Breakfast clubs will give pupils the ingredients for learning
Commenting on measures to be outlined in Bridget Phillipson’s speech at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Everyone deserves the very best start in life. Free breakfast clubs will ensure the best start to every single school day. “Pupils learn so much more when they’re not going hungry. “The additional childcare offered by the clubs will make life easier for hard-pressed working families. “A modern childcare system, with proper pay for staff, is at the heart of any decent society.” Notes to editors: – UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 27, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release childcare primary schools Source Type: news

Mythbuster: the budget
In his first major act as chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng had an opportunity to steady an economy that has been rocked by the pandemic, the Ukraine war, the energy crisis and years of his own party’s mismanagement. He also had a nation of workers struggling with low pay and the soaring cost of living, and public services in dire need of investment. “Help is coming” he declared. But for who? Myth: Friday’s announcement was not a budget Fact: Despite calling Friday’s announcement a “growth plan”, not a budget, the chancellor’s announcements were one of the biggest fiscal events in the past decade These...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 27, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article cost of living Source Type: news

The country needs a transformative Labour government
Commenting on the speech by Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner and the launch of the Stronger Together report at the Party’s annual conference today (Sunday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Labour is outlining genuine, meaningful policies that’ll have a real impact on those working in public services, and the people who rely on them. “Angela Rayner’s pledge to launch a wave of insourcing will put the emphasis on delivering better services, not racking up profit on bargain-basement wages. “The clear commitment to a national care service in the Stronger Together report is an important step in f...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 25, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release labour conference Source Type: news

UNISON condemns the death of Mahsa Amini
UNISON’s international committee has condemned the brutal death of Mahsa Amini, and sends its condolences to her family, friends and all who mourn for her. Ms Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, was arrested by Iran’s so-called ‘morality police’ on 13 September for allegedly failing to comply with Iran’s harsh hijab rules. She died three days later in police custody, reportedly after being beaten and tortured. UNISON stands in solidarity with the thousands of peaceful protestors across Iran who are demanding justice for Ms Amini and an end to the repression of women. Security forces have reportedly used dispropor...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 23, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News international Source Type: news

Blog: The £60bn gamble with the future of our country
Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng just announced a “new era”. But his party has been in power since 2010, when he was first elected to Parliament. Today’s “not-a-budget” budget, committing tens of billions of pounds on a gamble with the economic future of our country, is in favour of the rich, and at the expense of millions of working people. We’re in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis that needs urgent action. But Liz Truss and the new chancellor are willing to wait and watch trickle-down Trussonomics spectacularly fail. It’s billed as a “plan for growth”, but we know the only grow...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 23, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News cost of living Source Type: news

Fee rise for stretched NHS workers is unfair and misjudged, says UNISON
Paramedics, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners and many other health professionals could see the fee allowing them to practise rise by an “unfair” 20% next year, warns UNISON today (Friday). In a consultation that opened this week, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), which regulates 15 professions in the health sector, has proposed an increase in its compulsory annual registration fee from £98.12 to £117.74. UNISON says the rise is unfair and disproportionate, especially during the biggest income squeeze in a generation. The 2021 increase saw fees jump 9% from £90 to £98.12. I...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 23, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release HCPC fees NHS Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Government is making rich richer while leaving struggling families in despair
Responding to the chancellor’s mini-budget today (Friday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The government has ditched levelling up for an all-out offensive to make the wealthiest even richer. “In the middle of a huge cost-of-living crisis, this isn’t the time for economic experiments that are doomed to fail. “There are masses of essential jobs that need filling. The best way to deal with 300,000 vacancies across health and care is to give staff a wage rise that tops inflation. “Threats to unions are attacks on employees simply trying to win better pay. Choosing to side ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 23, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release budget Tax Source Type: news

Solving NHS and care crisis must involve proper workforce plan, says UNISON
Commenting on Therese Coffey’s new plan to improve access to health and social care over the coming winter months, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Wednesday): “NHS and social care both face the biggest workforce crisis in their combined history. Offloading to volunteers is not the solution. “There’s not even a whiff here that the government might have a serious plan to respond to the dire problems in hospitals and care homes. “That begins and ends with a proper workforce plan to stem the growing exodus of staff leaving for much less stressful, better paying jobs. “Only with decent w...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 21, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nhs pay NHS staffing social care Source Type: news

UNISON comments on NHS Confederation ’ s call for better funding for social care
Commenting on the NHS Confederation’s call for extra social care funding to help the NHS, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Investing in social care is vital, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of the NHS. Both services must be properly funded. “Social care has been losing staff at terrifying rates because the government has failed to improve poverty pay rates. The desperate shortage of workers and huge funding shortfall is placing the entire system at risk of collapse. The focus cannot be profit over care. “For too long, the government has ignored pay and staffing. But ministers must get i...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 21, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea NHS social care Source Type: news

Government should follow Foundation ’s lead with early wage rate rise
Commenting on the announcement today (Thursday) that the Living Wage Foundation has brought forward a rise in its hourly rates, with a £1 increase to £10.90 across the UK and by 90p to £11.95 in London, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Low-paid workers are crying out for help. The government must follow the Foundation’s lead and bring forward an increase to the national minimum wage without delay. Waiting until April would be foolish. “But ministers should go even further. Ensuring everyone is paid at least £15 an hour would be a lifeline for millions barely coping with eyewatering househol...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 21, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea cost of living Foundation Living Wage Source Type: news

Government should follow Foundation ’s lead with early wage rate rise, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement today (Thursday) that the Living Wage Foundation has brought forward a rise in its hourly rates, with a £1 increase to £10.90 across the UK and by 90p to £11.95 in London, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Low-paid workers are crying out for help. The government must follow the Foundation’s lead and bring forward an increase to the national minimum wage without delay. Waiting until April would be foolish. “But ministers should go even further. Ensuring everyone is paid at least £15 an hour would be a lifeline for millions barely coping with eyewatering househol...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 21, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea cost of living Foundation Living Wage Source Type: news

University staff to strike over pay as new term begins
Thousands of university staff including administrators, cleaners, library, security and catering employees are to walk out in a wave of strikes that will hit universities from today (Tuesday), says UNISON. Universities will be disrupted across England and Scotland as employees push for a fair pay rise that takes account of soaring cost of living pressures and years of below-inflation awards, says the union. The workers, among the lowest paid in the higher education sector, took the difficult decision to strike after rejecting a 3% pay award from the University and Colleges Employers Association in May, the union says. Staf...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 20, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release HE strike universities Source Type: news

New date for the UNISON and TUC cost of living lobby of Parliament
UNISON and the TUC have moved their cost of living rally and lobby of Parliament to Wednesday 2 November. The lobby was originally planned for 19 October, but has been changed because of a rescheduling of the TUC Congress. The new date will give more time for members to set up meeting with MPs, to explain what the cost of living crisis means for them and their families, the need for a pay rise and the pressures on public services. The rally that evening, at Westminster Central Hall, will be led by frontline workers. Both lobby and rally are part of the joint-union campaign to make the government listen and take urgent ac...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 20, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News cost of living Source Type: news

Help boost protection for pregnant women and new parents
UNISON is urging members to call on their MPs to support the second reading of a bill that would boost workplace protection for pregnant women and new parents. The union is concerned about how many pregnant workers are experiencing unfair treatment or discrimination at work – including being singled out for redundancy. During the pandemic, many women were forced out of their jobs because employers didn’t know the law or simply ​chose to ignore it. The union has been working with Dan Jarvis MP on a private member’s bill that, if passed, will provide pregnant women and new parents with additional protection from ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 6, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News parental rights pregnancy pregnancy and maternity rights women Source Type: news

Environment Agency staff overwhelmingly reject pay offer
Thousands of Environment Agency (EA)  staff have voted in a consultation to overwhelmingly reject the current pay offer of 2% plus a £345 consolidated increase, together with increases to some allowances. With inflation topping 10% and further increases on the way, the offer, together with an unconsolidated performance award, effectively represents a pay cut. EA staff had asked for a pay increase above the rate of inflation after a 0% pay increase in 2021 and the current offer fell well short of those made to other public sector workers. As frontline workers that protected communities and the environment throughout the p...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 6, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News cost of living environment agency Source Type: news