Health Heroes: Nominations now open to find this year ’s winners
Nominations for the sixth Our Health Heroes awards have now opened. Nearly half of the UK’s NHS health and care workforce is made up of support staff who perform a vital role in the delivery of patient care. Many of these unsung heroes form the backbone of our healthcare services, and UNISON is proud to recognise their work through its sponsorship of the Our Health Heroes awards. UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The huge effort made by staff in the face of adversity through the pandemic needs to be recognised and the Our Health Heroes Awards rightly focus on this crucial work, celebrating their diversi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 27, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News health Our Health Heroes Awards Source Type: news

Inside the gas crisis – and how it ’ ll affect you
An unprecedented upturn in the price of gas is sending shockwaves through the UK energy market, forcing a number of energy suppliers out of business, threatening massive increases to consumer’s bills and even provoking government bailouts of carbon-dioxide producers integral to the food supply chain. UNISON’s national officer for energy Matt Lay explains how we got to this point and what it means for our members. He paints a dark picture of an entire section of the country’s infrastructure which has been balanced on a knife edge for years and warns that, without immediate government action, people will go...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article Energy Source Type: news

‘ We ’ ve been stabbed in the back by Boris Johnson ’
Pay dominated the second day of UNISON’s virtual health conference, with delegates discussing the crisis now facing members’ finances. Conference heard of the huge number of health workers earning below the living wage, of hardworking colleagues forced to use food banks, of the student nurses who fell behind in their training as they were enlisted to help fight COVID and now without the investment and support to get back on track. Thousands of exhausted NHS staff – including healthcare assistants, ambulance workers and hospital porters – are facing what is predicted to be the worst winter in history...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: News 2021 Virtual Health Conference Source Type: news

Healthcare assistants band together over pay
Healthcare support staff are launching a campaign to demand fair pay for the work they do, in a move unveiled today at UNISON’s special health conference. Maura McKenna, the vice chair of the union’s health service group executive, told delegates: “The Pay fair for patient care campaign can help branches to win pay justice and the respect, recognition and reward that this big group of workers deserve.” Healthcare support staff – mostly referred to as healthcare assistants or HCAs – work as part of the NHS team to deliver quality patient care. Over the years, as roles have evolved an...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News health pay fair for care Source Type: news

Poorest will be hardest hit by lack of government energy plan, says UNISON  
Commenting on the business secretary’s statement on the energy crisis, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Monday):  “The government’s lack of an energy plan has made a bad situation much worse. Allowing the market free rein, with multiple energy suppliers fighting for consumers, was always going to end in disaster. “Millions of low-income households are feeling the strain of the growing cost of living crisis. Now soaring energy bills will add to their already considerable economic hardship.  “The government has failed to put in place an ene...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release cost of living Energy Source Type: news

So you think you know about climate change?
It’s Green UNISON Week – an opportunity for the whole union to come together and share and discuss all things green and how we as individuals, and all our public services, can fight climate change. The week also gives branches and activists the opportunity to build awareness for the big Cop26 conference in November in Glasgow. Why not start by taking our survey – in conjunction with Leeds University – and find out how much you know about climate change? It only takes a few minutes and is a great way to kickstart your own Green UNISON Week! Take part in the Green UNISON survey now The article So yo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article green unison Source Type: news

Safe staffing and flexibility key factors for future of NHS
Health conference delegates this afternoon considered two key factors that are leading colleagues to leave the NHS, notably the lack of flexible working and safe staffing levels. UNISON lay leaders recently presented the Pay Review Body with evidence showing that over a third of staff were currently considering leaving their NHS jobs. That’s on top of the thousands of disgruntled health workers who have already done so over the past decade. Introducing a composite motion, Stuck in the vicious circle – staffing levels, career development and flexibility, Wilma Brown of the health service group executive (HSGE) &...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 Virtual Health Conference Source Type: news

Invest in the health workforce and public services to learn pandemic lessons
Proper investment in the NHS workforce and run-down public services, as well as the creation of a national care service, are key to the UK’s pandemic recovery, says UNISON today (Monday). In her keynote speech to UNISON’s virtual heath conference this afternoon, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea renewed her call for an immediate public inquiry to hold those accountable for the mistakes, poor decisions and profiteering made during the past 18 months. Christina McAnea said: “The government’s shockingly bad planning, lack of foresight and slow reaction to the unfolding tragedy, is qui...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release adult social care nhs pay public services Source Type: news

Blog: After everything, a pay cut is the bitterest of blows
UNISON’s health conference, held online today and tomorrow, is an important opportunity for health workers to discuss what’s important to them, and to use our union’s democracy to shape what we do next. It’s often our paramedics, nurses, cleaners, porters and healthcare assistants who front up many of our high-profile campaigns in UNISON. But whether someone works in a public-facing role or a job behind the scenes, they are part of one team. Because everyone’s job makes a difference in keeping the NHS running, and on the care and support patients get. That’s why UNISON’s OneTeam2K ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News 2021 Virtual Health Conference Christina McAnea Source Type: news

‘Exhausted and demoralised staff are walking away from health care’
UNISON’s virtual health conference opened this morning with a succession of motions aimed at ensuring members’ health and wellbeing as the UK moves forward from the pandemic. Ros Norman (pictured above), chair of the health service group executive (HSGE) said: “The consequences of the virus for health care staff was devastating. Every one of the health care workers who died have left families bereaved, teams in tears and branches who will never ever forget the toll that this virus has taken.” UNISON senior vice president Andrea Egan talked of the “unprecedented challenges” on members&rsq...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 Virtual Health Conference Source Type: news

UNISON health members deliver damning verdict on government ’s 3% increase 
Health workers in England – angry that rising costs have already wiped out their recent pay rise – have voted to oppose the government over the 3% increase, says UNISON today (Monday). Publishing the results of a consultation exercise that ran over the summer, UNISON says the overwhelming majority (80%) of health workers are not happy with the pay rise and want to challenge the government. Opposition to the 3% will be the key topic of discussion at UNISON’s virtual health conference, which starts later today. Tens of thousands of exhausted staff – including nurses, healthcare assistan...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 19, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release NHS pay rise Source Type: news

Dundee University members appeal for strike hardship donations
UNISON members at Dundee University who are part of, or are eligible to be part of, the university’s superannuation scheme are taking strike action later this month over the employer’s plans to close and replace the defined benefit CARE scheme with a defined contribution scheme next year. Affecting around 900 staff on grades one to six, the proposals are set to leave many members in pension poverty and will see some losing up to 40% of their pension. Those on grades higher than six fall under a different, nationally negotiated, scheme. The university needs to make payments toward the deficit and ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 16, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Dundee higher education Scotland Source Type: news

Sodexo agrees to pay NHS 3% rise at South Yorkshire trust
UNISON has today welcomed the news that private company Sodexo, working within the Doncaster & Bassetlaw hospital sites, has agreed to implement and honour the NHS 3% pay deal for 2021 for Sodexo staff that were TUPE transferred over to them from the Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2018. UNISON area organiser Margaret Yemm said: “All of our UNISON members working in Sodexo have worked – and continue to work – extremely hard to provide an ongoing catering service to our patients and retail customers in Doncaster, even more so during the global COVID-19 outbreak and restr...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 16, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News One Team2K Source Type: news

Blog: Why the Health and Care Bill is so important
By UNISON head of health Sara Gorton UNISON was among the earliest and fiercest critics of the 2012 ‘Lansley’ Act, which extended the scope for privatisation of the NHS in England, and made NHS services subject to unwieldy competition and procurement regulations. It also encouraged fragmentation and disrupted the service by creating and moving tens of thousands of people into a series of new ‘arms-length bodies’. Since the 2012 Act, UNISON has lobbied for changes – not just to get us back to pre-2012 standing, but to reinstate the principles of collaboration, social value and integration as we...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Blogs health Source Type: news

Huge vacancy rates across care sector adding to staff mental health crisis
The government’s failure to deal with ​the growing staffing ​crisis in social care ​risks worsening the mounting mental health toll on workers, says UNISON today (Wednesday). Figures from a recent UNISON survey show a substantial proportion of care workers have suffered problems during the pandemic including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with more than two thirds (68%) saying their mental health has declined. The vast majority ​said their work had contributed to the difficulties ​they were experiencing. UNISON says ther...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 14, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release adult social care Christina McAnea mental health Source Type: news

UN day for democracy: taking action with Myanmar
Tomorrow, 15 September, marks the UN day for democracy. It’s a moment to review the state of democracy around the world and to encourage governments to strengthen their democratic institutions and processes. This year in particular marks a fragile point in the fight for democracy. Myanmar’s democracy has collapsed after 10 years of democratic process. In February, the military seized control, claiming widespread voter fraud after a landslide election victory by the National League for Democracy. The United Nations General Assembly is set to meet and decide the fate of Myanmar’s representation at the UN. W...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 14, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News international Source Type: news

Don ’t wait until it’s too late to bring back mask wearing and social distancing
Commenting on the government’s winter coronavirus plan outlined by health secretary Sajid Javid today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:   “Making mask wearing optional back in the summer was a mistake. The government was too hasty to scrap this and other sensible safety precautions like social distancing. “Health workers are having to cope with the backlog and rising Covid hospital admissions. Their struggle is made worse by having too few staff, all worn out from their previous pandemic efforts. They’re hugely dedi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 14, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Christina McAnea face masks health and social care Source Type: news

A new deal for employment would make a huge difference
Commenting on Keir Starmer’s speech today (Tuesday) to the TUC, where the Labour leader promised a new deal for employment, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Keir is right. There needs to be a new post-pandemic settlement for working people. Low pay, precarious contracts and minimal sick pay have no place in the modern world of work. “Zero-hours contracts are commonplace in social care as are minimum wage pay rates. That’s one of the many reasons the sector is struggling to hold onto and recruit the staff it needs to deliver quality care. “Statutory sick pay (SSP) is e...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 14, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Christina McAnea sick pay zero-hours contracts Source Type: news

Blog: The great state pension rip-off
by Glyn Jenkins, UNISON head of pensions  Rishi Sunak has finally announced the complete U-turn on the government’s pledge to retain the triple lock for increasing state pensions. Under the triple lock, pensions increase by inflation, the increase in earnings between May and July or 2.5%, whichever is the greater. Breaking the promise on the triple lock means that all pensioners and all taxpayers paying national insurance will be ripped off. The end of the job retention scheme and employees coming off furlough may distort the measure of average earnings but there is no excuse for not using the underlying ea...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 9, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: glynj Tags: Blogs pensions women Source Type: news

Government has no plan for social care, says UNISON
Commenting on the joint press conference today (Tuesday) on social care with Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Put simply the government has no plan for social care. “The money promised is nowhere near what’s needed – £5.3bn over three years doesn’t even come close. “Social care needs more than just a tweak, it requires wholesale change from top to bottom. “Those currently in receipt of care and the thousands more who need support but can’t get it for love nor money will feel extremely let down to...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 7, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release adult social care Source Type: news

New social care levy shows government priorities are all wrong, says UNISON        
Commenting today (Tuesday) on government plans for a new health and social care levy in England, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “General taxation should be the solution for social care, not national insurance hikes. The focus on funding instead of reform is a cart-before-the-horse approach. “A detailed plan is needed first to mend and future-proof a sector broken by years of neglect. Only then will the cost of making good the damage become clear. “A care blueprint must outline the government’s vision for a national service ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 7, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release adult social care Source Type: news

Blog: Still in solidarity, two decades later
This Saturday marks 20 years since the world was shaken by the heinous attacks in the United States. The 9/11 plotters caused the deaths of 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 and had a devastating impact on the lives of countless others. Harrowing scenes of human suffering, chaos and disaster were projected around the globe, while the reality played out in front of everyone in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. The first to respond and to reach each scene were, of course, emergency service workers. While workers rightly fled their offices and workplaces to get to safety, first responders were going in the other direct...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 7, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Christina McAnea international Source Type: news

Get set for Green UNISON Week
This September, communities and workplaces across the UK will join together for the Great Big Green Week – and UNISON members will be marking Green UNISON Week in support, using it to celebrate, discuss and share how the union is working to green public services. From 18_26 of the month, branches across the UK are organising a week of activities to call for urgent action to tackle climate change. Green UNISON Week also gives members the chance to show support for the school climate strike on 24 September. UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Green UNISON Week gives young people a global space to dem...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 6, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article Environment green unison Source Type: news

Ministers must end jab compulsion to prevent care home catastrophe
The government must immediately repeal ‘no jab, no job’ laws for care home staff in England to avert a staffing crisis that threatens to overwhelm the sector, says UNISON today (Saturday). The controversial mandatory vaccination rule is pushing thousands to the brink of quitting care work and ministers are “sleepwalking into a disaster” by failing to act, says UNISON, the largest union in social care. Care home staff have until September 16 to get their first vaccination or face the sack. Despite this fast-approaching deadline, there is no sign the government has a realistic plan to deal with the fa...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 3, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release care workers Mandatory vaccination Source Type: news

UNISON wins outsourcing battle at London medical university
UNISON has won a decision to bring outsourced workers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) back in house at the end of the current contract in August 2022. The move follows months of negotiations, after the union submitted a claim for the insourcing of staff employed by Samsic UK in 2019 on behalf of the dedicated cleaners and security staff at the school. In a huge win for the outsourced workers, parity of terms and conditions will now be offered to the staff, many of whom have worked tirelessly on the front line throughout COVID-19 to keep the researchers safe and the school open to help com...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 2, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News higher education insourcing Source Type: news

‘ A safety net we ’ re all incredibly proud of ’
There for You, UNISON’s welfare charity, provides confidential advice and support for UNISON members and their dependents experiencing financial and personal difficulties.  Knowing that the pandemic would drastically hit members with a loss of income, debt and bereavement, in 2020, There For You set up the UNISON COVID-19 Response Fund as an additional source of help for those directly affected by the pandemic.  The figures are in now, and There For You is proud to report that over the past year, 4,620 grants were awarded to UNISON members to help get their lives back on track. That’s more than 12 gra...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 31, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News covid-19 response fund there for you Source Type: news

Many nurses and midwives feel unprepared and unsupported in first roles
More than two thirds (70%) of students or newly qualified nurses and midwives believe they have missed out on important learning experiences during Covid, says a UNISON report today (Wednesday). The findings also show more than half (56%) of final year students worry they’re not as prepared for qualification as they should be, according to a snapshot survey of those in the UK who completed their studies in the pandemic. Many student nurses and midwives had their studies disrupted as a result of deployment to hospital wards and the addition of other responsibilities during the pandemic. UNISON ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 24, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus health workers nursing and midwifery students Source Type: news

Councils across England, Wales and Scotland face a £3bn funding black hole next year
Councils in England, Wales and Scotland are grappling with huge budget deficits totalling £3.09bn for the next financial year*, according to research published by UNISON today (Wednesday). The record shortfall in 2022/23 will lead to huge service and staff cuts at local authorities across Britain unless the government urgently finds the money to protect communities, the union says. The stark results show the mammoth savings needed to balance the books, without new funding from the government. The cuts will result in significant reductions in the vital s...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 24, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release local government funding Source Type: news

10 things you probably don ’ t know about the NHS pay award
As UNISON has reported, the Westminster government is imposing a 3% pay award on NHS staff in England. It has refused to negotiate with the union, while taking months to reach its decision. UNISON is currently consulting with its health members, to gauge their view on this imposed award and how they want to react. But it is always difficult to navigate the pros and cons of any pay award, especially when it’s communicated as a percentage, and in a massive system like the NHS, whose workers are strung across so many pay bands. Sometimes we just need to know what it means for us, as individuals and for the NHS team as a...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 24, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News #OneTeam2k NHS staff one team your say One Team2K Source Type: news

Blog: Call 999 – the terrifying crisis in the ambulance service
Working in the ambulance service is a rewarding career. The feeling of helping people when they need it most is unbeatable and a source of pride for staff. However, the reality can be very different from the altruistic dream. Not because we’re no longer helping people and saving lives – of course, that still happens day in day out. But the way staff are treated and how their work is organised has led many in the service to question their perception of how things are run. They’re stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed. Looking at the big picture, demand on ambulance services has been growing year-on-year, way...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 24, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Alan Lofthouse Tags: Article Blogs ambulance workers health NHS paramedics Source Type: news

UNISON police staff committee urges members to reject pay freeze
Police staff in England and Wales are being urged by UNISON to vote to reject a pay freeze that the government and police employers want to impose on them this year, with lower earners on salaries of up to £24,000 to receive just £250. A pay consultation for UNISON police staff members opened last week and runs until 6 September. The union’s police staff sector committee for England and Wales described the offer as an “insulting” one that does not reward the hard work of police staff during the COVID-19 pandemic or make up for a decade of poor pay awards that have squeezed living standards. Th...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 16, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News police and justice Source Type: news

UNISON urges councils to ensure care staff are properly paid
UNISON is urging councils in England and Wales to be “far more proactive” in ensuring that there is a high standard of homecare provision in their local area, after details emerged of five businesses that have been flouting minimum wage law. The care companies that have been ‘named and shamed’ by the government include: Millennium Care Ltd of Neath Port Talbot – commissioned by Neath Port Talbot Council – failed to pay £28,871.77 to 40 workers; APC Care Limited of Wealden – commissioned by East Sussex Council – failed to pay £6,311.6 to 39 workers; A1 Home Care L...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 13, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News adult social care ethical care charter national minimum wage Source Type: news

Record waiting lists call for proper  investment in NHS workforce, says UNISON
Commenting on new figures from NHS England published today (Thursday) showing waiting lists for treatment are at an all-time high, UNISON deputy head of health Helga Pile said: “The NHS is facing a double whammy of record demand and record waiting lists. That means the already exhausted and demoralised workforce is staggering up a mountain that just keeps getting higher. “The government must invest now to retain existing staff and attract sufficient new recruits over the next few years. That means improving pay and funding more support for st...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 12, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release NHS funding NHS pay rise Source Type: news

Health organisations stand together against abuse   
The country’s leading health organisations – between them representing hundreds of thousands of NHS staff – have today (Wednesday) come together to stand against the abuse to which they have been subjected during the pandemic. The group – which includes the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), UNISON, and the NHS Confederation – has also urged the public to stand with them. The last few days have seen an incredible outpouring of support for the RCM and its chief executive Gill Walton, shown by the list of signatories in a letter in today’s Times. This followed abuse and death threats on soci...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 4, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Christina McAnea NHS staff Violence against staff in the NHS Source Type: news

Compulsory jabs guidance is confusing and risks driving staff away, says UNISON         
Commenting on government guidance published today (Wednesday) that staff and volunteers in care homes must be fully vaccinated unless exempt, UNISON head of business and community Donna Rowe-Merriman said: “Yet again the government is creating confusion where clarity is needed. Staff still don’t know if they’re exempt, which is causing anxiety and prompting concerns they’ll lose their jobs. “Care employers don’t want compulsory vaccinations, nor do unions. Ministers should be listening to them instead of imposing coercive measures. “This draconian approach will do more ha...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 4, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release adult social care Source Type: news

‘Now is the time – have your say on pay’
“Now is the time to have your say – and use your vote – on your pay.” That is the message from UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea, as the union consults with members across service groups on pay. Workers who have kept vital services running throughout the pandemic – often at risk to their own health – deserve a proper pay rise. Whatever the workplace, pay is likely to be an issue. Even before COVID-19, more than a decade of austerity has seen public service pay stagnate. With inflation running at 3.9% (RPI), that’s a big increase in the cost of living. UNISON is driven to en...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 3, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article education food standards agency local government NHS pay police and justice Scotland youth and community workers Source Type: news

Welfare of ambulance staff at risk as services face ‘unsustainable’ demand     
UNISON has written to ambulance service chiefs calling for urgent support for staff as services face unprecedented 999 call volumes and unsustainable demand from the public. The letter to Daren Mochrie, chair of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE), says employers must act ​now to​limit the impact on the wellbeing and morale of staff, especially those working in control rooms. In the letter, UNISON says ‘missed meal breaks, late finishes, queuing outside hospitals and increasing levels of sickness absence have become widespread’. The letter continues: “This is all having...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 3, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Ambulance ambulance workers Helga Pile Source Type: news

Blog: Fighting for pay across the union
UNISON is now fighting high profile pay battles across our public services and across the UK to get the fair pay rise you deserve. We, in UNISON, didn’t need reminding about the value of our public service workers, but COVID-19 has woken the world up to the unrelenting efforts of low-paid workers. Keeping people and communities safe and cared for, delivering vital vaccination programmes, and keeping children and young people educated and supported has been your daily mission. And let’s be clear, all our vital public services rely on valued and supported workers. But when we can’t count on the Westminster ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 2, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog Christina McAnea pay up now Source Type: news

Army of invisible ​, yet indispensible​, cleaners, porters and caterers must be included in NHS pay award
Cleaners, porters, catering assistants, security ​guards and other health staff employed by private ​companies but working in the NHS​ must not miss out on ​any pay ​rise given to their colleagues, says UNISON today (Monday). UNISON ​is urging firms such as Serco, Sodexo and Mitie – as well as subsidiary companies ​owned by individual NHS trusts – to increase hourly pay rates to at least match new NHS rates (known as Agenda for Change) so they are not left behind. ​Last week UNISON ​was critical of the government for failing to honour its own ‘leve...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 2, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release #OneTeam2k one team us 2 Source Type: news

UNISON launches consultation over NHS rise that meets neither expectations nor real living wage
The government has failed to honour its own ‘levelling up’ promises with the disappointing 3% pay rise for NHS workers in England, says UNISON. The award announced last week doesn’t meet the real living wage of £9.50 per hour for the lowest paid health service workers and widens the gap between those at the top and bottom of the scale, the union says. The 3% increase means the lowest earners will get a rise which is just one sixth of those at the top of the NHS pay scales. UNISON will begin consulting NHS workers later this week on whether they accept the rise, or oppose it and are prepared to ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 27, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release #OneTeam2k NHS pay rise one team your say Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes new law to prevent sexual harassment at work
UNISON has welcomed the government’s recent announcement to introduce a mandatory duty on employers to protect staff from sexual harassment by introducing explicit protections from third-party harassment – for example, from clients and contractors. This is something that UNISON has been calling for as part of the #ThisIsNotWorking alliance – a TUC-led coalition of unions, women’s rights bodies and business organisations. UNISON national women’s officer Josie Irwin has warned that the union will need to keep a close eye on progress and ensure the government honours this intention. “A work...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 27, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article equalities sexual harassment women Source Type: news

Water regulation needs to be properly resourced, says UNISON
UNISON is calling on the government to introduce regulation that will help it deliver on its promise to “build back greener” following the coronavirus pandemic. Responding to last week’s government announcement on water policy reforms to deliver an ambitious environmental agenda, the union said that Westminster must ensure suitably funded, resourced and independent regulation is in place to deliver on those challenges. The government announcement followed a recent judgement and record fine of Southern Water for regularly and deliberately pouring untreated sewage into protected waters on the south coast of...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 27, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News WET Source Type: news

Prime Minister  must intervene to fund a fair pay rise for council workers
UNISON has today (Monday) urged the Prime Minister to make funding available for council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who keep communities safe and clean, educate children and care for the sick and elderly to have the pay rise they deserve. In a letter to Boris Johnson, the union’s general secretary Christina McAnea said the local services that have been vital to millions will only continue to be resilient if they have “a valued and fairly rewarded workforce”. She points out these workers are often “low-paid women who have been the backb...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 26, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Christina McAnea local government pay 2014 NJC pay Source Type: news

It ’s good the government has moved on NHS pay, but staff deserve more
Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the government is to give NHS staff in England a 3% pay rise, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The government’s acceptance of the NHS pay review body recommendation is an improvement on its earlier miserly 1% proposal. “But the increase falls short of what NHS staff deserve after the past 16 months. It’s less than the wage rise given to Scottish health colleagues and not enough to protect the NHS. “Porters, cleaners, nurses, paramedics and other health workers have waited for months for what they hoped would be a fair deal. ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nhs pay One Team2K Source Type: news

Government ’s treatment of NHS staff is disgraceful 
The government has led NHS workers a merry dance and ministers should hang their heads in shame at such disgraceful treatment (Wednesday), says UNISON. Despite a widespread expectation that the long-awaited pay announcement would happen today, ministers have cruelly dashed the hopes of thousands of exhausted and dedicated health workers, the union added. UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The government has behaved disgracefully towards NHS staff. “Health workers are on the cusp of another wave of the deadly virus and have already been through so much. They’ve been treated shabbily...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Christina McAnea health nhs pay Source Type: news

Government postpones controversial health data grab
UNISON has welcomed the government’s decision to postpone its planned data grab of all medical histories held by English GPs. The controversial plan had already been delayed from July to September, after widespread criticism from GPs, civil society organisations, trade unions and others. Then, in July, came the backdown, and the decision to “pause” the collection of data in order to provide more time to engage with GPs, patients, health charities and others. In a letter to GPs, Jo Churchill, the under-secretary of state for health and social care, wrote: “While we are continuing to work on the ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News NHS Source Type: news

Latest delay on social care reform could push staff over the edge, says UNISON             
Commenting on reports today (Tuesday) that social care reforms are to be delayed until the autumn, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The government has raised hopes around reform only to dash them yet again. “The longer ministers stall, the more desperate the state of social care becomes. A properly funded plan is needed now to address poverty pay and rising job vacancies. “Ministers have to deliver on a blueprint for a national care service that puts people and high standards of care before profit. Care workers must also be fairly rewarded for their skill and dedication.&rdq...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release adult social care Source Type: news

Blog: How to start solving the housing crisis
We all know how difficult the last 18 months has been for all of us, at work and at home. COVID has naturally pushed lots of issues away from the headlines and the political agenda, including housing. That doesn’t mean any of these problems have gone away, if anything they have grown worse over the past year and a half as the world’s attention focused on dealing with the pandemic. But at UNISON, we know that these problems remain as important as ever for our members and all working people. We surveyed members in September last year and the results showed that more than a quarter of you were looking elsewhere to...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: Article Christina McAnea general secretary housing Source Type: news

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

Isolation changes must happen with boosted safety measures, says UNISON
Responding to new government guidance issued today (Monday) allowing frontline NHS and social care staff to work rather than self-isolate in exceptional circumstances, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Rather than a hell-for-leather rush, changes to restrictions should have been managed sensibly in stages. “Any moves towards changing isolation rules for health and care workers must be voluntary. Staff shouldn’t be bullied to come back.  “In the care sector, many reckless employers will see it as a green light to pressure staff who’ve been pinged to come into work.&nbs...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 19, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release care workers covid NHS staff Source Type: news