Omicron: Extending our solidarity to PPE supply chain workers
It’s still uncertain how badly the Omicron variant will take hold in the UK this winter. But with an extraordinary NHS crisis already upon us, we are reminded of how vital PPE is to saving lives. Pre-pandemic, PPE global supply chains were already known to be riddled with trade union and human rights violations, but it has worsened in the past 20 months. Forced labour has increased, authoritarian governments have used the pandemic to further restrict organising, and collective bargaining agreements have been ripped up and thrown away. The medical rubber gloves manufacturing sector is one of the worst offenders. It&rs...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 6, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: Blogs General secretary's blog Covid-19 human rights international PPE procurement Source Type: news

UNISON statement on the murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes
UNISON has responded to the death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and the conviction of both Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes for his murder. The union sends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Arthur, everyone in the local community and all those affected by this incredibly sad case. Every child’s life is precious, and we all need to learn from what happened in this terrible tragedy. UNISON therefore welcomes the announcement of a national review into the circumstances of this case and hopes that lessons will be learned that will benefit children at risk in the future. While we await the outcome of that rev...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 6, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News children's services Source Type: news

Council and school workers deserve much more than below-inflation pay offer as strike ballot begins
UNISON will today (Wednesday) begin to ballot more than a third of a million council and school staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for strike action over their “inadequate” pay offer. The union is recommending employees – including refuse collectors, teaching assistants and social workers – vote ‘yes’ to strike action. These workers have kept services running in local communities throughout the difficult months of the pandemic and deserve a decent rise, says UNISON. Most staff have been offered just 1.75% by local government employers, with 2.75% for those on the lowest pay lev...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 1, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release local government NJC pay Source Type: news

Government must not dither and delay again over pay, says UNISON
Responding to the commencement today (Tuesday) of the next consultation on health workers pay by the NHS Pay Review Body, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Staff are facing what could be the worst winter ever. The patient backlog continues to rise, staffing shortages are worsening by the minute, and now there’s uncertainty over the impact of the Omicron variant. “What NHS employees need is the promise of a fair pay rise. The government mustn’t dither and delay like last time. Ministers have to ensure a fair wage boost is top of their to-do list. “A properly funded pay award will he...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 1, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Dithering over social care must end immediately with a proper pay boost for workers
Responding to a report published today (Monday) by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) about the rapidly deteriorating situation for those who need social care, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “This is another ear-splitting alarm bell for the government on staffing shortages in the care sector. “Ministers can’t keep wringing their hands hoping this will go away. A human tragedy is unfolding, with care workers describing the heart-breaking impact of shortages for the vulnerable and elderly. “Unions, employers and politicians of all parties have been urging im...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 29, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release adult social care Source Type: news

What When you Know About AI-Powered Legal File Software?
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Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 26, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article Source Type: news

Staff ensuring health and care safety deserve fair pay
Staff at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are to be balloted ​over possible strike action after being given no pay rise this year ​despite the significant rise in the cost of living, says UNISON today (Wednesday). The workers provide an essential public service ensuring health and ​social care ​organisations in England meet safety standards and deserve to be fairly paid, the union says. CQC staff – who ​inspect, monitor and regulate hospitals, care homes, GP and dental surgeries, as well as ambulance and mental health services – have endured years without a sig...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 24, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release CQC Source Type: news

Blog: The fights for better pay and better public services are linked
Are your shopping bills going up? Are you thinking hard about when you put your heating on at home? Does your heart sink when you know your children need new shoes? Everyone is feeling the effects of inflation – the increase in prices of goods and services. And inflation is rising sharply. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose from 3.1% in September to 4.2% in October, while the Retail Price Index (RPI) rose to 6.1%, the highest in 30 years. Consumer energy prices jumped in September by nearly 20% and food prices increased to 4.5% in September. We know this is happening in different ways across the globe, but...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 23, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Christina McAnea Source Type: news

Bulb collapse shows public energy supplier needed
Commenting on the news today (Monday) that Bulb, the UK’s seventh largest energy supplier is to be put into special administration, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “This is entirely a mess of the government’s making. Allowing the market to decide solely how energy is supplied was always going to end badly. “Every time a company goes under, it’s energy customers that pick up the tab. Bulb’s collapse could mean as much as £150 extra for each household on next year’s energy bills. “That’s on top of the £150 everyone will already be paying f...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 22, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

Shadow equalities minister pledges equalisation of hate crime law
Taiwo Owatemi MP, the shadow minister for women and equalities, and herself a UNISON member, spoke to the union’s LGBT+ conference virtually this afternoon (pictured), taking the opportunity to announce that a future Labour government would equalise hate-crime legislation to ensure that all such crimes see sentencing affected by the motive. The trained pharmacist whose worked in the NHS, thanked UNISON members for all they’ve done during the pandemic. And she looked back at the important role played by trade unions organising for LGBT+ equality. However, she stressed that there is still inequality. For example,...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 20, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2021 National LGBT Conference equalities LGBT members Source Type: news

Delegates pledge to fight back against rising tide of transphobia
UNISON’s LGBT+ conference opened in Brighton this morning, and on Transgender Day of Remembrance, at the end of Transgender Awareness Week, the first day’s business was dominated by the need to fight back against increasingly strident transphobia, including campaigns that are being funded by the far right. Delegates first watched a video presentation from Francia Blanco, the international representative for SINTRADOTRANS, a union of transgender domestic workers in Nicaragua, who spoke about the importance of C190, the International Labour Organization’s convention on ending violence and harassment at work...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 20, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article 2021 National LGBT Conference equalities LGBT me Source Type: news

Above-inflation pay rise is key to nurse numbers
Commenting on the mid-year registration data released today (Tuesday) by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, UNISON national nursing officer Stuart Tuckwood said: “The substantial rise in the number of nurses and midwives leaving since last year is worrying. “It’s likely many feel unable to cope with the current pressures and neither feel valued by the government nor their employers. Pay must rise ahead of inflation to persuade staff to stay and new applicants to join. “More than 10,000 nurses have been recruited from outside Europe in the space of six months, bringing welcome expertise. It’s e...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 16, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nhs pay Source Type: news

Public services can lead the way to net zero but not without government funding
Getting the UK’s public services across the net zero line will require £140bn of government funding by 2035, says new research published today (Monday) by UNISON. If the government’s 2050 target is to be met, the UK’s hospitals, schools, colleges, universities, care homes, town halls, leisure centres, police stations, courts, social housing, and water, transport and environmental services all need to be part of the plan, says the union. The report, Getting to Net Zero in Public Services: The Road to Decarbonisation, says that without government funding, public services still reeling from a decade of...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 8, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Article Christina McAnea COP26 net zero Source Type: news

Christina McAnea joins climate marchers in Glasgow
UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea (above, left) stepped right off the train in Glasgow today and joined some of the city’s activists as they prepared to take part in the youth climate march. And she had a message for the union’s members all over the country. “I’ll be thinking of you marching across the UK – as I march in Glasgow. Thank you for taking part.” The youth climate march, which saw thousands of young people gather in the Scottish city and was to feature a speech by Greta Thunberg, is a prelude to Saturday’s Global Day of Action for Climate Justice, when civil soci...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 5, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: News COP26 green unison Source Type: news

Unions seek investor action in challenging labour rights abuses
UNISON is attempting to come to the aid of medical rubber glove manufacturing workers in Sri Lanka. General secretary Christina McAnea has co-signed a letter that has been sent to the investors of the Australian company Ansell, ahead of its AGM on 11 November, urging them “to help change the corporate culture of worker exploitation in Sri Lanka in Ansell workplaces.” This includes denying workers their right to form and join trade unions of their own choosing and to collectively bargain. The letter has also been signed by Anton Marcus, joint secretary of the Free Trade Zone and General Services Employees’...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 4, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News Covid-19 international modern slavery PPE Source Type: news

Panel debate kicks off UNISON ’ s national disabled members ’ conference
UNISON’s national disabled members’ conference convened in Liverpool last weekend for the first time in two pandemic-dominated years. Some 300 delegates attended the fully socially distanced conference, where ventilation was increased and session times reduced to ensure minimum time spent in the hall. Conference heard debate on motions covering three themes: the challenges that disabled workers have faced during COVID-19; the group’s campaigning priorities for the coming year; and building an effective and efficient union. The weekend began with a lively panel debate on post-COVID-19 bargaining for disa...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 3, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: News 2021 National Disabled Members Conference Source Type: news

Police staff unions call on employers to reopen pay talks
The unions representing police staff on the Police Staff Council for England and Wales are calling on the employers to reopen pay talks, at the same time as making plans for industrial action if necessary. In July, the employers decided that police staff earning over £24,000 a year would have their pay frozen for 2021/22, with those earning below that figure receiving an increase of just £250 a year. But in last week’s autumn statement, chancellor Rishi Sunak ended the public sector pay freeze. When the council next meets on 10 November, UNISON, the GMB and Unite will be pressing the employers to respond ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 2, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News police Source Type: news

COP26 is here at last
A year later than planned, COP26 is finally happening. Delegates from the nations of the world, corporate lobbyists, environmental campaigners and faith representatives are arriving in Glasgow. Joining them are trade unionists who are part of the official International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) delegation. A part of Glasgow’s City Centre around the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre is now fenced off and is, for the next couple of weeks, the territory of the United Nations. With around 30,000 delegates, it is the biggest such event in Scotland’s history and potentially the most important meeting o...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 29, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article Blogs News green unison Scotland Source Type: news

Blog: A masterclass in smoke and mirrors
Christina McAnea presenting UNISON’s petition to the Treasury, demanding Chancellor Rishi Sunak rebuild public services. © Jess Hurd For days we’ve been bombarded with big pre-budget announcements from the Treasury on ending the pay freeze and investing in the NHS. And today we heard from Chancellor Rishi Sunak directly about a new age of optimism, of rising wages, investment in public services and levelling up. It’s designed to dazzle and gloss over the really important details, such as whether these commitments will be backed by the cash needed to turn a promise into the pay rises our members deser...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 27, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Christina McAnea pay freeze spending review Source Type: news

Little to cheer on public sector pay in budget
Commenting on the budget and spending review today (Wednesday) UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: Pay  “Public sector workers won’t be raising many glasses to the chancellor. With no certainty pay will rise above inflation, services will go on shedding experienced staff. “Only time will tell if the government’s public sector wage policy is thawing. Otherwise, the pay freeze ends in name only. “Wage rises below the cost of living are effectively pay cuts and won’t reduce the 200,000-plus vacancies across the NHS and social care. Public services  “World class s...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 27, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release budget 2021 Source Type: news

H & S survey reveals members feel less safe now than a year ago
Last month, UNISON surveyed its health and safety representatives to understand more about the issues members are facing in their workplaces. Nearly half of respondents said that their employer had not improved ventilation and air circulation in their workplace, with 36% saying that they feel less safe in the workplace now, than they did 12 months ago. Just under a quarter of respondents reported that their COVID-19 risk assessments had not been reviewed in the last six months and one in four reported that their employers had not carried out individual risk assessments for more vulnerable workers. Almost three-quarters of ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 25, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News Covid-19 health and safety Source Type: news

Education unions call for urgent action on climate change crisis
NASUWT, NEU, UCU and UNISON have written to the Secretary of State for Education urging him to take action to ensure climate change education becomes fully embedded in ​the system. As chair of COP 26 it is essential for the UK to lead by example to bring about the changes needed for a more sustainable future, the education unions urge. The dire impact of climate change requires an emergency response, including from the education sector, because young people have most to lose from the current lack of direction, say the four unions. They say there is concern the government has yet to grasp the g...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 23, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release climate change schools Source Type: news

Urgent action needed to fix care staffing, says UNISON
This report makes ​it crystal clear ​that the care sector is on the precipice due to the catastrophic staffing crisis. “Care homes are closing because they can’t recruit, putting unbearable pressure on other parts of an already-struggling system. And the government’s hopeless ‘no jab, no job’ policy is about to make the situation ​a whole lot worse. “Ministers can’t keep wringing their hands ​or behaving like the care crisis is someone else’s problem. “Urgent action is needed to improve pay for this skilled, crucial work and begin to plug the gapi...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 22, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release adult social care care workers CQC Source Type: news

Tell the chancellor you ’ re #ForOurServices
In just seven days’ time, on 27 October, Rishi Sunak will deliver the autumn budget and provide details of the government’s spending priorities for the next three years. UNISON is concerned that he will find a way of continuing the pay freeze in public services – which is why the union has created a petition to pile pressure on the chancellor to invest in public services and the people who provide them. General secretary Christina McAnea said: “This time last year, when the government delivered a one-year settlement, it announced a pay freeze for most public services. We can’t let them do the ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 19, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article Source Type: news

Police staff: More needs to be done on pay
Debate on the second day of UNISON’s police and justice conference in Brighton was dominated by emergency motions calling for a fair pay award and opposing the pay freeze for police and probation staff announced by the Westminster government. As one delegate from the East Midlands put it, clapping for public service workers “does not pay my bills. [Home secretary] Priti Patel sends a letter – a letter doesn’t pay my bills.” But there was acknowledgement too that more needs to be done to engage members in consultations to ensure that pressure can be brought on the employer. Karen Pearl from Lan...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 15, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article 2021 Police and Justice Conference Source Type: news

‘There’s a big job to be done,’ says shadow police minister
“There’s a big job to be done but this must be a watershed moment”. That was a key message from Sarah Jones MP, addressing the murder of Sarah Everard by serving Metropolitan police officer Wayne Couzens when she spoke to UNISON’s police and justice conference in Brighton this morning. Labour’s shadow police and fire service minister welcomed the news that Philip Allott, the Conservative police, fire and crime commissioner for North Yorkshire who had stated that women “need to be streetwise” and “just learn a bit about the legal process”, had finally quit, three hours a...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 15, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article 2021 Police and Justice Conference Source Type: news

New toolkit highlights positive impact of teaching assistants
UNISON has never doubted the hugely positive impact that teaching assistants (TAs) make in schools, whether in pupil attainment, pastoral support or enabling teachers to focus on teaching. Indeed, every year UNISON’s Stars in Our Schools’ celebrations collect hundreds of examples of their extraordinary work. But, for a long time, little independent research was carried out examining their impact. Indeed a toolkit produced by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), a leading independent organisation that focuses on research in education, even claimed that, while TAs bring value to school communities, they did ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 7, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article schools teaching assistants Source Type: news

Improve local government pay offer or face strike action, says UNISON
UNISON is to ballot for industrial action among the 400,000 council and school staff it represents in England, Wales and Northern Ireland over ​what the union says is an “inadequate” pay offer from employers. An overwhelming majority (79%) of UNISON ​members who took part in ​a month-long consultation ​exercise voted to reject the 1.75% offer​. The union says this falls well short of the 10% claim ​put forward for this year ​with GMB and Unite. ​UNISON believes it is not too late for local government employers to think again and improve the increase offered to staff...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 4, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release NJC council and school pay Source Type: news

Labour ’s pledge to create insourcing wave for public services is welcome, says UNISON
Welcoming the pledges made by shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves at the Labour Conference to begin a huge programme of insourcing for public services and a major investment in green technology, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Years of outsourcing essential public services has been a colossal mistake. It’s created a race to the bottom on workers’ pay, while hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money have been snaffled by private firms who value profit above all else. “Bringing services back in-house will benefit not only hard-working staff in the public sector but all thos...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 27, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release green economy insourcing Source Type: news

COVID pandemic has ‘ shone a light on inequalities ’ in the NHS
UNISON’s virtual health conference closed with a trio of motions dedicated to the fight against discrimination within the NHS, as the health service moves forward after the pandemic. As a motion on “dismantling inequalities” during the recovery put it: “The NHS has an urgent and compelling duty to eliminate the stark inequalities that affect staff with protected characteristics – inequalities that were not caused by COVID but which have been magnified and exacerbated by it.” Naomi Byron of Homerton Hospital branch told conference that the experiences of some of her branch colleagues duri...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 22, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 Virtual Health Conference Source Type: news

‘Exhausted and demoralised staff are walking away from healthcare’
UNISON’s virtual health conference opened this morning with a succession of motions aimed at ensuring members’ health and wellbeing as the UK moves forward from the pandemic. Ros Norman (pictured above), chair of the health service group executive (HSGE) said: “The consequences of the virus for health care staff was devastating. Everyone of the health care workers who died have left families bereaved, teams in tears and branches who will never ever forget the toll that this virus has taken.” UNISON senior vice president Andrea Egan talked of the “unprecedented challenges” on members&rsqu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 20, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 Virtual Health Conference Source Type: news

Scrap mandatory vaccine deadline or risk decimating the care sector, says UNISON
The care sector faces catastrophic staff shortages unless unvaccinated workers get their Covid shot by midnight (Thursday) or the government listens to reason and abandons its draconian ‘no jab, no job’ policy, warns UNISON. Care workers must have their first vaccination today (Thursday) to beat the government’s deadline of 11 November to be double-jabbed or be banned from entering care homes in England. UNISON believes mandatory vaccination should be scrapped or thousands of people may lose out on the support they need. The care sector is already in the grip of a severe staffing crisis and...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 15, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release adult social care Mandatory vaccination Source Type: news

A new post-pandemic deal is needed for public services
The government must recognise the dedication and commitment of workers who got us through the pandemic with a new deal for public services and its staff, says UNISON today (Monday). Speaking at the TUC earlier today, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Covid has had a profound effect on public service staff. Their sacrifice, the loss of life, the strain on physical and mental health and the economic repercussions will be felt for generations. “The Westminster government needs to be reminded of this and told in no uncertain terms to listen to the voices of the workers who carried...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Christina McAnea covid public services Source Type: news

UNISON calls for proper investment for public services after COVID
“Working people have been through the wringer over the past 18 months”, began UNISON vice president Andrea Egan, as she addressed delegates at the annual TUC congress. “Our public services – and union members – have kept the country afloat. So now is the time to invest in them properly – and to reject the failed policies of the past. Austerity has never worked before and it certainly won’t work now.” Speaking to the government’s plans to squeeze post-COVID 19 spending and freeze public sector pay, Ms Egan (pictured) said: “The spending constraints will not help th...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News TUC Source Type: news

Ministers must bring back  safety measures in schools, say unions 
The government should re-introduce safety measures in schools, including bubbles, social distancing and face coverings, in light of warnings of the “exponential growth” of coronavirus amongst children when the new academic year begins, say education unions UNISON, GMB and Unite. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) committee has cautioned that it’s “highly likely” there will be a high prevalence of the virus for pupils and staff when term starts in England, causing more disruption in learning. After 18 months of unsettled education, it’s vital every effort is made to mini...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 2, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release school staff Source Type: news

Exploitation of care workers must end, says UNISON
care wCommenting on the Labour Party’s call today (Thursday) to make Parliamentary time available to consider a bill that would ensure care workers are paid at least the minimum wage, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “It’s a national scandal that care workers continue to receive less than the minimum wage. Frontline workers are being exploited and ministers must make time to deal with this immediately. “Ending the unscrupulous practices that blight the care sector cannot come soon enough. This includes not only action on low pay, but the use of zero-hours...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 26, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release care workers national minimum wage travel time Source Type: news

Unions write to home secretary demanding police staff pay freeze is overturned
Unions representing police staff, including control room operatives, 999 calls handlers and forensic specialists, have written to the home secretary Priti Patel today (Wednesday) asking her to urgently reconsider the decision to impose a pay freeze on the majority of police staff this year. In July, the Police Staff Council decided police staff earning over £24,000 a year would have their pay frozen for 2021/22, with those earning below that figure receiving an increase of just £250 a year. In their letter, the unions – UNISON, GMB and Unite – highlight that police staff are the only group of emerge...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 25, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release police staff pay Source Type: news

Blog: Is this the kind of community you want to live in?
Every day, our lives are made better, safer and happier by the places and services run by our local councils, and by the workers who keep them going. Without everything our councils give us, our lives would be very different. The political decision, made in Westminster, to starve our services of cash for the last decade, has put everything at risk. If something isn’t done urgently, the outcome will be catastrophic. UNISON has produced a new film – watch as our local services crumble to dust in front of your eyes … We will find ourselves walking at night in darkness, because there’s no money to k...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 25, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Christina McAnea local government SOS Source Type: news

Sandwell leisure staff strike again over ‘fire and rehire’ tactics
Swimming instructors, lifeguards, receptionists and other staff at the Sandwell Leisure Trust in the West Midlands took to the picket line at the Portway Lifestyle Centre this morning as they took further industrial action over changes to their contracts. The one-day strike is the third this year by employees of the trust, in response to new agreements affecting the pay of around 280. Support has come from three Labour councillors, who visited the picket line today, as well as other trade unionists. The employer’s use of ‘fire and rehire’ tactics has been condemned by UNISON,...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 23, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News West Midlands Source Type: news

Blog: Plight of desperate Afghans highlights UK ’s cruel refugee plans
We are witnessing deeply upsetting scenes from Afghanistan. People are fleeing safety through desperate means. Human rights activists, feminists, trade unionists, journalists – now waiting for a terrifying knock on their door. After the UK’s involvement in Afghanistan over the last two decades, we cannot fail them now. But this needs a concerted effort, because the Westminster government is already pushing plans through Parliament to make claiming asylum almost impossible. The Nationality and Borders Bill – introduced this summer – seeks to punish the most desperate refugees. Those who make ‘i...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 18, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News international Source Type: news

UNISON Cymru/Wales opens consultation on NHS pay
UNISON’s consultation on the 3% pay rise for NHS staff in Cymru/Wales opens tomorrow, Wednesday 11 August. Eligible members will be sent a secure link to vote – and everyone is urged to have their say. Health is the main area that is devolved in Wales, so there has been frustration that the pay rise has been imposed by Westminster with no negotiating table to turn to. UNISON Cymru/Wales believes that the pay rise is not only ‘short of the mark’, but further stretches the gap between the highest and lowest paid. Those who earn the most are getting over £3,000 out of the award – those on t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 10, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News Cymru Wales nhs pay Source Type: news

UK government includes workplaces in abuse advice
UNISON’s argument that home and work cannot be neatly separated in terms of domestic abuse has been recognised in draft statutory guidance in support of the Domestic Abuse Act. The government is now recommending that, as best practice, employers should develop policies that set out their approach to domestic abuse, which could include signposting, roles and responsibilities in their organisations, and training. It has stated that, “this support offer may include access to paid leave, which can be helpful to victims in certain situations”. The Home Office has launched a consultation on the draft guidance, ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 5, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News domestic abuse unison women Source Type: news

All ​ health staff must be included in NHS pay award
Cleaners, porters, catering assistants, security ​guards and other health staff employed by private ​companies but working in the NHS​ must not miss out on ​any pay ​rise given to their colleagues, says UNISON today (Monday). UNISON ​is urging firms such as Serco, Sodexo and Mitie – as well as subsidiary companies ​owned by individual NHS trusts – to increase hourly pay rates to at least match new NHS rates (known as Agenda for Change) so they are not left behind. ​Last week UNISON ​was critical of the government for failing to honour its own ‘leve...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 2, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release #OneTeam2k one team us 2 Source Type: news

Army of invisible ​, yet indispensable​ health staff must be included in NHS pay award
Cleaners, porters, catering assistants, security ​guards and other health staff employed by private ​companies but working in the NHS​ must not miss out on ​any pay ​rise given to their colleagues, says UNISON today (Monday). UNISON ​is urging firms such as Serco, Sodexo and Mitie – as well as subsidiary companies ​owned by individual NHS trusts – to increase hourly pay rates to at least match new NHS rates (known as Agenda for Change) so they are not left behind. ​Last week UNISON ​was critical of the government for failing to honour its own ‘leve...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 2, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release #OneTeam2k one team us 2 Source Type: news

Police staff unions angered by employers ’ offer of a pay freeze
Police staff unions UNISON, Unite and the GMB have reacted with anger after employers offered their members in England and Wales a pay freeze yesterday. With inflation running at 3.9% RPI, this would be a pay cut in real terms. The employers – the National Police Chiefs Council, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, and the Home Office – offered the same to police staff as the home secretary imposed on police officers last week: a £250 increase for those earning up to £24,000, with nothing for anyone else. UNISON national officer for police Ben Priestley commented: “Police s...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 28, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News police and justice Source Type: news

Council staff who kept local services and schools running deserve a real pay rise
Staff working for councils and in schools are worth more than the 1.75% pay offer put forward by employers after working through the worst of times, say unions representing local authority workers today (Tuesday). UNISON, GMB and Unite are urging local government employers to rethink their revised pay offer of a 1.75% pay rise (with 2.75% for those on the bottom pay point) for 2021/22 by awarding an increase that will properly and fairly reward council and school support staff. The unions say the offer falls well short of the 10% claim they put forward for this year. Last m...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 27, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release local government pay – the National Joint Council (NJC) Source Type: news

Delayed pay rise will leave staff disappointed, say health unions
Health unions representing 1.2 million NHS staff in England have responded to the 3% NHS pay rise announced by the government today (Wednesday), which accepts the recommendation made by the independent pay review body. UNISON head of health and chair of the joint health unions Sara Gorton said: “Dedicated staff have been waiting far too long for a decent pay rise. That the government has moved from the insult of 1% shows ministers realise the damage that’s been done. “But the memory of 1%, combined with lengthy delay, has done lasting damage to morale and the trust staff have in ministers. The g...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 21, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nhs pay Source Type: news

It ’s good the government has moved on NHS pay, but staff deserve more, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the government is to give NHS staff in England a 3% pay rise, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The government’s acceptance of the NHS pay review body recommendation is an improvement on its earlier miserly 1% proposal. “But the increase falls short of what NHS staff deserve after the past 16 months. It’s less than the wage rise given to Scottish health colleagues and not enough to protect the NHS. “Porters, cleaners, nurses, paramedics and other health workers have waited for months for what they hoped would be a fair deal. ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 21, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nhs pay Source Type: news

Blog: Six months into our new era
Six months ago I took up post as UNISON’s newly elected general secretary. My passion for fighting for every member has been unrelenting for decades, so my plans for our future in UNISON were clear and driven by the experiences of our hard-working members and activists across every region and service group.  I promised that branches, regions, and devolved nations would get the resources they need and my pledge to support every member pitched a bold plan for a new UNISON College. Demanding a new deal for public services and public service workers had to be a central part of our journey out of COVID, as well as...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 21, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog Christina McAnea Source Type: news

Face mask mistakes have left parents and children “ high and dry ” , says UNISON
Responding to new government figures published today (Tuesday) showing more than a million children in England were off school last week due to Covid-19, UNISON assistant general secretary Jon Richards said: “Face masks should never have been ditched in schools ​back in May, as ministers were repeatedly warned. “The government’s chaotic approach to relaxing restrictions is now approaching a free-for-all and this is the result. “Hundreds of thousands of parents have been left high and dry in the last days of term, either forced to home school or dealing with childcare nightmares.” Notes to ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 20, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus schools face masks Source Type: news