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

​Health workers increasingly concerned at continued government stalling on NHS pay   
More than 100 days after health workers ​were due a wage rise, and almost 11 months since UNISON appealed to Boris Johnson ​to grant them a £2,000 increase, ​the government has yet to deliver, says the union today (Saturday). ​Health staff are ​increasingly worried that ​the government won’t announce an NHS pay rise before ​MPs disappear next week for their six-week summer break, says UNISON. ​It’s now been three weeks since ministers received the ​NHS pay review body ​(PRB) ​report and the delay is making hea...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 16, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release NHS pay rise Source Type: news

Important wins and ongoing battles across the union
UNISON’s national executive council (NEC) today congratulated the union’s staff and activists who had earned a very important recent legal victory in protecting the rights of members to strike. General secretary Christina McAnea said it was a “very significant victory against the strike-breaking tactics of employers”, with bosses no longer being able to mistreat staff who take part in union-organised workplace disputes. The case involved a UNISON workplace rep who was suspended from work and disciplined in the middle of industrial action about sleep-ins in early 2019. It was a timely victory as the ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 14, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News NEC Source Type: news

Blog: Wilfully sowing the seeds of masked confusion
We all want a return to our normal pre-COVID-19 lives, but only a government led by Boris Johnson could think they can just wish it, and it will happen. They appear to have tired of governing the country out of this pandemic and would rather let the people do it themselves. But responsibility goes hand in hand with leadership. It is not an optional extra. We are now back to incredibly confusing, constantly changing mixed messages – and it is left to the public to do what they think is right and our members to deal with the fallout. So, mandatory masks for care home and hospital visitors, but not on crowded buses or t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog Christina McAnea Covid-19 health and safety Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes record fine for Southern Water ’s polluting actions
UNISON has today welcomed the record £90 million fine for Southern Water, after it dumped untreated sewage into seas off the southern coast of England, but warned that the issues were not limited to a single company. Southern Water has been found to have discharged between 16 and 21 billion litres of raw sewage into some of the most delicate environments in the UK over a period of seven years. This was done to avoid financial penalties and the cost of upgrading the company’s infrastructure. As reported in The Guardian, nearly all of the waters where the raw sewage was dumped are covered by domestic and internat...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article WET Source Type: news

Masks are still crucial in the fight against Covid
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement today (Monday) regarding the relaxing of the remaining Covid restrictions in England, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Now isn’t the time to ditch mandatory mask wearing. The Prime Minister should be providing direction to the public, not side-stepping the responsibility that comes with government. “Rising infections have more than made the case for keeping masks in shops, schools, on public transport and other enclosed spaces. But a plethora of mixed messages is sowing confusion where clarity is needed. “Government guid...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Christina McAnea covid face masks Source Type: news

Ditching masks at a stroke is too much too soon
Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement end​ing rules requiring face coverings in enclosed public spaces, UNISON assistant general secretary Jon Richards said today (Monday): “This isn’t the time to throw caution to the wind, especially with infections on the rise. The economy is important, but so is public confidence. “These hasty changes will create a confusing cocktail of guidance. The public will be expected to know how to react to each and every situation they face. “Pressure is already building on ambulance and other NHS services, and that’s before saf...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 5, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release face coverings pandemic Source Type: news

This  isn’t the time to throw caution to the wind over mask wearing
Commenting on reports that the government is to scrap rules requiring face coverings to be worn in enclosed public spaces, UNISON assistant general secretary Jon Richards said today (Monday): “This isn’t the time to throw caution to the wind, especially with infections on the rise. The economy is important, but so is public confidence. “People want clarity from the government as restrictions are eased. They don’t need a confusing free-for-all, with ministers absolving themselves of any responsibility for public health. “Ditching masks prematurely in schools h...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 5, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release face coverings pandemic Source Type: news

Members protest fire and rehire at £73m leisure centre
Around 40 people joined a UNISON protest rally outside the construction site of the new £73million Aquatic Centre in Sandwell, West Midlands, being built for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The rally on Tuesday was called to highlight the “unnecessary and unjust” fire and rehire of all staff undertaken by Sandwell Leisure Trust, the organisation set to run the Aquatic Centre. Tony Barnsley, branch secretary for Sandwell UNISON, said: “Forcing staff to move away from national pay, terms and conditions is totally unjustifiable when a new £73million centre is being built and Sandwell Leisure Trust h...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 24, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News local government Source Type: news

New presidential team
At a virtual NEC meeting at the end of the union’s special delegate conference, Paul Holmes was elected president with Andrea Egan and Kath Owen elected senior and junior vice presidents respectively. Currently, Paul Holmes is unable to take up the post of president.  The union’s previous presidential team had collectively served a much longer term than usual due to the COVID pandemic. The article New presidential team first appeared on the UNISON National site. (Source: UNISON meat hygiene)
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 21, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article NEC UNISON president Source Type: news

Climate change: ‘ there will be no jobs on a dead planet ’
During the hottest week of the year, questions of how climate change will affect lives and livelihoods – and how unions will respond – were discussed at a special delegates conference online fringe event. Led by NEC member and UNISON vice president James Anthony, delegates heard how the union movement is preparing for the seismic changes that will drive the UK towards its 2050 net zero target. To achieve the goal, the UK government plans to phase out coal-fired power stations by 2024 and replace them with sustainable energy sources. Investment in public transport, renewable energy and nature restoration will be...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 18, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article 2021 virtual special national delegate conference climate change green unison Source Type: news

Blog: Why we will always stand with the Windrush generation
On 22 June the UK will celebrate Windrush Day, marking the moment when the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks. This historic moment has come to stand for the huge contribution that post-war immigrants made to the UK. It has always had a special meaning for UNISON as a union. Workers from the Commonwealth not only helped build public services, they fought back against racism and, as they did so, they transformed our trade union movement too. It’s one of the reasons why equality and a public service ethos that serves all communities is at the heart of everything UNISON does. They are a part of the history of our ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 18, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog Christina McAnea Windrush Source Type: news

Invest in vital  public services and learn pandemic lessons, says UNISON
Addressing the UNISON annual conference earlier today (Wednesday) general secretary Christina McAnea urged the government to bring forward the start of the Covid public inquiry, ditch plans to compel nervous care workers to be jabbed and invest in the public services that have kept the UK running during the pandemic. Christina McAnea said: “I’m incredibly proud to be speaking to you as the first woman general secretary in the history of our union. I must first pay tribute to my predecessor Dave Prentis. Under his leadership UNISON became the biggest union in the country. “So much has happen...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 16, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release 2021 virtual special national delegate conference public inquiry Source Type: news

UNISON delegates pass branch resources review
UNISON’s special delegate conference today voted to pass the two-year work of the branch resources review, with its blueprint for helping branches to better organise in the future. The motion was proposed by UNISON president Josie Bird, who also led the review team of 24 lay members. Their work took into account the results of a branch survey, interviews with branch secretaries and conversations with over 3,000 activists in over 50 events. Ms Bird told the online delegates: “Branches are not just a definition in our rulebook, but made up of activists, like yourself, who volunteer their time to help others. &ldq...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 15, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 virtual special national delegate conference branch resources review Source Type: news

The pandemic has ‘ exposed and exacerbated structural inequality ’
“We are pioneers this week.” That’s how UNISON president Josie Bird opened the union’s special delegate conference this morning – the first time the national gathering of activists has gone virtual. While UNISON had to abandon its national delegate conference last year, as the country was still struggling to cope with COVID-19 and lockdown, to do so a second time was never an option, she said, as the gathering was “the most important cog in the machinery of the union’s democracy.” Ms Bird was speaking from a studio in Congress House in London, where she was joined live by her...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 15, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 virtual special national delegate conference UNISON president Source Type: news

Councils in tourist hotspots overwhelmed with litter problems
Visitors flocking to UK beauty spots are creating vast piles of litter that are putting enormous pressure on councils and their overstretched workers, says UNISON. The government must give proper financial support to ensure local authorities can maintain services and keep communities rubbish-free for everyone’s safe enjoyment, says the union. With people grounded for the summer once again, many are staying at home or heading to UK holiday destinations to enjoy beaches, the countryside and parks. But many popular public spaces are at risk of being swamped with waste as people dump food packaging, cans, bags, napp...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 14, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release council funding refuse workers Source Type: news

One Voice
One of the most important things that the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted over the past year has been that the physical and emotional wellbeing of health and care staff, must be of equal priority to that of patients. This has not always been the case in the past for a number of reasons, including a narrow focus on performance and, sometimes, putting patients’ needs ahead of our own. Staff who are psychosocially healthy are better able to meet the needs and preferences of patients. So, it is essential to respond to needs of staff now as we emerge from the critical stage of the pandemic and the NHS is in its most ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 10, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Hassan Govia Tags: health Source Type: news

Employers can no longer mistreat staff who take part in industrial action, says UNISON
Employers will no longer be able to get away with mistreating any employees who take part in union-organised workplace disputes following an important legal decision today (Wednesday), says UNISON. UK law had previously prevented employers from sacking staff involved in strike action or other workplace disputes, but not from disciplining or making life difficult for them, says UNISON. But now, disciplinary action against workers who go on strike will be unlawful. This follows today’s judgment at the employment appeal tribunal (EAT) over a case taken by care worker Fiona Mercer against the Alternative Futures Group (A...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 2, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release AFG Fiona Mercer Source Type: news

UNISON joins the fight over proper use of health data
The government has announced its intention to take a copy of the entire GP-recorded medical history of patients in England from this summer – in part for commercial use. There has been no public consultation on the plans, though some details have now been published by NHS Digital. The full list of sensitive information or ‘codes’ that the government will take is provided by medConfidential. From 1 July 2021, not only will every patient’s GP medical history be copied, it will be automatically updated with every new medical event in their lives, including appointments. This uploaded data wil...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 2, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News NHS Source Type: news

UNISON ’s special conference – latest update
UNISON has published the draft order of business for its special delegate conference next month. The continuing effects of the pandemic means that the union’s traditional national delegate conference can’t take place this year. But the union’s work – and democracy – on behalf of public service workers continues apace, so a one-off, special delegate conference is happening online. And there are important things to discuss. There are three major themes for all the motions at this special conference – they are around the branch resources review, the impact of COVID-19 on UNISON members, pub...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 27, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News Source Type: news

Care staff more likely to decline jab if threatened by employers, says UNISON survey        
Care staff more likely to decline jab if threatened by employers, says UNISON survey   Care staff are nearly twice as likely to turn down a Covid jab if they’ve been threatened or not given vaccination advice by their employer, ​according to a UNISON survey published today (Monday). The union says the findings – based on responses from over 4,000 workers across the UK, including those in care homes and out in the community – suggest forcing care employees to get the jab is likely to backfire. Widespread take-up of the Covid ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 23, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release adult social care Covid vaccine Source Type: news

“Insulting” pay offer rejected by council and school staff, says UNISON  
The 1.5% pay offer made by the Local Government Association to council and school support staff last week has been resoundingly rejected by UNISON, the union has announced today (Friday). At an earlier meeting of the union’s local government committee, representatives of council and school workers from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland dismissed the offer as ‘insulting’. The committee said the amount offered by the employers fell well short of the 10% joint claim submitted by the unions earlier in the year. The council and school workers felt the offer was derisory and showed a complete...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 21, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release local government association pay offer Source Type: news

10 ways to get organised
As the UK’s largest trade union, UNISON’s strength is in our members working together. United and organised, we can achieve real change for working people. But after such a tumultuous year, it’s more important than ever that working people stand together and that we continue to find new ways to reach out and organise. Here’s 12 tips to help you! Mapping First and foremost – find out where your members and potential members work. Local government branches have to deal with various employers, such as councils, different schools, and providers of outsourced services. What workplaces do you need ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 19, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Rachael Henry Tags: Article Source Type: news

12 ways to get organised
As the UK’s largest trade union, UNISON’s strength is in our members working together. United and organised, we can achieve real change for working people. But after such a tumultuous year, it’s more important than ever that working people stand together and that we continue to find new ways to reach out and organise. Here’s 12 tips to help you! Mapping First and foremost – find out where your members and potential members work. Local government branches have to deal with various employers, such as councils, different schools, and providers of outsourced services. What workplaces do you need ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 19, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Rachael Henry Tags: Article Source Type: news

Final agenda published today for June ’s special delegate conference
The final agenda for UNISON’s special delegate conference is published today, together with the results of the prioritisation process. The conference will take place virtually from 15 to 17 June. All registered delegates will receive information on Monday 24 May explaining how they can register to speak. Because of the logistics involved – and the need to provide support to speakers to enable them to use the virtual platform – only those delegates who have registered to speak in advance will be able to do so. The final agenda is here. All special delegate conference documents can be found here. ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 18, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2021 virtual special national delegate conference Source Type: news

UNISON statement: In solidarity with Palestinian workers
UNISON stands in solidarity with trade unions and workers in Palestine and Israel who are participating in the general strike today, and supports their calls for peace, justice and rights. We are deeply concerned by the rapid escalation of violence and support calls for the international community to take immediate steps to stop the devastating attacks and end the 54-year occupation. Since the bombing of Gaza began on 10 May, over 200 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces, including at least 34 women and 60 children. Rockets fired from Gaza have also killed 10 people in Israel. UNISON condemns the violenc...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 18, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News international Palestine Source Type: news

Unions call on secondary schools and colleges to retain masks
As further easing of lockdown happens in England today (Monday), UNISON has joined with other education unions to call on English secondary schools and colleges to continue the policy of staff and pupils wearing masks after the government at Westminster scrapped it. Together with NASUWT, GMB, NEU and UNITE, the union says that there is a “strong case” for continuing with the current arrangements, and recommends that schools and colleges use the flexibility in the new guidance from the Department of Education to “actively encourage students and staff … to continue wearing face coverings in classroom...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 17, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 education schools Source Type: news

“Disappointing” council pay offer ignores huge COVID-19 effort of workforce, say unions
Unions representing 750,000 council and school support staff across England, Wales and Northern Ireland today (Friday) criticised the 1.5% pay offer made by the Local Government Association. GMB, Unite and UNISON submitted a joint pay claim to the local government employers in February for a 10% pay rise. This would be payable from 1 April 2021. The unions say the joint claim represents a decent wage rise that’s both necessary to put a stop to poverty pay in local government and schools, and recognises the crucial role played by staff during the pandemic. UNISON head of local government Jon Richards said: “This...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 14, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release NJC pay 2021 Source Type: news

Recognising the key role played by operating department practitioners during the pandemic
The significant role played by operating department practitioners (ODPs) during the pandemic, and their help in saving many thousands of lives, is being marked today (Friday). On national ODP Day, the union and the College of Operating Department Practitioners is drawing the public’s attention to their roles, to provide greater awareness of the vital work they do. Usually located in operating theatres, an ODP’s role is to provide complex care to patients at all stages of their operation, including when they receive anaesthetic and during their post-surgery recovery. ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release #ODPday CODP ODPs Source Type: news

Invest in NHS staff or waiting lists won ’t shorten, says UNISON  
Responding to the latest NHS England data published today (Thursday) showing waiting times are the longest ever, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Behind these figures millions of people are waiting in agony and with huge uncertainty. With referrals at an all-time low, this is only the tip of the iceberg. “The backlog is overwhelming and will take years to clear, even with the £160m announced today. It’s a gigantic challenge facing NHS employees. But without sufficient staff, waiting lists won’t shorten. “Despite giving their all, health wor...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release Covid-19 nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Time for Westminster to follow Edinburgh on NHS pay
The Prime Minister must now follow the good example set by the Scottish government and quickly find the money to give all health workers across the UK a decent pay rise, says UNISON today (Wednesday). Earlier today, NHS workers belonging to UNISON and other health unions across Scotland voted overwhelmingly to accept a pay offer, which will see most staff receive at least a 4% pay rise. Commenting on the news, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “NHS staff in every part of the UK have given everything through the worst days of the pandemic. “Covid might be in retreat, but now it’s a differen...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 12, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nhs pay Source Type: news

Levelling up won ’t mean anything without decent public services
Commenting on the Queen’s Speech today (Tuesday) UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: Levelling up “Hope and prosperity won’t come to forgotten communities without proper investment in public services. Years of scant resources have made it much harder for local councils to provide support to vulnerable families. “The government must mend the damage from a decade of cuts. Otherwise, its levelling-up agenda will mean nothing to those in need. That means scrapping the pay freeze too.” NHS “Limiting the impact of privatisation will improve treatment for NHS patients and ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 11, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release adult social care FE colleges NHS pandemic Queen's Speech Source Type: news

Radical reform not empty words needed on social care
Responding to the government’s minimal reference to social care in the Queen’s Speech today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The government cannot continue with empty words. ​Ministers must stop putting off the inevitable. It’s time for action, and a radical plan to fix th​e broken ​care sector. “Covid has exposed ​the desperate and fragile state ​of social care. Those who rely on care and their families are being ​constantly let down, and ​lowly paid&nbs...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 11, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release adult social care Queen's Speech Source Type: news

Settled status – under 50 days left to apply
Time is running out for EU migrant workers to secure their future in the UK, with less than two months left before time runs out. The settlement scheme ensures that EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members will secure their immigration status to continue to live and work in the UK after Brexit. If you do not apply by the deadline, you might lose your legal rights to live, work and access healthcare and education in the UK. It is very important to make sure that you have applied by 30 June. If your legal right to be in the UK depends on an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, you also need to apply to the settled status scheme....
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 10, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News BREXIT EU settlement scheme migrant workers Source Type: news

‘ If you ’re struggling, you’re not alone ’
We are all living through an overwhelmingly challenging time at the moment. One that’s affecting all of us in many different ways. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown our daily lives upside down and, whether on the frontline or not, UNISON members have been coping with huge amounts of stress over the past year and a half. A recent UNISON survey found that 48% of members working in health sectors are struggling to cope. Fear, worry and stress are all survival responses to situations of threat and uncertainty – so it’s understandable that so many people are having a difficult time. UNISON is always here t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 10, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article learning mental health there for you welfare Source Type: news

UK should embrace vaccine waiver for everyone ’s sake, says UNISON
Responding to the US government’s backing for a patent waiver for coronavirus vaccines at the World Trade Organisation, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Thursday): “The UK government must follow the US lead. Continuing to block vaccine access to less wealthy countries is in no one’s interests. “With new strains emerging regularly across the globe, we face the possibility of a third wave engulfing the UK. The only way that life can get back to normal is if everyone’s vac...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 6, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus Covid vaccine Source Type: news

UNISON opposes drastic cuts to UK aid budget
UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea has written to Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs to express ‘deep concern’ at the government’s proposals to drastically cut the UK aid budget for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as well as the contribution to the United Nations Population Fund for work on sexual and reproductive health. Recent reports state that lifesaving support for WASH will be reduced by 80 percent, which will have a devastating effect on countries across the world, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter from UNISON said: &ldqu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 6, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article Christina McAnea international Source Type: news

Government must deliver after years of broken pledges to reform social care, says UNISON    
Commenting on a speech by health and social care secretary Matt Hancock today (Friday) to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services spring conference on social care reform, UNISON senior national officer for social care Gavin Edwards said: “There’s been no shortage of promises on social care in recent years, but the government has never delivered. Everyone depending on or delivering social care is tired of empty words and broken pledges.    “The care sector and the vulnerable people it supports desperately need a world class service. This should be equal in excellence to th...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 30, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: Press release adult social care Source Type: news

Families and the public need answers that only a public inquiry can give
Commenting on the TUC’s call for the PM to put in place a timetable for a Covid-19 public inquiry, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said on International Workers’ Memorial Day today (Wednesday): “We must never forget all those workers who’ve died in the pandemic. They’ve selflessly put the needs of others ahead of their own. Day in, day out, they’ve carried on working, helping and caring for our loved ones. “It’s beyond tragic so many lives have been lost providing essential services that many people take for granted. The government owes answers to their familie...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 28, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea international workers' memorial day public inquiry Source Type: news

UK government must share vaccine intellectual property rights to prevent thousands of deaths
The British government must waive intellectual property (IP) rights for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to save thousands of lives and prevent unnecessary suffering, says UNISON today (Monday). Currently, under the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (TRIPS), pharmaceutical companies that create a coronavirus vaccine hold the exclusive rights to produce them. This means they can dominate the markets, setting prices without any competition. UNISON is calling on the British government to support the proposal put forward by India and South Africa at the World Trade Organisation. It asks for the IP rights of ph...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 26, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release Covid vaccine Source Type: news

UNISON campaign urges public to use votes to show support for public service staff
Voters are being reminded that thousands of public sector staff face a government pay freeze in a campaign launched today (Monday) by UNISON ahead of the local elections next week. Care home staff, hospital porters and teaching assistants are among key workers featured in a series of hard-hitting films that show them carrying out vital jobs during the pandemic when many people were safe at home. Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle has recorded the voiceovers for the black and white videos that urge people to ‘vote for fair pay in the May elections’. The films, which will be shown on Facebook and YouTube, remind...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 26, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release local elections pay freeze public services Source Type: news

Our champions of champions
Council workers including refuse workers, care assistants, trading standards officers, environmental health inspectors, youth workers, librarians, cleaners, administrators – and so many more – were nominated in the first Local Service Champions awards from UNISON before COVID-19 hit. Hundreds of people who provide outstanding care and service to their communities were nominated – and now we can share the stories of the inspiring winner and runners up, Jenny, Carol and Mark. Winner Jenny Evans is a senior customer services representative at Frodsham library, in Cheshire. She’s worked in libraries for...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 22, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article Local service champions Source Type: news

Government must act over minimum wage laws affecting care workers, say UNISON and Mencap  
UNISON and Mencap have written jointly to the Prime Minister today (T​uesday) calling for immediate reform of minimum wage laws affecting thousands of care workers.    The letter to Boris Johnson says “action is needed urgently” to amend current rules so sleep-in shifts – where staff have to stay overnight away from home – are defined as working time and paid properly. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled* the hours employees are asleep don’t have to be paid at minimum wage rates, only the time they are awake and looking after people. UNISON – the biggest union includi...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 19, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: Article adult social care Sleep-in payments Source Type: news

Pensions update for ODP ’s
UNISON’s Pensions Unit for Members has been assisting some of our ODP members with Special Class Status (SCS) claims (i.e. the ability to retire from the 1995 Section at 55 with an unreduced pension) and the first of these considered by The Pensions Ombudsman has been upheld! Of greater significance is that the Ombudsman’s formal Opinion determined that NHS Pensions have not been applying their scheme regulations correctly and that NHS Pensions insistence on the need to have a nursing qualification to be a nurse (and hence eligible for SCS) is not supported by the scheme regulations. Notably the Senior Adjudica...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 16, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Hassan Govia Tags: health Source Type: news

Persuasion not coercion must be the key to drive vaccine take-up, says UNISON
Responding to the announcement today (Wednesday) of a government consultation on whether mandatory vaccinations should be introduced for care workers, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Boosting the number of vaccinations in the social care sector is essential for everyone’s safety. But mandatory jabs are the wrong approach and a massive distraction. “Targeting adverts at care staff, lining up already-jabbed colleagues to offer reassurance, tackling misinformation and giving staff time to make the right decision is where the government should be concentrating its efforts. It&r...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 14, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release adult social care Christina McAnea Covid vaccine Source Type: news

UNISON to help lead union response to the racism report
UNISON is working with the TUC to lead the trade union response to the discredited report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. The commission, which was chaired by Tony Sewell and set up by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in response to the Black Lives Matter protests, claims that the UK is no longer an institutionally racist country. It said that issues around race and racism are “becoming less important” and, in some cases, are not a significant factor behind explaining disparities. The commission has been widely criticised for ignoring well researched and evidenced submissions made to it &ndas...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News black members equality racism Source Type: news

Turning young people onto politics
Almost one-third of eligible young people aged 18 to 24 in the UK are not registered to vote. This means that young people are often left out or overlooked when it comes to political decision making. UNISON member Mete Coban wants to change that by turning young people into an essential part of our democracy. Mete set up the charity My Life My Say to get young people more involved in politics – and with a variety of elections happening across the UK on 6 May, it’s more important than ever. So next Monday, 19 April, in partnership with Shout Out UK, My Life My Say will be coordinating National Voter Registration...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article register to vote Source Type: news