‘ Let ’ s show the government our anger – and our strength ’
“Please, please join us this Saturday, 18 June in London. Join the whole trade union movement – and let’s show the government our anger, our outrage, but above all, let’s show them our strength.” That was the clarion call from Christina McAnea today, as she addressed UNISON’s local government service group conference in Brighton. It was the first live conference for the sector group since the pandemic began and she used the opportunity to convey a message of hope but also to issue a strong challenge to activists in “every single branch – go back to your branch and do everything you can to be strike ready”...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 12, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2022 Local Government Service Group Conference Christina McAnea Source Type: news

Higher education members vote to reject pay offer
UNISON has given notification of a formal dispute with the higher education employer, the University and Colleges Employers Association, after a consultative ballot of members showed that 83% of members across the UK reject the 3% pay offer and wish to move forward into an industrial action ballot. The national turnout was 36.2%, but 11 branches had a turnout of over 50%, with 17 others managing between 40 and 50%. The next steps will see branches have the opportunity to opt out of an industrial action ballot, with that ballot opening on 22 July. It will close for Scotland on 19 August and for England and Wales on 26 Augus...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 10, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News HE pay higher education Source Type: news

Blog: Concentrating on the issues that matter
It’s been another troubled week for the prime minister. He met his no-confidence vote with the usual bluster and spin. The thumping from his own party is another huge dent in his authority. To ‘move on’, we’ve been given a set of vacuous and unworkable housing ‘plans’ that do nothing to solve the urgent cost of living crisis. Our national delegate conference (NDC) opens next week in Brighton and we’ll be firmly focused on the crisis at hand. Inflation is set to reach 10%, filling up the petrol tank now costs £100, and the number of workers needing food banks is exploding. Hunger doesn’t just affect people ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 10, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News 2022 National Delegate Conference Boris Johnson Christina McAnea conservative party cost of living Source Type: news

​Proper action needed for Black workers in health and care
Commenting on the publication today (Thursday) of a new report on racial inequality in health and social care by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Black workers make a vital contribution to the health and care sector but are all too often at the bottom of the pay scale as care workers, porters, healthcare assistants and catering staff. They frequently face shocking discrimination, threatening their health, job security and life chances. “Reversing decades of underfunding, privatisation and hostile immigration policies that allow discrimination to thrive are the ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 9, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Black staff Christina McAnea health Source Type: news

Care home fire and rehire threat will drive staff out of the sector
Care workers, registered nurses and residential home staff employed by Bristol-based care company St Monica Trust are to strike after managers threatened them with the sack unless they accept a pay cut, says UNISON today (Saturday). ​ More than 100 staff at four care homes across south ​west of England were issued with an ultimatum in March that unless they agree to a ​reduction in wages – costing them thousands of pounds a year and watering down their sick pay – they’d be fired, says ​the union. Four in five workers (82%) who took part in the ballot backed the strike, says UNISON. Strikes will be held lat...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 9, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea fire and rehire St Monica Trust Source Type: news

Better pay key to solving NHS staffing crisis
Commenting on the NHS Reality Check report published today (Wednesday) by NHS Providers, looking at the pressures facing trusts as they struggle to provide patient care, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Shortages of staff across the NHS are nothing new. But the pandemic has taken the stress and strain caused by huge vacancy rates to a whole new level. “Without more midwives, porters, healthcare assistants, paramedics, nurses and other health workers crucial to the NHS, delays to patient treatment, long waits for ambulances and cancelled operations will remain the norm. “Better pay could stop experi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 8, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release NHS NHS pay rise Source Type: news

Unions call for inflation-busting pay rise for local government and school staff
The three local government unions, representing 1.4 million council and school employees, today (Monday) have submitted a pay claim for staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to receive a pay boost of at least £2,000 each. UNISON, GMB and Unite say only a significant rise will help protect services and enable staff to weather the growing cost of living pressures following a decade of local authority cuts and pay restraint. The 2022 claim, which would apply from the start of ​April, would see council employees receive either a £2,000 rise at all pay grades or the current rate of RPI (presently 11.1%), whichever i...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 6, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release NJC pay Source Type: news

Unions call for expansion of free school meals provision
UNISON joined other education unions, this week, in calling on the government to urgently expand the free school meals programme to all families receiving universal credit or an equivalent benefit. A letter, signed by representatives from 12 education unions and stakeholder groups – including UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea, was sent to the chancellor, Rishi Sunak and the secretary of state for education, Nadhim Zahawi, on Tuesday. It highlighted the profound benefits that free school meals provide, to those who are entitled to them, in terms of concentration, behaviour and academic performance in schools. But ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 1, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News cost of living free school meals Source Type: news

Blog: Happy Pride season
Happy Pride season to all of UNISON’s LGBT+ members. As always, UNISON activists will be at many Prides across the UK, being on stalls, marching and promoting our LGBT+ equality work in workplaces and branches. And after the last two years, we have even more reason to celebrate coming together this year. While there is lots to celebrate and be proud of, we can’t forget the discrimination and harassment LGBT+ people continue to face. From failures to progress with reforms to the Gender Recognition Act, to excluding trans people from proposed legislation banning conversion therapy, the UK government has constantly at...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 1, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News 2022 LGBT Pride Source Type: news

‘ We are public service defenders, not immigration border guards ’
Today saw the second day of UNISON’s virtual Black members’ conference, hosted by the national Black members’ committee. The morning session was chaired by committee deputy chair Rakiya Suleiman, and the afternoon by chair Kebba Manneh. The day began with a guest speech from UNISON lay activist and one of the four Black members on the NEC, Elizabeth Cameron. “As Black members, we need to celebrate ourselves,” she said. Representation of Black members at NEC level was a key concern of the morning, with the conference stating that UNISON currently has the most unrepresentative structure of senior lay leaders since ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 28, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News 2022 Black Members Conference Source Type: news

Major investment needed to tackle a social work system in crisis
Commenting on the review into the deaths of Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes published today (Thursday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “A system in crisis is failing to protect children in great danger. Much needs to change to put a stop to tragedies like the deaths of Star and Arthur. “Put simply, there aren’t enough social workers to cope with the number of families needing ​help. “So great are the case numbers that staff are firefighting rather than providing the right support to protect the most vulnerable. Cuts to early-help services mean social workers are seeing familie...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 25, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release social work social workers Source Type: news

Gray report makes sickening reading and shows betrayal of public trust, says UNISON
Responding to the findings of the Sue Gray report into Downing Street parties released today (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The Prime Minister and his mates partied while NHS and public sector staff put their lives on the line to keep the country going. They’ll rightly be sickened by Sue Gray’s findings. “People obeyed the rules and expected others would do the same to stop the virus. The Prime Minister and his team betrayed the nation’s trust and are damaging any faith they have in politicians. The Covid public inquiry can’t come soon enough.” Notes to editors:  – UNISO...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 25, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea Sue Gray Source Type: news

UNISON vows to keep up the pressure on cost of living crisis
The cost of living crisis, the 18 June TUC-organised demonstration in response to it, and the continuing ‘partygate’ shame of the Westminster government dominated discussions at UNISON’s NEC today. Taking place on the day Sue Gray’s report was published, NEC members repeatedly highlighted the contrast between the sacrifices and dedication of public service workers and the disgraceful attitude and behaviour of the Conservative government. But it was the ongoing cost of living crisis and the union’s response to it that preoccupied much of the meeting, with general secretary Christina McAnea highlighting that the cr...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 25, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Christina McAnea cost of living NEC Source Type: news

Put NHS pay right to stop NHS staff quitting amid cost-of-living ‘apocalypse’, says UNISON
UNISON has today (Wednesday) written to Sajid Javid urging significant action on pay to stop the exodus of health service staff as they face ‘a cost-of-living apocalypse’. The union warns that the NHS workforce is in crisis and the consequence of more employees quitting will be “longer ambulance queues outside hospitals, ever-increasing waiting lists and people who are in desperate need of treatment getting sicker”. This worsening scenario is outlined in the letter sent to the health and social care secretary. The union has also sought support from Amanda Pritchard at NHS England, Danny Mortimer at NHS E...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 24, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release healthcare nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Government must show commitment to social worker reform, says UNISON
This report recognises changes to the sector and better services for children and families will only happen with significant additional funding. National government must now step up with the additional cash to put these reforms into action.” Notes to editors: – UNISON is the UK’s largest union for social workers. It represents workers in many public services including education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy, with more than 1.3 million members. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.   The article Government must show commitment to social worker reform, says UNISON ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 23, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release Social work reform social workers Source Type: news