemouth delegates were told about an aspect of members’ working lives that was causing stress and anxiety, which in turn was leading to people leaving their jobs and even more understaffing. James Anthony (pictured) of the health service group executive said that nurses in hospitals and community settings must be prepared to stand together “and where necessary take industrial action to defend patient care and safe staffing.” Speaking on the motion &ldq...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Health Conference health care NHS staff safe staffing Source Type: news

Hospital staff say patient meals not fit to eat
More than half of hospital staff in England wouldn’t eat food served to patients because it’s unhealthy and of poor quality, according to a survey by UNISON published today (Wednesday). Many NHS employees and those working for private firms, including nurses, porters and those in administrative roles, also reveal nutritious meals aren’t available to buy at work, especially when on night shifts. No free drinking water, poor food-preparation facilities or meals unsuitable for their dietary or religious needs were among other top complaints from more than 300 staff across England. The findings highlight the ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health conference NHS Sara Gorton Source Type: news

‘The government may have ground to a halt – but our union hasn’t ’
“The government may have ground to a halt – but our union hasn’t,” UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis told health delegates in Bournemouth today. In a rousing speech, Mr Prentis then applauded some of the union’s many recent successes in defence of its members, while outlining some of the challenges and aims that lay ahead. To begin, he paid tribute to the members and branches at the forefront of the battle against subsidiary companies in Leeds, Leicester, Mid Yorkshire, Tees, Esk and Wear, Rotherham, Wrightington, and Wigan and Leigh. “This time last year subcos were a looming threat...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Health Conference dave prentis general secretary heath care Source Type: news

Blog: Our position on privatisation? Total opposition
It is great to be in Bournemouth today for our union’s health conference. It’s a special event for me – the first conference I addressed when I first became General Secretary and after the NHS saved my life. It’s where the two organisations that have defined my life – UNISON and the NHS – come together. The values of both are intertwined and mean so much to me, and to our union. A national service, open to all, publicly-owned and publicly run – our NHS is our movement’s greatest achievement. That’s why today I paid special tribute to our members at the forefront of the...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Police staff unions submit pay claim
UNISON, UNITE and GMB have submitted a one-year pay claim on behalf of police staff members in England and Wales. It would take effect from 1 September this year. The claim calls for: a 5% increase on all pay points; 5% increase on standby allowance; he deletion of pay points seven and eight; an additional two days on the minimum annual leave entitlement in the Police Staff Council Handbook, to provide 25 days annual leave on appointment and 30 days leave after five years service; support and encouragement from the police staff council for police forces to sign up to the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter, which provides f...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News industrial relations pay pay negotiating and bargaining police and justice police staff Source Type: news

The country is in the hands of Theresa May ’s flying circus
Speaking to delegates at UNISON’s annual health conference in Bournemouth today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The UK is four days away from a catastrophic no-deal Brexit. The future of the country is in the hands of Theresa May’s flying circus, the clowns and the somersaulting politicians. It’s absolute Mayhem, from indicative votes to meaningful votes, from barneys with Barnier to rucks with Tusk. “The Prime Minister’s circus would be comical if it weren’t so serious. This last year has witnessed the demise of our politics, and the rise in divis...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release 2019 Health Conference BREXIT dave prentis government NHS Source Type: news

Let ’s Go for Growth in May
We loved Grovember so much we’re doing it all again! In May. And given we’re avoiding the wordplay and calling it our “Go for Growth” campaign. If November showed that by acting together we can push our recruitment into growth, May is about developing a sustainable union-wide recruitment and retention plan. UNISON is aiming to run two or three month-long campaigns each year where branches, regions and the centre focus on recruitment and retention and make sure our union continues to grow and grow stronger. The Go for Growth campaign will run from 29 April to 2 June to accommodate bank holidays. Adve...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article activists branches easy joiner Go for growth join online join options recruiting recruiting and organising recruitment retention Source Type: news

UNISON can offer ‘vital’ security for members as Brexit continues to divide the nation
The UK’s exit from the EU could be “profoundly disturbing and destabilising – not just for the economy, but for the NHS and its staff as well,” UNISON’s health conference heard today. “The EU exit continues to divide the nation,” said health service group executive chair Roz Norman. “So it’s vital that our union continues to offer our members security at a time of great uncertainty.” Opening the conference in Bournemouth this morning, Ms Norman told delegates that the ethos behind UNISON’s one team for patient care campaign was never more important than it w...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Health Conference Source Type: news

UNISON to match HOPE not hate donations
UNISON has pledged to match donations made to a HOPE not hate appeal to help tell the story of Robbie Mullen. Mr Mullen helped foil a fascist murder plot when he contacted the charity to let them know that Jack Renshaw was planning to kill MP Rosie Cooper and a policewoman as a political statement. Mr Renshaw – who has now also been revealed as a convicted paedophile – has admitted preparing a terrorist plot and will be sentenced next month. To help HOPE not hate hit its fundraising goal, UNISON is going to double the first £10,000 worth of donations made before Monday lunchtime. “When I read a...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 5, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News anti-fascism anti-racism hope not hate Source Type: news

Environment Agency staff back industrial action over pay
Workers at the Environment Agency are to take industrial action after a below-inflation pay rise was forced on staff earlier this year, UNISON said today (Thursday). Staff overwhelmingly backed industrial action in their demand for a fairer offer than the 1.3% rise they were given back in January.  More than 85% of votes cast supported taking action, which includes stopping unpaid overtime and work travel during personal time. Senior managers at the Agency have refused to make a better offer or hold further talks, despite repeated UNISON efforts. Staff are angered their pay falls short of incr...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release environment agency Source Type: news

Job losses at British Gas ‘disappointing‘
Commenting on the 500 planned redundancies announced at British Gas today (Thursday), UNISON national energy officer Matt Lay said: “Any loss of jobs is disappointing and staff will understandably feel anxious. “We’ll be working closely with British Gas to ensure no compulsory redundancies and affected employees will be able to move to other local sites, receive training to take on new roles or take advantage of the voluntary severance scheme. “UNISON and the GMB have been liaising with the company to minimise the impact of the job losses. So it’s disappointing that some staff found out about ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release British Gas Energy Source Type: news

Job losses at British Gas “disappointing”
Commenting on the 500 planned redundancies announced at British Gas today (Thursday), UNISON national energy officer Matt Lay said: “Any loss of jobs is disappointing and staff will understandably feel anxious. “We’ll be working closely with British Gas to ensure no compulsory redundancies and affected employees will be able to move to other local sites, receive training to take on new roles or take advantage of the voluntary severance scheme. “UNISON and the GMB have been liaising with the company to minimise the impact of the job losses. So it’s disappointing that some staff found out about ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release British Gas Energy Source Type: news

UNISON condemns government ’ s violent crime proposals
UNISON has hit out at the government’s proposals for education and NHS staff to prevent and tackle serious violence. Home Secretary Sajid Javid launched a consultation on Monday, founded on the belief that multi-agency action is needed to deal with one of the UK’s most urgent problems. The proposals put an emphasis on early intervention and prevention with young people. And among the chief questions is whether there should be a “legal duty” on teachers, NHS workers and others in England and Wales to play a part – holding them to account if they don’t. The consultation launch was quickly ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News education further education NHS staff police and justice Source Type: news

UCL staff say: ‘ Bring them in! ’
UNISON held a noisy and good-humoured protest at University College London (UCL) today, as the first part of a campaign to persuade the university to bring outsourced staff back in house. Shouts of “End outsourcing – in house now!” and “UCL – bring them in!” rang around the courtyard, as members, reps and organisers gathered in front of the university’s art gallery, bringing a burst of purple to the grey day. Organiser Madeline Taylor explained that the university “currently outsources its cleaning and catering and security services.” The cleaning and catering staff are...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Bring them in higher education outsourcing Source Type: news

NEC sets policy on Brexit and so much more
“We are very much involved on Brexit – but the union is also doing much more on the major issues which affect public services and public service workers,” general secretary Dave Prentis told the UNISON national executive council when it met. But Brexit was still a key part both of his report and the debate in the meeting. The situation is changing by the minute, the NEC heard as it met just nine days before Britain is due to leave the EU without a deal. Mr Prentis noted that public services unions from across the world are meeting at the PSI Congress tomorrow, and the experience of colleagues dealing with...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News 2019 National Delegate Conference BREXIT national executive council NDC NEC Source Type: news

Any Brexit deal should be put to the country
Commenting on the meeting today (Wednesday) between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Theresa May should have been reaching out across Westminster to find a Brexit solution a long time ago, not just at the tail end of her premiership when she’s little else to lose. “With just nine days to go every effort must be made to avoid a catastrophic no-deal Brexit and protect public services, jobs, wages, the economy and peace in Northern Ireland. “A general election is our preferred option, but until that time, the so-called Norway+ plan, allowin...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release BREXIT dave prentis government Source Type: news

Education unions warn academy trusts over cuts
The UK’s largest academy chain faces a potential dispute with seven education unions [1] over job cuts, low wages and outsourcing. The unions have now registered a failure to agree with London-based Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) which means the trust now has to halt all cuts and outsourcing to allow for last ditch talks at conciliation service ACAS. Unions have been forced into this step by AET’s refusal to engage in meaningful negotiation over a variety of issues. These include AET’s unwillingness to provide essential financial information on its plans for its schools, outsourcing of sc...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release academies academy schools education Jon Richards Source Type: news

UNISON celebrates the “unsung heroes” of local government
Photo: Jess Hurd They are “the unsung heroes of the public sector”, the hundreds of thousands of local government workers who provide the vital services that keep our communities working. UNISON represents 600,000 of them, including social workers, librarians, housing officers, refuse collectors, cleaners, homecare workers, youth workers, environmental health inspectors, and many more. And now the union has launched its Local Service Champions campaign to ensure their efforts are recognised. “We are determined to celebrate our local government members,” said UNISON deputy head of local government Mi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Local Government Conference Local service champions Source Type: news

Liverpool Women ’ s Hospital staff win pay battle
UNISON members at Liverpool Women’s Hospital have won their struggle to secure NHS rates of pay. The domestics, porters, catering and security staff are all employed by a private contractor, OCS, which had refused to pay them the same rate for the job as staff employed directly by the NHS, who had seen their pay rise under last year’s nationally agreed deal. Now, the OCS staff will no longer be paid just the legal minimum wage, but will receive the higher NHS rate. This is worth more than £1 an hour – over £2,000 a year for full-time staff. As part of a three-year deal, staff will also get the...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 2, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Liverpool Liverpool Women's Hospital NHS nhs pay north west region UNISON north west Source Type: news

One wage for all ages
Tessa Ngwiringwiri remembers her first job after leaving college. “It was a one-to-one job,” she says. “So you go into a person’s house and then you do support with them. Making a cup of tea or whatever they need at the time. “And I was getting paid … I’d say I was getting paid £4.50 for an hour to £5, but someone alongside me who was 26 would be getting £7 or £8 an hour. “And you think: ‘I’m doing the same work’. So the only difference there is that in essence, you’re younger. Which for me doesn’t make sense. At the time...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 2, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News living wage minimum wage national minimum wage Year of Young Workers young members Source Type: news

It ’s time for an election to settle Brexit, says UNISON
Commenting on the failure of the Withdrawal Bill, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Theresa May must stop trying to railroad her awful Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament. It’s been rejected three times, but still the Prime Minister won’t take no for an answer. “The PM has tried to impose a deal that no-one truly believes is good for the country. But the government can’t keep repeating the same mistakes and hoping for a different outcome. “The government must now reach out to everyone – other political parties, businesses and unions – to find a way forward that...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release BREXIT deal election Source Type: news

March madness
The phrase “mad as a March hare” is said to stem from the excited behaviour of the European hare during its breeding season, which peaks in the month of March. For anyone living in UK – and the whole of Europe for that matter – the phrase may now forever be associated with British MPs. For most of us, the month was dominated by the madness of Brexit as it came to its heated head. As March closed the UK hadn’t left the EU on time, but the shenanigans dominated the headlines. That said, UNISON’s general secretary Dave Prentis sagely reminded members that Brexit wasn’t the only issue ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Community Conference Bridge the gap environment agency living wage nhs pay Source Type: news

Chief inspector ’ s report ‘final nail in coffin of probation privatisation’
Yesterday‘s damning report by the chief inspector of probation should be the final nail in the coffin of the failed privatisation of the service under former justice secretary Chris Grayling. Dame Glenys Stacey’s report did not mince its words about the system, following the split of probation in England and Wales into a National Probation Service for “serious” offenders and 14 private “community rehabilitation companies”, or CRCs, to handle all other probation services. She called the system “irredeemably flawed,” adding: “Above all, it has proved well-nigh impossible ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article community rehabilitation companies let's fix probation national probation service police and justice privatisation Source Type: news

Blog: The government ’ s Brexit incompetence means no other crisis is receiving scrutiny
Almost three years on from the EU referendum, and another week of Brexit confusion and chaos appears certain. Of course the process of leaving the EU was never going to be a simple one. Our economy, legal system, democracy and society are all intertwined with those of our European neighbours. And yet Theresa May’s catastrophic handling of negotiations with Europe – and her own party – have turned a difficult task into a national embarrassment. The government has shown no capacity to resolve the Brexit riddle and has therefore forfeited its right to do so. MPs must take responsibility this week and seek to...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News BREXIT Source Type: news

Social workers in England – speak up now
Later this year, Social Work England (SWE) takes over from the Health and Care Professions Council as the regulator for social workers in England. SWE is consulting on how it will operate – what its professional standards for social workers should be, its rules on registration and fitness to practice, and its standards and rules for social worker education and training. All of this is important for our members’ careers, so we’re asking all UNISON social worker members in local government, health and community service groups to give us their feedback on the proposals. This will shape UNISON’s respons...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article social work social workers Source Type: news

Proper investment in wages and apprenticeships will help ease NHS staffing crisis, says UNISON
Commenting on the report on the NHS and care workforce published by the Nuffield Trust, the King’s Fund and the Health Foundation today (Thursday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Unless real efforts are made to attract new recruits and stop experienced health workers from leaving, today’s staffing gap problems will still be felt across the entire NHS for years to come. “Pay and better training are key. Last year’s three-year deal has started to make a real difference but the investment behind it cannot be a one-off. Future governments will need to k...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release Apprenticeship Levy apprenticeships NHS staff Sara Gorton social care Source Type: news

Cervical screening return to NHS is welcome, says UNISON
Reacting to the announcement at today’s Public Accounts Committee hearing that the NHS is bringing the cervical screening service back in-house, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “We’re pleased to see the service returning to the NHS, but it should not have been privatised in the first place. “It can be difficult enough to encourage young women to be tested and that becomes even harder when they have no confidence in the results due to this appalling failure. “This was about saving money, yet extra cash had to be found to clear up the mistakes. “Screening servic...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 20, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Press release Source Type: news

Employers urged to help lone workers stay safe
Lone working can be dangerous and employers need to take precautions to protect their workers, with 66% of isolated workers reporting that they had experienced violence and aggression from the public. The shocking figure came at UNISON’s biennial health and safety seminar earlier this week, when Saskia Garnier of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust delivered a keynote speech. Ms Garnier explained that, nearly 33 years after the disappearance (and presumed murder) of estate agent Ms Lamplugh, who was last known to have gone to show a prospective client a property, the circumstances that led to her disappearance are still relevant...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 15, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News health and safety lone workers Source Type: news

UNISON urges vigilance as new minimum wages rates are due
The new national minimum wage rates are set to rise from 1 April – and two decades after UNISON was instrumental in the creation of the wage, the union is urging activists to make sure that employers are paying what they should be. James Anthony, a nurse from Birmingham and chair of the union’s national policy committee said: “Twenty years after it first came in, UNISON remains committed to enforcing the national minimum wage rate for all workers. “Local stewards will no doubt be checking that employers are compliant. The next step we want to see is a move to a £10 an hour living wage regardle...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 15, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News living wage national minimum wage pay Source Type: news

UNISON says Spring Statement housing proposals don ’ t go far enough
UNISON has welcomed the proposals contained in this week’s Spring Statement to increase housing supply, but warns that they do not go far enough to address the scale of the housing crisis. The key proposals are aimed at boosting housing supply to ensure that the government meets its target of 300,000 new homes by the mid 2020s. They include: £717m from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to deliver 37,000 homes in West London, Cheshire, Didcot and Cambridge; plans to use £3bn to re-establish the Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme. That scheme – introduced by the coalition government but abolished in 20...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 15, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News community housing spring statement Source Type: news

The UK is sleepwalking towards a disastrous no-deal Brexit, says UNISON
Commenting on today’s votes in Parliament (Thursday) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The UK is sleepwalking towards a disastrous no-deal Brexit. “Unless MPs can get their act together quickly, the country will fall off a cliff and there’ll be no coming back. “It’s time for those politicians who genuinely want to reach a deal to come together and defend jobs, wages, public services and peace in Northern Ireland. “That has to include a customs union and a close relationship with the EU, not the no-deal Brexit favoured by the hardliners on the Tory backbenches.” Not...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Liz Chinchen Tags: News Press release dave prentis Source Type: news

Little today for struggling local services, says UNISON
Commenting on the spring statement today (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “As usual there was little for struggling local services. Schools, social care, hospitals and youth services are all begging for extra resources. “Urgent help is needed to deal with growing problems caused by almost a decade of harsh spending cuts. But a government paralysed by Brexit is unable to respond to their plight. “The Chancellor’s statement will be swiftly forgotten, but the consequences of inaction will continue to scar communities for generations to come.” Notes to editors: – UNIS...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 13, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Press release BREXIT chancellor dave prentis spring statement Source Type: news

PM is still serving up a bad Brexit deal, says UNISON
  Commenting on today’s meaningful vote, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Two months may have passed since the last vote, but the PM’s bad deal remains the same. Her failure to negotiate a better deal risks a catastrophic no-deal Brexit that would crash the economy and harm public services. “Thanks to her government’s negligence, working people are still no closer to knowing what Brexit means for them, their families, their jobs or the public services many help provide. “The UK needs a deal that protects rights at work, jobs, wages and the hard-won peace secure...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 13, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Press release BREXIT EU Source Type: news

Blog: It ’ s time to Bridge the Gap
As a trade union, fighting for decent pay for working people is in our DNA. As Britain’s biggest organisation for women, fighting for gender equality is at the heart of everything we do. It’s no surprise then that ending the gender pay cap is a critical priority for UNISON. Right now, men earn 18% more than women in the UK, and though the gap has narrowed in recent decades, that’s still a huge disparity between men and women in the workplace. The battle to end the gender pay gap is far from won – that’s why we’ve launched our Bridge the Gap campaign. The gender pay gap is a blight on ou...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 12, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Bridge the gap gender pay gap Source Type: news

Chancellor should ditch the two-child limit to universal credit and tax credits, says UNISON
The chancellor should use tomorrow’s spring statement to scrap the rules that penalise low-income families applying for universal credit and tax credits, says UNISON today (Tuesday). Any parents currently applying for universal credit only get help for the first two children, if their younger sons or daughters were born on or after 6 April 2017. UNISON believes this approach is unfair and is causing serious financial hardship for some of the UK’s poorest families. The government had originally intended to apply this two-child rule to any family that applied for universal credit, regardless of when any third, fo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 12, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release repeal two child limit tax credits Universal credit Source Type: news

Please help stop another cruel right to stay refusal
UNISON member Grahame French urgently needs your help. Mr French is struggling to understand why the Home Office is trying to split him and his wife up. A Jamaican national, Pauline Taylor-French has lived in the UK – entirely legally – for 17 years, working as a carer until the Home Office barred her from working, even though the couple fulfilled the criteria for her to stay. UNISON is currently helping, but Mr French has also set up a petition on the 38 Degrees site. Here, you can read a more detailed explanation of the case and sign the petition. Please also pass it on through your social media networks. We ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News immigration Source Type: news

Liverpool Women ’ s Hospital staff escalate strike over unfair pay
Liverpool Women’s Hospital staff employed by the private company OCS have resumed their strike this week, taking action today (Monday) with more planned for Wednesday. The staff previously took one day of action on 25 February after a unanimous vote in favour of striking. More than 40 staff who work as cleaners, catering staff, porters and security officers joined the strike, which has been provoked by the refusal of OCS to pay them the NHS rate for the job. OCS staff on the minimum wage are paid £1 an hour less than if they were on the NHS rate – which costs them up to £2,150 this year alone. ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Liverpool Liverpool Women's Hospital nhs pay north west region UNISON north west Source Type: news

Speaking up for tenants
The National Housing Federation (NHF) is consulting on a draft plan, Together with Tenants, that proposes giving tenants a greater voice in influencing decision-making in housing. This would re-balance the relationship between housing association providers and their tenants and residents, as well as rebuild trust. The government-backed plan, which is also supported by Labour,  is a response to the Grenfell fire tragedy. This exposed the powerlessness of tenants to have their views heard and acted upon. The plan sets out draft proposals aimed at ensuring that housing association boards are accountable to their ten...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article community housing Source Type: news

Blog: When UNISON wins, women win – today, and every day
Today is International Women’s Day, when across the world we celebrate the achievements of women and call for greater equality. As not only the UK’s biggest union for women, but the largest organisation for women in the UK, it’s a big day for UNISON and our members. Everything that happens in our union begins with our membership – and as I told UNISON Women’s Conference only a few weeks ago, that means it’s the priorities of UNISON women that drive our agenda. I’m so proud of that – because achieving that was a battle that we fought and won together. 25 years ago, when UNISO...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Mark Ferguson Tags: General secretary's blog News international women's day Source Type: news

Low-paid mothers are being unfairly hit by changes to child benefit, says UNISON
Struggling families are losing out on hundreds of pounds a year as a result of changes to child benefit over the past decade, says UNISON today (Friday). According to the report, Child Benefit – Still Under Attack, changes made by the government since 2010 have hit hard-pressed families and their pockets. A family with two children is now £450 a year worse off than they would have been in 2010. This is when the coalition government decided increases to child benefit would be calculated using the consumer price index (CPI) instead of the retail index price (RPI). In the following three years child benefit was fr...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release child benefit Christina McAnea government Source Type: news

Don ’t be hoodwinked by PM’s promises on workers ’ rights, warns UNISON
Commenting on the government’s announcement about workers’ rights, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Any guarantees about protecting existing and ensuring future employment rights must be in the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement. “Anything less, and the promises aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. “European laws have made working in the UK safer and better. Brexit mustn’t mean UK employees become the cheapest to hire and the easiest to fire. “No-one should be hoodwinked into thinking that this is a good deal for workers. It isn’t.&rdquo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 5, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release workers rights Source Type: news

Immigration advice as Brexit approaches
With less than a month to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, many members, who are EU citizens or who have family members who are EU citizens are still worried about their status after Brexit. UNISON provides free immigration telephone advice to members who have come to work in the UK have come to work in the UK from a country outside the UK. We work with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) to provide this support. If you have been a member of UNISON for more than four weeks and need immigration advice and information, please call UNISON Direct at 0800 0 857 857. Your contact details will be p...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News BREXIT EU Citizens immigration welfare Source Type: news

Immigration advice as we close on Brexit
With less than a month to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, many members, who are EU citizens or who have family members who are EU citizens are still worried about their status after Brexit. UNISON provides free immigration telephone advice to members who have come to work in the UK have come to work in the UK from a country outside the UK. We work with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants to provide this support. If you have been a member of UNISON for more than four weeks and need immigration advice and information, please call UNISON Direct at 0800 0 857 857. Your contact details will be passed o...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News BREXIT EU Citizens immigration welfare Source Type: news

Blog: Five weeks is too long
It’s important to remember – when our government so often claims that there isn’t enough money to provide decent public services – that we live in the sixth richest country in the world. Yet under that same government, a million people are reliant on foodbanks. That’s a national disgrace. In the 12 months to 31 March 2018 the Trussell Trust’s foodbank network distributed 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis – a massive 13% increase on the previous year. To put that into perspective, that’s equivalent to a food parcel for every single UNISON member. ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News food banks Universal credit Source Type: news

New report shows devastating impact of council cuts
Councils across England have been forced to sell buildings and land to pay for services and even redundancy packages, a new report published today show. The report – a collaboration between The Huffington Post, regional journalists and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism – “illustrates the transformative nature that almost 10 years of austerity has had on our communities,” said UNISON head of local government Jon Richards. Among a raft of findings, the investigation showed that one in six councils in England have used a total of £381m from selling buildings and land to pay for cost cutting ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News austerity council cuts cuts to local services local governemnt The Damage Source Type: news