UNISON delivers pay petition to Downing Street
Today UNISON members joined the union’s general secretary Christina McAnea to deliver a petition signed by 182,290 people, demanding the government ends the pay crisis by raising the minimum wage to £15 an hour. Gathering on the steps of Downing Street at 6pm, five UNISON members delivered the petition on behalf of the union. The text read: “When pay rises by less than our bills, we’re all getting poorer. But rising prices don’t have to push people into poverty. It’s the government’s choice. To end the pay crisis, we need pay rises. “End the pay crisis. Raise the minimum wage to £15 an hour and give pu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 15, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News cost of living Source Type: news

Public sector wage slump matters to us all, says UNISON
Commenting on the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics showing wages in the private sector grew by 6.6% in the year to September, but those in the public sector by just 2.2%, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Workers everywhere are struggling to make their wages go far enough. But the huge inflation hit is being felt the hardest across the UK’s public services. “Lower pay is driving experienced staff away from hospitals, schools, care homes, councils and other essential services, delivering employees to other sectors paying more. “But flagging wages in ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 15, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release public sector pay Source Type: news

UNISON demands Rishi Sunak guarantee workers ’ protections in EU law bill
UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea has written to prime minister Rishi Sunak to express the union’s concerns about the Retained EU Law Bill, and seek assurances on core workers’ protections. The bill creates a countdown to the expiry of vital protections in the workplace by 31 December 2023, which will remove 3,800 pieces of EU-derived legislation in one fell swoop. Ms McAnea accuses the government of placing “ideological principles above the lived, practical needs of the UK.” The letter follows UNISON’s oral evidence to the parliamentary committee examining the bill, last week, which was presented by head...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 15, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News Retained EU Law bill Source Type: news

Government must act urgently on NHS pay to bring record waiting times down, says UNISON
Commenting on new figures published today (Thursday) showing waiting lists for routine treatment in England have hit an all-time high, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The NHS is in danger of reaching the point of no return. Waiting lists will simply not improve unless ministers address chronic under-staffing. Improving pay would make an immediate difference. Without a decent wage rise, health workers will continue to leave and patients suffer. “NHS staff are voting yes to strike for the sake of patients and a better NHS. But a damaging dispute can be avoided. “The government must start talks to put pay ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 10, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release nhs pay Sara Gorton vote yes for the NHS Source Type: news

Strike vote  is loud wake-up call to the government, says UNISON  
Commenting on the likelihood of strikes across the NHS this winter following the Royal College of Nursing ballot, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “This is loud a wake-up call to the government. Hundreds of thousands more nurses, paramedics, cleaners, health care assistants and other NHS employees are still to decide if they’ll be striking for better pay and staffing. Now is the time for swift action to avoid a damaging dispute. “A strike across the NHS this winter isn’t inevitable. Unions want to work with ministers to solve the NHS staffing crisis and its impact on patient care. But that must s...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 9, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release nhs pay Sara Gorton vote yes for the NHS Source Type: news

Blog: It is within their power to give NHS workers the pay they deserve
UNISON is now into the second full week of our NHS pay strike ballot in England, Cymru Wales and Northern Ireland. We’re still pressing ahead with encouraging as many members as possible to vote and return their ballot papers. The £1,400 pay award for NHS England and Cymru Wales is a real-terms pay cut for the majority of staff, and staff in Northern Ireland have been given no pay rise at all because of the political paralysis in Stormont. Our activists and organisers have been speaking to thousands of members, every day since the ballot opened. Meanwhile, I’ve been out visiting UNISON branches at hospital sites, ambu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 8, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: Article General secretary's blog Christina McAnea NHS vote yes for the NHS Source Type: news

UNISON ’ s first general secretary has died, aged 88
Alan Jinkinson, the first general secretary of UNISON, has died at the age of 88. Born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, on 27 February 1935, he had previously been the general secretary of NALGO, from 1990 to 1993, when it merged with NUPE and COHSE to become UNISON. He played a key role in the formation of UNISON and was always proud to serve as the union’s first general secretary from vesting day in July 1993. A life-long servant to the labour and trade union movement, he worked in many roles across NALGO before becoming deputy general secretary and then being elected as general secretary. Mr Jinkinson – pictured abov...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 8, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Alan Jinkinson nalgo Source Type: news

UNISON ’s reserved (low pay) seat threshold for 2023
UNISON’s principles of proportionality and fair representation mean that some seats on elected bodies are reserved for women and low-paid members, so that the make-up fairly represents the wider union. This includes the national executive council (NEC). The definition of low-paid reflects the median gross weekly earnings for all jobs – full time or part time – and is revised each year. The median gross weekly earnings figure for 2022 has been calculated in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings at £532.50, which represents a 5.4% increase on 2021. This means that the cut-off wage for election to reserved (low pay...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 8, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News low pay low-paid Source Type: news

‘ Another world is possible – together we can rise! ’
“Another world is possible. We demand better. Together we can rise!” That was the heart of the message from UNISON’s Northern regional secretary Clare Williams at the TUC’s We Demand Better rally in Westminster, yesterday. Standing in for general secretary Christina McAnea, she noted it was seven years to the day when “the trade union movement was gathered here to lobby MPs on the pernicious Trade Union Bill. “The government then was trying to smash us – but we’re still here, stronger than ever”. The evening rally, together with the lobby of MPs earlier in the day, were sending a message to the govern...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 3, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News TUC rally Source Type: news

Hundreds of workers lobby Parliament for better pay
Hundreds of trade union members from around the UK have descended on Westminster today, to put pressure on MPs to take drastic action to boost workers’ pay – the best possible solution to easing the cost of living crisis. UNISON members were among those making their voices heard at the ‘We Demand Better’ lobby and rally, organised by the TUC. A number of individuals set up meetings with their MPs, in order to share their stories, describe how the crisis is affecting the lives of ordinary workers, and impose on their elected representatives the need for better pay deals across the public sector. The lobby meetings ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 2, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News cost of living together we rise vote yes for the NHS Source Type: news

Leaving workers in poverty is no way to run vital services
Commenting on new research published by the TUC today (Tuesday) showing widespread poverty for public sector workers’ families, UNISON assistant general secretary Jon Richards said: “This is no way to run vital public services. “Those providing care, looking after our health, keeping us safe and providing education shouldn’t need to worry about simply making ends meet for their families. “Holding down public sector pay for years to come could make the cost-of-living crisis deepen. “But it will also drive people into better paid sectors, leaving struggling public services on the brink.” Notes to editors: ̵...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 1, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release cost of living poverty Source Type: news

Council workers accept deal that will give lowest-paid 10.5%
Local government trade unions today accepted a pay offer that will see hundreds of thousands of workers, over 350,000 of whom are UNISON members, paid an extra £1,925 this year, equating to a 10.5% increase for the lowest-paid workers. UNISON, GMB and Unite make up the trade union side of the national joint council (NJC) that negotiates pay for the majority of local government workers. After consulting their members over the last two months, the unions met today and agreed to accept the offer from the employer, the Local Government Association (LGA). The award is the highest offered to NJC workers in over a decade with lo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 1, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News local government NJC Pay 2022 Source Type: news

Public sector pay cuts are the worst possible response
Responding to reports that public sector pay awards could be capped at 2% in the coming months, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Tuesday): “Holding down pay for public sector staff is the worst possible response. This shows a government with no ideas, nor a grasp of the reality of people’s lives. “The NHS, care and other key services already have a workforce crisis. Many more staff will walk if they know there’s no prospect of a decent pay rise for years. “That means patients will wait longer, older people won’t get the care they need, crime rates will rise and education will suffer. ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 1, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release public sector pay rishi sunak Source Type: news

‘ We must be united for battles ahead, ’ says UNISON president
Addressing delegates at UNISON’s national disabled members’ conference in Brighton this morning, the union’s president, Andrea Egan (pictured above), told them: “We face unprecedented times – and we must emerge united for the real battles that lie ahead”. Congratulating delegates on their work in the Year of Disabled Workers, she noted that activists had trained 100 new disabled officers for the union, which she called “a fantastic achievement.” And that was not all: “Your work on the Disability Employment Charter has been inspirational”, said Ms Egan, “and an inspiration for the union’s for...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 31, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2022 National Disabled Members Conference Andrea Egan Covid-19 long covid Source Type: news

Workers ’ protections at risk as EU Law bill moves through Parliament
Last week, the government’s Retained EU Law bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons. The bill, introduced by former business secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg, has set a fast-moving conveyor belt in motion, which will see essential protections for workers automatically vanish in December 2023, unless the government decides to produce new and equivalent UK laws. UNISON is horrified by the measures included in the Retained EU Law bill. Many core workplace protections – including holiday pay, maternity/paternity leave, protections for part-time workers and equal pay for women and men – come from the European Uni...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 31, 2022 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News EU Legal pregnancy and maternity rights Retained EU Law bill women's rights Source Type: news