Boost NHS pay to prevent pre-Christmas strikes
Ambulance workers across England are likely to strike before Christmas, says ​UNISON today (Tuesday), as it announces the results of its month-long NHS strike ballot.  Thousands of 999 call handlers, ambulance technicians, paramedics and their colleagues working for ambulance services in the North East, North West, London, Yorkshire and the South West ​are to be called out on strike over pay and staffing levels.  Commenting on the ballot results, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The decision to ​take action and lose a day’s pay is always a tough call. It’s especially challenging for ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 29, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release NHS ballot nhs pay Source Type: news

Take part in UNISON ’s survey on the state off housing
The cost of living crisis is putting a squeeze on incomes and living standards. As a result, many people are struggling to pay expensive rents and mortgages on top of soaring energy and other household bills.  Despite high rent costs, many people living in rented homes are struggling with disrepair. UNISON is conducting a survey to find out more about the housing issues members are facing. All respondents will be entered into a prize draw for £50 worth of high street shopping vouchers. Have your say here In 2020, UNISON surveyed members on their experiences with housing, finding that three in five people (61%) were strug...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 29, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News cost of living housing housing survey Source Type: news

Environment Agency workers announce industrial action dates
UNISON members who protect communities during severe weather conditions will be taking part in industrial action from 12 December. Members in the Environment Agency (EA) will take continuous action, short of strike, from that date. The action will take the form of work to rule and includes: only working contracted hours; taking all scheduled breaks and having appropriate compensatory rest between work; not doing any unpaid work outside contracted hours; and disconnecting from work electronics outside contracted hours and during rest breaks. UNISON is also asking members to consider withdrawing from incident rosters on t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 29, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Environment environment agency water environment and transport Source Type: news

UNISON stands with migrant workers in Qatar – beyond the World Cup
The 2022 FIFA World Cup has come at a huge human cost to migrant workers in Qatar. Since winning the FIFA bid for the competition in 2010, Qatar has relied on migrant workers to execute its ambitious infrastructure-building projects, which include the construction of seven new stadiums, the renovation of an eighth, and the building of new public transport systems, skyscrapers, hotels and housing. Lusail, where the World Cup final will take place on 18 December, is a purpose-built ‘smart city’ designed especially for the tournament, which was only completed in 2021. None of this would have been possible without the two ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 28, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News international qatar world cup 2022 Source Type: news

Energy bills see schools pull back on ventilation and CO2 monitoring
A UNISON survey has revealed that, amid fears over rising energy costs, there has been a significant drop off in good ventilation practices in schools in the absence of government messaging on COVID and other viruses. The survey was conducted among UNISON members working as school support staff across the UK between 4–9 November. This included teaching/classroom assistants working in classrooms, of whom 1,644 responded. The results showed that: on CO2 monitoring, only 26% said that their schools was still actively monitoring levels in all classrooms. Nearly 50% (49.7%) of respondents said their schools were no longer ac...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 28, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 schools Source Type: news

Ministers must give proper public sector wage rises or services will be beyond saving
Responding to the transport secretary Mark Harper’s comments today (Sunday) that public sector pay rises are unaffordable, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Public service workers just can’t go on taking what amount to pay cuts year after year. They and their families are at rock bottom. “Many are leaving or have already left to find better paid work in other sectors to help them pay their soaring bills. “Ministers must understand that unless they give proper wage rises, there’ll be no one left to look after our health, care for the vulnerable, run schools and provide essential community servi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 27, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release public sector pay Source Type: news

MPs celebrate Stars in our Schools at parliamentary drop-in
Above L-R, Sarah Sammons (UNISON teaching assistant), Catherine McKinnell (MP for Newcastle North) and Lynne Wade (UNISON teaching assistant) Ahead of today’s Stars in our Schools Day, MPs attended a UNISON-run drop-in session at Westminster, to celebrate school support staff and learn more about the issues they face. UNISON’s annual celebration highlights the amazing work that school support staff do, every day, around the country. They are the caterers, the admin staff, the finance officers, the teaching assistants, the librarians, the ICT technicians, the parent support advisers, and more. Stars in our Schools is al...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 25, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News education school support staff stars in our schools Source Type: news

Pay victory for museum staff following five-day strike
Nearly 100 employees at the National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCMME) have won a pay increase of up to 10.5% following five days of strike action, says UNISON today (Wednesday). Workers at the museum include ex-miners who keep the heritage of the coal industry alive for a new generation by giving talks and tours of the underground tunnels at Wakefield’s former Caphouse Colliery. UNISON had submitted a pay claim of £2,000 for each full-time member of staff, but they were offered less than half that (4.2% plus 25p per hour). Museum managers had claimed this was the maximum ​they were allowed to pay because of a g...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 23, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release National Coal Mining Museum Source Type: news

World Cup: Women prepare for increased domestic abuse
Many people in relationships with abusive partners dread major footballing competitions like the World Cup. This is because they’re linked to an increase in incidents of domestic abuse. Research by the University of Lancaster shows violent domestic abuse incidents increase by 38% when England loses football matches. Rates are also 26% higher when the team wins or draws. Domestic abuse consists of a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviours, where one partner seeks to hold power and control over the other’s life. It is a gendered form of abuse, predominantly perpetrated by men against women, which can combi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 21, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News domestic abuse domestic violence unison women Source Type: news

Thousands of university workers strike again over wages
Higher education staff will walk out from today (Monday) in a new wave of strikes over inadequate pay, says UNISON. Administrators, cleaners, library, security and catering workers – many of them among the lowest paid in the ​university sector – are among those taking industrial action. The employees ​are after a fair ​pay rise ​to help them cope with soaring ​prices. This follows several years ​where wages have failed to keep pace with inflation, the union says. For most of the 19 institutions affected, this ​is the second wave of industrial action this term. There has already been disruption at ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 21, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release HE strike higher education pay Source Type: news

Supreme Court hearing to decide strike protection, says UNISON
The Supreme Court has granted permission for UNISON to bring a legal challenge that could provide greater protection for striking workers, says the union today (Monday). UNISON is seeking to overturn a Court of Appeal decision from earlier this year that enables employers to discipline staff who take lawful industrial action. The union is acting on behalf of care worker and UNISON member Fiona Mercer, who originally brought a case in 2019 against the Alternative Futures Group (AFG), a charity in the north west of England. While UK law prevents employers from sacking workers involved in strikes or other workplace disputes...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 21, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release Fiona Mercer Strike Action supreme court Source Type: news

LGBT+ awards make a welcome return in Edinburgh
For the first time since the start of the COVID pandemic, the weekend’s UNISON LGBT+ conference in Edinburgh saw the return of the group’s recruitment and organising awards, with vice president Amerit Rait making the presentations. Members have been promoting the work that the union does for LGBT+ equality in the workplace, together with its wider work and the importance of being in a trade union. This year’s caucus winner was the trans caucus (pictured above with vice president Amerit Rait), which has been right in the middle of UNISON’s LGBT+ main campaign for the year, working with the national committee to make...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 20, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2022 LGBT 2022 LGBT conference Source Type: news

‘ Being inclusive is not only the right thing … it is a strategic necessity ’
“It is safe to state that trade unions – including and in particular UNISON – have had a huge impact on global LGBTI organising,” delegates to UNISON’s annual LGBT+ conference in Edinburgh heard this afternoon. Addressing conference, Dr Julia Ehrt, the executive director of ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) World, said that she was especially proud that her first keynote speech was to an organisation that had been so important in the fight for rights. Yet this came “despite the fact that I have been doing this work for two decades”. So why had such a major speech take...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 19, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2022 LGBT 2022 LGBT conference trans rights Source Type: news

Delegates discusses tackling hate and persecution around the world
The first plenary session of UNISON’s LGBT+ annual conference in Edinburgh this morning saw a strong emphasis on continuing persecution of LGBT+ people, in the UK and around the world. Delegates debated a number of motions on trans equality – including the need to combat anti-trans narratives in the media, negotiating trans equality with employers and supporting gender neutral toilets and changing facilities. Gail from the North West pointed out that trans people – particularly trans women – have been harassed, verbally and physically abused for being perceived to be in the ‘wrong’ toilet. “The right to acces...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 19, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article 2022 LGBT 2022 LGBT conference Source Type: news

Christina McAnea: ‘ It ’ s great to be loud and proud ’
“It’s great to be able to be loud and proud – and I will continue to be loud and proud against homophobia and loud and very proud to be a trans ally, and I will ensure that UNISON always remains the best trade union for LGBT+ workers.” That was the pledge from UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea this morning, when she addressed the union’s LGBT+ conference in Edinburgh, as she applauded the fact that being “loud and proud” was the event’s central theme. “You have done so much to be loud and proud about,” she said. “2022 – our biggest Pride season ever, from the Shetlands to London, Brighton to...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 19, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2022 LGBT 2022 LGBT conference Christina McAnea trans rights Source Type: news