Cuts increase risk to public in England and Wales
Public health is being put at risk by continued austerity and cuts, says a new UNISON report on environmental health in England and Wales. In November and December last year, the union sent Freedom of Information requests to all 374 local authorities in the two countries (197 answered), as well as surveying members working in environmental health. Comparing the results with comparable figures from 2009, when councils last answered a UNISON freedom of information request on the same issue, shows that: environmental health budgets per head of population have more than halved over the past decade (falling by 52.92% between 2...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News austerity council cuts cuts to local services environmental health local government Source Type: news

Building on the success of Grovember
We’re going for growth in May, following on from the success of the Grovember. That month of activity by the whole union made us not only the biggest union in the UK – but a growing one. We’re not resting on our laurels, however. If November showed that by acting together we can push our recruitment into growth, May is about applying what we learned and starting to develop a sustainable union-wide recruitment and retention plan strategy. UNISON is aiming to run two or three month-long campaigns each year where branches, regions and the centre focus on recruitment and retention and make sure our union cont...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: P.S data Go for growth grovember recruiting recruitment Source Type: news

Gas boss should have pay rise blocked, says UNISON
British Gas staff should use their voting at next month’s AGM of parent company Centrica to reject the “obscene” pay rise of boss Iain Conn, says UNISON. Iain Conn, the chief executive of Centrica, is due to receive a £2.4 million pay package – 109 times the £22,000 average salary of call centre staff – in a year when 2,000 employees are losing their jobs. His 44% pay increase of £660,000 is the equivalent of the average yearly pay for 30 call centre workers at the energy giant. It comes in the wake of two bill increases for consumers in a matter of months, a profit warning a...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 12, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Press release British Gas centrica Energy Matt Lay pensions Source Type: news

‘Once in a generation opportunity to put younger workers at the heart of our union’
Delegates at UNISON’s health conference today welcomed moves to better recruit, represent and include young members. As Shipha Begum of the Young Members Forum (above) told the conference: “We’re not the future of the union – we’re right here, right now, getting active, getting organised and building the union. “And we want to make sure that all our colleagues in the NHS and across the health sector are right beside us.” The TUC has highlighted the fact that less than 8% of workers aged 16-24 are in a union, while almost 40% of union members are aged 50 or over. Like the TUC, UNISO...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 10, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2019 Health Conference health care Year of Young Workers young members Source Type: news

AFG taking a big cut from funding it receives
As UNISON members at Alternative Futures Group (AFG) take a third day of strike action today, the union has released figures that reveal that AFG’s raid on staff incomes is unnecessary. The company has cut care support workers’ top-up payments pay for sleep-in shifts. This is costing some staff as much as £2,000 a year. The care support workers are only paid at the level of the minimum wage for their regular hours and many are struggling to stay in the care sector due to not being paid adequately at night. Staff have received great support for their strike action, with a public petition hitting some 13,00...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 9, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News adult social care Industrial action local government Sleep-in payments strike Source Type: news

The problems we face every day
UNISON health delegates have passed a series of motions on serious but sometimes little discussed issues that affect their daily working lives. These included bullying, the menopause, mandatory flu vaccinations and hospital food. Bullying. Conference heard that bullying in the NHS is “endemic”, “institutionalised” and can be seen at every level – by ministers towards civil servants, to organisations like NHS Improvement and NHS England making unreasonable demands on trusts, down through every layer of management until it hits frontline staff. The 2017 NHS staff survey found that one in four NH...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 9, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2019 Health Conference Source Type: news

Mental health services ‘broken and heading for crisis’
Delegates at UNISON’s health conference took part in a wide-ranging debate on what is regarded as the under-funded and overworked “Cinderella” service of the NHS. Conference heard of the continued pressure that funding cuts have created for staff working in mental health across the UK, with spiralling workloads, lack of support from management and the effects on their own mental health. As a result, 45% of respondents to a UNISON survey have said they are thinking of leaving their jobs. Sam Hemraj (above) of the health service group executive said that mental health care was a “critical service&rdqu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News health care health conference 2019 mental health Source Type: news

Mental health services “broken and heading for crisis”
Delegates at UNISON’s health conference took part in a wide-ranging debate on what is regarded as the under-funded and overworked “Cinderella” service of the NHS. Conference heard of the continued pressure that funding cuts have created for staff working in mental health across the UK, with spiralling workloads, lack of support from management and the effects on their own mental health. As a result, 45% of respondents to a UNISON survey have said they are thinking of leaving their jobs. Sam Hemraj of the health service group executive said that mental health care was a “critical service” for U...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News health conference 2019 Source Type: news

Government must pay up to end growing NHS pay divide, says UNISON
The government must find the money to ensure tens of thousands of low-paid cleaners, porters, security guards and catering staff working for private contractors in hospitals across England receive the same pay rise as colleagues employed by the NHS, says UNISON today (Sunday). The lowest paid workers in the NHS were given a £2,000 pay rise last year, as part of a three-year deal negotiated by health unions. But the overwhelming majority of health staff employed on private contracts have not received a penny, says UNISON. Many outsourced staff haven’t had a wage rise in years and the growing pay divide is affect...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 7, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Alison Charlton Tags: News Press release health care Source Type: news

Privatisation at Chesterfield Royal Hospital will drive out staff and is a worrying sign for the future
Responding to the transfer of more than 700 staff at Chesterfield Royal Hospital Trust to a new private arm’s-length company this week, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “This is bad news for staff and patients. The changes are built on savings from employing new recruits on worse pay, conditions and pension scheme, as well as slashing the trust’s VAT liability. “The money will almost certainly not go into the pockets of staff, who need it most. The effect will be that more of our experienced staff leave an overstretched service and that putting the service outside the...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 4, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health NHS privatisation Sara Gorton wholly owned subsidiaries Source Type: news

New charter sets out role for volunteers in supporting the NHS
A pioneering charter showing how volunteers can make a valuable contribution to the NHS in England, without undermining paid staff or affecting patient safety, is being launched today (Thursday) by health unions and Helpforce. The aim is to ensure that the tens of thousands of people who give up their time to provide comfort and help to patients are given guidance about their roles. It’s also intended to safeguard against their use as cheap substitutes for trained health staff. There are an estimated 78,000 volunteers providing help and support to patients in hospitals across England. This might include running book ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 4, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release NHS NHS England Sara Gorton volunteers Source Type: news

Blog: Fighting for a real Living Wage for all, 20 years on from the National Minimum Wage
Twenty years ago today, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) came into force. For the first time, there was a legal wage floor below which working people should never fall. Today, it’s easy to take that change for granted, but it was the result of decades of campaigning from the trade union movement – particularly UNISON and our predecessor unions – often in the face of opposition from Conservative politicians, employers and even some within the trade union movement. Fighting for the National Minimum Wage was a passion I shared with our much-missed friend Rodney Bickerstaffe, who played such a pivotal role ove...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News living wage national minimum wage Source Type: news

Conference delegate registration extended
UNISON has extended the deadline for registering delegates to June’s key conferences – national delegate conference (18-21 June), local government (16-17 June), energy (17 June) and water, environment and transport (16 June) – to Thursday 4 April. All these conferences are taking place in Liverpool. This follows problems with the union’s RMS membership system during the past week, which have in turn affected branches’ ability to register delegates for the conferences on the online conferences system, or OCS. So, any branch sending delegates to any of these conferences, now needs to register th...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 29, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2019 Energy Conference 2019 Local Government Conference 2019 National Delegate Conference 2019 WET Conference activists branches Source Type: news

Change the record, not just the DJ
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s address to the 1922 Committee, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Theresa May can leave Downing Street, but the country won’t notice a difference while the Conservative Party remains in power. “The UK doesn’t need to change the DJ, it needs to change the record. The people must now be given a say on who runs the country in a general election. “In the meantime, MPs must find a way to protect jobs, wages, public services, rights at work and peace in Northern Ireland. Theresa May’s flawed deal fails all these vital tests. “A...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 28, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release BREXIT dave prentis government theresa may UNISON Source Type: news

Higher ed pay talks open
Higher education unions met university employers today for the start of the 2019-20 pay negotiations. The unions – UNISON, UCU, Unite, GMB and EIS – represent workers across the higher education sector and throughout the UK. They presented a joint pay claim to employers at today’s meeting. Its highlights include a minimum pay rise of RPI inflation plus 3%, or £3,349 a year, whichever is greater; a minimum pay rate for directly employed staff across the sector of £10 an hour, and the living wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation, for other staff on campus – ie, contracted out staff; ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 26, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News education services higher ed higher education pay pay negotiating and bargaining Source Type: news

Liverpool University agrees to apply for living wage status
The University of Liverpool’s governing body has approved plans for the university to apply to become an accredited Living Wage employer this year. The Living Wage is an independently calculated minimum hourly rate intended to reflect living costs. The University is currently in discussion with the Living Wage Foundation, which promotes the initiative, to implement the scheme. The Living Wage (currently £9 an hour) is higher than the statutory minimum wage (currently £7.38 an hour for under 25s and £7.83 an hour for over 25s) and it is also currently higher than the lowest two points on the universi...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 20, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News higher education living wage Source Type: news

Lanarkshire college earns living wage accreditation
New College Lanarkshire has officially been named an accredited living wage employer by Living Wage Scotland. Last week’s announcement means that everyone working at the college – regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff – receive a minimum hourly wage of £9. This rate is significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over-25s of £7.83 per hour introduced in April 2018 and calculated by the Living Wage Foundation to more realistically reflect the cost of living. UNISON reps at the college, Moira Jarvie and Collette Bradley, told the Daily Record: &ld...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News higher education living wage Source Type: news

Interserve contracts must be bought back in-house, says UNISON
Responding to the news that Interserve has failed to persuade shareholders to approve a rescue plan for the company, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is yet another example of privatisation failing catastrophically at the expense of public services. “Thousands of workers including school cleaners, catering staff and people working for probation contracts run by Interserve will be left wondering if they still have a job. “Public service contracts need to be bought back in-house immediately. The government must give assurances that jobs, pensions and pay are all protected in the event ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Press release catering staff cleaners dave prentis Interserve privatisation probation Source Type: news

Standing up to racism on UN Anti-Racism Day
Tomorrow (Saturday) the streets of three UK cities – London, Cardiff and Glasgow – will be full of people standing up to racism as they take part in marches and rallies in support of UN Anti-Racism Day. Commenting on the Stand up to Racism marches, UNISON assistant general secretary Roger McKenzie said: “Today is an opportunity to take action against the resurgent racism and fascism that has consequences for us all. It’s a chance for every one of us to increase our efforts to build a better world. “Anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and Anti-Semitic rhetoric are on the rise. We all share the obligat...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Media highlights News Press release anti-racism roger mckenzie UN Anti Racism Day Source Type: news

Glasgow women win again
The Glasgow women who won an historic equal pay battle last month have won again – this time at the Scotswoman of the Year 2018 awards. The awards are run by Glasgow’s evening paper, the Evening Times, and the women were awarded the editor’s award. The ceremony was held at the city’s Grand Central Hotel last night, where Eva Bolander, the Lord Provost of Glasgow, accepted the award on behalf of the women, who had fought for 12 years to win equal pay. “It is humbling for me, and a real honour, to accept this award on behalf of Glasgow’s women,” she said. “This win wa...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News equal pay glasgow Source Type: news

Tuberculosis – making sure you don ’ t have latent TB
World Tuberculosis Day, on Sunday 24 March, is a time when we remember that tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s leading cause of death from an infectious disease. It kills more people than HIV and malaria combined. But TB is not just a problem in the developing world and the UK has some of the highest rates in Western Europe. Most people who breathe in TB bacteria do not immediately become unwell, but have strong enough immune systems to clear the bacteria or otherwise hold it in a ‘sleeping’ state known as latent TB. In fact, a quarter of the world’s population has latent TB, with a 10% chance of it &...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News health Source Type: news

Environment Agency staff vote on strike action over pay
The threat of industrial action is looming at the Environment Agency after it decided to force a below inflation pay rise on its 10,000 staff earlier this year, says UNISON today (Thursday). UNISON is asking Environment Agency staff whether they would be prepared take industrial action to try to win a better wage rise than the 1.3% that’s been imposed on them. Since 2010 staff have faced a 20% real-terms pay cut. UNISON says staff working for the agency are understandably angry, especially as the increase is way below that given to other public sector workers. For example, colleagues doing the same job at the Sc...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 14, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release andrew dobbie environment agency Industrial action pay Source Type: news

Blog: Why we ’ re balloting Environment Agency members on industrial action
In all of our communities, UNISON members work tirelessly to provide public services. Often unseen, it’s our people who keep our country going. That’s certainly the case for the vital workers in the Environment Agency. They have the vital roles of protecting towns and villages up and down the country from flooding, and preventing environmental pollution. Yet since 2010, they’ve faced 20% real terms pay cuts as a result of the government’s disastrous pay policy – similar to so many others across the public sector. Now, despite lofty claims from the government that “austerity is over&rdquo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 14, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News environment agency Source Type: news

No deal rejection welcome, but we ’re miles away from the agreement the UK needs
Commenting on the parliamentary vote to reject the prospect of leaving the EU without a deal, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “MPs have rightly rejected a disastrous no-deal Brexit, but they’re still miles away from the agreement the country needs. “Crashing out of the EU in just over two weeks would be a disaster. Delaying Article 50 is an absolute must to save public services. “It’s time the Prime Minister took her head out of the sand. There’s a majority in Parliament for a deal that protects rights at work, jobs, wages and peace in Northern Ireland. “Theresa May sho...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 13, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release BREXIT dave prentis theresa may Source Type: news

We felt the love in February
February is the month of romance, what with Valentine’s Day, the Heart UNISON campaign week and all that – and UNISON members were definitely feeling the love during the last 28 days. The month kicked off with good news for members working at Solihull sixth form college, where branch treasurer Julie Robinson’s tenacity paid off with an extra eight days’ pay a year – back-dated for six years – for colleagues on term-time only contracts who had been historically underpaid. And the women workers of Glasgow were definitely feeling the love as they celebrated final victory in their 12-y...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2019 Women's Conference adult social care care workers Croyde equal pay Source Type: news

Fix probation flaws by returning services to public ownership, says UNISON
Commenting on the National Audit Office’s Transforming Rehabilitation: Progress Review published today (Friday), UNISON national officer Ben Priestley said: “This is a devastating critique of a catastrophic privatisation and reads like a catalogue of disaster. “Rather than ploughing on regardless with a failed system, the Justice Secretary must now take control and bring these contracts back into public ownership. “No amount of tinkering around the edges will make these CRCs work. The probation service needs to be unified, for the sake of community safety, the public and staff.” Not...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Press release ben priestley community rehabilitation companies privatisation probation Source Type: news

New proposals could help protect the NHS from an uncertain world post-Brexit, says UNISON
Commenting on proposals published today (Thursday) by NHS England setting out possible reforms to remove competition and reduce privatisation in the health service, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The government introduced the despised Health and Social Care Act against the advice of those who knew the NHS best. The market-driven system ushered in by the Act has already cost the NHS dearly. “Resources that could have been spent caring for patients have been diverted into bidding for contracts – often against other parts of the NHS. Over-complex processes have been an unwelcome distraction for st...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 28, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Press release Health and social care act NHS England privatisation Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Nursery school funding welcome but more needed, says UNISON
Commenting on the government’s announcement of £24 million in additional interim funding for maintained nursery schools, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “This additional funding gives welcome breathing space, but nursery schools need long-term certainty, rather than stop-gap measures. “However, hundreds of council-run nurseries and children’s centres, often in deprived areas, are still facing closure as a result of the government’s funding changes. They face many of the same challenges as nursery schools and are equally worthy of financial help.” Notes to edit...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 28, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release funding nursery Source Type: news

Cleaners and caterers strike for fair pay at Liverpool Hospital
Catering staff, cleaners and security guards are among UNISON members striking at Liverpool Women’s Hospital today over their private employer’s refusal to pay them the NHS rates for their jobs. More than 40 union members are employed by OCS, which supplies contracted out ‘soft facilities’ at the hospital, and delivered a 100% vote in favour of strike action in a formal ballot. The lowest pay rate for a worker in the NHS is £8.93 per hour, but the OCS staff are paid considerably less than this with some only receiving the minimum legal hourly wage rate of £7.83.  Staff are losing ou...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 25, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article agenda for change health care Industrial action Liverpool NHS nhs pay private contractors Source Type: news

UNISON notches up a win in battle for care homes
UNISON has marked a victory in its fight for staff and residents at two Southampton council-owned care homes, with the council’s decision ‘in principle’ to keep one open and promise no compulsory redundancies. Last year, the council proposed closing the last two care homes it owns, Glen Lee and Holcroft House, from April 2020, in a bid to save £31.3m a year. The homes employ 85 staff and house around 50 vulnerable elderly adults. But when it started a public consultation on the plans in October, UNISON Southampton deputy branch secretary Claire Ransom pointed to the example of Reading. The Berkshire...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 21, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article care care homes local government residential care residential care homes Source Type: news

Mental health of NHS staff should be a ‘priority’, says UNISON
Responding to health secretary Matt Hancock’s pledge to overhaul mental health and wellbeing for NHS staff, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said today (Wednesday): “The mental health needs of staff should be a priority. They’re working long hours, in highly stressful conditions, often without a rest. “NHS workers can’t help patients get better unless they are well too. Proper solutions are needed though, not quick fixes. “These proposals are a step in the right direction. But far-reaching reforms are also necessary, including proper breaks, manageable workloads, and protection from abu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 20, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

Labour split is ‘terrible news’
Commenting on the announcement today (Monday) that seven Labour MPs have resigned from the party and are to sit as an independent group,UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is terrible news and the last thing public service employees across the UK will want to hear. “Working people need a Labour government but split parties don’t win elections. Labour’s overriding concern must be to look long at hard at the reasons why the MPs feel they are no longer able to stay in the party. “The party must get its act together over Brexit and ensure the country is spared the calamity of a ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release dave prentis Labour Party Source Type: news

Nice pay if you can get it
The Open University tops the list when it comes to high pay for vice chancellors. In 2017-18, it paid £718,000 for the services for former VC Peter Horrocks, including £255,000 ‘compensation’ for loss of office Image: Chris Valentine/Wikipedia   The newly established Office for Students has published its first statistics on senior management pay in England’s higher education sector. This has led to some strong headlines in the media. The Guardian reported that six university vice chancellors received more than half a million pounds for the 2017-18 pay year “in salary, bonuses a...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: P.S data he high pay higher education universities Source Type: news

Assistant general secretary hails the difference UNISON makes
“Being the biggest union – being the biggest women’s union – gives us power and with that power comes responsibility.” Addressing the union’s national women’s conference in Bournemouth, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea told delegates that they were meeting during a period of significant anniversaries. It was 70 year since the founding of the NHS, 150 years of the TUC and 100 years since (some!) women got the vote. And, of course, 25 years of UNISON itself. “I’m sure to many younger women this may feel like ancient history, but it feels like ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Women's Conference 25 years Christina McAnea Source Type: news

Conference backs UNISON campaign on social care
“Social care is the bedrock of our society,” Carol Sewell told UNISON’s women’s conference this morning, as she opened a debate on the particular impact on women of cuts to social care. Noting that, while the public are highly aware of the impact of cuts in the NHS, they are less aware of the impact of cuts to social care, she described social care as “the bedrock of our society”, one that is is “provided mostly by women”, many of whom also have caring responsibilities at home. “All the home care workers want to do is their job, which they love doing”, but not wit...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Women's Conference black members social care Source Type: news

Blog: Every victory for our union is a victory for our women members
This morning I was proud to speak at UNISON’s annual women’s conference. It’s the biggest conference by and for women in the UK – which is fitting, as UNISON is the women’s union, with more than a million women members. Everything that happens in our union has our women members at its heart. That was built into the very foundation of our union 25 years ago, and we created a new union for a new era. A big part of that was a new rule book, which I fought for and wrote, that enshrined the role of women in our union. UNISON women are the majority of our members and the heartbeat of everything tha...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News 2019 Women's Conference Source Type: news

Birmingham care striker brings conference to its feet
UNISON women’s conference rose to its feet this afternoon, after hearing from Mandy Buckley (pictured), a Birmingham care worker and the rep for those women who are fighting against the city’s Labour council’s plan to slash their hours and pay. Telling delegates about the strike she said that “it’s hard going when it’s 12 months”. “I’ve only been a steward for two years – I have never been political,” she added. Thanking all the unions that have been supportive, she paid “Liz and Dave” [UNISON assistant general secretary Liz Snape and general sec...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Women's Conference Birmingham care workers care for carers transphobia Source Type: news

Bring probation contracts back into public control to avoid further disaster
Responding to today’s insolvency of Working Links – a company that oversees three outsourced probation contracts – UNISON national officer for police and justice Ben Priestley said: “This privatisation has been a disaster and one that was long predicted. The government must immediately step in to bring these collapsed services back in-house. “The priority is to reassure the public in the South West and Wales that communities will remain protected. Staff too need assurances about their jobs, and that they will still be paid. “This is yet another catastrophe to be added to C...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release ben priestley probation Source Type: news

‘Keep going and never accept any limitations’
Politicians can often seem very distant from the reality of ordinary people’s lives. But when Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan UNISON spoke to women’s conference in Bournemouth this afternoon, she asked to be allowed to tell them her own story. “I am a proud frontline NHS worker,” she said: “A mum of two tearaway little girls … I want  them to have the very best chance at life.” Born to a Pakistani father and a Polish mother – that got “a lot of stares at school” – when her mother was left to bring up Ms Allin-Khan and her sister on her own, she had to wor...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Women's Conference equality Rosena Allin-Khan MP women members Source Type: news

HCPC fee increase is an unjustified ‘tax on practising’
The proposal by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to increase its registration fee by 18% is excessive and unreasonable, says UNISON. A letter signed by 47 MPs and peers denouncing the increase has been sent to the HCPC ahead of its meeting tomorrow (Thursday) when the board is voting on the proposal. The changes will affect 15 health and care professions regulated by the HCPC across the UK. This includes paramedics, radiographers, occupational therapists and biomedical scientists. Regulated professionals are required to pay an annual fee to be allowed to practise. If the fee increase is imposed, HCPC fees wil...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 13, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release HCPC Sara Gorton Source Type: news

UNISON seeks peaceful resolution in Venezuela
UNISON calls on the government to promote dialogue to foster a peaceful solution instead of stoking tensions as a way to resolve the Venezuelan crisis. The UK, along with European countries such as Germany, France and Spain has joined the US, Canada and several Latin American countries in endorsing Juan Guaidó, Venezuelan opposition leader and President of the National Assembly, who declared himself interim President of Venezuela. UNISON is concerned at the escalation of international interference, including the possibility of military intervention, in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation. UNISON vehemently re...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 6, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article international Source Type: news

Making David Attenborough proud
UNISON’s very own holiday resort is taking the lead and going green by taking massive steps and reducing its plastic consumption. In news that would hearten Sir David Attenborough himself, the resort in beautiful Croyde, north Devon, has started the second year of a program of initiatives to help protect the environment. Green measure taken so far include replacing soft drinks in single use plastic bottles, replacing plastic straws and removing plastic carrier bags from the shop. The resort is also sponsoring a beach clean. UNISON Croyde Bay green co-ordinator Dean Parish said: “Last year was a fantastic step i...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Croyde unison living Source Type: news

Union vows to resist Bangor university pension threat
UNISON has vowed to resist “pretty shabby” plans by Bangor University to cut the pensions of its lowest paid staff. University management is proposing to cut its contribution to the pensions of its lowest paid staff, while leaving the workers’ contribution at the level they are now, and reducing members’ benefits when they retire. The move is aimed only at non-academic staff – clerical workers, IT staff, lab workers, cleaners, caterers, security staff and more – leading UNISON locally to say the university has “shown how little it values the role of support workers”. UNISON C...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article Bangor university education services higher ed higher education occupational pensions universities Source Type: news

UNISON wins pay out for low-paid staff at Solihull Sixth Form College
Administrative staff, career advisors, science and art technicians, and library assistants working for Solihull Sixth Form College are to receive eight days additional pay a year as a result of mistakes made about the way public holiday pay was calculated. UNISON negotiated the claims on behalf of 14 members of staff employed on term-time contracts, arguing they had been treated less favourably than teachers and other colleagues employed full-time. The college has now agreed to revise the formula used to calculate their holiday allowance and pay the correct rate, backdated six years. Library assistant Julie Robinson first ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release college holiday pay Solihull Source Type: news

Working during the cold weather
As many of us experience the coldest weather to date this winter spare a thought for those who have to work outdoors in sub-zero temperatures to keep our vital public services running. UNISON head of health and safety said: “Exposure to the cold can be a serious health and safety hazard causing chilblains and hypothermia. “There is an increased risk of slipping and numb figures, or ill-fitting gloves, can make potentially dangerous equipment difficult to use. “Employers must remember their duty to look after their workers by measures such as frequent breaks from the cold, facilities for warming up, warm d...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Source Type: news

UNISON helps University of Bath win living wage accreditation
More than 300 staff at the University of Bath are set to benefit from a pay rise this spring, after UNISON and the university worked together to ensure that the latter can now call itself an accredited living wage employer. Set to take effect in April, it means that all workers at North East Somerset’s second largest employer will be paid at least £9 an hour. The Living Wage Foundation currently sets £9 as the figure to reflect a truer cost of living once inflation is fully taken into account. This is significantly higher than the national living wage, which is set by the government and is currently at &p...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 31, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News education higher education living wage Living Wage Foundation South West Source Type: news

Defying the cold and looking to the future
January may have ended with a cold snap for much of the country – but that didn’t stop UNISON starting the new year with a firm eye on the future, for both our planet and of our union. We joined fellow energy unions GMB, Prospect and Unite in calling for a meeting with energy secretary Greg Clark to plan a “just transition” to the low-carbon economy needed to deal with climate change. UNISON played a key role in bringing the four unions – and activists who represent 200,000 workers in the sector – together to talk about the issues last year. The unions have now drawn up a template for &l...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 31, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article BREXIT brexit draft agreement Energy EU Citizens health care just transition NHS Source Type: news

Last UK hospital outside Agenda for Change joins national agreement
UNISON has welcomed the news today (Monday) that the only NHS trust in the UK outside the national agreement for pay, terms and conditions is now to move over to Agenda for Change. It means staff at Southend University Hospital will now enjoy the same pay, pension and annual-leave conditions as everyone else in the NHS. The trust has operated outside Agenda for Change for more than a decade. But it meant staff in Southend were not guaranteed the same pay rises as their colleagues in other trusts around the country. Last year, the trust agreed to mirror national NHS pay rates and, following consultation with union...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 28, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release agenda for change NHS nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Holocaust Memorial Day – Today we remember those ‘torn from home’
Holocaust Memorial Day is a time for everyone to come together and say never again. Never again to an anti-semitic and racist ideology that systematically targeted and murdered six million Jews. Never again should anyone be forced to suffer and die like those murdered by Nazi Persecution or in subsequent genocides. Never again. Amongst those targeted and killed were Jews, Roma Gypsies and Slavs. They were Black, LGBT and disabled. They were trade unionists and political opponents of Nazism. All of them torn from home, never to return. Leaving behind families, friends, communities, jobs and lives. “Torn from home&rdqu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 27, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News holocaust memorial day Source Type: news

End-of-year accounts for 2018 – branch audits
Branch treasurers have received notification of the procedures to apply on the closedown of the online branch accounts package (OLBA) for 2018. The branch authorisation sheet which includes the branch auditors’ statement must be signed by the branch auditor and should be sent to: IMPS Team, UNISON, Arena Point, 1 Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1UN. It must arrive by Friday 15 March 2019. As last year, it is a requirement that photocopies of statements for all balances held in bank, building society, deposit accounts, prepaid cards and/or any other short-term investment accounts at 31 December 2018 be sent along...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 25, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article audits branch finances branch officers branch treasurer branches Source Type: news