Sandwell Leisure Trust workers set to strike again over fire and rehire
Staff at Portway Lifestyle Centre and Tipton Leisure Centre are to take a day of strike action on Friday 28 January, in what has become the longest running industrial dispute in Sandwell’s history. The strike comes as part of a continued fight against fire and rehire tactics used by employer Sandwell Leisure Trust, in the West Midlands. In March 2021 Sandwell Leisure Trust fired and rehired all 280 staff to remove them from the national NJC negotiating body for pay, terms and conditions. The new contracts have led to pay reductions and worsened employment conditions. UNISON members at the two leisure centres voted ov...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 25, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News local government West Midlands Source Type: news

It ’ s time to halt NHS staff exodus with game-changing pay rise, say health unions
The mounting NHS staffing crisis and long waiting times will become permanent unless the government brings in a game-changing retention package, with an inflation-busting pay rise at its heart, say health unions today (Monday). In evidence to the independent NHS pay review body (NHSPRB), the 14 unions – representing 1.2 million health staff in England – are calling on ministers to act urgently with a significant wage boost. They say this would help halt the growing exodus of exhausted staff from the NHS. The unions warn that without a decent pay rise this year, the NHS will continue to lose ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 24, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release healthcare nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Employers must not let their guard down, says UNISON
With UK nations set to remove some or all COVID-19 restrictions in the coming days and weeks, UNISON is urging employers not to let their guard down, but to continue to comply with health and safety legislation, including their duties to identify and reduce risks for their employees. The legislation lays out requirements that employers, among other things, regularly review risk assessments, consult with union health and safety representatives and be ready to put additional measures in place. There are also duties on employers, under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, which require them to ens...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 20, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News Covid-19 health and safety Source Type: news

Lack of lateral flow tests in schools putting staff and children at risk, says UNISON
​Nearly a third (32%) of school ​support ​and nursery staff say their employers are unable to provide them with enough lateral flow tests to do ​the recommended twice-weekly checks, says UNISON today (Thursday). A survey of more than 2,300 school support staff – ​including teaching assistants, ​administrators and cleaners – revealed they ​were unable to follow government guidance ​for tw​ice-weekly tests ​as their school did not have an adequate supply of kits. That means many were going into school not knowing i...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 20, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release covid education Mike Short Source Type: news

Don ’t risk Covid progress by abandoning safety measures too ​early, says UNISON
Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement today (Wednesday) that plan B precautions are to end, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Everyone wants to put the pandemic behind them. But if safety measures are abandoned too early, in one fell swoop, the good progress ​made could be quickly undone. “The danger is people will think it’s all over when ​no one can be sure that’s true. New cases are no longer on the rise, but thousands are in hospital and many more are ​still being infected each day. “Rather than allowing a free-for-all, minister...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 19, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea covid education face masks Source Type: news

This year ’s UNISON winter fuel fund opens on 31 January
It was announced today that inflation rose to 5.4% in the 12 months to December. With the cost of living rising at the fastest rate for 30 years, UNISON understands the financial hardship many members face whether it be due to rising living costs, the removal of universal credit uplift or other inflationary pressures. In addition, the possibility of added pressure on low-income households looms as gas and electricity costs look set to increase even further in the near future. There for You’s winter fuel grant programme is designed to help our most vulnerable low-income members and to help ease the worry of payin...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 19, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News there for you Winter Fuel Grants Source Type: news

Inflation rise terrible news for families and public services, says UNISON
Commenting on the latest inflation figures today (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The soaring cost of living means growing anxiety for low-income families. Employees able to switch jobs will be intensifying their new-year searches for better-paid work. This is terrible news for our public services. “Health and care services, already thousands of workers short, are likely to be the biggest losers. Staff are likely to jump ship for more lucrative, less stressful work, where there’s also no requirement to be Covid jabbed. “The figures make a mockery...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 19, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea cost of living inflation Source Type: news

Fixing the NHS staffing crisis should be the government ’s priority, says UNISON
Commenting on media reports today (Tuesday) that the government is planning another NHS shake-up in the form of ‘academy-style’ hospitals, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Another top-down reorganisation is not the start to the new year that NHS staff in England were expecting. “Health workers may take some convincing that this isn’t just a well-timed smokescreen to distract from the ​Prime Minister’s current political difficulties. “​Ministers need to show health employees ​that they can fix the worsening staffing crisis i...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 18, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release NHS Sara Gorton waiting lists Source Type: news

Conference updates – spring 2022  
Democracy is at the heart of everything UNISON does and a key part of our democracy is the ability for branches and other relevant bodies to submit motions to, and attend, conferences.  The pandemic has set particular challenges in trying to ensure the democratic procedures of the union – not least conferences – can continue to function. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 risks, the difficult decision has been made to postpone UNISON’s Black members’ conference and to transfer the union’s higher education and women’s vonferences to a virtual, web-based platform.  Details of ea...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 18, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News conferences Source Type: news

It ’s time to vote for your Health Heroes of 2022
The finalists for the Skills for Health – Our Health Heroes Awards 2022 have been revealed, with voting now open until 4 February. From porters and cleaners to receptionists, gardeners and security guards, these often unsung heroes make up roughly 40% of the NHS’s million-strong workforce. The awards celebrate the achievements of those wider healthcare workers that support our NHS doctors and nurses on the frontline and provide an opportunity to show our appreciation for the vital role that they play in keeping our health service functioning. John Rogers, the chief executive of Skills for Health, which del...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 18, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News health NHS Our Health Heroes Source Type: news

Mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 with a focus on ‘one day’
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place every year on 27 January. This year, the theme is ‘one day’. The theme, which is open to interpretation, encourages participants and events to focus on one day in history to learn more about, or one day when life changed for a Holocaust survivor. It also offers one day to set aside to remember the past and to create a world that will one day be free from fascism, genocide and the politics of hate. In the words of the organisers: “One day is just a snapshot in time and therefore cannot give the full picture, the context, the background that is needed, but it can help...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 17, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News holocaust memorial day Source Type: news

Mark this year ’ s Holocaust Memorial Day with a focus on ‘ one day ’
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place every year on 27 January. This year, the theme is ‘one day’. The theme, which is open to interpretation, encourages participants and events to focus on one day in history to learn more about, or one day when life changed for a Holocaust survivor. It also offers one day to set aside to remember the past and to create a world that will one day be free from fascism, genocide and the politics of hate. In the words of the organisers: “One day is just a snapshot in time and therefore cannot give the full picture, the context, the background that is needed, but it can help...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 17, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article holocaust memorial day Source Type: news

Take action against the new police bill
This week, the Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill resumes its journey through the House of Lords. UNISON members are encouraged to take action against this new legislation, which will hand police unprecedented powers, and will drastically impact the right to protest and hold the government to account. UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Each measure against the elements of protest cumulatively amounts to an attack on a fundamental building block of our democracy. “To lower the threshold of criminal offending to such a low bar seriously erodes the rights of free protest under Articles 10 an...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 10, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article Policing and Crime Bill Source Type: news

Extra Covid measures should have been introduced weeks ago
Responding to the education secretary’s announcement today (Sunday) introducing further Covid safety measures for schools and colleges in England, UNISON assistant general secretary Jon Richards said: “An increase in the use of face coverings and better ventilation are welcome but should have been in place before Christmas to have slowed the infection in schools. “Providing 7,000 filters is a helpful step. But with over 20,000 schools – many with dozens of classrooms – this will barely scratch the surface. “These new measures also don’t address the need for extra funding ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 2, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus schools Source Type: news

Health staff ‘wrung dry’ by pandemic pressures, says UNISON survey         
More than two thirds (69%) of health staff say they’ve experienced burnout during the pandemic, and three in five (62%) feel overwhelmed after long, intense shifts, according to a UNISON survey published today (Thursday). As the UK confronts a surge in Omicron cases, UNISON fears many NHS staff who’ve already worked through several waves of the virus could quit, leaving the NHS in a perilous state. The survey findings – based on responses from more than 10,000 health employees in Wales, England and Northern Ireland – show half (51%) are covering more shifts because of staff ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 23, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release mental health NHS Source Type: news

Wishing you a Merry Christmas – you deserve it
This year, UNISON’s Christmas video message is a thank you, to all our activists and members, for the work you’ve done throughout this difficult year. As the biggest and the best union, representing public service workers across the UK, we know your work is 365 days a year, seven days a week and 24 hours a day. We also know that the challenges you will face over this Christmas period are even more severe because of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Throughout this year, you’ve supported each other on workplace issues, educated your local reps, adapted to organising in lockdowns, continued high-profile pay ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News 2021 Virtual Special Delegate Conference campaigns Covid-19 democracy Source Type: news

Rising prices have left public service pay ‘ well and truly behind ’ , says UNISON  
Commenting today (Wednesday) on the inflation figures for November, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:  “Rising prices have left public sector pay well and truly behind.  “Without additional government funding for better wages, hospitals, councils, police forces, schools and college are going to struggle to hold onto staff and won’t be able to attract new employees. “The pandemic has demonstrated the crucial role public services play in our communities. But pay awards and wage offers significantly below the cost of living will do nothing to address the growing staffing cr...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea cost of living inflation Source Type: news

Great new deal for CaseWeb
Starting in January, UNISON’s own case work system for regions and branches, CaseWeb, will have its monthly price of £60 plus VAT cut in half for those branches with 2,000 or fewer members. Since its launch in 2020, over 120 branches have signed up to use CaseWeb. To increase this number, special delegate conference in June committed to subsidise the price of the system to make it more accessible for smaller branches. The system contains all the functionality of a standard casework system, including the ability to deal with member enquiries, branch representation and regional referrals, integrated directly with...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News branch resources review branch resources review and organising CaseWeb Source Type: news

Blog: Government must treat health workers with respect
Yesterday, we heard the sad news of the first death from the Omicron variant of COVID-19. And for the second Christmas in a row, we are relying on health workers to respond to the latest crisis in the pandemic. This time, they are under huge pressures to deliver a mammoth booster vaccine programme and are bracing themselves to care for another wave of hospital patients. The booster programme is vital to saving lives and helping to reduce the number of hospitalisations. It relies almost entirely on the efforts of the NHS workforce – and without their dedication, skills and experience, there would have been no jabs, in...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 14, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Government must act right away to prevent disruption in schools, say unions
Support staff, teachers, school leaders and families are uniting today (Thursday) to urge the government to better protect pupils and staff from Covid in schools in the lead up to Christmas. With increased uncertainty due to increasing cases of the Omicron variant and classroom absences rising, four education unions – UNISON, GMB, Unite and NASUWT – are calling on the government to act without delay to minimise disruption by introducing additional safety measures. The unions want ministers to provide schools with air filtration devices for use wherever airflow problems are detected and make face masks mandatory...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 9, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Article Covid-19 Jon Richards schools Source Type: news

Extra safety measures are the right approach but still more can be done, says UNISON
Responding to the announcement today (Wednesday) that the government’s ‘Plan B’ Covid measures are to be introduced in the coming days, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “It’s the right thing to introduce extra measures. Everyone should be doing what they can to stop the spread of Covid, particularly with the uncertainty around the Omicron variant. “The NHS is already feeling the strain so helping to reduce infections is vital to ease the impact on overworked health staff and treatment backlogs. “Many people may be tired of restrictions, but they must remember huge nu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 8, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus face masks Source Type: news

UNISON warns Westminster government over NHS pay
The Westminster government’s refusal to properly invest in pay in the NHS shows that it is not taking the problems in the service seriously, UNISON said today, after an indicative industrial action ballot on pay in the health service in England saw a majority willing to take industrial action on the issue. The ballot concerned the government’s 3% pay deal for 2021, which has already been wiped out by inflation and large increases in the cost of living. UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “NHS staff feel let down by the below-inflation pay rise at a time when the cost of living is rocketing. This will ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 7, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News health care nhs pay Source Type: news

UNISON hosts its first young members ’ conference in Cardiff
UNISON hosted its first ever young members’ conference in Cardiff City Hall at the beginning of December. The conference opened with a tangible sense of excitement –º for many delegates, it was their first UNISON conference. UNISON national young members forum chair Jess McGuire welcomed delegates from across the union’s regions and nations, and three of the keynote speakers talked about how they had started their activism in young members organisations: general secretary of Wales TUC Shavanah Taj, UNISON Northern regional secretary Clare Williams and Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the Labour Party ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 7, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News young members Source Type: news

Salford city branch wins £19m pay rise for care workers across England
After several years of campaigning from UNISON’s Salford City  branch and local care workers, Anchor Hanover – the largest provider of specialist housing and care for older people in England – have announced that they will be paying care workers the real living wage from this month (December). This means that employees will be paid at least £9.90, almost £1 an hour more than the current national minimum wage rate of £8.91 which many Anchor Hanover care workers were on. The huge uplift is thought to be worth up to £19m a year for employees of the company. One relieved care work...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 6, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article care North West real living wage Source Type: news

Salford city branch win £19m pay rise for care workers across England
After several years of campaigning from UNISON’s Salford City  branch and local care workers, Anchor Hanover – the largest provider of specialist housing and care for older people in England – have announced that they will be paying care workers the real living wage from this month (December). This means that employees will be paid at least £9.90, almost £1 an hour more than the current national minimum wage rate of £8.91 which many Anchor Hanover care workers were on. The huge uplift is thought to be worth up to £19m a year for employees of the company. One relieved care work...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 6, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article care North West real living wage Source Type: news

Public money for care should not be filling offshore bank accounts
Commenting on the findings of a BBC1 Panorama programme to be broadcast tonight (Monday) examining the offshore financial arrangements of private care home operator HC-One, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The public expects all new investment in social care to be spent improving the crisis-ridden care sector. But there’s a real risk significant amounts of much-needed cash will be siphoned off to line the pockets of investors overseas. “The government must not allow this to happen. Social care already requires significantly more money than ministers are prepared to give. “What little...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 6, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release social care funding Source Type: news

Blog: The members helping us weather the storms
Winter has arrived and, although we know when it’s due, it can be a huge shock of cold snaps and stormy weather. Parts of the UK have just been battered by Storm Arwen which disrupted power supplies to as many as one million households with some community hospitals and care homes relying on generators to keep operating and to keep COVID-19 vaccine services open. Three people have been killed, homes and cars have been damaged and it has caused the worst damage to the electricity network for 15 years. The weather conditions have made power restoration extremely challenging, and tens of thousands of homes are still with...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 2, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog Christina McAnea Source Type: news

NEC hears how UNISON is preparing for a winter of action
UNISON is accelerating preparations for a winter of disputes, member consultation and industrial action as the union continues to fight for members’ pay and terms and conditions across most sectors. Speaking at the first hybrid NEC meeting on the day when strike ballots started to land with over 300,000 local government members across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, general secretary Christina McAnea said it was a “concerted national action” and that the union would be doing all it could to maximise turnout in this crucial ballot. “A lot of work has already been done on ensuring we get as high ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 1, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News NEC pay Source Type: news

The international community must stand with the people of Sudan
Today, UNISON’s international committee issued the following statement: UNISON condemns the military coup in Sudan and stands in solidarity with the trade union movement and all those demanding democracy, justice and rights. We note that trade unions and civil society in Sudan have firmly rejected the political agreement between General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and continue to demand an end to military rule. The international community must stand with the Sudanese people and respond to their genuine concerns that the new agreement will further consolidate the military’s control ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 1, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News international Source Type: news

White paper fails to fix workforce shortage or mend broken system in social care
Responding to the social care white paper published by the government today (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “More than 800 days since Boris Johnson promised a plan to fix social care, this white paper barely scratches the surface. It does nothing to address the fundamental problems of a sector on the brink. “There’s no solution to pressing staff shortages or poverty pay for care workers. Nor does it tackle the money leaking out of care into the pockets of wealthy shareholders or make the system easier to navigate. “Care workers and the people they look after wi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 1, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release social care Source Type: news

New COVID-19 variant: updated guidance does not go far enough, says UNISON
In the light of the new COVID-19 variant, the Department for Education has issued updated guidance on face coverings in schools. In primary schools, face coverings should be worn by staff and adults (including visitors) when moving around in corridors and communal areas. In secondary schools, face coverings should be worn by pupils, staff and adult visitors when moving around the premises outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas. Pupils should also continue to wear face coverings on public and school transport. UNISON does not think this guidance goes far enough and is calling for schools to strongly ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 30, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Covid-19 education schools Source Type: news

PPE shortcomings must be a key focus of public inquiry
Commenting on a new report published today (Tuesday) by the group Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice into the issues that must be covered by the public inquiry into the pandemic response, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Thousands of frontline health and care workers were infected with Covid-19 as they went about their vital work and far too many died. “Despite repeated calls for proper protection, many were left without the correct safety equipment that could have made all the difference. “It’s essential the public inquiry examines every aspect of how and why they were left...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 30, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release covid inquiry PPE Source Type: news

There for You relaunches its fund for members facing financial hardship
As Christmas approaches, with temperatures dropping and bills rising, financial pressures are mounting for many of the most vulnerable. But help is at hand. UNISON’s welfare charity, There for You, has re-launched the COVID-19 response fund, to support UNISON members whose household incomes have been affected during the pandemic. The fund offers grants of up to £350 to help members struggling with living costs, or loss of employment, or have had the universal credit uplift removed. For information on eligibility and to access the online application form click here: COVID-19 response fund  To find out more ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 29, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News there for you Winter Fuel Grants Source Type: news

Blog: Working towards a flexible, fairer future
The Westminster government’s proposals for a day one right to request flexible working are both welcome and long overdue. This change will remove one of the immediate barriers to flexibility required by many carers and disabled workers, amongst others. It also changes the narrative from a sense that even being allowed to ‘ask’ is somehow a perk or reward for service rather than a normal employment provision. But it’s not enough. Along with most other organisations we work with, our strong position is that most jobs can be worked flexibly. Employers should think upfront about the flexible working opt...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 29, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog Christina McAnea flexible working Source Type: news

Help to improve flexible working proposals
“Flexible working is not a perk, it’s a necessity for a modern, forward-looking economy,” says UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea in response to government proposals. The government’s consultation on ‘making flexible working the default’ closes on Wednesday (1 December), leaving workers just two days to make their voices heard. Have your say on flexible working Sign the petition Use the TUC’s easy responder tool Under the consultation’s current proposals, workers would be granted the right to request flexible working on day one of taking up a job, a move which the ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 29, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News flexible working Source Type: news

The Health and Care Bill: All you need to know
What is it? The Health and Care Bill is the first major piece of NHS legislation since the disastrous ‘Lansley Act’ of 2012. It focuses largely on the NHS in England and seeks to put into law the main elements of the government’s Integration and Innovation white paper, published earlier this year. Where has it come from? There has been widespread consensus across the NHS for several years about the damage being done to the service by the 2012 Act. It has forced decision makers to use competition when organising health services and has blocked joined-up working across the NHS. Since 2019 NHS England has be...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 26, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article health and social care health care Source Type: news

Schools risk support staff exodus over pay, warns UNISON  
More than two in five (42%) teaching assistants, caretakers, cleaners and other school support staff in England and Wales are actively looking for better paid jobs because of the rising cost of living and persistent low pay in education, according to a UNISON survey released today (Friday).  The survey responses paint a bleak picture of school employees living with no heating or hot water because of broken boilers they can’t afford to fix, worrying about how to pay for dental treatment, relying on their children for money, or going to food banks.  The findings reveal an overwhelming majority (96%) say the r...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 26, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release education Jon Richards schools Source Type: news

Fairer funding for maintained nursery schools
UNISON members have played their part in helping to deliver a fairer, long term funding settlement for nursery schools. Since 2016, nursery schools have had to rely on interim funding that only lasts one year, despite the government promising a long term funding solution. This has resulted in the schools being unable to budget or make planning decisions. As a result, some have been threatened with closure. UNISON member Remi Tayo (above, yellow top), from Thomas Coram nursery school joined MPs and colleagues from the NEU and NAHT last month to hand in a petition to the Chancellor demanding fair funding. In response, the ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 25, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article nursery schools Source Type: news

Staffing levels in care ‘dangerously low’ with dying residents denied dignified end, says UNISON survey  
Nearly a third (31%) of care staff say staffing levels are dangerously low, getting worse and negatively affecting the care provided, says a UNISON survey published today (Wednesday). The findings are based on responses from more than 1,600 care employees and reveal some dying residents are being denied a dignified end to their lives. This is because there are not enough staff to sit with them in their final hours, says the union. Other shocking consequences of the staffing crisis highlighted by the survey include people being left in dirty sheets, ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 24, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release adult social care Source Type: news

Staffing levels in care ‘dangerously low’ with dying residents denied dignified end, says UNISON survey  
Nearly a third (31%) of care staff say staffing levels are dangerously low, getting worse and negatively affecting the care provided, says a UNISON survey published today (Wednesday). The findings are based on responses from more than 1,600 care employees and reveal some dying residents are being denied a dignified end to their lives. This is because there are not enough staff to sit with them in their final hours, says the union. Other shocking consequences of the staffing crisis highlighted by the survey include people being left in dirt...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 24, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release adult social care Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes government pledge to end violence at work
UNISON has welcomed the Westminster government’s announcement that it plans to ratify Convention 190 from the International Labour Organization’s (ILO), which says that everyone has a right to work free from violence and harassment. It is the first international treaty to recognise this, and specifically includes gender-based violence and harassment. The union is calling on the Conservative government to ensure words are rapidly turned into action. Governments around the globe are asked to sign up and commit to the principles within the treaty. This means putting in place the necessary national laws and po...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 23, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News equalities sexual harassment women Source Type: news

LGBT+ conference applauds organising award winners
As UNISON’s LGBT+ conference entered its second – and final – day, there was a celebratory air in Brighton, as the group’s organisingaward was announced. Praised by vice-president Andrea Egan for the extraordinary work they did over the past year – not least because so much had to be done digitally as the pandemic continued – the award was shared by the Northern Ireland (pictured below) and North West (pictured above) regions and collected by delegates from Ms Egan. Earlier, the union’s other vice president, Kath Owen, had addressed delegates, “energised” by returning ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2021 National LGBT Conference equalities LGBT members Source Type: news

Christina McAnea thanks activists at LGBT+ conference
Christina McAnea took to the rostrum at UNION’s LGBT+ conference in Brighton this morning, to deliver a message of hope, of pride and of gratitude, mixed with anger at the antics of the Tory government in Westminster. After a very warm greeting for what was her first live speech to a conference since becoming UNISON’s first female general secretary at the beginning of the year, she told delegates that she was “incredibly proud of the work our union has done – and you’ve all done – on getting the country through this pandemic. “Although we know we’re not through it yet,”...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article 2021 National LGBT Conference equalities LGBT members Source Type: news

School support staff finally included in wellbeing charter
UNISON has made sure that the Department for Education (DfE) included all education staff in its relaunched wellbeing charter this week. The relaunch comes as a result of pressure from the union to be more inclusive of school support staff and deal with issues particular to them. In its first incarnation, the report focussed entirely on teachers and school leaders and ignored the issues of almost 50% of school staff including, teaching assistants, learning support assistants, caretakers and catering staff. Speaking to the Commons Education Select Committee in July on the issue, UNISON’s national officer for schools L...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 19, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article education school staff wellbeing Source Type: news

Public service workers are falling way behind spiralling living costs
Commenting on the news today (Wednesday) that the consumer prices index rate of inflation rose by 4.2% in October, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The government has been passing off pay cuts for public service workers under the guise of wage rises. “The 3% increase for NHS staff is a pay cut in all but name. It doesn’t even keep pace with the cost of living and is no way to deal with the staffing crisis. “Council and school staff have been offered less than half the rate of inflation and many public services are still enduring a pay freeze. “Care is on its knees and the worke...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 17, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release inflation public sector pay Source Type: news

Blog: The Living Wage increase – still a long way to go on fair pay
Living Wage Week is the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement. It’s always a good time for us to take stock, as UNISON has a long history of campaigning for a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s (or night’s) work, to prevent in-work poverty and exploitative low wages. This week, the new Living Wage rates were announced. This means a pay increase for about 300,000 working people – up 40p to £9.90 across the UK, and £11.05 in London. There are now 9,000 real Living Wage employers, but we have much further to go and there is much more to do to eradicate low pay in the UK. Low pay...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 16, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: Article General secretary's blog living wage living wage week Source Type: news

Blog: Phased down and out at COP26
As proceedings ended at COP26 late on Saturday night, the Glasgow Climate Pact joined a long list of previous agreements, arrived at by world leaders, that have failed to ensure global temperatures stop rising. The sum of all the commitments given before and during the two-week jamboree is that the Earth is heading for a 2.4 degree increase rather than being held back to 1.5 degrees. This, according to the prime minister of Barbados, will be a death sentence for many small island communities. COP president Alok Sharma claims that the 1.5 target is still alive; but as many people have said, it is on life support and slippin...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article Blogs News COP26 green unison Source Type: news

Phased down and out at COP26
As proceedings ended at COP26 late on Saturday night, the Glasgow Climate Pact joined a long list of previous agreements, arrived at by world leaders, that have failed to ensure global temperatures stop rising. The sum of all the commitments given before and during the two-week jamboree is that the Earth is heading for a 2.4 degree increase rather than being held back to 1.5 degrees. This, according to the prime minister of Barbados, will be a death sentence for many small island communities. COP president Alok Sharma claims that the 1.5 target is still alive; but as many people have said, it is on life support and slippin...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article Blogs News COP26 green unison Source Type: news

The right to strike must be protected in the new crime bill
UNISON is fighting to protect the right to strike as the controversial new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill reaches its crucial debate stage in the House of Lords this Monday (15 November). The bill spans a wide range of areas and would introduce legislation on several issues that UNISON has long campaigned on and would support, such as defending frontline public sector workers from attack. However, the bill also contains two clauses (55 and 56) which redefine the conditions in which police may take restrictive action against public assemblies. These conditions include those gatherings that, “cause serious d...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 11, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article Industrial action Source Type: news

The old climate certainties ‘aren’t certain any more’
The United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) has put climate justice at the centre of the news agenda for a fortnight, but for UNISON members working at the Environment Agency, adapting to climate changes in the UK is part of their job, every single day. Jackie Hamer is a senior environment officer at the Environment Agency, where she’s worked for 30 years. Over this time, she has seen how conversations on climate change have rapidly evolved. “When I first started doing this job, people hardly talked about climate change. It wasn’t a factor because it just wasn’t in the headlines. Now, we’ve ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 11, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article COP26 Environment green unison Source Type: news