Out-of-touch government has no plan to solve cost of living crisis, says UNISON   
The government is out of touch, has no understanding of the struggles ordinary families are facing and has run out of ideas to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Wednesday). In her keynote speech at the union’s annual conference in Brighton, she said: “The country is smack bang in the middle of the worst cost-of-living crisis in over 70 years. The poorer people are, the higher the price they’re paying. “Struggling families are forced to choose between eating or heating, and food banks are stretched to breaking point. Ministers should be hanging their heads in sh...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 15, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release cost of living NDC delegate conference Source Type: news

The tide is turning – and UNISON will rise!
“We have good reason to be optimistic. It feels a bit like the tide is turning. “The government should be in no doubt: UNISON is strong. UNISON is resolute – and UNISON is up for the fight. “Together we rise, conference!” That was the message at the heart of today’s address to UNISON’s national delegate conference by general secretary Christina McAnea. And conference did rise, with cheers, applause and a standing ovation as she concluded. Threaded throughout, it was a speech in which she gave voice to the anger and frustration of members, struggling with the “worst cost-of-living crisis in over 70 years,”...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 15, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2022 National Delegate Conference Christina McAnea cost of living Source Type: news

Care bosses taking home 13 times wages of workers, says UNISON report
Executive pay packages are soaring at private equity firms that own care homes​, while conditions plummet for residents and staff, says a report published by UNISON today (Wednesday). Directors of for-profit investment companies across the UK are now collecting 13 times the wages of the care workers they employ, according to new data from the University of Surrey and analysts Trinava Consulting. The 43-page report​ – Held to Ransom​ – reveals workers and the people they support​, including the elderly and those with disabilities, are paying the price for profit being put before care. In-depth interviews...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 14, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release care homes care workers Source Type: news

Paul Holmes opens NDC with rallying call
UNISON president Paul Holmes opened UNISON’s first in-person national delegate conference in three years, in Brighton today, by voicing the union’s anger at the way the UK government – “some kind of upper-class Wetherspoons” –  is running the country. The inflation rate in the UK for the bottom 10% of earners has hit 14%, he said, before talking about two women in Wakefield who had recently been interviewed by the BBC, in light of the imminent by-election in their city. One said that she would run out of money for electricity by 9 o’clock in the morning, the other that she could not afford to eat. “It&...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 14, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: News 2022 National Delegate Conference Source Type: news

UNISON votes unanimously for trans equality in local government
UNISON local government conference unanimously passed a motion in support of trans rights this afternoon, recognising the importance of the union being loud and visible in support of its trans members. Speaking in support of the motion, UNISON LGBT+ delegate Anu Prashar commented on the hostile media treatment of trans women in particular saying “this is the same tactic used against gay men in the section 28 era, when they were portrayed as sexual predators and a danger to children. We have seen it all before. “This is why our union needs to be at the forefront of this debate, making sure our trans members are able to ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 14, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News 2022 local government conference transgender rights Source Type: news

Blog: Working with UNISON on the cost of living crisis
My community, like many others, was left devasted by the pandemic. The suffering endured will live long in the memory, but so too should the resolve of those who pulled us through, not least our NHS staff, carers and educators. As a proud UNISON member, I know that, too often, the vital role of our public services – and those who work in them – is taken for granted, but whose true value was there for all to see during our darkest hour. It is deeply regrettable that many of those same workers now struggle to make ends meet. So I was pleased to work with UNISON to secure a debate in Parliament on the cost of living crisi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 14, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Blogs News cost of living Source Type: news

Local government delegates discuss how to improve organising
Chaired by UNISON vice president Kath Owen, the final afternoon of UNISON’s local government service group conference passed several key motions on union organising. Conference unanimously voted through a motion to devise a new UNISON training course for activists on how to organise industrial action ballots and win disputes. Introducing the motion, UNISON Sandwell branch secretary Tony Barnsley (pictured above) said: “If we don’t meet ballot thresholds, we will let our members down on pay year after year”, he said. “As prices rocket, I don’t believe our members aren’t interested in their pay, theref...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 13, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: News 2022 local government conference Source Type: news

Conference affirms there should be no profiteering from social care
There should be no profiteering from social care. That message was at the heart of a series of debates at UNISON’s local government conference in Brighton this afternoon, as delegates continued to plot the service group’s path for the year to come. Moving a major motion on care workers for the service group executive, Sarah Barwick said that, while the pandemic has been very challenging for all local government workers, it has been particularly hard so for those “undervalued, underpaid care workers”. They had been “ignored by most people and politicians” until the preventable deaths that followed when vulnerabl...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 13, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article 2022 local government conference 2022 Local Government Service Group Conference social care Source Type: news

Energy conference: ‘ Be proud of what you have achieved ’
UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea opened the union’s first in-person energy conference in three years today telling delegates: “You should be proud of what you have achieved. You’ve faced so much adversity in the past few years. But you’ve faced it together. “Although energy is relatively small compared to some of the other service groups it definitely punches above its weight and has a massive impact across all the other sectors in the union.” She went on to talk of the energy crisis and the effect it was having not only on consumers but also the energy workforce. She said: “Our members’ livelihood...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 13, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article 2022 Energy Service Group Conference Source Type: news

Conference applauds the Local Service Champions
The second morning of UNISON’s local government conference opened with the presentation of awards for the union’s Local Service Champions, with delegates rising to their feet for a standing ovation for the three winners, who were chosen from over a thousand nominees. Paddy Toner from Halton Borough Council was the overall winner. A rehabilitation worker, who helps people who have a vision impairment to stay in their own homes and remain independent, Mr Toner was unable to be in Brighton, but will be receiving his award at the union’s national disabled members’ conference in the autumn. Susanne Ravenscroft had asked...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 13, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2022 local government conference 2022 Local Government Service Group Conference Source Type: news

Delegates reveal that it ’ s not all doom and gloom
As UNISON’s local government service group met in the flesh for the first time since 2019, delegates were keen to not only talk about the damage being inflicted on services by the UK government – but also to look at ways of improving the union’s impact. And there was time too for the vital job of emphasising that, no matter how difficult things have been in recent years – and remain – UNISON does make a positive difference. For instance, in a motion on the need for a national insourcing strategy for the sector, Lianne Dallimore from Cymru/Wales said that she was “proud to bring some light” to conference, as s...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 13, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2022 Local Government Service Group Conference insourcing Source Type: news

WET conference tackles fair pay and protecting our environment
In conclusion, the baroness said: “Green jobs and innovation will be at the heart of everything we [Labour] do. And your sectors, environment, water and transport will be at the heart of it as well.” Environment Agency pay After the speeches, UNISON vice president Kath Owen – chairing conference – introduced the business of the day. Delegates carried a wide range of motions, spanning bargaining and campaigning across each of the three sectors: water, environment and transport. Motion six “Fair pay in the EA”, submitted by the WET SGE, called on the executive to increase the pressure on the Environment Agency (E...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 13, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News 2022 WET Source Type: news

Social workers at breaking point with half at risk of quitting, warns UNISON
Excessive workloads, high stress levels and low morale are rife among social workers who are at breaking point, according to a new report published today (Monday) by UNISON. The report – Social work and the impact of the Covid pandemic – is based on a survey of nearly 3,000 social workers across the UK. It sheds light on the working conditions of social workers, and limitations on the help they are able to give vulnerable families. Staff shortages (93%), unmanageable caseloads (90%) and long hours (80%) are identified by social workers as major concerns affecting their ability to do their job​s, according to the unio...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 12, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release 2022 local government conference Christina McAnea social work Source Type: news

Local government staff deserve better from ministers
Ministers must fund local government properly or vital public services are at risk of destruction, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea warned today (Sunday). Speaking at UNISON’s local government conference in Brighton, she paid tribute to the work public service staff did to help communities through the pandemic. She said: “I know that workers in councils, schools, care homes, and in the community went above and beyond during Covid. “Headlines may have told a story that schools and nurseries were shut, but staff made sure vulnerable children, and the children of key workers were looked after and educated. “...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 12, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea conference local government Source Type: news

COVID dominates start of UNISON local government conference
Hundreds of UNISON members gathered in Brighton earlier today for the start of the union’s local government service group conference, chaired by president Paul Holmes. Presenting the service group committee’s annual report, chair Glen Williams railed against the country’s wealth inequality that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The total wealth of super rich increased 22% during the first 12 months of the pandemic, whilst our pay has decreased by 25% over 12 years,” he said. “This country is not poor. It can afford decent pay decent sick pay and good schools. The problem is that excessive amou...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 12, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News 2022 local government conference 2022 Local Government Service Group Conference long covid Source Type: news