Blog: This Christmas, UNISON members will be working around the clock
As we get into the final weeks of the year, many people will begin to think about Christmas. For most that means shopping, cooking and spending time with loved ones. But for many UNISON members, this special time of year isn’t a time of rest, it’s a time of work. In hospitals, care homes and police stations around the country, UNISON members will be working around the clock, serving our communities and our loved ones as they always do. One of the greatest honours and privileges of being your General Secretary is that I get to meet so many incredible public service workers. Of course, UNISON members don’t ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Learning to excel
Growing up in Armagh during The Troubles was not a time for lofty ambitions. You left school, you got a job. And that’s how it was for Lucia McKeever. But then, with encouragement from her trade union, her horizons started to widen considerably. Lucia rose through the ranks of first COHSE, then UNISON, before serving as UNISON president from 2014 to 2015 – the first Northern Irish member to hold that office. Now, as she prepares to step down from the union’s National Executive Council (NEC), she wants to encourage others to take the same journey. “I left school at 16. I hadn’t even a spirit le...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Magazine activists' learning learning and organising lifelong learning return to learn Source Type: news

That was the year that was – the year in UNISON
January saw the union launch a campaign to encourage local government pension funds to divest from carbon – in other words, to pull their hard-earned money out of environment-unfriendly businesses. Some £16bn of local government pension funds is invested in fossil fuels and, with five million members in those schemes, the campaign can make an impact. Later that month, the higher education service group conference met in Chester. “We have to stand up for our members’ rights,” delegates agreed – particularly in the face of Brexit. Just over 10% of all university workers come from elsewher...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article campaigning care workers equal pay equality health care Industrial action local government organising recruiting recruiting and organising success Source Type: news

England ’s school staff asked to vote on effect of cuts
School support staff in England will be asked whether they are prepared to take industrial action over the way central government cuts are affecting their jobs and employment. UNISON will hold an on-line indicative ballot in January, asking school workers across England about the issue. Education is a devolved issue in Cymru/Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. “The ballot gives us an opportunity to get into schools and raise funding concerns with members,” says national secretary Jon Richards. “The employment issues they face are linked to cuts in funding and that is why we are conducting the ballot.&rd...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News cuts education cuts education services England Industrial action local government school cuts schools Source Type: news

Reserved (low pay) seat threshold for 2019
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 2018/19 has been calculated in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings at £460, a 2.6% increase on last year. This means the cut-off wage for election to reserved (low pay) seats in the union is now &poun...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News activists elections Source Type: news

UNISON celebrates historic month of growth
More people joined UNISON in November than in any single month in the union’s 25 year history, figures released today show. Over 18,000 people joined the UK’s biggest union last month, during a month-long recruitment and retention drive that saw the whole union – at branch, regional and national level – work together. General secretary Dave Prentis said: “Over the past month, our whole union has come together and delivered something special. “During November, we recruited over 18,000 new members, making it the best recruiting month in UNISON’s 25-year history. “But more than ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article easy joiner grovember join online Source Type: news

FE members to be consulted over pay offer
UNISON members working in further education in England are to be consulted over an offer from the employer of 1%, or £250, whichever is the greater. Wages in the sector have fallen by over 25% in the past decade. When negotiations opened in July, the unions asked for 5% or £1,500, whichever was greater. The Association of Colleges suggested that it wanted to make a substantial award but that that depended on funding from central government to pay for it. In August, the association was told that no new funding would be made available – and the government has since tried to divert attention by suggesting th...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News FE pay further education Source Type: news

Save Our Services blog: The environmental health officer ’s tale
For SOS Day on 6 December, we asked our members working in safety related roles, such as environmental health, trading standards, social services and many others, to tell us about the reality of working to keep their communities safe under years of austerity. Here is the account of an environmental health officer. As an environmental health officer, I’m responsible for… …inspecting homes to make sure that standards are met and to improve the quality of homes. I conduct criminal investigations to prosecute rogue landlords who rent unlicensed and dangerous shared accommodation. Increasingly, we ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Blogs SOS local government Save Our Local Services save our services Source Type: news

There must be no blurred lines between volunteers and NHS staff
Commenting on the King’s Fund report into the use of volunteers in the NHS published today (Tuesday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The pressures on the NHS are indeed immense, and volunteers have a role to play. But they cannot, and should never, take the place of paid employees. “With resources so stretched across the NHS, health workers know they can’t always spend the quality time they’d like with patients. But if volunteers can help someone feel less anxious about their hospital stay, that helps staff too. “Health workers need reassurances that volunteers aren’t goi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release Kings Fund NHS volunteers Source Type: news

Axing millions from youth work puts futures at risk, says UNISON
Young people’s futures are being put at risk as a result of the government axing £13.3m from youth services across the UK in just three years, according to a UNISON report published today (Monday). The report – Youth Services at Breaking Point – reveals that between 2016 and 2019*, nearly 900 youth worker jobs have been cut and at least 160 youth centres have closed their doors. Youth Services at Breaking Point is based on responses to a freedom of information request (FoI), which was sent to all UK local authorities that provide youth services, and from a survey of youth workers employed by council...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Press release austerity local government young members Source Type: news

Remember, remember, glorious Grovember
After the union was officially recognised as the UK’s biggest (have we mentioned that already?), November – or Grovember, as we renamed it – saw everyone at UNISON energised around boosting membership to make us “stronger together”. Activists everywhere hit the floor running, signing up new members around the regions. Stalls were staged, floors walked and dogs nominated as Grovember mascots – well, one called Oscar (pictured above) was – and all in all, it was a rip-roaring success. LGBT conference met in Harrogate, where delegates unanimously backed a call to change the group name...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 30, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2018 LGBT Conference grovember Our Health Heroes Awards show racism the red card stars in our schools Source Type: news

Blog: Decent quality care is something which benefits the whole community
It was great to be in Lewisham this morning to see another council sign UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter. Mayor Damien Egan – elected only a few months ago – made signing our pledge for decent care, decent pay and decent conditions one of his election promises. So it was my pleasure to sign the charter on behalf of UNISON alongside him this morning. They become the latest of many local authorities to show their dedication to their most vulnerable residents. I was also pleased to see care workers invited to be part of the signing ceremony. That’s because today was about more people signing a piece of p...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News ethical care charter Source Type: news

Grimethorpe dinner ladies save their jobs
Dinner ladies at Ladywood school in Grimethorpe return to work today, having seen off a bid to make them all redundant. The school meals supervisors in the historic mining village just outside Barnsley, South Yorkshire, had taken 36 days of strike, beginning in September. UNISON reached an agreement with the school management to address the deficit in the school’s budget without any redundancies, due to expected natural staff turnover. The school had planned to have teaching assistants cover the work done by the school meals workers, leading to them joining the strike. “It was completely unacceptable to attempt...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News education services Industrial action local government redundancies redundancy school staff schools yorkshire Source Type: news

Blog: Our union stands against cruel and callous actions of the Israeli government
Everyone deserves the right to be treated with dignity and fairness, protected from violence and fear. Our children deserve that most of all. These rights are enshrined in the UN convention on the rights of the child, which celebrated its 29th anniversary last week. Yet for too many Palestinian children, those rights have been taken from them by the cruel and callous actions of the Israeli government. This morning I was at 10 Downing Street, standing alongside friends from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, to demand that Theresa May take action to end to the mistreatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military dete...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News international Palestine Source Type: news

Blog: Universal credit has been a disaster for the poor and vulnerable – it must be halted
Universal Credit has “real problems”. Not my words but those of Amber Rudd, the fifth Secretary of State for Work and Pensions since 2016. Her description is a masterclass in political understatement. Universal Credit has been a disaster. Now six years behind schedule, each of the programme’s many (and necessary) delays have only served to reveal more of its inherent flaws. Those already suffering from its implementation know only too well the damage it has already caused. And millions more fear being subjected to Universal Credit in future. Only a few weeks ago, MPs on the Work and Pensions Select Commit...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 28, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Universal credit Source Type: news

Margaret Canavan – a true health hero
UNISON member Margaret Canavan (above centre) is officially a health hero after being named ‘operational support worker of the year’ at the Our Health Heroes awards in London. Affectionately known as Mags, Margaret is a ward housekeeper at Belfast City Hospital and has worked in the NHS for over 25 years. In her current role, Mags helped to turn a disused space into a warm and vibrant activity room for patients with dementia and delirium and spent many hours of her own time turning her vision into a reality. She received her award at the third annual Our Health Heroes from UNISON head of health Sara Gorton, who...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article health health care NHS one team for patient care our health Our Health Heroes support staff Source Type: news

Save our services – celebrate our unsung heroes
Join UNISON activists across the country on Thursday 6 December for SOS Day! This year, we are focusing on the role our members in local government play in keeping people safe. Workers in trading standards, environmental health, social services, schools and many others are the unsung heroes of our communities. Cuts to council budgets have put jobs under pressure and our communities at risk. Less money is spent on prevention and enforcement. Staff shortages, long hours and high levels of stress take their toll on staff and risk putting people and communities at risk. Do you work in a service that helps to keep communities s...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article activists local government local government and financing Save Our Local Services Source Type: news

Centrica urged to talk about pension proposals
UNISON has rejected pension proposals from Centrica (British Gas) which would require members to work longer, pay more and get less. The rejection comes in the union’s formal response to the company’s statutory consultation on its proposals, which would affect around 2,000 UNISON members working for British Gas as well as other workers across the business. The proposals include: linking retirement to individual workers’ state pension age, which would be 67 for many; a 3% increase in members’ contributions – following a 3% increase three years ago – while a ‘low-cost option’ ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News Energy gas occupational pensions water environment and transport WET Source Type: news

The search is on for UNISON ’s top young campaigners
Have young members in your region run a brilliant campaign? Do you know an exceptional young UNISON campaigner? If so, we want to hear from you – before 28 December. Nominations are now open for the UNISON Eric Roberts Award 2019, named after our late president and celebrating effective and innovative campaigning by young members – whether on industrial action or wider political issues. The national young members’ forum will decide the winner. She, he or they, will be presented with the award at the 2019 national delegate conference, but their campaign will be submitted to the TUC’s Young Workers Co...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article Eric Roberts Award Eric Roberts Awards national young members forum young workers Source Type: news

Government must give bold hydrogen scheme the go-ahead, says UNISON
Converting homes and businesses to run on hydrogen rather than natural gas could help substantially reduce the UK’s carbon emissions, create thousands of new jobs and provide a much welcome boost to the economy, says UNISON today (Friday). The union, which represents thousands of workers employed in the energy sector, was responding to the H21 North of England report. This sets out plans for how millions of homes and thousands of firms could start being converted to hydrogen from 2028. Commenting on the report, UNISON national officer for energy Matt Lay said: “This is the future. It’s the clean energy su...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Press release Energy Environment & Transport Service Group Source Type: news

Free and based on need? Not for everyone
One thing we like to boast of about the NHS is that health care is free – “at the point of delivery” – and based on patients’ clinical need, not their ability to pay. But that is no longer true for everyone. The NHS Constitution now says that “NHS services are free of charge, except in limited circumstances sanctioned by Parliament”. Those ‘limited circumstances’ include an “immigration health surcharge” for people from outside Europe coming to live and work in the UK on a temporary visa. From December, this will mean paying £400 per person, for e...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Val Johnston Tags: Blogs News campaign health health care health charges NHS Source Type: news

Blog: Democracy, equality, equity and caring for others
It was a great pleasure to be in Glasgow yesterday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the NHS credit union – an organisation whose history is intertwined with that of UNISON and the NHS. When the NHS Credit Union was founded in 1998, it was the brainchild of Robert Rae – then an NHS worker and a UNISON branch secretary, now a UNISON organiser. Robert initially ran the NHS Credit Union out of the old nursing quarters of what was the Southern General Hospital, and he’s someone who everyone who has benefitted from this wonderful credit union owes a great deal. UNISON has been proud to support the NHS Credi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News credit unions Source Type: news

Government ‘short-changing’ nurses on education and training, says UNISON ahead of Westminster debate
UNISON is urging MPs to highlight the urgent need for substantial investment in education and training for nurses and other healthcare staff.   The call comes ahead of a special debate later today (Wednesday) in Parliament on the future of nurse education funding that, the union says, has been severely hit by cuts.   The number of people applying for and taking up places on nursing courses has fallen dramatically, says UNISON, as a result of the government replacing the NHS bursary with tuition fees and student loans.   To make matters worse, there are currently more than 41,000 nursing vacancies in England,...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Press release apprenticeships education and training nurses Source Type: news

Celebrating 20 years of ‘trade unionism and socialism in action’
“Working people, uniting to provide each other with a safe place to keep their savings, and loans at a decent rate – what is that, if not trade unionism and socialism in action?” That was the question asked and answered by Dave Prentis at a ceremony to mark the 20th birthday of the NHS Credit Union in Glasgow this afternoon. The credit union has more than 17,000 members across Scotland and northern England. Since it opened its doors as the Glasgow NHS Employees Credit Union in November 1998, it has helped tens of thousands of health service workers, making over 73,000 loans with a value of &poun...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News credit unions Financial assistance health health care NHS Source Type: news

Blog: UNISON Direct – some of our union ’ s unsung heroes
As part of Grovember, every single part of our union is going the extra mile, as we aim to be a union that’s bigger, better and bolder. One group of staff who provide an incredible service to our members – but often don’t get the praise and credit they deserve – are the team at UNISON Direct. This tight knit group speak with thousands of UNISON members each week by phone and webchat, providing – as a sign in their office says – an excellent service as a central contact point for UNISON. Like everyone in our union, they’ve been working hard this month on recruiting members, with mo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News grovember Unison Direct Source Type: news

Cardiff City wins LGBT branch organising award
UNISON’s LGBT group celebrated its latest recruitment champions this morning, when vice president Josie Bird presented the winners with their awards at conference in Harrogate. “The presidential team are always astounded at how many weekends our LGBT members are out and about at Pride and other community events,” she said. “We’ve learnt from those regions that submitted an application for the awards that these regional groups attended 35 Prides events this past summer. “We also know that not every region submitted an application, so we can only guess that UNISON was proudly out at virtua...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2018 LGBT Conference grovember lgbt recruitment awards Source Type: news

Giving LGBT the plus factor
Moving the first motion in a group debate that spanned the weekend at UNISON’s national LGBT conference in Harrogate, Eileen Best for the national committee explained that, after research, an organising subcommittee had decided to begin the process of changing the group’s name to LGBT+. “We believe it is time to change and will make us more welcoming to future members,” she said. Adding the ‘+’ sign to LGBT would take into account the way in which people identify in different ways – such as viewing themselves as ‘queer’ rather than LG or B – but “it does not...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2018 LGBT Conference rule book Source Type: news

LGBT delegates hear of the need for more safe spaces
In a busy afternoon session in Harrogate, delegates at UNISON’s LGBT conference welcomed guest speaker Alison Lowe to address them about the need to create safe spaces for all. Ms Lowe (pictured) is the chief executive for Touchstone – an organisation providing mental health and wellbeing services to people in West Yorkshire that was created in 1982. Explaining that Touchstone is “always inclusive, from the bottom to the top”, and is a “really safe place to work,” she said that that was a substantial part of the reason behind its having won a number of awards over the years. Ms Lowe, who...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2018 LGBT Conference Source Type: news

LGBT conference backs message on transphobia
On a busy morning at the first plenary session of UNISON’s LGBT conference in Harrogate today, delegates sent out a strong message to those who peddle transphobic intolerance, as they unanimously backed a composite motion tackling the issue – and others dealing with related issues. David Bell from Yorkshire and Humberside told the hall: “trans women are women; trans men are men and trans rights are human rights”. Jenny Antonio from the Black caucus pointed out that research by Stonewall that revealed the high levels of abuse that trans people face. One delegate told conference of a situation of a fe...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2018 LGBT Conference LGBT members transgender discrimination transphobic Source Type: news

Growing into Grovember
Across all our regions, throughout the month of Nov… sorry, GROvember, UNISON activists have been spreading the message that we’re #strongertogether. We’ve picked out a few actions from our members to give you a tiny flavour of what’s happening. Using the hashtag #joinUNISON, Eastern region brought us sight of another health hero signing up to join UNISON at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (pictured above) and said that staff were “flocking” to the stall to join. Meanwhile, Elliot Dean used Twitter to say that “lots of new members” were joining at Chesterf...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article grovember recruitment Source Type: news

UNISON comments on health think-tank joint briefing into staffing shortfall in the NHS
14 November 2018 Embargo: 00.01hrs Thursday 15 November 2018 UNISON comments on health think-tank joint briefing into staffing shortfall in the NHS  Commenting on the latest joint briefing by the King’s Fund, the Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust into shortages of staff in the NHS, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “This briefing reminds us all of the damage inflicted on the NHS by the repeated failure to plan, fund and support the health and care workforce. “Instead of investing in staffing, ministers introduced restrictive immigration policies and cut trai...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: News Press release care workers NHS NHS funding Sara Gorton social care staff shortages Source Type: news

Blog: Getting ready for ‘ walk round week ’
Already this month, an incredible amount of work has gone into Grovember – our whole union campaign to grow UNISON even bigger, better and bolder. I know that UNISON branches across the country have been ramping up recruitment activity, and all UNISON staff have been working to find extra ways they can do more. Two weeks into November, and it’s clear that we’re making progress – but we need to make sure that every single person in our union is playing their part. Growing our union is about ambition, confidence and visibility. UNISON members value us more when they see us regularly – and around...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News grovember Source Type: news

UNISON reacts to Brexit draft deal between the UK and the EU
Wednesday 14 November 2018 For immediate release UNISON reacts to Brexit draft deal between the UK and the EU Commenting on the news that the Prime Minister has secured a Brexit deal between the UK and the EU, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “More than two years after the referendum, Theresa May is still prioritising party over country. “Any deal that fails to protect public services, defend rights at work and avoid a hard border in Ireland is a deal that’s bad for all of us. Theresa May is in power but she isn’t in control. “And if she can’t get a good de...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: News Press release BREXIT brexit draft agreement dave prentis Source Type: news

UNISON demands justice for Abdullah Karacan
General secretary Dave Prentis has called for “a thorough and urgent investigation” into yesterday’s murder of Turkish trade union leader Abdullah Karacan, and the shooting of two of his colleagues. Mr Karacan, president of the rubber and chemical workers’ union DISK/Lastik-İş, was killed while meeting workers at the Goodyear tyre factory in Adaparzari Turkey. His colleagues, regional president Mustafa Sipahi, and shop steward Osman Bayraktar, were also shot and injured. In a letter to the Turkish ambassador in London, Mr Prentis called for everyone involved in the shooting to be brought...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article international solidarity Turkey Source Type: news

Employers encouraged to pay EU workers ’ ‘settled status’ fees
UNISON is urging employers to pay the £65 fee for their staff who are citizens of other EU countries and apply for ‘settled status’ to stay in the UK after Brexit on 29 March. The union has produced a model letter for relevant branches to edit and use when writing to their employers on the issue, together with new guidance on the issue and process, aimed at both branches and individual EU-citizen members. Some employers have already said they will pay the fee for their employees, including the Scottish government, which has said it will pay the fee for any public sector worker in that country. The UK gove...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News activists branches BREXIT EU EU Citizens eu migrant Source Type: news

Get social, get growing
We’ve seen some great Grovember #JoinUNISON social media posts. Here’s a few tips to make your posts perfect. Use the #joinUNISON hashtag. Tell us where you are. Tell us how many members you signed up during your day/visit. Ask new joiners if they’d mind having their photo taken and posted on social media. If they are happy to do this, post with their first name and job or a few words about why they joined. Tag the region or branch and UNISON. If you’re not actively recruiting, you can still help by sharing UNISON’s posts during November. Let’s see some perfect posting! The article Get...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article grovember recruiting recruitment social media Source Type: news

UNISON branch noticeboard competition
We’re launching a new branch competition for Grovember to encourage all branches to do one small thing to make the union more visible during November. You could win £500 for your branch – just by updating your noticeboard and posting the result on social media. Post a pic on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ratemyboard #joinUNISON in November and you could win a treat for your branch. UNISON president Gordon McKay will choose the winners in December – top prize of £500, 3 x runners-up of £150 for the branch. The article UNISON branch noticeboard competition first appeared on t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article grovember recruiting Source Type: news

Campaign to save nurseries goes national
A group campaigning to save five council-run nurseries in Salford has joined up with campaigners from across the country at a rally in Salford The five nurseries in Salford are all rated outstanding by Ofsted, but were threatened with closure earlier this year when government cuts removed their funding. UNISON members, staff, and parents have all been campaigning to keep them open. In response to the camapign, Salford Mayor Paul Dennett agreed to find a further £1.5m to keep them open until at least August 2019. However, there are no guarantees of their future beyond that date. Nursery staff address the rally A rally...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article education nurseries Source Type: news

Scotland ’ s local government members reject pay offer
Scottish council workers have rejected the employers’ latest pay offer – 3% for those earning less than £80,000 a year – in a consultative ballot of UNISON members. UNISON and the other Scottish local government joint unions meet today to discuss the results of all the unions’ consultations with members. Unite and GMB members have also rejected the offer. The UNISON consultative ballot saw 79% of those taking part vote to reject the offer from employers’ body CoSLA while 67% voted in favour of industrial action to pursue the joint union pay claim. UNISON Scotland will now start to t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article council pay Industrial action local government pay up now Scotland scotland local government Source Type: news

Blog: Celebrating the Stars in our Schools
School support staff are incredible. In communities across the UK they support and educate our children, providing a vast range of services that pupils benefit from and families rely upon. That’s why this morning I was in Tottenham, to visit two fantastic schools – Brook and Willow. There I met the amazing support staff who work there, and heard their headteachers and the children they support, praise them and thank them for their work. I was there to launch our annual Stars in our Schools celebration. The day itself is on 23 November, but we want to see as many schools as possible taking part. Whether they&rs...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News stars in our schools Source Type: news

Blog: Proud to stand with the Sirona Care workers
This morning I’ve been on the picket line with Sirona Care workers in Bath, where UNISON members are fighting cuts to their pay. The incredible care workers – 90% of them women – who I joined at a rally outside Bath Guildhall last night and stood with this morning, are the kind of people who make me so proud of our union. Every day they provide vital, life-changing care for some of the most vulnerable people in their community. In return they receive wages that are far too low, even before they’re slashed again as a result of cuts by their local Tory council. They’re now facing a hideous and ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News care sirona strike Source Type: news

Government ‘squandering’ nursing apprenticeship prospects, says UNISON
Responding to the latest figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on the numbers joining and leaving its register, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The increase in nurses and midwives joining is woefully short of what’s needed. “It’s yet more evidence that committed funding for nursing degree apprenticeships is vital. “Support staff, including healthcare assistants, are eager for the chance to progress, and have already proven they’re dependable. Their contribution to the future NHS workforce would be considerable. “But employers won’t let t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release nursing apprenticeships Source Type: news

Public shows support for university workers facing pay cut
The public is showing its support for UNISON members at the University of Leicester who face wage cuts of £800 to £1,200 a year – with almost 1,000 people signing a petition backing the workers in just its first three days. The 26 workers affected are the university’s security team, who will see the pay cuts if the university succeeds with its plan to cut their weekly hours from 37 to 35. All other staff at the university saw their hours drop to 35 a week, with no loss of pay, when the university became a living wage employer in 2016. But the university argued that the security staff already worked ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News education services higher ed higher education low pay pay up now universities university of leicester Source Type: news

Living wage rises to £9 an hour – and £10.55 in London
The living wage has risen to £8.75 an hour across the UK and £10.20 an hour in London, where the cost of living is higher. The living wage is a figure produced by the Living Wage Foundation to reflect the “real cost of living in the UK and London.” It is calculated to provide enough for a person to live decently and to adequately provide for their family. This year’s increase came at the start of Living Wage Week, traditionally the first week of November. The rates went up by 2.9%, and 3.4% in London. Some 4,700 employers have agreed to pay the living wage, including public sector employers an...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News living wage Living Wage Foundation living wage week low pay Source Type: news

NEC by-election result
The results of the 2018 NEC Greater London region reserved by-election is now available. Jo-Ann Marren has been elected unopposed to the Greater London Region reserved seat and will take up the position immediately. Any query regarding this information or this election should be directed to the Member Liaison Unit at the UNISON Centre. Telephone 0207 121 5399. Emailelections@unison.co.uk The article NEC by-election result first appeared on the UNISON National site. (Source: UNISON Health care news)
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article democracy and elections Source Type: news

London march to save the arts and libraries
Hundreds of people will march from the British Library to Parliament Square tomorrow (Saturday) to call for an end to the cuts hitting the arts and libraries across the country. Members of UNISON, along with those from PCS and UNITE, will march past cultural landmarks in the capital in support of libraries and museums. The march will end with a rally in Parliament Square featuring speeches from library workers and authors. These include Frank Cottrell Boyce, writer of the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, Goodbye Christopher Robin and The Unforgotten Coat. Since 2010 over 500 libraries have been closed across England, Scotla...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release dave prentis libraries march rally Source Type: news

Epic new film depicts the events leading to the infamous Peterloo Massacre
Next year is the bicentenary of one of the most shameful episodes in English history – the Peterloo Massacre, in which 15 people were killed and hundreds seriously injured when sabre-wielding cavalry charged into a peaceful rally in Manchester, where working people were demanding the right to vote. Before that, and serving as a rousing prelude to the anniversary, there’s Peterloo. The new film by celebrated director Mike Leigh recounts the events leading to the massacre as well as the terrible day itself, from both sides. On one, there are the poverty-stricken working people of Manchester and the surroundi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: matheoud Tags: Article Magazine News manchester Source Type: news

Blog: Grovember – let ’ s grow our union
By now I hope most UNISON members have heard about ‘Grovember’. It’s a month of activity across our union, focussed on growing our union. It’s all part of building a union that’s bigger, better and bolder. We’re not content just to be the biggest union in the UK, we want to keep getting bigger – ensuring that even more public service workers get the support, organisation and representation that UNISON provides. Working together – activists, members and staff alike – with everyone playing their part and making small improvements to how we recruit and retain members, mea...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News grovember Source Type: news

Win prizes and save money during November with UNISON!
UNISON is now, officially, the UK’s largest union. We’ve come through the toughest years of public service cuts and kept our union strong. At a time when we might have expected to see a collapse in membership, UNISON has held steady. We did that by keeping our focus on what’s important to members, fighting for their jobs and their pay and high-profile campaigning. We’ve minimised the impact of austerity by recruiting more strongly than ever before, but job losses have still meant membership losses. However, now we have the chance to turn the tide – and grow our union. Discounts for Legoland, A...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article grovember join online unison living Source Type: news

I ’m 21 and I’m a committed trade unionist
You know that feeling, when you look around and see you’re the only one still left at the party… I’m 21 and I’m a committed trade union activist. With just 4% of union members aged 16 to 24, I’m in a minority. But something is happening. More young members are joining UNISON – we’re one of our fastest growing demographics. Dare I say it, are trade unions becoming cool? A few of UNISON’s young members Maybe. But it’s also probably got a lot to do with the fact young workers face pretty awful working conditions – and they’ve got worse over the last ten years...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Rachael Henry Tags: Article year of young worker young members Source Type: news