Unions dismayed by delays on pay rise decision for ​council and school workers
The three main local government unions have ​today (Friday)​ called on employers to speed up the pay offer process, so council and school staff don’t have to wait months for the wage rise due in the spring. UNISON, GMB and Unite​ – which between them represent 1.4 million council and school employees – have called for a substantial increase to redress a decade of cuts and recognise​ the role ​played by staff in the pandemic. But they have been told a 2021/22 rise will not even be considered until after the local elections on 6 May, despite staff being due a wage increase...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 26, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release council workers NJC pay 2021 Source Type: news

‘Peace of mind and protection’ – why members are getting the jab
COVID-19 vaccinations are rapidly being rolled out across the UK, and UNISON members are among some of the first people to receive them. UNISON member Sharon Fowler is a third-year student nurse in Plymouth. As a Black woman, she’s been waiting for the vaccine to be available to her. “I’m originally from South Africa, and as an ethnic minority, I am considered high risk. One of the reasons I agreed to have this vaccine was for peace of mind and protection. I’m so relieved I got to have it.” In June last year, a Public Health England report on COVID-19 deaths confirmed the risk of dyi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 26, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News Covid-19 vaccination vaccine Source Type: news

NHS staff  ​urge the chancellor to do the right thing and fund a pay rise
Tens of thousands of NHS workers have asked the chancellor to recognise the work they’ve done to protect lives and fund a decent pay rise in next week’s Budget, says UNISON today (Friday). More than 60,000 health care assistants, porters, operating theatre staff, nurses, caterers, ambulance staff, cleaners and members of the public have signed an open letter to Rishi Sunak asking him to properly reward NHS staff for their work before and during the pandemic. Staff want the chancellor to back a pay rise of at least £2,000 for all NHS workers, many of whom have put their health, wel...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 26, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release 2k budget Sara Gorton Source Type: news

‘If you work with people, you work with victims of domestic abuse’
UNISON has marked the union’s role in helping to introduce new measures to help protect the victims of domestic violence, as it hosted a panel event on empowering victims and survivors of domestic abuse in the workplace. Part of last week’s Empowering Women in UNISON – Live!, the event was chaired by national women’s committee chair Emma Procter and featured powerful speeches from MP Jess Phillips (pictured), NEC member Pat Heron and the head of policy for the domestic abuse commissioner, Hannah Gousy. For Ms Phillips – the shadow minister for domestic violence and safeguarding ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 23, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News domestic abuse empowering women - live! Source Type: news

The government needs to get tough with care home operators  ​not paying their share of tax
Internationally owned care companies are ​failing to pay their fair share of taxes and depriving the ​UK economy of millions of pounds, ​according to a ​UNISON-backed report published today (Tuesday) by an international team of specialist tax investigators. The ​report, from the Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability & Research (CICTAR) and Public Services International (PSI), identifi​es three internationally owned UK care home operators, which it says are diverting cash to offshore tax havens, while claiming to make little or ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 23, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release care Christina McAnea CICTAR Source Type: news

‘Make it a workers’ budget,’ UNISON urges chancellor
UNISON is urging chancellor Rishi Sunak to make his 3 March budget a budget for pay, jobs and investment in public services, in order to better rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic. General secretary Christina McAnea will be highlighting the call in a speech at the TUC’s Rally for a Workers’ Budget, from 7:30pm to 9pm on 2 March. The union wants to see an end to the pay freeze that the chancellor has declared for some public service workers, together with a real living wage for care workers and a commitment to proper sick pay for all. As all sectors struggle after a decade of austerity, UNISON is calling for pro...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 23, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News budget care workers Christina McAnea local government Source Type: news

Blog: Challenging racism matters to every branch
This Saturday, 27 February, the TUC and trade unions will be holding an online conference, From COVID-19 to #BlackLivesMatter – Fighting for an Anti-Racist Workplace. The conference will hear from trade union activists fighting institutional racism, defending the rights of migrant workers, opposing the “hostile environment” and all manifestations of racism. The TUC conference is in preparation for the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which takes place on 20 March. Trade unions will come together united against racism, Islamophobia, anti-semitism and ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 23, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News anti-racism Christina McAnea equality Source Type: news

‘Empowering women is what this union does’
As a result of COVID-19, many conferences and meetings have had to be cancelled. With this in mind, the national women’s committee has organised a series of online events in place of the usual national women’s conference – online and live. Empowering Women in UNISON – Live! was opened by UNISON’s national women’s committee chair, Emma Procter. “Women have had to deal with the most extraordinary set of challenges in the pandemic,” she said. “In the UK, women do the majority of caring, whether paid or unpaid, doing three times more unpaid care than men. “As the...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 17, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article women members women's committee Source Type: news

Women on frontline  feeling pressures at work and home during pandemic, says UNISON     
Women in key worker positions are losing sleep, spending more on household bills, and worrying about the pandemic’s impact on their children’s education and mental health, according to a survey published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. The findings are based on responses from nearly 47,000 women including teaching assistants, nurses, council workers and police staff. They provide a comprehensive insight into the emotional, physical and financial impact of Covid on critical public services staff who are keeping the country running. The report Women Working Through the Pandemic&nbs...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 17, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release low-paid women pandemic Source Type: news

Blog: UNISON delivers stunning blow on exit payments
In a stunning setback for the Westminster government, it has had to abandon the law commonly known as the Exit Cap Regulations, which it only introduced on 4 November last year. In the minds of the government, the Daily Mail and other right-wing cheerleaders, these regulations were introduced to cut big pay outs to the highest paid public servants when they were made redundant. They set a ‘cap’ to pay outs of £95,000, which sounds a lot. Except that the way the government introduced the regulations meant that moderately paid staff could have been caught up by the law. In particular, it would have affected...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 16, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Jon Richards Tags: Article exit payments Jon Richards local government pensions Source Type: news

Unions call for a ‘ substantial ​ ’ pay rise for ​council and school workers
Three local government unions ​have today (Monday)​ submitted a pay claim ​for 2021/22, which they say begin​s to redress a decade of cuts and recognise​s the key role ​played in the pandemic ​by school and council staff.  They want to see a ‘substantial’ pay increase from this April with a wage rise of at least 10% for all council ​and school support employees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. ​Under the claim, the ​pay of the lowest paid workers ​would go above £10 per hour – ​lifting them above the ​real ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Heather Hampson Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

Unions call for a ​ ’ substantial ​ ’ pay rise for ​council and school workers
Three local government unions ​have today (Monday)​ submitted a pay claim ​for 2021/22, which they say begin​s to redress a decade of cuts and recognise​s the key role ​played in the pandemic ​by school and council staff.  They want to see a ‘substantial’ pay increase from this April with a wage rise of at least 10% for all council ​and school support employees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. ​Under the claim, the ​pay of the lowest paid workers ​would go above £10 per hour – ​lifting them above the ​real ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Heather Hampson Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

Government exit payment rethink will bring relief to millions of public sector workers
Responding to the government announcement today (Friday) that it is revoking regulations capping public sector exit payments to £95,000, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “It’s great the government has finally seen sense and stepped back from this damaging regulation that threatened to blight the retirement of millions of workers. “Through no fault of their own, long-serving staff over the age of 55 and facing redundancy would have been hit by the regulation. Because they’re obliged to take their pensions if they lose their jobs, when combined with redundan...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 12, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release 95K cap Christina McAnea pensions Source Type: news

Vaccinate, don ’t hesitate!
UNISON doesn’t think that people should be forced to be vaccinated, but the union is encouraging members to get the vaccine when they have the chance. Vice president James Anthony – a frontline NHS worker – has had his first dose, so we fired a few questions in his direction. James, you’re a frontline worker in a hospital and you’ve been caring for COVID patients during the pandemic – what’s that been like? I’m a nurse specialist and, in the first peak, I was mostly doing a lot of advice work with our patients, many of whom were very scared, while also looking after my heart ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 12, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 vaccine Source Type: news

Vaccine booking system now open to frontline care workers in England
Frontline care workers in England, who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination, can book an appointment for one through the national booking service from today, in what was welcomed as “good news” by UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea. The move was announced on Twitter last night by care minister Helen Whately and comes after a recent survey found that only 32% of home care workers had received a first dose of vaccine. Earlier today, the Guardian reported that more than 40% of staff at the country’s largest care home provider, HC-One, had not been offered the vaccine. Initially for a period of...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 11, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News care workers Covid-19 vaccine Source Type: news

Vaccine booking system now open to frontline care workers
Frontline care workers who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination can book an appointment for one through the national booking service from today, in what was welcomed as “good news” by UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea. The move was announced on Twitter last night by care minister Helen Whately and comes after a recent survey found that only 32% of home care workers had received a first dose of vaccine. Earlier today, the Guardian reported that more than 40% of staff at the country’s largest care home provider, HC-One, had not been offered the vaccine. Initially for a period of two weeks, a...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 11, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News care workers Covid-19 vaccine Source Type: news

Undoing the NHS market a necessary step, but absence of a plan for social care disappointing
Commenting on the publication today (Thursday) of the health and social care white paper, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Scaling back the damaging internal market that forces the NHS to compete against itself and the private sector can’t happen soon enough. “Eight years ago, the then government was warned its changes wouldn’t work and would tie the NHS up in needless competition and contract drafting. Yet ministers carried on regardless. “Today’s proposals are at least an admission they got that wrong and the start of a process to undo their costly mistakes. &ldq...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 11, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release NHS Sara Gorton social care Source Type: news

UNISON calls for lockdown halt to non-essential water work
UNISON is calling on the Westminster government to pause non-essential work by the water industry during the latest lockdown, in order to protect employees and help to reduce transmission of COVID-19. In a letter to Rebecca Pow, the Parliamentary under-secretary of state for rural affairs and biosecurity, who has ministerial responsibility for water, the union says that recent government guidance acknowledges that close contact can include “numerous small contacts within a day”. The revised guidance recognises that workers who are in constant short contact with other people are both at risk of contracting the n...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 11, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 water environment and transport water industry Source Type: news

Your safety at work is our priority
UNISON’s number one priority is to speak up for the safety of our members who are still working to support our communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, general secretary Christina McAnea told an online meeting of the union’s national executive council (NEC) today. In her first report to the NEC since being elected, Ms McAnea said that, in addition to recognised frontline workers, there were many “forgotten essential workers – people who turn up for work every day, who support the public and who are at risk”. UNISON will press employers and the government to include these groups when plann...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 10, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News Christina McAnea Covid-19 NEC Source Type: news

UNISON ’s 2021 summer conferences move online
UNISON will hold an online national conference in June this year to debate and vote on policy on public services in a post-COVID world, the union’s national executive council (NEC) agreed today. The NEC heard that it is not possible to commit to a physical conference of the size of the union’s usual national delegate and service group conferences due to ongoing COVID restrictions. Instead, a special conference to be held online in June will allow the union to debate key policy around the response to the pandemic and its impact on public services, as well as to make decisions on time-sensitive issues such as the...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 10, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News conferences Covid-19 Source Type: news

Government responds to McCloud pension consultation
The Government has published its response which sought views on the proposed remedy option for correcting the unlawful discrimination determined in the Court of Appeal’s McCloud judgement. In line with UNISON’s recommendation the Government has confirmed that Deferred Choice Underpin (DCU) will be the remedy option for the England and Wales NHS Pension Scheme. DCU means that all in-scope members will receive a choice at retirement on whether they wish for all of their pension scheme service prior to the 1 April 2022 to be in their previous scheme (i.e. 1995 or 2008 Sections) or a combination of previous scheme ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 10, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Hassan Govia Tags: health NHS pension scheme Source Type: news

UNISON urges HSE to improve COVID guidance for employers
UNISON has written to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) this week, calling for improved guidance for employers on how to protect their Black and other vulnerable workers during the pandemic. The union had previously written to the HSE on these issues last summer, but since then, with the spread of more contagious variants of COVID-19, the death toll has passed 100,000. Large numbers of UNISON members work in occupations most affected by the virus, with Black & disabled workers among those most vulnerable. The letter calls for stronger, clearer and unambiguous guidance for employers, noting that this needs for be ba...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 10, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 health and safety Source Type: news

Blog: Why Heart Unions Week is so important
I love UNISON. And I am so proud to lead the biggest union in the UK. It’s Heart Unions this week: a great chance for those of us who are already in a union – and love being in one – to share. I love the fact that UNISON’s 1.3 million members are keeping the country’s public services running during a pandemic that has lasted close to a year. I love the fact that UNISON supports and represents so many different workers, doing so many different jobs. It’s not just the obvious health, local government or education workers. It’s the people keeping our communities safe working in o...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 10, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Christina McAnea heart unions week Source Type: news

Government  failings over protective kit meant lives were lost
Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report published today (Wednesday), which says frontline workers’ lives were put at risk by government failings over personal protective equipment (PPE), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:  “In the rush to protect the NHS, ministers forgot about social care. Staff were left without the PPE they needed, with deadly consequences. “Care workers were forced make their own safety kit, buy it themselves or go without, putting themselves, their families and the people they looked after ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 10, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea PPE Public Accounts Committee Source Type: news

Pay staff fairly to tackle care recruitment crisis
Responding to the announcement today (Tuesday) of a government campaign to recruit more social care staff in England to fill gaps left by employees forced to self-isolate, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:   “Care staff are hugely undervalued, and woefully underpaid. Low wages are mostly to blame for the high rate of employees in the care sector joining then leaving. “Care work is fulfilling but tough and isn’t to be taken on a whim. Looking after people involves so much more than washing and feeding them. “If the government is serious abo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 9, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release adult social care Christina McAnea Source Type: news

Outsourcing must end to restore public services
Commenting on a speech by shadow cabinet office minister Rachel Reeves today (Monday) about private contracts in the public sector, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The Labour Party is right to call for public services to be brought back in-house. “Privatisation and outsourcing ha​ve been a failure for the public and the ​employees delivering public services. “​The UK needs a different kind of economy, where ​health, education, police and local services are properly funded, and those who work in them are paid the ​decent wages they deserve.&rdqu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 9, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Article News Press release care Christina McAnea privatisation Source Type: news

UNISON calls for deadline extension for settled status
Time is running out for EU nationals working in public services in the UK to apply for settled status – the ability to continue to live and work in this country. But the COVID-19 lockdown has prevented many of them from making their application – not least because of the closure of libraries, with the crucial facilities they offer. That’s why UNISON is calling on the Westminster government to extend the deadline for applications to the settled status scheme, past the current deadline of June 2021. UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today: “UNISON believes that EU citizens who h...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 9, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News BREXIT Cymru Wales EU Citizens Source Type: news

‘I wish the government understood’ – why carers need a real wage
There are 1.6 million care workers in the UK. For decades, they have quietly kept communities running. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, carers have remained committed to the vital work they do: supporting people to live with dignity. Gail Grinnell is one of them. A healthcare assistant in a Dudley care home, Gail says she wouldn’t ever want to do any other job. “If you’d have asked me eight years ago if I’d be a carer, I’d have laughed. I never saw myself doing it. I used to work in pubs. But when my parents begun relying on carers, it really opened my eyes seeing how much they did. “I ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 8, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News care social care Source Type: news

Government must step in to prevent vaccine strong-arm tactics towards care staff
The government must take action against care home employers refusing to employ staff hesitant about having the Covid vaccine, or intimidating others into having the injection by linking it to pay and employment, says UNISON today (Friday). If the vaccine programme is to work properly and maximum take-up across the social care secured, individuals​ should be encouraged, not intimidated, into receiving a jab, the union says. UNISON has written to care minister Helen Whately calling for the government to intervene. It follows the announcement that Barchester Healthcare will not hire workers who refu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 5, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release care Christina McAnea vaccine Source Type: news

UNISON wins workplace protection for domestic abuse victims
As the Domestic Abuse Bill moves through Parliament to become law, UNISON has won a key amendment to ensure that domestic abuse protection orders (DAPOs) will apply to the workplace. The new protection orders are set to replace domestic violence protection orders, designed to prevent perpetrators of domestic abuse from harassing their victim. An order will prevent perpetrators from entering the victim’s home or stop them coming within a specific distance of the home. They’re a preventive tool to keep victims safe and give them some breathing space and referral to support services without interference from the p...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 4, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News domestic abuse women Source Type: news

Government urged to protect school meals workers
UNISON has joined with a group of councillors from across England to call on the government to protect the jobs of school meals workers. Like so many other public service workers, these staff have risen to the challenges of the pandemic. During lockdowns they have been on site, preparing meals for vulnerable children and the children of key workers, and preparing – and even delivering – food parcels for children who receive free school meals. When schools reopened to all children in the autumn, working practices had to completely change to make sure that meals could be served safely. However, the combinati...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 4, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 school meals Source Type: news

Getting help with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Background UNISON knows that some staff groups may have less employee voice within an organisation. This means they may not feel able to raise concerns with their employer about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). UNISON believes everyone should be listened to and assessed for their exposure risk based on the latest guidance. We also believe that the right levels of PPE in quality and quantity should be available to staff for the work they are being asked to do, based on an up-to-date risk assessment. Gaps in PPE provision There may be occasions where staff are being expected to treat patients and are not provided with th...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 3, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Hassan Govia Tags: health PPE Source Type: news

Celebrities back call for fair pay for care workers
Joanna Lumley and comedian Jo Brand are backing a national campaign day today (Wednesday) organised by UNISON to urge the government to end poverty wages for care staff. Both performers have recorded individual video messages of support for the Pay Fair for Care online rally, which is expected to be attended by care staff, politicians, unions, charities and employers. Many employees in care homes and those looking after people in the community earn less than the real living wage of £9.50 an hour (£10.85 in London). UNISON – the biggest union representing care staff in the UK – wa...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 3, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release care jo brand joanna Lumley Source Type: news

Public services pay freeze – UNISON takes the fight to Tory MPs
UNISON is working with the TUC and other public service trade unions to put pressure on Tory MPs in ‘red wall’ seats ahead of the budget on 3 March, urging them to support the campaign against the government’s proposed public services pay freeze. A series of online constituency lobbies will be held in the week beginning Monday 22 February, at which our members and those of other unions will tell their MPs about the reality of working in public services through the pandemic. At the end of the meeting the MPs will be asked to sign a letter, on behalf of their public service constituents, to t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 2, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News pay freeze Source Type: news

Blog: Now is the time to end this national scandal
I’m delighted that UNISON is co-hosting our first virtual rally for care workers this week as part of our new Pay Fair for Care campaign. Social care is a subject close to my heart, as I’m a long-term advocate for care workers and co-chair of the Future Social Care Coalition. One of my priorities as UNISON general secretary is for the union to lead ​a long-overdue revolution of the social care system. The time to act is now. If the COVID-19 crisis has taught us anything, it’s that the nation’s attitude to social care needs a complete rethink. Not tinkering with, not a new headline-grabbi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 2, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News care Christina McAnea pay fair for care Source Type: news

UNISON statement on the coup in Myanmar
After a landslide victory for the National League for Democracy (NLD) party in November 2020, Myanmar’s military has staged another coup. Today was supposed to be the day when newly-elected MPs convened to choose the president, who would then form a government. Instead, the military has falsely claimed election fraud and justified the coup by saying that it will only take power for one year. Having already got away with genocide against the Rohingya and repeated human rights violations in other ethnic states, it cannot be trusted. UNISON stands in solidarity with the people of Myanmar, trade unions and others attempt...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 1, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News international International committee Myanmar Source Type: news

End-of-year accounts for 2020 – branch audits
Branch treasurers have received notification of the procedures to apply on the closedown of the Online Branch Accounts package (OLBA) for 2020, on 25 January. The branch authorisation sheet, which includes the branch auditors’ statement, must be signed by the branch auditor(s) and then scanned and uploaded into OLBA. The branch treasurer and branch auditor(s) can print, sign and upload separate copies of the authorisation sheet. This is a change from previous years, when the authorisation sheet had to be posted to the IMPS team in Manchester. Your treasurer will also be required to upload statements for all non-Unity...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 1, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News audits branch finances branch officers branch treasurer branches Source Type: news

UNISON raises COVID-19 concerns for members at army college
UNISON members working for Compass and based at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate have expressed their fears of contracting COVID-19 on the site. Concerns were first raised on 7 January, when 800 young soldiers returned from leave, with 11 of them subsequently testing positive for coronavirus. Then on 14 January another 600 returned to the camp, of whom 53 tested positive a week later. A number of platoons were also placed in isolation. UNISON understands that there are now 100 confirmed cases. There are 23 UNISON members working for Compass at the college, in a variety of roles – catering, cleaning,...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 29, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News Compass Covid-19 health and safety private contractors Source Type: news

Branch resources review – still time to have your say
UNISON’s branch resources review, which aims to reform how the union’s branches operate and produce a fairer environment for them, is nearing its conclusion. The package of draft proposals will be presented to the union’s national delegate conference (NDC) in the summer for final approval. But before that they have already been discussed at regional meetings across the UK, including in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, the North West, Northern, West Midlands, Eastern, the South East, Greater London and the South West. The proposed changes have also been discussed at many of the union’s committees. ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 26, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News branch resources review Source Type: news

UNISON demands higher human rights standards in PPE
UNISON has joined the lobby to bring in new laws to prevent UK businesses and public services from sourcing from companies that violate workers’ human rights. Evidence has emerged throughout the pandemic that PPE suppliers to the NHS were tied to severe, widespread human rights violations of workers in the global south. One of a number of known abusive suppliers is Top Glove, the world’s largest maker of rubber gloves. Top Glove have seen their profits triple in 2020, whilst investigations showed that gloves were being made by migrant workers forced to work in cramped conditions in Malaysian factories. Workers ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 25, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article human rights supply chains workers rights Source Type: news

Palestine: Is your pension invested in the occupation?
Last year the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) launched research exposing how Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds in England and Wales have invested at least £3.2 billion in companies involved in the illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine, and the violation of Palestinian human rights. Although the investments are significant, the research only covers certain types of investment, so the true scale of financing is almost certainly significantly higher. UNISON believes in the right to a decent and affordable pension. But many members are also concerned that their deferred wages are well invested in compan...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 25, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article LGPS Palestine pensions pensions divestment Source Type: news

Blog: We all need to carry on being the light
Holocaust Memorial Day is this Wednesday. Every year on 27 January we remember the millions of people who have been affected by the Holocaust and subsequent genocides around the world. It’s our chance to learn the lessons of the past and to help create a safer future. And with a turbulent political climate and events happening on a global scale beyond our control it really feels as if it is needed more this year than most. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day this year is a call to ‘be the light in the darkness’ and everyone is encouraged to reflect on the depths that humanity can sink to – but...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 25, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Christina McAnea holocaust memorial day Source Type: news

COVID deaths  show those with caring jobs are still at highest risk, says UNISON  
Responding to figures released today (Monday) by the Office for National Statistics showing death rates continue to be highest among those who deliver the most hands-on care, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “It’s shocking to see that care and NHS staff are paying such a tragic price for doing their jobs. “They can’t look after people without hands-on contact. Keeping the rest of us safe is putting these workers at greater risk. “The new Covid strain, more infected patients in hospitals and the community, and sheer exhaustion all increase the d...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 25, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: Press release care Covid-19 Source Type: news

Ministers must wake up to the Covid threat in nurseries
Responding to an Early Years Alliance report released today (Friday), which found that around half of early years staff don’t feel safe in their current working environment, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said:  “The report paints a stark picture of the fear and anxiety that nursery staff feel. “The​y’re in workplaces ​that are fully open during the lockdown with no social distancing, where masks can’t be worn and where testing isn’t taking place. It’s no surprise they feel ​so vulnerable. “New Department for&nbs...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Jon Richards nurseries Source Type: news

Minsters must wake up to the Covid threat in nurseries
Responding to an Early Years Alliance report released today (Friday), which found that around half of early years staff don’t feel safe in their current working environment, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said:  “The report paints a stark picture of the fear and anxiety that nursery staff feel. “The​y’re in workplaces ​that are fully open during the lockdown with no social distancing, where masks can’t be worn and where testing isn’t taking place. It’s no surprise they feel ​so vulnerable. “New Department for&nbs...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Jon Richards nurseries Source Type: news

UNISON calls on Environment Agency to strengthen its health and safety measures
During the pandemic, UNISON has engaged positively with the Environment Agency on a range of health and safety issues. However, the increased transmission rates of the new COVID-19 variant has led to calls from UNISON and other unions, including Prospect, GMB and Unite, for the agency to review its risk assessments. While many Environment Agency employees are working from home at the present time, some essential workers are still attending depots and other workplaces. The unions have issued a health and safety union improvement notice calling for the Environment Agency to review measures, in particular for the introduction...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News Covid-19 environment agency health and safety Source Type: news

UNISON voices concern at post-18 education proposals
Conclusion of the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding today, and called instead for “a comprehensive set of proposals that place the interests of students and staff at their heart”. The proposals follow the review of post-18 education, which was carried out by Philip Augar in a report commissioned by then prime minister Theresa May in 2018. The report focuses on creating greater parity between academic and skills-based education and aligning technical education and training with employers’ needs. The government is introducing a lifetime skills guarantee, underpinned by a lifelong loan entitlement...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article further education higher education Source Type: news

DfE stats reveal high level of COVID infections among school staff
Statistics from the Department of Education (DfE) have revealed that the rate of COVID-19 infection among school staff in England is noticeably higher than the rate of infection in the general population – and even higher than it is for teachers. One report has suggested that rates for school staff could be three times higher in primary schools and almost seven times higher in special schools than in the general population. There are estimates that, in the current lockdown, although the government has said that everyone should work from home where possible, 39% of teachers and school leaders and 51% of...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article Covid-19 school staff schools Source Type: news

Ministers must deliver a long-term plan for the social care sector
Responding to an announcement today (Monday) from the Department of Health and Social Care of a £269m investment in social care to increase staff numbers and testing, UNISON general secretary elect Christina McAnea said: “While welcome, the funding will do little to tackle the structural problems blighting the care sector and contributing to the high death toll during the pandemic. “The sector is fragmented, mostly owned by companies focused on maximising profit, and is both underfunded and understaffed. “The government has at least learned some lessons from the fir...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 18, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release care Christina McAnea Source Type: news

Vote for your health heroes
The 2019 Apprentice of the Year winner was UNISON member Patrick Onyema Voting opened today for this year’s Our Health Heroes, the national awards that celebrate the extraordinary people at the heart of the country’s NHS and social care workforces. After a year in which healthcare workers have been at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, the public vote is expected to be greater than ever. Alongside the public, health and social care workers are being encouraged to vote for colleagues among the 15 finalists – chosen by an expert panel from 600 nominations – with the winner announced in ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 18, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News Covid-19 health NHS staff skills for health social care Source Type: news