Delayed, disappointing pay rise will leave staff considering their futures, say health unions
Health unions representing more than a million NHS staff in England have ​reacted with dismay to the NHS pay rise of £1,400 announced today (Tuesday) by the government. UNISON head of health and chair of the ​NHS group of unions Sara Gorton said: “This is nowhere ​near what’s needed to save the NHS. “Demoralised ​and depleted health workers needed to know that ministers are serious about solving the staffing crisis and investing in the future. The way to do that was through a significant pay award. “With the pandemic barely behind us and the growing cost-of-living catastrophe, NHS staff, their bank ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 20, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Article News Press release nhs pay Put NHS pay right Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Public wants government to deliver an above-inflation wage rise for NHS staff, poll shows
More than half (55%) the public believe that an above-inflation pay rise for NHS staff of more than 9% would be a fair increase, according to a Savanta ComRes poll published today (Monday). The research on behalf of 13 of the UK’s health unions – between them representing around a million NHS staff – shows this compares with just over a quarter (28%) of people who say a below-inflation rise would be fair. Seven in ten (69%) back a wage increase of more than 5%. Almost three in five (58%) UK adults believe health workers would be justified in taking industrial action if the government pay award in England is below ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 17, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nhs pay Put NHS pay right Source Type: news

UIA Mutual and UNISON Living
Due to changes in ownership at  this time, UNISON has ceased to recognise UIA Mutual as an official UNISON Living provider. UIA will therefore stop offering home, travel and pet insurance under the union’s brand, with immediate effect. UIA has appointed Unisure Ltd, which will now trade as UIA under the UIA brand, to provide its insurance services. Uinsure Ltd will be notifying all existing policy holders of the change directly. Uinsure is not a UNISON Living endorsed provider and UNISON is now exploring all options for the endorsement of a new provider of home, travel and pet insurance, as a matter of priority. There ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 14, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article unison living Source Type: news

How to use social care to rebuild the economy
General secretary Christina McAnea and UNISON members appeared at a special event in Westminster yesterday that examined how both the economy and gender equality can be boosted through investment in the social care sector. ‘Time to Care’ looked at the key components that make up the economic case for social care investment and reform – and why social care should be as important to our economic infrastructure as the roads and railways. For example, more people work in social care than for the NHS – a huge workforce who spend their wages in local economies. Local job creation also reduces the need for travelling, mak...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 14, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News care social care Source Type: news

UNISON backs abortion rights and decriminalisation
UNISON joined thousands of people marching in central London at the weekend to protest against the recent overturning of abortion rights in the US and to demand the decriminalisation of abortion in the UK. The Supreme Court decision to overturn the Roe v Wade ruling has meant that millions of women across the US have been stripped of access to abortion. Saturday’s march was organised by campaign group Abortion Rights, which demands that abortion is decriminalised in the UK. UNISON is part of the We Trust Women coalition, a group of organisations demanding the decriminalisation of abortion in the UK. Abortion remains ille...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 12, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News abortion international women Source Type: news

Employment tribunal classes long COVID as a disability
In a landmark legal case for sufferers of long COVID, an employment tribunal recently ruled that the condition should be classed as a disability. Terence Burke has won a case for unfair dismissal after being sacked from his job as a caretaker in 2021. He had worked in the role since 2001, but had been unable to attend work for nine months after suffering substantial and long-term effects from COVID-19 after contracting the virus in November 2020. The tribunal gave Mr Burke permission to bring a disability discrimination case to his former employer after ruling that the condition he described amounted to a disability under ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 12, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article Covid-19 long covid Source Type: news

Durham Miners ’ Gala: ‘ UNISON is strong and ready for a fight ’
Last weekend, UNISON northern region joined the annual Durham Miners’ Gala, one of the world’s biggest celebrations of trade union power and working class culture. Over 200,000 people attended the event, which has been held annually in Durham since 1871. The gala is the biggest event in the trade union calendar. This year was met with celebration after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing thousands of people, UNISON Northern regional secretary Clare Williams said: “The pandemic showed why solidarity is so important. Trade unions were at the forefront of protecting people in their workplaces ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 12, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News northern region Source Type: news

Durham Miner ’s Gala: ‘ UNISON is strong and ready for a fight ’
Last weekend, UNISON northern region joined the annual Durham Miner’s Gala, one of the world’s biggest celebrations of trade union power and working class culture. Over 200,000 people attended the event, which has been held annually in Durham since 1871. The gala is the biggest event in the trade union calendar. This year was met with celebration after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing thousands of people, UNISON Northern regional secretary Clare Williams said: “The pandemic showed why solidarity is so important. Trade unions were at the forefront of protecting people in their workplaces “W...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 12, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News Source Type: news

MPs join UNISON in celebrating 20 years of the PCSO
UNISON yesterday launched its celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the creation of the police community support officer (PCSO), with a major event in Parliament. Senior Labour politicians joined UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea and six PCSO members from England and Wales, to speak of the value and importance of the role and the urgent need for the UK government to finance new recruitment. Speaking to the PCSOs in the room, Ms McAnea said: “This is a success story. This is something that has worked. You’re not an add-on, you’re integral to the way that we police in this country.” And shadow...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 12, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News police and justice Source Type: news

‘ We will continue to stand with striking workers ’
UNISON’s National Labour Link Forum was held today in York – the first in-person event in three years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In her opening remarks, Linda Hobson, chair of the national Labour Link committee, reminded the forum: “Boris Johnson, after disgracing the country as our prime minister has resigned, but he’s still here, clinging on. Even his party want him gone. “But we should never forget that they were defending him to the hilt only a few weeks ago – and they put him in power in the first place.” She reiterated the words of UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea, when she sp...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 8, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News UNION Labour Link Source Type: news

Ministers must act now as Covid infection rates rise
Responding to the release of Office for National Statistics data showing a sharp increase in Covid infection rates, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Friday): “Infection rates are rising at an alarming rate. The fact the virus is spreading so quickly during the warmer months should set off alarm bells across the government. “Simply wishing Covid away is dangerous. If we don’t begin to prepare now for the inevitable winter wave, staff will be absent, services will be compromised and communities will be denied the quality public services they expect. “Ministers must learn from the devastating...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 8, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea covid Winter Source Type: news

Greater Manchester care workers win Living Wage award
Greater Manchester care workers have won the Living Wage Foundation’s prestigious Living Wage Campaign of the Year award after coming together to secure the Foundation Living Wage across six councils. The UNISON-led campaign, titled Greater Manchester Care Workers Demand a Pay Rise, was targeted at Greater Manchester councils to pressure them to provide the Foundation Living Wage (currently £9.90) to all directly employed and commissioned social care workers. The campaign was launched in Living Wage Week in November 2021 and was successful in six out of ten Manchester councils. Rochdale was the first council to commit l...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 7, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News care workers living wage Source Type: news

Country needs a new government, not just a change of PM
Commenting on Boris Johnson’s announcement of his resignation as Conservative leader and Prime Minister, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Thursday): “Boris Johnson showed his true colours at a time of crisis. Clinging on to power was more important to him than looking after the country. “He leaves a dreadful legacy. Billions of pounds wasted on useless, fraudulent PPE contracts and huge numbers of deaths in care homes. “Public services are on the brink and essential workers who provide them can’t make ends meet. “Three years after Johnson promised to ‘fix social care’ on the steps of Do...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 7, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release Boris Johnson general election public sector pay social care Source Type: news

Blog: Unions are the solution, not the problem
Boris Johnson has pretty much refused to work ever since the cost of living crisis erupted. But we know his pay hasn’t been docked. When working people go on strike, they lose pay. It’s always a big deal, and it’s a difficult decision for any worker.  Taking a stand, withdrawing labour, and losing pay, sends a clear message to employers that they won’t be taken for granted. They won’t be exploited. They won’t put up with declining pay and standards. They won’t be used.   Workers take industrial action when they have collective strength and the backing of their union. It’s a last resort, when the hard wor...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 29, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: Article General secretary's blog Christina McAnea Source Type: news

Care staff begin strike over fire and rehire plans
Staff employed by Bristol-based care company St Monica Trust are to begin a series of strikes today (Wednesday) over threats to sack them if they don’t accept a pay cut, says UNISON. ​ As many as 100 care workers, registered nurses and residential home staff are expected to take to the streets outside the trust’s four care homes across South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, and Bath and North East Somerset, UNISON says. Further action is planned for 2, 5, 10 and 11 July. Despite a deepening care worker recruitment crisis and against the wishes of the families of residents, trust bosses are pushing ahead with pla...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 29, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea fire and rehire St Monica Source Type: news