The alarming crisis in health and social care
“As it prepares to turn 70, the NHS is coming towards the worst decade in its existence as far as funding goes,” began the discussion of health and social care. The mover of the motion said that, “services have been repeatedly run down by a government that prefers tax cuts for the wealthy to a well-funded NHS… we now have a permanent winter for our NHS and workloads and stress loads have gone through the roof for many members.” Tracy Holmes, from Sefton local government branch, told delegates about the bad practise in homecare she had witnessed: from visits of just five minutes scheduled...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article health health care NDC 2018 save care now social care Source Type: news

“We’re just getting started,” declares Dave Prentis in key conference speech
UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis began his speech to conference by introducing member Michael Braithwaite, who lost his job due to the government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy, and who was present in the hall. –”Not only is the UK your home,” he said to Michael, “Your union, UNISON, is your home too. And we will protect you.” In the 25th year since UNISON was formed from the merger of COHSE, NALGO and NUPE, Mr Prentis reminded the hall that in 1993 people thought that the formation of one union for public service workers was ‘the right idea at the wrong time.&rsqu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2018 National Delegate Conference general secretary Source Type: news

UNISON vows to fight for the Good Friday Agreement
UNISON vowed to support members in Northern Ireland and the union’s structures in the nation to defend the Good Friday Agreement and work for human rights, when its national delegate conference opened for business in Brighton this morning. Motions on delivering on the promise of the agreement, and protecting human rights and equality in Northern Ireland were at the top of the agenda as delegates began their discussions. In the year that marks the 20th anniversary of the agreement, Gabrielle Carton of Northern Ireland UNISON, told delegates that the union “has always fought for a just peace, not just the absence...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2018 National Delegate Conference Northern Ireland Source Type: news

Further education colleges in crisis
UNISON vowed to continue to fight for further education jobs and to negotiate the best conditions for workers in the face of drastic and on-going cuts. Local government conference heard that with more than 30,000 UNISON members working in further education and sixth form colleges across the UK, there continues to be concerns about the future of FE provision. A recent National Audit office report revealed that more than half of all colleges are in deficit and could face an uncertain future. This is despite the sector having lost one million learners since 2009 and 16 to 18s receiving the same funding as they did in 1990. &l...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2018 Local Government Conference further education northern region Source Type: news

A time to review and renew the ‘ family ’ union
“UNISON is not just a trade union, it is a family,” president Margaret McKee declared as she marked her final presidential week by opening the union’s national delegate conference in Brighton this morning. She told delegates that it had been a great honour to be president for the past 12 months, though she had her first experience of presidential duties in tragic circumstances the year before, alongside then senior vice president Carol Sewell, when president Eric Roberts tragically died part way through his term. She started her speech by thanking Carol, and former presidents, for the support they and oth...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2018 National Delegate Conference NDC 2018 presidential team Source Type: news

Social workers say no to national assessment scheme
Speakers at the local government conference today called for a boycott of the government’s controversial plan to introduce an accreditation system for children and family social workers. Malcolm Jarvis of Salford moved a motion to “Say no to National Assessment and Accreditation”, telling delegates that the work done by social workers in children’s services is “absolutely crucial to the welfare of children and families”. Yet, at a time when children’s services are experiencing a funding shortfall of £600m, the government is giving £23m to private companies – inclu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Source Type: news

Local authorities must work to eradicate exploitation, says UNISON
Local authorities are not doing enough to protect workers’ rights globally, according to research published today (Monday) by UNISON. According to the report Ethical Procurement in UK Local Authorities, produced by People & Planet on behalf of UNISON, only eight of the 190 local authorities looked at had a standalone ethical procurement policy. The UK local government sector spent almost £60 billion on goods and services in 2016 – a huge percentage of the market – giving local authorities vast potential to influence environmental and employment policies, says UNISON. Products bought and used by ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release heather wakefield local government procurement Source Type: news

Energy workers face turbulent times
Members in the energy sector are facing job losses, attacks on their terms and conditions and uncertainty about the future in what is “a turbulent time for the energy industry”, said Jenny Middleton, chair of the energy service group executive (SGE) opening the group’s conference today (Monday). The conference agenda included motions on the proposed merger of two Big 6 energy suppliers, Npower and SSE, renationalisation of the energy industry, and a move to hydrogen gas. Middleton said that as well as facing attacks on their terms and conditions, members had to cope with “attacks on our sector from ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2018 Energy Conference EDF Energy NPower SSE Source Type: news

Culture is a human need
“Human beings need culture: libraries, museums, parks, open spaces…” Margaret Gallagher of South Lanarkshire UNISON told the union’s local government conference this morning. But with the cuts to library provision across the UK, she said, “the government is closing a gate that should be open”. Delegate after delegate strode to the rostrum to catalogue the destruction of the library service across the UK. Gillian Southby from the Vale of Glamorgan noted that her authority used to have nine libraries. “But now there are only four full-time libraries. Two years ago, five were put int...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2018 Local Government Conference libraries library and culture service love your libraries Source Type: news

Vital local services are collapsing say council staff in UNISON survey
Local government spending cuts have left councils across the UK unable to meet the needs of local communities and, in some cases, are putting the public at risk, says UNISON today (Monday). A survey, released to coincide with the union’s local government conference, reveals that eight in ten (79%) council workers have no confidence in the future of local services, and half (50%) are thinking of leaving their jobs for less stressful work elsewhere. The survey – of 21,000 local government employees working across all services – reveals that two-thirds (67%) say residents don’t receive help and support...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Article austerity cuts dave prentis local authorities local government public services Source Type: news

UNISON calls for properly funded council housing
Council housing transformed people’s lives and can do so again with “a well- funded, well-resourced service” to make sure there are enough homes “accessible to workers on modest incomes,” UNISON declared at its local government conference in Brighton. Meeting just three days after the anniversary of the Grenfell fire which killed 72 people in their homes in west London, the conference also called on the government to fund “necessary fire safety and improvement works”. Moving a successful composite motion, John McLoughlin (pictured), speaking for the service group executive, said th...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2018 Local Government Conference Grenfell Tower housing housing crisis Source Type: news

Councils are bringing public services back in house
“More and more public councils are bringing public services back in house,” Angela Warner of UNISON’s local government executive told delegates at the service group conference in Brighton. Speaking as part of a debate on privatisation and bringing services back in-house, she called for a UK-wide campaign similar to UNISON Scotland’s Public Works campaign. And as part of that, she said, council “procurement policies need to be rewritten to default in-house provision. She was backed up by Tracey Holmes of Sefton who  reported that councils of different persuasions are bringing services in h...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2018 Local Government Conference outsourcing privatisation Source Type: news

Shout it from the rooftops, declares local government conference
“We should be shouting from the rooftops about what we do,” Carmarthenshire delegate Mark Evans told the local government conference today, as conference called for a campaign to raise the profile of local government workers. The motion was overwhelmingly carried, after many delegates spoke passionately about the lack of recognition or support for the work done by local government employees, and the devastating effects of government cuts. This lack of recognition has made it easy for the government to cut local government funding at a much greater rate than for any other part of the public sector, delegates hea...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2018 Local Government Conference Source Type: news

Consumers at risk from contaminated and diseased meat
The public could be at risk of eating contaminated and diseased meat because of failings at slaughterhouses, according to a survey of meat hygiene inspectors published today (Sunday) by UNISON. The findings – summarised in the report A Raw Deal – highlight concerns that contaminated and diseased meat could be cleared as fit for human consumption. It found that virtually every meat hygiene inspector surveyed (98%) said that the meat industry couldn’t be trusted to ensure no faecal contamination was present before meat was sold on to consumers. In addition, 96% of the inspectors thought that staff directly ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis meat hygiene meat inspection meat inspectors Source Type: news

NEC by-election
An election is due to be held for the Greater London reserved seat on the union’s national executive council (NEC). The election procedures and materials will be available to download from the elections pages UNISON website and on request from the member liaison unit – contact details below – from 25 June. The nomination period will open on Monday 2 July 2018 and close at 5pm on Friday 17 August 2018. Branches should ensure that the names of the branch chairperson and secretary are current and up to date on the RMS membership date. This is because nominations will only be accepted if they are authorised b...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News democracy and elections Greater London national executive council NEC Source Type: news

Evelyn Beckley: ‘a shining example of hard-working NHS support staff ’
UNISON member Evelyn Beckley was recognised with the award for ‘operational services excellence’ at a special NHS event on Tuesday  night to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush generation. She is a patient affairs officer at the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust, and her work was recognised at the Windrush Awards ceremony in Manchester, organised by NHS England to celebrate diversity in the NHS and to mark the health service’s 70th birthday next month. Fittingly, Evelyn’s award came in the category sponsored by her union. UNISON head of health Sara Gorton was at the “very...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News black members health care NHS NHS England nhs70 one team one team for patient care support staff Windrush Source Type: news

Time to stop the violence plaguing workers in the community sector
Community service group executive members at the parliamentary launch, with UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis. Left to right: Mitsy Harmon-Russell, Dave Prentis, Kevin Jackson, James Hawker and Lynn Gillespie. Pic: Ralph Hodgson. MPs took time out talking about Brexit yesterdat to join employers and trade union members at the parliamentary launch of UNISON’s community sector Violence at Work Charter. Labour shadow civil society minister Steve Reed hosted the event, speaking of his concern that we need to talk about protecting staff from violence at work in 2018, saying it is dismaying that “the basic safety...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News charities charity community community and voluntary sector health and safety housing housing associations violence at work Source Type: news

Blog: Internationalism has always been at the heart of our work
Since our union was established 25 years ago, internationalism has always been at the heart of our work. It’s one of the reasons why UNISON is so widely respected around the world – we don’t just talk about our values, we live them and put them into practise. Our work in Liberia is just one example. Shortly before the Ebola virus struck in 2014, 22 health union leaders were dismissed by the Liberian government for organising a national strike for safer working conditions in the health sector. From day one, our union stood alongside them and campaigned for their reinstatement. Finally, following a four yea...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Government should heed MPs ’ advice over health and social care
Commenting today (Monday) on the Commons Health and Social Care Committee report on integrated care, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Competition and the internal market have meant extra unwelcome and unnecessary pressures on an already overstretched NHS, making it harder to join up services and improve health and social care for the better. “Getting rid of the disastrous Health and Social Care Act – the cause of so much of the NHS’ current difficulties – should be a priority. Introducing it was an act of supreme folly and without it the NHS will have t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release government Health and social care act NHS Source Type: news

Application forms
Always in the lead, UNISON has been busy updating resources following last month’s changes to the law on data protection and the earlier changes on the collection of political and campaign funds. This includes updates to all UNISON membership application forms. The previous standard application form has been split into two forms to ensure they are compliant with the new legislation : one to collect subs through members’ wages, known as Docas,  and the other via direct debit. The Docas forms also include a direct debit section for collection of campaign fund and Labour Link contributions only. The following...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article activists application changes application forms Key documents and tools for activists supporting activists Source Type: news

UNISON equality survey – with prizes
Equality is one of UNISON’s central values and each year, we carry out an equality survey to find out more about the issues affecting our members and inform our campaigning work. Last year 11,500 members took part and helped inform briefings for the union’s service groups and self-organised groups on key issues for their bargaining and organising agendas. The survey runs yearly and is not just for activists, so please get involved – and encourage as many of your workmates and faimly as possible to take part as well. It takes five to 10 minutes and you can complete it anonymously if you want. However, if w...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News black members Croyde disabled members equalities equality retired members unison women women members young members Source Type: news

NEC gears up for union ’s annual ‘parliament’
UNISON’s national executive council (NEC) met in London today to finalise arrangements for the union’s annual “parliament” in Brighton later this month. UNISON’s national delegate conference runs from 19-22 June and brings together 2,000 delegates from across the UK to debate policy and set the union’s agenda for the coming year. The NEC agreed policy positions on proposed amendments to motions and rule changes; noted the order of business for the conference and confirmed that guest speakers would include Loretta Johnson of the American Federation of Teachers and Angie Rayner MP. Labour ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2018 National Delegate Conference national executive council NEC Source Type: news

Surviving the Windrush scandal
“I had this knot in my stomach constantly, and a void inside my head,” says Michael Braithwaite, as he remembers the days and weeks following the news that he had lost his job and even faced deportation from a country in which he’d lived almost his entire life. “To think that maybe tomorrow I would not be with my family, or in a place I love, was devastating. I used to have bad nightmares. They were always very vivid. I’d be stuck in some unknown place, it was never the same, waking up not knowing what was going to happen. “I had to hold onto my soul, my spirit, me as a person. I just ha...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: matheoud Tags: Article Magazine education immigration immigration bill 2015 Windrush Source Type: news

North west hospital workers set for second strike over outsourcing
Hospital workers in Wigan, Leigh and Wrightington, in north-west England, will be mounting picket lines again on Friday (8 June) at the start of their second 48-hour strike. They first took action against the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS trust’s plans to transfer their jobs to a wholly owned private company, WWL Solutions, on 23 and 24 May. UNISON member Carol, a domestic at Thomas Linacre Centre in Wigan, was one of the workers who took strike action for the first time in her career then. “I was a bit nervous about coming out on strike,” she recalled, “but we’ve all stood together and su...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News health health care hospitals NHS one team for patient care outsourcing wholly owned subsidiaries Source Type: news

National delegate conference isn ’t like other union conferences – like our union, it’s special
In two weeks time, our union meets in Brighton for national delegate conference – the beating heart of our union. It’s a great opportunity to come together as a public service workers, meet old friends and new and recommit to our shared values of equality, democracy and publicly owned services. Personally, I love seeing so many of you together in one place, hearing your stories of fighting and winning for our members and learning about the awe-inspiring campaigns you lead. That’s because national delegate conference isn’t like other union conferences – like our union, it’s special. I&rs...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News 2018 National Delegate Conference NDC 2018 Source Type: news

Blog: A person so clearly full of compassion treated with so little compassion
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to meet Michael Braithwaite – a public servant, a Windrush child and a UNISON member. Michael has been through more in recent years than most of us can imagine, with his life torn apart by the vicious “hostile environment” regime introduced by Theresa May as home secretary. Having lived in the UK for 56 years since arriving from Barbados aged nine, Michael – rightly – thought his immigration status was beyond question. He was, and is, a pillar of his community, the kind of neighbour we’d all wish to have and exactly the kind of person who we’...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 30, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

UNISON recommends that HE members reject employers ’ pay offer
Higher education members will be asked to reject the national pay offer from the University and Colleges Employers’ Association in a branch consultation due to begin in the next few weeks. The employers’ final pay offer was to increase annual salaries by 2% or £425 (full time), whichever is higher. The joint unions’ pay claim was for an increase of £7.5% or £1,500, which is higher, and a minimum wage of £10 an hour. UNISON’s higher education service group executive met last week and “was clear that the offer falls well short of its aims,” the union’s he...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News education services higher education higher education pay pay negotiating and bargaining pay up now universities Source Type: news

Care Quality Commission give umpteenth NHS pressures warning, says UNISON
Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s report today (Thursday) on safety standards in A&E departments, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “This is the umpteenth warning that the NHS is under extreme pressure. “Inadequate funding means services and staff are stretched to the limit, and patients are being put at risk. “For staff working in an unsafe environment on a daily basis it’s a nightmare, when all they’re trying to do is deliver compassionate care. “Recent UNISON research showed that in 2016/2017 attacks on health workers in hospitals with A&E depar...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Clare Santry Tags: Press release accident and emergency health NHS Source Type: news

I love working for the NHS – so I ’ m striking against being outsourced
“I love working for the NHS,” says Wigan Infirmary domestic Amanda Grimes (below). “We have won awards for being the cleanest hospital and I am very proud to work here.” And that pride is why Amanda will be on strike tomorrow and Thursday (23 and 24 May), alongside hundreds of her catering, cleaning and portering colleagues at the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust in north-west England. UNISON members voted for the strike to prevent the trust from moving them to a new employer called WWL Solutions – which would be a private company wholly owned by the trust as a subsidia...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News health health care hospitals NHS one team for patient care outsourcing wholly owned subsidiaries Source Type: news

UNISON urges government to scrap damaging NHS competition rules
Commenting on the reports today (Tuesday) that the government is to review the Health and Social Care Act, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Since the Act, the NHS has been operating with one hand firmly tied behind its back. The government’s reforms have proved expensive, pointless and exposed the health service to unnecessary and avoidable strains. “It’s just such a shame it’s taken six years for the government to realise the scale of its mistake. “As an immediate fix ministers should scrap the damaging competition rules that force the NHS to sell off...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Article Christina McAnea Health and social care act lansley reforms NHS privatisation Source Type: news

UNISON and Napo probation workers in day of protest over pay
  Probation staff in England and Wales, who work for the National Probation Service (NPS) and the 21 privatised community rehabilitation companies (CRCs), are today (Friday) staging a day of protest to call for a long overdue pay rise. Their unions – Napo and UNISON – say that the 18,000 probation staff have been treated more harshly than other public sector workers, and received just a single 1% pay increase since 2009. Probation workers manage some of the most dangerous offenders in the community. They oversee their rehabilitation, and supervise and monitor them to keep...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release ben priestley community rehabilitation companies napo national probation service pay Source Type: news

UNISON responds to NAO report on Capita and NHS England  
  Commenting on the National Audit Report which has found that Capita put NHS England patients at risk, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Despite many warnings, NHS England allowed a private company to take over and ultimately fail to deliver the safe and quality service that patients expect and deserve. “UNISON highlighted the huge risks in these ambitious plans from the outset. If ministers want patient safety to remain at the heart of the NHS they must stop selling off services and focus instead on service quality.”     The article UNISON respond...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release capita NHS NHS England outsourcing patient safety Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Blog: Time for the government to end their silence on Turkey
Since President Recep Erdogan imposed a state of emergency, following the attempted coup in July 2016, Turkey has experienced an extraordinary erosion of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The government has targeted many of its actual and alleged critics, including politicians, academics and trade unionists. According to Amnesty International over 120 journalists have been detained, 180 media outlets closed down and 50,000 people remain imprisoned awaiting trial. Public service workers and their unions have been hit particularly hard, with approximately 150,000 workers dismissed or suspended, mainly for alleged ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Turkey Source Type: news

The suffragette spirit
Helen Pankhurst grew up in Ethiopia, as a consequence of her famous grandmother, Sylvia Pankhurst, moving there after campaigning against Italy’s invasion. “After she campaigned on women’s rights, she became more and more of a socialist,” Helen says of her grandmother. “She became interested in a number of causes and she saw the rise of fascism. “Then Italy invaded Ethiopia and there wasn’t much of a ground swell of resistance to it, so she started a newspaper called the New Times and Ethiopia News.” Ethiopia was liberated from Italian rule in 1941, but Sylvia remained invest...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Magazine 2018 Women's Conference international women's day women members Source Type: news

UNISON comment on NHS staff handing patients ’ data to the Home Office
Commenting on the government’s suspension of controversial arrangements under which the NHS shared patients’ details with the Home Office, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “This move is a step in the right direction. Health staff will be relieved to know they no longer have to act as immigration officers on the wards. Now they can get back to focussing on patient care and saving lives.” Media contacts: Fatima Ayad T: 0207 121 5255 M: 07508 080383 E: f.ayad@unison.co.uk Liz Chinchen T: 0207 121 5463 M: 07778 158175 E: l.chinchen@unison.co.uk The article UNISON comment...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health Home Office immigration NHS NHS staff Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Blog: Together, we can step up for public services
This Saturday, our union and our movement will march. We will raise our banners, balloons, flags as we demand the better public services our communities need. And we will raise our voices, to call for an end to cuts and austerity, an end to an attack on our jobs, our pay and our conditions. We will remember the struggles our union has faced over the past decade – struggles so many thought we would never overcome – and fight for a better future for UNISON members and everyone who relies on public services. Recent years have been difficult for everyone working in public services, but I know that the passion of U...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News step up for public services Source Type: news

Blog: If there are elections where you are, don ’t forget to use your vote
“Children’s centres encompassed the whole community and it didn’t matter what social background you were from, you were made to feel welcome. And now we’ve lost that. It’s heartbreaking. And that sounds exaggerated ‘heartbreaking’ – but this wasn’t just a service, we were like a family. The children’s centre was closed because of cuts enforced by this government.” These are the words of Lisa, a former children’s centre worker and one of the UNISON members featured in our “Moments of Truth” campaign. Lisa is one of millions of public service...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Blog: Another reason to be proud of our union – on May Day, and every day
Today is May Day – International Workers’ Day – a day to look back on the achievements of our movement, and ahead to a better and brighter future for working people. That’s particularly pertinent for UNISON this year, because in just a few months, our union will be 25 years old. To mark that occasion, we’re planning to review every aspect of how our union is run with one focus in mind – UNISON members. Since 1993 our country has undergone immense changes, and so have our workplaces. We should be rightly proud that we’re the biggest and best union in the country. We should celebrate...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

It ’ s not us, it ’ s all about YOU!
If you’re a UNISON member you should have had an envelope through your letterbox from UNISON’s general secretary asking you to vote in yet another election. Yes, we know there are a lot of elections at UNISON but that’s because of the way it’s set up. UNISON is your union. That means that you get the chance to be involved in the major decisions. One of the key ways you do this is by electing your representatives onto one of the union’s service group executives. These elections happen every two years and the next ones are now! Now at this point you may already be subconsciously wanting to ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article SGE elections 2018 Source Type: news

Sunshine and showers – April ’ s highlights
Pay, pay, pay The first half of April was dominated by pay. The union accepted the local government pay offer after consultation with branches. The two year deal affects hundreds of thousands of local government members and, amongst other highlights, will see a 16% pay increase for those currently on the lowest scale and a pay increase of between 15% and 4.3% for those on the current SCPs 7-28. Members in Hull who work in recycling started the month with a 14 day strike for decent pay and a better sick pay scheme. Last year one of the members in Hull was diagnosed with cancer but was denied sick pay. And pay dominate...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Magazine health health pay living wage local government North West northern region Source Type: news

Save our nurseries: when the kids went to Westminster
Ryan, Daniel, Jacob, Sophia and Zach were probably some of the youngest campaigners at the Houses of Parliament last week. They were there (with their mums) to talk to MPs about keeping their nurseries open. The group of children, parents, UNISON organisers and staff from the nursery began the day at 5am, with a six-hour coach journey from Salford to London. When they arrived they were focused, placards in hand and ready for action Zoe Ireland and her daughter Alice queue up to enter the Houses of Parliament They were there because five council-run nurseries in Salford could be closed down. Two months ago the parents had r...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 30, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article early years education nurseries Salford unison in schools Source Type: news

Blog: Listen to these moments of truth
Every day, we’re all reliant on public service workers. Whether it’s the school staff who educate our kids, the health inspectors who make sure our food is safe, the health workers who treat us when we’re sick or the police staff who help keep us safe – public service workers are everywhere, and our country couldn’t function without them. Often unseen, often unheralded – it’s public servants like these who make our country tick. And yet in recent years, they’ve found themselves under increasing pressure. Their jobs are at threat or lost as a result of government austerity. Th...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 30, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News public service champions Source Type: news

A win for employees at Nottingham City Council
The Court of Appeal has ruled that Nottingham City Council was wrong to deny hundreds of employees the right to incremental pay increases. In 2011 the council decided to deny staff pay rises as they moved up salary scales linked to their jobs. The workers, backed by UNISON, have now successfully challenged that decision. The case, which has been running since July 2013, saw the East Midlands council staff initially take their case to an employment tribunal in Nottingham. UNISON claimed the council was guilty of the unlawful deduction of wages because staff had a contractual right to incremental wage progression, and theref...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 27, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article News employment tribunal local government Source Type: news

Youngsters show racism the red card
UNISON joined with Show Racism the Red Card to honour the winners of England’s largest equalities-themed competition for young people. The Show Racism the Red Card School Competition sees young people throughout England create their own anti-racism messages in a variety of formats. Youngsters aged from five to 16 submitted a range of entries for the competition, including poetry, short stories, artwork, films and music – all highlighting the anti-racism message. There were two special memorial awards recognising the work of the late Graham Taylor, who was once England manager, and the MP Jo Cox, both of whom wo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 27, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News racism show racism the red card Source Type: news

UNISON responds to Lord Darzi ’s interim report on NHS funding
Responding to the interim report published today (Wednesday) by Lord Darzi and the IPPR, on the unprecedented challenges facing the NHS and social care, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Without substantial extra funding every year, the NHS and social care system will be damaged beyond repair. “The UK won’t have thriving health and social care services while the government persists in robbing the necessary resources. “NHS and social care staff are struggling heroically to keep patients safe and properly looked after. But services and staff are facing unimaginable pressures daily. “As th...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 26, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Press release Source Type: news

Nurse and midwife numbers dragged down by Brexit effect
  Commenting on new figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published today (Wednesday) on the numbers of nurses and midwives either leaving or joining its register to practice in the UK, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Brexit has made many European nationals feel decidedly unwelcome. And with NHS staffing pressures showing no sign of easing, no-one could blame nurses and midwives for thinking they’ll be better off elsewhere. “This European exodus continues apace, simply because the Prime Minister has yet to do enough to reassure EU nurses and midwives that they’ll have ri...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 25, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release EU european union Midwives NHS NMC nurses Sara Gorton Source Type: news

University of Bath agrees to reinstate living wage
UNISON has welcomed a commitment by the University of Bath to reinstate the living wage – currently £8.75 an hour – from next week, and seek accreditation as a living wage employer with the Living Wage Foundation. But the union, which represents some 300 staff at the university, warned that while this is an urgently needed first step towards addressing low pay, more must be done to tackle the well publicised inequality at the university. Commenting on the move, UNISON head of higher education Donna Rowe-Merriman said: “The scandal of low pay in the sector is something that vice chancellors across th...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 24, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News education services higher education higher education pay living wage pay up now universities Source Type: news

More join our fight against violence at work
Eighteen organisations have now signed up to UNISON’s campaign to eradicate violence and aggression against staff in the voluntary sector after the union pledged to tackle the problem in the sector. Launched in March 2017, the campaign was created after a survey of members in the Community service group had revealed that 48% of workers in the group had experienced a violent or aggressive incident at work in the preceding two years. That figure has been confirmed by subsequent surveys. Respondents to the survey reported such incidents as: “Verbal abuse and threat of being hit with a chair when my back was turne...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News community violence at work Source Type: news

Nursery funding campaign goes to Westminster
Nursery campaigners will travel to Westminster on Wednesday 25 April to press the case for prover government funding of this key early-years service for children and working parents. Campaigners from Salford will be to the fore, having arranged the day with the city’s three MPs. Salford UNISON branch secretary Steven North says the city “faces the closure of five nurseries, all of which are rated outstanding by Ofsted, but we know that there are many other areas around the country facing a similar threat because of changes to the funding arrangements.” A coach full of campaigners from Salford, including p...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News children's services education services local government local government and financing local government cuts nurseries nursery schools Source Type: news

Overworked healthcare assistants not given proper training or supervision
Healthcare assistants (HCAs) are being expected to do the work of nurses without adequate training or proper supervision, according to survey results published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. Nearly two thirds (63%) say they are being left to care for patients without enough support from doctors and nurses. The impact is that almost two in five (39%) of HCAs say they do not feel confident that those they are caring for are safe. The findings are based on a survey of nearly 2,000 HCAs across the UK with the majority working in hospitals, as well as in mental health, in the community and in GP practices. More than half (51%) sa...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release HCAs health care assistants heath care NHS training Source Type: news