UNISON will stand up to ‘laddism and misogyny’ typified by Trump and Johnson
Speaking at UNISON’s national women’s conference in Bournemouth, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today (Friday) said: “This year’s conference is the biggest in a quarter of a century. More than a thousand women from all walks of life and every corner of the country are here to defy those who said, ‘unions are for only for men’. “Today UNISON has a million women shaping our agenda and driving us forward. “It’s mostly women pushing back against the backdoor privatisation of the NHS. It’s mostly women in Northern Ireland who took seven long weeks of action to d...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Article News angela rayner Boris Johnson dave prentis Donald Trump national women's conference Source Type: news

Going beyond the law: sexual harassment guidance launched
UNISON today launched new bargaining guidance for fighting sexual harassment at work. National women’s officer Josie Irwin told delegates at the union’s women’s conference: “Sexual harassment is against the law, but the law doesn’t stop it happening. “Sexual harassment can take place at any level in any relationship, it can be third party; it can take place off premises and at events. It’s an employer’s responsibility to stop it from happening”. TUC policy officer Sian Elliott was also present at the launch, and criticised the legal approach to sexual harassment: &...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article 2020 Women's Conference bullying and harassment sexual harassment unison women Source Type: news

Prentis shares the ❤ with UNISON ’s women
“UNISON women have always been my inspiration. Whatever path we take, I will always walk with you.” Dave Prentis was addressing the union’s women’s conference in Bournemouth as Heart Unions – and Heart UNISON – week neared its conclusion. And the general secretary was full of heart for the 1,000-plus representatives of the union’s million-plus female members. He said “I can’t think of a better place to spend Valentine’s Day than with all of you!” to warm laughter and applause. “Over a thousand women here today … our women’s conference grow...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2020 Women's Conference dave prentis heart unions Heart UNISON women members Source Type: news

NHS still has huge task ahead on race, says UNISON
Commenting on the NHS England Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) report today, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “It’s disgraceful that bullying, harassment and abuse are on the rise for black staff. And that it’s increasing from colleagues, as well as patients, is of deep concern. “Many staff feel nothing will be done by their employer and all too often they’ve no support from colleagues. “Racist abuse damages the confidence, health and well-being of black staff, forcing many to leave their jobs. “As well as the devastating effect on the individ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release equality NHS staff race for equality Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Fighting against NHS fees for pregnant migrant women
Delegates to UNISON’s women’s conference voted through a vital motion this morning, pledging to fight the NHS fees for pregnant women. Presenting the motion, Milton Keynes branch secretary Mary Moore explained that the fees are designed as part of the UK’s “hostile environment for migrants”. For pregnant women, this comes in the form of violent and degrading policies, forcing health workers to act foremost as border control and debt collectors instead of as health providers. If a woman is pregnant and seeking asylum, or does not have secure immigration status in the UK, they can expect to be c...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News 2020 Women's Conference health hostile environment immigration Midwives unison women Source Type: news

UNISON women steady themselves for the fight
The first session of this year’s UNISON’s women’s conference opened in Bournemouth this afternoon, with Catrina Murray for the national women’s committee asking delegates: “Remember that song, Things can only get better? I think we’ll find that things can get worse”. December’s election victory for the Conservatives – and what it will mean for women – was a thread that ran through the afternoon’s business. While continued austerity and pain was the major expectation, there was also a determination to fight back, harder than ever. Benefits was just one area t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2020 Women's Conference benefits care crisis Universal credit welfare reform women members Source Type: news

Angela Rayner: rebel with a cause
“Angela Rayner, Stockport local government branch and first-time deputy Labour leadership candidate!” said the member of Parliament for Ashton-under-Lyne, when she took to the rostrum at the opening of UNISON’s annual women’s conference in Brighton this afternoon to loud cheers. Taking a break from the campaign for the Labour Party deputy leadership, she described how two decades of activism had seen her start out as a care worker in the union’s young members’ group, alongside current UNISON president Josie Bird and junior vice president James Anthony. “My story is your story. I&rs...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2020 Women's Conference angela rayner education Labour Party lifelong learning Source Type: news

UNISON leading the way
“UNISON is again leading the way on employment rights,” general secretary Dave Pentis told the UNISON national executive council when it met in London today, on the same day that the union’s legal representatives appeared at the Supreme Court over careworkers’ right to be paid the minimum wage for sleep-in shifts. On top of that, Mr Prentis told the meeting, UNISON is taking more industrial action than any other union. Despite the 2017 Trade Union Act, designed to make it harder for workers to take action, he said, in more and more local disputes, mainly involving women, the union is reaching the 50...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News Industrial action national executive council NEC Palestine Windrush Source Type: news

Protect our food
UNISON has teamed up with a bereaved father to make sure that the UK doesn’t lose its food safety standards to deregulation. Campaigner Steve Nash, UNISON national officer Paul Bell and lawyer Sean Humber delivered a 219,000-strong petition to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) headquarters in London. It calls on new FSA chief executive Emma Miles to scrap plans that would permit slaughterhouses carry out their own safety inspections. “What the FSA is trying to do is move to a risk-based approach to inspection with slaughterhouses,” said Mr Bell. What that means is that instead of independent meat hygiene in...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: News food standards agency local government meat hygiene meat inspection meat inspectors Source Type: news

Windrush deportations must stop now, says UNISON
Commenting on the departure of the government’s deportation flight to Jamaica UNISON assistant general secretary Roger McKenzie today (Wednesday) said: “It’s deeply worrying that people who’ve lived in the UK since childhood are being deported to countries they don’t know. “This shows the government’s learned nothing from the Windrush scandal and is intent on ploughing ahead with its shabby hostile environment agenda. “Deportation flights must stop now and a proper investigation launched into this cruel and disproportionate punishment.” Notes t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Press release deportations government jamaica roger mckenzie scandal Windrush Source Type: news

Women members set to sort it out
UNISON’s women’s conference meets in Bournemouth tomorrow, where a packed agenda awaits. With the UK having just started its first full year under a Boris Johnson government, one of the dominant themes at conference will be continuing austerity – because, aside from the announcement of a rise in the national minimum wage to come in the spring, election campaign promises to end austerity have yet to be realised. Conference will be debating a wide range of austerity-related issues, from the growing crisis in social care – with its effect on the largely female care workforce and on women who are expect...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News #UsToo 2020 Women's Conference Menopause sexual harassment Source Type: news

Fair pay rise for council staff would be affordable, says UNISON
The pay claim for council workers is affordable and will provide benefits for the wider economy across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to a new analysis published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. UNISON, Unite and GMB are calling for wages to rise to £10 per hour for the lowest paid local government workers, with a 10% rise for other members of staff for 2020/21. New research by Landman Economics, commissioned by UNISON, shows the actual net cost of the claim is less than half (49%) the overall projected cost of £1.6bn. If council workers got a decent pay rise, central government would save hundreds ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release council pay Jon Richards local government pay 2014 public sector pay Source Type: news

Dealing with the aftermath of Ciara and Dennis
Storm Ciara is still making its effects felt – and will be followed by Storm Dennis, due to hit the country at the end of this week. As of yesterday, there were185 flood alerts and 77 flood warnings in place across the UK. And the outlook could be still be grim: high winds are forecast for the South West, Midlands, North West, Scotland and Northern Ireland, while heavy snow is also expected. Many UNISON members are out dealing with the effects of the wind, rain and snow as part of their jobs. Others are dealing with the effects of the storms at home. To help those who have seen storm damage to their property, UNISON&...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article member benefits membership benefits UIA Source Type: news

Branch Resources Review makes progress
The review group, made up of 24 senior UNISON members, met for the third time on 6 February. Work is well underway. The meeting received  presentation on the data sources (Organising Framework, OLBA & RMS) now available for branch analysis. Some interesting insights will be available going forward. It also received a short presentation on the current components of the existing branch formula as a refresher. The review group approved a draft survey for the views of branch secretaries on their day-to-day activities. This will be out shortly. It agreed the principle of a regional organising fund for further investig...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article activists branch finances branch resources review branches supporting activists Source Type: news

The right to a decent and secure home
Housing is one of the biggest issues facing working people today – particularly for low-paid public service workers who do so much for our communities. Decent affordable housing along with decent pay are the very least they deserve. Yet over the last decade the housing crisis has worsened, thanks to the government’s ideological obsession with cuts and austerity, which have significantly reduced public spending on housing and welfare benefits. As a result, the social housing sector has been starved of the funding and resources it needs to invest in new and existing homes – and social housing has become inc...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Unions reject ‘disappointing’ council pay offer
The three unions representing council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have today (Wednesday) rejected the 2% initial pay offer made by the local government employers. Last summer UNISON, GMB and Unite – which between them have more than a million local government members – submitted the pay claim for 2020/21. If accepted, this would mean that £10 an hour would be the lowest rate for council staff from this April. Everyone else would receive a 10% wage rise. The three unions have now called on the local government employers to think again and come up with a better offer so talks can continue...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 5, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release council pay Jon Richards local government pay claim Source Type: news

The government should reject Trump ’s dangerous plan for Israel/Palestine
The rights of Palestinian people have always been an international priority for UNISON. Our union has consistently called for a two-state solution, with a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel, in line with decades of UN resolutions and international law on the issue. So it was with extreme concern we noted the launch of President Trump’s so called ‘Deal of the Century’ at the end of January; an unashamed attempt to normalise a brutal occupation which has denied the Palestinian people their freedom, justice and rights for over half a century. These one-sided proposals – drawn up by President T...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Organising to defeat the far right
“We live in very dangerous times. For years, there was a consensus right across the political spectrum that we must keep the fascists out of the political mainstream. That clearly is changing,” said Brian Robinson from Stand Against Racism and Inequality (pictured). “The rise of populist leaders like Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil – as well as an increased vote for fascist parties in Germany, Sweden, Italy and many other countries – has emboldened racists. “The EU referendum result has given confidence to right wing leaders and groups,” continued Mr Ro...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2020 Black Members Conference anti-fascism anti-racism challenging racism Source Type: news

Young Black member of the year – ‘I’m just trying to fight injustice’
Funmi Ayeni (pictured above) was “overwhelmed” when she found out that she’d won the first Young Black Members’ Award. “I didn’t expect to win it, but it was an amazing feeling when I did.” This prestigious award was introduced by the national Black members’ committee in 2019, UNISON’s year of young members, and was presented at this weekend’s Black members’ conference in Bournemouth. It’s aim is to recognise the achievements of young activists and to encourage others to get involved in the union. Twenty-six-year old Funmi is a support worker for young...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 1, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2020 Black Members Conference young members Source Type: news

2020 Nelson Mandela Award presented to ‘pioneering’ woman
Yvonne Green was presented with the 2020 Nelson Mandela Award at this weekend’s Black members’ conference, by vice president Sian Stockham, for going “above and beyond” her duties toward Black members. “Yvonne is an inspiration to us all proving what can be achieved when you don’t give up the struggle,” said Carol Sewell, chair of the national Black members’ committee. The award is particularly coveted, as winners are chosen by their peers. Ms Green is a pioneer. She is the first Black person to hold the role of branch secretary in the London Borough of Croydon, where she has...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 1, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2020 Black Members Conference nelson mandela award Source Type: news

‘Our strength comes from you’, president tells conference
“This conference is the tip of the iceberg. It does not tell the full story of Black members’ achievements at a time of hardship and real struggle, and why you are such a significant part of our union.” Opening the second day of the 2020 Black members’ conference in Bournemouth, UNISON’s president Josie Bird spoke of her pride in being part of the union family, and thanked the Black members’ committee for its hard work fighting racism and xenophobia. She also thanked the committee for supporting disabled, LGBT+ and women members to strengthen the fight against all forms of prejudice. &ld...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 1, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2020 Black Members Conference Josie Bird racism Source Type: news

‘Getting actively involved with UNISON … got me out of the abyss’
Delegates applauded Charmaine Blaze at the Black members’ conference today, when she movingly described how UNISON helped her secure a managerial role at NHS Scotland after years of being under-employed, under-valued and lacking career progression. She observed that, for Black women in particular, the gender pay gap is “less of a gap and more of an abyss or chasm”. Ms Blaze (pictured) said: “Many times they offer us employment and, when we come to the table, they give us crumbs while they feast on the key roles – the important roles, the leadership roles, the management roles.” Some two ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 1, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2020 Black Members Conference low pay Source Type: news

What a start to the new decade!
January’s been busy for UNISON. We started off the year strongly, announcing our support for Keir Starmer as the new Labour leader (above with Dave Prentis) and Angela Rayner as deputy (below). The first campaigning win of the year came for members in Northumbria Police, after the Northumbria office of the Police and Crime Commissioner signed the Dying to Work Charter, which protects individuals at work with a terminal illness. In Northern Ireland, health workers suspended a strike action after the government offered an improved pay deal. The pay deal was offered after intensive negotiations betw...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 31, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article angela rayner dave prentis holocaust memorial day insourcing Keir Starmer show racism the red card Source Type: news

UNISON deal ends outsourcing at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
UNISON-brokered deal ends outsourcing at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust A thousand low-paid porters, cleaners and catering staff at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London are today (Thursday) celebrating after winning the right to be directly managed by the NHS, says UNISON. From 1 April the staff – who work in the trust’s five hospitals across the capital – will no longer be employed by private contractor Sodexo. The company has held the contract since 2015. As part of the transfer back to the NHS, staff from Sodexo will see their pay, overtime, pensions and sickness allowances brought in...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Article dave prentis Eakins Greater London Region health Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust low-paid outsourcing Source Type: news

FE workers in England reject pay offer
A UNISON working group will look into how further education members in England can best campaign against low pay after rejected the employers’ pay offer for the 2019-20 academic year. The employer’s body, the Association of Colleges, recommended a pay increase of 1% or £250, whichever was greater, in November last year. This was in response to a union claim for an extra £1 per hour for all pay grades, an extra five days annual leave and the living wage – as calculated by the Living Wage Foundation – as a minimum. UNISON consulted members on the offer over January, and they rejected it. T...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article college pay colleges education services FE colleges FE pay further education Source Type: news

Our members count, UNISON tells universities
Make sure our members count, UNISON is demanding, after the body that published data on the university workforces announced that it won’t collect information on professional, administrative and operational workers in future. The Higher Education Statistics Agency says it has stopped collecting data on support staff, rendering them invisible, while only academic staff and higher grades on non-teaching staff will be counted. The HESA publishes data showing the number of staff in each university by broad occupational group and also by nationality and gender, ethnicity and age. It’s last figures, published on 23 Ja...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article data education services higher education universities Source Type: news

Evil of anti-Semitism ‘still with us’, says UNISON
Speaking an event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “We remember the victims of the systematic and planned attempts by the Nazis and their collaborators to murder all the Jews in Europe. They exterminated six million Jewish people – two thirds of all those in Europe and over one million in Auschwitz alone. “Today we remember the other victims of Nazi persecution including Roma, Sinti, Polish and Slavic people as well as the disabled, LGBT and Black people. Trade unionists and politi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

Holocaust Memorial Day: standing together
Today, 27 January, is Holocaust Memorial Day, and this year it marks exactly 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. UNISON marked the event with an event at UNISON centre, attended by hundreds of staff. There was a minute’s silence and the lighting of a candle of remembrance to honour the victims of the Nazi regime and those murdered during modern genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Speeches were given by Dave Prentis, Georgia Gould, the leader of Camden council, local MP Keir Starmer, UNISON president Josie Bird, Hope not Hate deputy director Jemma Levene and UNISON sen...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News anti-fascism anti-racism dave prentis holocaust memorial day hope not hate Josie Bird Keir Starmer Source Type: news

Holocaust Memorial Day: UNISON Renfrewshire remembers Jane Haining
Holocaust Memorial Day is Monday 27 January and UNISON Renfrewshire will be remembering the only Scot who died in a Nazi concentration camp – Jane Haining. In 1932, she responded to an advert in the Church of Scotland magazine for the position of a matron at the Scottish Mission School in Budapest. When Germany annexed Austria in 1937, Budapest became a major destination for Jewish people fleeing the Nazis. Jane and the Scottish Mission did vital work saving Jewish refugees by helping them emigrate to safety – by February 1939 it was running courses in farming, cattle breeding and any other subjects that would ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article holocaust memorial day Scotland Source Type: news

UNISON marks Holocaust Memorial Day
Senior local politicians and union leaders will be at UNISON’s London headquarters to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday 27 January. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis and president Josie Bird will host an event at 11.45am to remember the millions who died during the Holocaust. They will be joined by Holborn & St Pancras MP Keir Starmer, Camden Council leader Georgia Gould and Jemma Levene, deputy director of anti-fascism campaigning group Hope not Hate. Commemorations will be even more poignant this year, as 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and 25 years since the 1995 B...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Article dave prentis holocaust memorial day Jemma Levene Josie Bird Keir Starmer Nazi oppression Source Type: news

Greener NHS Campaign to Tackle Climate ‘Health Emergency’
NHS Chief Sir Simon Stevens has today (Saturday) announced that the NHS and its staff will step up action to tackle the climate “health emergency” this year, helping prevent illness, reducing pressure on A&Es, and saving tens of thousands of lives. The initiative follows the launch of the Climate Assembly UK this week, which is discussing how the country can best get to ‘net zero’. Health chief Sir Simon Stevens has today announced three steps the NHS will take during 2020 to tackle this problem. First, NHS England is establishing an expert panel to chart a practical route map this year to enabl...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 25, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Article health Source Type: news

Police branches welcome new maternity support
Suffolk and Norfolk UNISON police branches are celebrating a victory, after chief officers agreed to increase the amount of maternity support leave for officers and staff. The chief constables agreed to increase special leave for new parents by one week – in addition to the previous arrangement for two weeks – and the new policy has been backdated to 31 October 2019. Suffolk and Norfolk UNISON branch secretaries Mark Trask and Caren Reeves welcomed the news. In a joint statement, they said: “Once again, Norfolk and Suffolk chief constables stride ahead for staff welfare by agreeing to increase maternity s...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 24, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News maternity leave Maternity Rights police and justice Source Type: news

Library workers: have you experienced abuse at work?
UNISON wants to hear from members working in libraries who would be prepared to share their experiences of violence, abuse or harassment while doing their job. Sarah (not her real name) works in a library in the South East. She told us: “I once had a library user slap my bottom as I bent down to pick up some books. So I’m now careful to squat, kneel or sit on the floor if I ever need to reach down for anything. “I’ve also had customers hurl racist abuse at me and others have refused to be served by me. These unpleasant occurrences are thankfully rare, but it’s upsetting all the same. No-o...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 24, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News libraries library and culture service violence at work Source Type: news

New NHS community response teams show the need for social care investment, says UNISON
Commenting on NHS England plans to create a number of community rapid response teams to treat older people in their homes to try to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Any moves to treat elderly people in their own homes and avoid trips to already overstretched A&E departments will be welcomed by an NHS that’s in danger of being overwhelmed. “If the social care system wasn’t underfunded to the point of collapse, older people could be helped before they hit crisis point. “But with resources scarce, short visits have bec...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Article Press release Christina McAnea NHS England social care Source Type: news

‘ It ’ s our responsibility to kick racism out of our society ’
“It’s our responsibility to kick racism – not just out of football, but out of our society.” That was the clarion call at the heart of Dave Prentis’s speech last night, as UNISON hosted the launch of this year’s Show Racism the Red Card schools competition. Dave Prentis   The general secretary noted that, 24 years after the campaign group was founded – with UNISON’s support – “we are back to where we started,” with some fans even “chanting against their own players” as racism and xenophobia grow outside football stadiums too. “It&rsquo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News anti-racism dave prentis education equalities show racism the red card Source Type: news

Patel ’s terrorism plans mean more resources needed for probation
Probation in England and Wales needs “significant additional investment” if the government is serious about its plans for tougher monitoring of prisoners convicted of terrorism related offences when they are released, says UNISON. Speaking after home secretary Priti Patel said she wanted a tougher regime and would look to produce a new anti-terrorism bill in the spring, national officer Ben Priestley said that investment needs to feature in this year’s budget and comprehensive spending review. He warned that “the home secretary’s amitions to reform the management of those convicted of terroris...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News let's fix probation national probation service police and justice Source Type: news

Local government employers accused of creating “unnecessary” pay delay
The three unions representing council workers have today (Wednesday) expressed disappointment at the local government employers’ failure to make them a pay offer – more than six months after they submitted this year’s wages claim. UNISON, GMB and Unite – which between them have more than a million local government members across England, Wales and Northern Ireland – are critical of what they see as unnecessary delays to the process. The unions want the employers to hurry up and make an offer, and have already written to Chancellor Sajid Javid urging him to ensure that local authorities have th...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Heather Hampson Tags: Article Source Type: news

Care workers win in Bath
After a two-year dispute, care workers, catering and domestic support staff working for Sirona Care & Health have been told that their roles will be returning to Bath and North East Somerset Council. The news comes after Sirona announced it would be handing back the contract to provide community resource centres and extra care facilities in September. The services will be back under full council control after from 1 September. UNISON regional organiser John Drake said: “UNISON has been campaigning alongside care workers in Bath to call for their service to be brought back under direct council control following th...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: News adult care adult social care care for carers care services care workers local government South West Source Type: news

Care workers win in Bath
After a two-year dispute, care workers, catering and domestic support staff working for Sirona Care & Health have been told that their roles will be returning to Bath and North East Somerset Council. The news comes after Sirona announced it would be handing back the contract to provide community resource centres and extra care facilities in September. The services will be back under full council control after with effect from 1 September 2020. UNISON regional organiser John Drake said: “UNISON has been campaigning alongside care workers in Bath to call for their service to be brought back under direct council con...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article Source Type: news

Young people are paying the price for youth centre closures, says UNISON
Commenting on a YMCA report published today (Monday), which reveals the extent of youth centre closures, UNISON head of local government Jon Richards, said: “A generation of young people have been robbed of the safety net of youth centres. “It’s no surprise there’s been an increase in unemployment, mental health problems and gang-related activity. “The short-sighted closing of youth centres will be felt for years to come –  with some young people paying the ultimate price.” The YMCA report found that every region of England has each seen funding for yo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release gangs mental health YMCA youth centres Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes probation report
UNISON has welcomed the report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation on the National Probation Service, which was published this week. The report by independent inspectors bears out what UNISON has been saying for a long time: that workloads are too high; there are too many staff vacancies; the workforce is not diverse enough; workplaces are shabby and often unfit for purpose; the performance of the private contractors providing facilities management and night cover in approved premises has been woeful. UNISON welcomes the key recommendations in the inspectorate’s report that the probation service must...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News let's fix probation Source Type: news

Birkbeck cleaners win fight to be directly employed
Cleaning staff at Birkbeck College in London have won their long-running struggle to have their jobs transferred back in-house. Yesterday was their first day of direct employment since the service was outsourced in the late 1990s. The workers will benefit from improved conditions, plus access to the SAUL pension scheme. Birkbeck UNISON campaigns officer Edwin Clifford-Coupe said: “The cleaning staff and their UNISON representatives have campaigned courageously for an end to the injustice of outsourcing. “This phase of the campaign began in early 2018, but it was a continuation of our successful campaigns f...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Source Type: news

‘Every higher education worker should get the pay they deserve’
Pay in universities has fallen by 15% over the past 10 years, delegates at UNISON’s higher education conference in Milton Keynes heard today. At the same time, universities’ income has risen and is now £38.2bn a year. Conference also pointed out that reserves are at a record £49.2bn – a 300% increase since 2009/10. In the last financial year alone, universities increased their capital spending by 6.4%, while wages for most rose by just 2%. That was the background against which delegates set out UNISON’s plans for this year’s joint pay claim, which will be drawn up with other campus...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 16, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News 2020 Higher Education Conference education services higher education pay universities Source Type: news

Unions state concern for health and safety of prison staff
The Joint Unions in Prisons Alliance (JUPA) today wrote to Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer QC, raising the urgent issue of health and safety conditions for prison staff. The letter, co-signed by UNISON, reads: “Our members are raising growing concerns about threats to their health and safety at work, and the impact this has on their ability to perform their professional roles safely and effectively.” JUPA brings together nine national unions representing staff working across the prison system in England and Wales. JUPA’s ‘Safe Inside’ report on the health and safety of prison staff found that: 7...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 16, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News police and justice prison prisons Source Type: news

Northern Ireland health workers suspend strike and vote on government pay offer
UNISON health workers in Northern Ireland have today (16th January) agreed to suspend strike action and ballot staff on whether to accept an improved government pay deal. UNISON’s health leadership met to consider a framework agreement in relation to the long running industrial dispute on pay parity and safe staffing in the health service. The agreement was reached last night after intensive negotiations between the trade union group and the department of health. UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Our members in Northern Ireland have not only achieved pay parity against great odds, they have won the s...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 16, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Anne Speed dave prentis health workers Northern Ireland Patricia McKeown pay strike Source Type: news

Stars to help launch Show Racism the Red Card school competition
Big names from the worlds of sport and literature will gather in London next Wednesday (22 January) to launch the annual Show Racism the Red Card school competition – the country’s largest equalities-themed competition for young people. Children’s author and poet Michael Rosen, Chelsea FC Women midfielder Anita Asante, England cricketer Monty Panesar, Sky Sports presenter Chris Kamara and former Scotland manager Alex McLeish will be among the special guests helping to kick-off the competition at UNISON’s Euston headquarters. The project, which has been running for more than two decades, support...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 16, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis ged grebby show racism the red card Source Type: news

University staff map out the challenges ahead
Proper funding for the UK’s higher education system, alongside pay and protecting pensions, will be the major topics when representatives of the sector’s workforce gather in Milton Keynes for UNISON’s higher education service group conference tomorrow. “At the start of 2020, there are key issues facing universities across the UK,”  says national secretary Jon Richards. “We need the government to commit itself to working with and supporting the higher education system – especially as it is one of the UKs most significant sectors of the economy.” With the UK due to leave t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 15, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News 2020 Higher Education Conference education services universities Source Type: news

New low in A & E performance shows NHS needs urgent treatment
Commenting on latest NHS England performance data published today (Thursday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The NHS is under intense strain and crying out for emergency treatment of its own. “Sick and injured people face unbearable waiting times, often on trolleys in hospital corridors and ambulances are in lengthy queues to hand over patients. “And this is the picture in a mild winter. The impact of a cold snap would bring the system to its knees. “The government has to explain urgently how it’s going to fix the health and social care system that clearly can no longer cop...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 9, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release NHS England NHS funding Sara Gorton Source Type: news

‘I don’t want bailiffs to come to the door’ – how debt affects us and how UNISON can help
For over 20 years, UNISON has been working in partnership with PayPlan to support members struggling with debt, and to destigmatise debt as a whole. With the intention of helping members ‘live again’ and get away from fear, pressure and letters, PayPlan is a lifeline. Jason West, a PayPlan advisor said: “There’s always something we can do to help. No matter what the circumstances are. There will always be options for help.” So how do you access UNISON Debtline as a member? Simply call the UNISON Welfare Debtline on freephone 0800 389 3302. You’ll have an initial chat with one of the...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 8, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article Debt debtline Financial assistance there for you there for you 2019 Source Type: news

Branch resources review underway
A lay member-led review of resources available to help UNISON branches is underway. A working group of 24 members – 12 from regions and 12 from the NEC, has met twice to date and is examining branch organising, regions, national functions, the specifics of the union’s funding formula and the rules around branch funding. Josie Bird from the NEC and Lilian Macer from UNISON Scotland were elected, respectively, chair and vice chair of the working group. The review remit has been taken from motion 126 on branch resources adopted by the 2019 national delegate conference. It will look at what helps branches thrive an...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News activists branch resources review branches Source Type: news