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

Blog: The government can still address racism properly
Many members of UNISON, in common with Black workers throughout the country, are only too well aware of the everyday realities of racism within their workplaces and across the rest of society. No amount of official reports can deny that lived experience. Neither are these reports required to confirm it. The recent report commissioned by the Westminster government from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, also known as the Sewell report, can’t hide or deny the scale of the racism that is still part of Black British lives. Before saying something about what can best be described as a disappointing report, tho...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Roger McKenzie Tags: Blogs News Black workers racism Source Type: news

Join UNISON for a series of green events
UNISON has recently committed to raising awareness of the union’s climate emergency work, the green transformation of public services and support of the union’s green activists and environmental reps in the workplace. Some regions have green networks and are already doing great work, and a series of three webinar events is a chance for them to feel part of UNISON’s green efforts. The union is committed to publishing a report on how UK public services and workplaces can meet net zero emissions targets, together with the level of new investment required to achieve this. The findings of that report will be u...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Energy Environment green unison WET Source Type: news

UNISON research reveals scale of council deficits
New UNISON research reveals the scale of the impact that COVID-19 has had on council finances across England and Wales. Huge increases in spending needed required to fight the pandemic, coupled with a massive hit to council income streams, meant that, in December 2020, top-tier councils predicted funding gaps totalling over £1bn by the end of the financial year (March 2021). District and borough councils are often overlooked even more than their top-tier equivalents, but they provide a range of important local services, from council housing and local planning, to recycling, refuse collection and leisure facilities....
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article council cuts local government save our services Source Type: news

UNISON to step up campaigns on pay and social care reform
UNISON’s number one priority remains the support of members who have been delivering public services for over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, general secretary Christina McAnea told the union’s national executive council (NEC) at an online meeting today (Wednesday). But the union is also focussed on what will happen in the post-COVID recovery, particularly in terms of members’ pay, and it will work to ensure public services and the interests of the union’s members are central to the elections taking place across the UK on 6 May. The union also continues to “look outwards”, with the ge...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 7, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News care workers: your rights international NEC Source Type: news

Decision to keep face coverings is the right move, says UNISON
Commenting on the government’s decision today (Tuesday) to extend the use of face coverings in secondary schools, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “It’s the right decision to continue. Ministers have sensibly listened to school staff – the people who know what it’s really like to be around classrooms and corridors during the pandemic. “Wearing face coverings isn’t ideal, but they’re a valuable safety measure and will be needed for a while longer to allow schools to stay open. “Keeping staff, pupils and their families safe and stopping wider infection spread i...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 6, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus schools Source Type: news

Branching out – UNISON ’ s branches look to the future
UNISON’s branches are vital in supporting our members. Together with our regions and the national union, branches work tirelessly to improve the working conditions for members, wherever they are, whatever their role.  But what branches do is expanding. Not only do they recruit members and represent them, but after 10 years of austerity there has been a reduction of employers in national bargaining arrangements and a significant fragmentation of the workforce. UNISON needs every branch active and thriving. In 2019, the national delegate conference decided that an examination of all branch resources be conducted t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 6, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News branch resources review Source Type: news

Us2 launched as next stage of One Team campaign
UNISON has today launched its One Team – Us2 campaign, for contractor staff to be paid the same rates and benefits as their colleagues who are directly employed by the NHS. The union has written to NHS private contractors calling for all members working on NHS contracts to be paid Agenda for Change rates. The previous three-year Agenda for Change pay deal came to an end on 31 March and the union is campaigning for a £2,000 pay rise that is now overdue for all NHS staff. UNISON members working for a private contractor have played their part alongside colleagues employed by the health service, and the union says ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 1, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News NHS One Team2K private contractors Source Type: news

University unions and employers meet on pay
The national negotiating committee for higher education staff (New JNCHES) met yesterday for the first time this year, to negotiate on higher education pay for 2021/22. The trade unions presented their joint claim and pressed the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association (UCEA) for progress to be made on all elements. The New JNCHES committee is composed of the five higher education trade unions – UNISON, UCU, Unite, GMB and EIS – along with UCEA, which represents university employers in the UK. UCEA spoke on behalf of sector employers in the joint statement, acknowledging that there needs to ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 1, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News higher education Source Type: news

Public service workers aren ’t fooled by this April’s pay rise
The government has today increased its national living wage to £8.91 an hour – an increase that UNISON welcomes, but says is a far cry from what workers need to earn in order to get by and have a decent living standard. According to the Living Wage Foundation, five years on from its introduction, national living wage earners have fallen a total of £10 billion short of what they would have earned if they had been paid the real living wage. This includes millions of key workers, who have collectively earned £1.6 billion less than they would have if they had been paid at least the real l...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 1, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News health pay pay in education social care Source Type: news

Blog: Fair pay for low-paid workers
Today, on 1 April, some of you will be getting a pay rise. But don’t be fooled – for some UNISON members working for outsourced contractors or private companies, any modest increase in your pay is not from an employer who is choosing to pay staff decent wages that they can afford to live on. It may well be because the rate of pay you receive from your employer is the national living wage rate – previously known at the national minimum wage, and the lowest rate of pay across the UK – or the real living wage. The rates for both are going up from today. If your employer has registered with the Liv...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 1, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Christina McAnea low pay Source Type: news

The future regulation of nurse and midwife education
The requirement for student nurses and midwives to spend such a large amount of hours in clinical practice during their training has long been contentious. Critics of this regulation argue that nursing purports to be an evidence-based profession, how can we continue to insist upon such a burden for students, educators and mentors which has no basis in evidence? Others insist a lengthy grounding in clinical practice is essential for students to gain experience and put their academic learning into practice. What’s certain is that the current model is creaking loudly at the seams. Pressures on clinicians make adequately...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 31, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Hassan Govia Tags: Article Source Type: news

More than  half NHS and social care staff in London considering quitting over pandemic impact
NHS and social care staff in London have revealed that they feel let down by the government and unable to cope with work-related stress, according to a survey published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. The findings are based on responses from over 2,000 health and care workers ​across the capital, including nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants, as well as ambulance and administration staff, says UNISON. Seven in ten staff ​responding to the survey (70%) said they’d been so overwhelmed by work-related stress they felt unable to cope. And over half (54%) admitted they’d consi...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 31, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release london NHS Stress Source Type: news

Create colourful window displays to support NHS staff on pay rise due date, say health unions  
Families and individuals across the UK are being urged by health unions to create colourful window displays in their homes and workplaces today (Thursday) to show support for NHS staff on the day they should have been getting a pay rise. Artworks designed by children’s illustrators and writers are part of a growing collection of posters available to download from a campaign page designed by the 14 unions, who between them represent more than a million health workers across the UK. This includes drawings from Nick Sharratt, whose books include Shark in the Park, Ketchup on Your Cornflakes? and the You C...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 31, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea NHS pay rise windows Source Type: news

Westminster government could learn from Scotland over NHS pay  
Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the Scottish government has made a pay offer to NHS staff in Scotland, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “This shows where there’s a political will there’s most definitely a way. “Valuing health staff and investing in the NHS is a political choice. One that Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak are choosing not to make. “After a long and difficult year, a decent pay rise for NHS staff should be a simple decision to make and be popular with the public. “The Westminster government should learn from the a...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 25, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release nhs pay Sara Gorton Scotland Source Type: news

A proper pay rise is crucial to keep the NHS running
A pay rise of at least £2,000 is crucial to retain, reward and recruit all the NHS staff that have given so much in the past year, says UNISON. Earlier today, health workers helped UNISON present its evidence to the NHS pay review body. This includes data from a survey of 10,000 NHS staff working across the UK outlining concerns over pay, the status of NHS employees and their confidence in the government, says UNISON. The findings reveal that a staggering level of distrust of the government existed long before its 1% pay proposals came to light, UNISON says. More than four in five (85%) say they are angry at how NHS ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 23, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release NHS pay Source Type: news

New policies pose a huge risk to the future of social housing
Last Friday the government confirmed that money made from the sale of council homes could go towards buying schemes, instead of building new social housing. UNISON believes that this change could divert funding away from the building of desperately needed council homes to replace those that have been sold off. Councils need flexibility and adequate funding to build more homes at scale and pace, not a framework which will still restrict local action and is insufficient to address the decline in social housing. UNISON assistant policy officer Sylvia Jones said: “Right to Buy capital receipts should only be used for the...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 23, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News housing Source Type: news

Government must try harder on vaccines before leaping to the law, says UNISON
Compulsory Covid vaccinations for care staff are the wrong way to increase injection take-up and would heap additional pressure on an already-challenged sector, says UNISON today (Tuesday). The union was responding to reports that the government is considering changing the law to make Covid jabs mandatory for all care staff. UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Everyone wants the pandemic over and vaccinations are the route back to normality. But turning the clock back to Victorian times by forcing care workers to be jabbed isn’t the way. “All those who can have t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 23, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release care workers coronavirus vaccination Source Type: news

Covid inquiry needed to ​learn pandemic lessons and prevent ​future frontline worker ​deaths
There must be a full public inquiry into the government​’s handling of the Covid crisis as soon as the worst of the pandemic is over​, says UNISON today (Tuesday) on the anniversary of the first lockdown. The union​ – which represents ​1.3m NHS, care and ​other public service workers, including porters, midwives and refuse collectors – wants any investigation to enable the voices of frontline staff to be heard, for lessons to be learned and those responsible for failings to be held to account. UNISON also urged people to take a mom...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 23, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus Source Type: news

Health workers win two-year battle against privatisation in Frimley
UNISON Frimley health branch members are celebrating after emerging triumphant from a two-year battle against privatisation. Assistant branch secretary Maura Price said: “It’s fantastic news. It’s such a relief for all involved. When I gave the news to a member, she dropped to her knees. People are saying they hadn’t realised what a weight this has been for them to all carry for the past couple of years. We’re all so relieved.” Ms Price described the Frimley Health Foundation Trust in Surrey as being “a family” and adding that “we need to keep all of our staff in o...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 19, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News health workers NHS subcos privatisation Source Type: news

Blog: This worrying attack on free speech and the right to protest
There are some good things about this enormous, multi-faceted new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that is being rushed through Parliament at speed this week. These include things that UNISON has long campaigned on, such as defending our frontline public sector workers from attack. But, sitting right in the middle of it, is one of the biggest threats to freedom of peaceful protest that I have ever witnessed. UNISON has several serious concerns about this proposed legislation that would seriously affect our ability to protest peacefully, effectively and free from undue interference on the right to freedom of expres...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 16, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Christina McAnea Legal Source Type: news

School support staff fear ‘ big bang ’ return ’ to school is a safety risk
Half of school support staff ​in England ​have been anxious about the return to classrooms ​this week, with many fearing measures to keep them safe are inadequate, according to a survey published today (Friday) by UNISON. The findings provide a snapshot of the concerns of staff as schools in England reopen to all pupils. More than 8​,000 teaching assistants, cleaners, technicians, librarians, receptionists and catering staff took ​part in the poll between 26 February and 8 March. Major worries include the absence of adequate protective kit, poo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 12, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Jon Richards school support staff Source Type: news

UNISON ’s special delegate conference confirmed
UNISON has confirmed the dates for a special delegate conference this summer. The union is unable to hold its usual national delegate conference (NDC) in the normal way due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. But a new, one-off event will take place online from Tuesday 15 June to Thursday 17 June 2021. The special delegate conference will look and feel very different to NDC, but the union’s national executive council (NEC) felt that it’s important to give members and activists a platform to discuss the issues the union faces and use the union’s democratic processes to shape how the union will work...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 12, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News conferences democracy Source Type: news

Public shows support for NHS staff over pay, says UNISON
Thousands of households have demonstrated their support for health workers this evening (Thursday) by taking part in a nationwide slow handclap protest against the government’s stance on NHS pay, says UNISON. UNISON, alongside other health unions and the TUC, organised the event so the public could show the chancellor and prime minister they back a fair deal for NHS staff. The union thanked those who took to their doorsteps and balconies to slow handclap the government over its proposed 1% rise for NHS staff, as set out in its evidence to the NHS pay review body. Further campaign activity wil...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 12, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release NHS pay rise slow handclap Source Type: news

Staff are pushed to brink and fed up with unfair pay
Commenting on the findings from the 2020 NHS ​staff ​survey, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The clear message is health workers – including nurses, porters and healthcare assistants – are fed up with unfair pay. The insulting wage rise proposal from the chancellor and prime minister has made this so much worse. “It’s a major concern that job stress is making NHS staff physically and mentally ill. This has grave and lasting consequences for those affected and for the health service ​too. “NHS staff have given one hundred per cen...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 11, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release NHS pay rise Sara Gorton slow handclap Source Type: news

Recruitment pledges must be backed by decent wage rise if NHS is to thrive
Paying staff properly is a vital part of building the NHS for the future, says UNISON as it calls on the public to protest ​this evening (Thursday) about the government’s “pitiful” wage offer. Plans to recruit more staff are not enough to protect the health system and will only have an effect if experienced staff are also encouraged to stay with a significant pay ​increase, the union says. Low morale following months of exhaustion and stress cop​ing with coronavirus demands mean many experienced staff are considering their futures, UNISON says. But with an NHS workforce exodus ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 11, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release clap Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Government policies failing women on flexible working, says UNISON
Women on the frontline need increased support from government to make their working lives more manageable including control over when, where and how long they work, says UNISON today (Mon). On International Women’s Day today, the union – which represents more than a million female employees including in the NHS, social care and local government – says the pandemic has had an unequal impact on women, especially those with caring responsibilities. Analysis of a recent UNISON survey* of almost 47,000 female key workers including nurses, teaching assistants and council employees shows many feel...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 8, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release international women's day Source Type: news

Prime Minister should admit the government ’s made a big mistake on NHS pay, says UNISON
Commenting on remarks made by the Prime Minister earlier today (Sunday) to justify the government’s position on NHS pay, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The Prime Minister of all people should appreciate the skill and dedication of NHS staff. He should admit swiftly his government has got this very wrong and think again. “NHS staff are demoralised and exhausted from the pandemic. They mustn’t pay the price for the failure to resource the health service properly over the past decade. “All health workers deserve a decent pay rise to recognise their work and stop them leaving t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 7, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus health workers nhs pay Source Type: news

One per cent pay rise “is the worst kind of insult ”
Commenting on the publication today (Thursday) of the Department of Health and Social Care paper on workforce funding and pay – recommending a 1% pay rise for NHS staff in England – UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:    “No wonder the chancellor had nothing to say about the NHS yesterday. A one per cent pay rise is the worst kind of insult the government could give health workers who’ve given their absolute everything over the past year. “The public will be horrified. Staff will think it’s some kind of joke. “Ministers should hang their heads in shame,...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 4, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Social care reform can ’ t be put off
Responding to comments from the chancellor today (Thursday) that the government has yet to devise a solution to the social care crisis, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Rishi Sunak’s admission that there’s no plan for social care reform is a damning indictment of the government’s repeated failure to come up with a solution for a sector in crisis. “Care home residents, their families and care workers who’ve been through the trauma of the last year will feel angry and disappointed at the complete absence of a plan. “Ministers need to get a grip of this ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 4, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea social care sunak Source Type: news

Meet Rakiya Suleiman – Winner of the 2021 Nelson Mandela Award
In 2015, the National Black Members’ Conference established the Nelson Mandela Award, to be presented each year to a member who has ‘gone above and beyond’ for Black people – within the union and in the wider society. Amongst our Black membership we recognise that there is an abundance of talent and that many people tirelessly fight for racial equality. UNISON is delighted to celebrate the achievements, courage and determination of Rakiya Suleiman. Rakiya has been an activist in Scotland for over 20 years. As the current Deputy Chair of UNISON’s National Black Members’ Committee and Chai...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 3, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Costi Tags: Black members news Source Type: news

Every single day, this is what UNISON does for women
International Women’s Day, held annually on 8 March, is historically rooted in the trade union movement. Originally named ‘International Working Women’s Day’ in 1911, the day was born from women sweatshop workers’ collective struggle to have fair, safe and decent working conditions. For UNISON, every day is an opportunity to advance the rights of working women. As the UK’s biggest union for women, UNISON is always advocating loudly and proudly for women’s rights at work. And that has not stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year, UNISON has advocated for a number of ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 3, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article international women's day Source Type: news

NEC agrees branch resources package
A “fair, affordable and sustainable” new package of branch funding and support has been endorsed by the union’s national executive council (NEC) at a meeting today and will be debated at the union’s special delegate conference in June. The motion and report, Supporting our Branches, is the result of the two-year branch resources review carried out by a group consisting of 24 lay members from the NEC and regions. It makes a series of proposals for more practical support for local branches including an improved funding formula and a new branch support and organising fund. Introducing the report, Lilia...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 26, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article branch resources review NEC Source Type: news

UNISON calls for more cautious school reopening in England
UNISON has questioned the Westminster government’s plan for the reopening of all schools in England, announced by the prime minister today, and has urged a more cautious phased return for pupils and teachers. Head of education Jon Richards said: “UNISON wants schools and colleges to open as soon as soon as possible. But we need to make sure that reopening does not reverse the current drop in infections. “Schools and colleges need to be safe places for children, young people, staff and parents. This is why, along with other unions, we continue to propose a phased return. “We cannot understand why the...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 22, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News colleges coronavirus Covid-19 education schools Source Type: news

A ‘ big bang ’ reopening of schools is ‘ unnecessary and reckless ’ , says UNISON
UNISON has questioned the Westminster government’s plan for the reopening of all schools in England, announced by the Prime Minister this afternoon (Monday) and has urged a more cautious phased return for pupils and teachers. UNISON’s head of education Jon Richards said: “UNISON wants schools and colleges to open as soon as soon as possible. But we need to make sure that reopening does not reverse the current drop in infections “Schools and colleges need to be safe places for children, young people, staff and parents. This is why along with other unions we continue to propose a phased return. &ldquo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 22, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article colleges coronavirus Covid-19 education schools Source Type: news

Cautious approach is the right one and must apply to schools, says UNISON
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s roadmap for emerging from pandemic restrictions, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Monday): “A cautious approach is the right way to balance getting the country moving again and limit virus spread. “It’s clear restrictions were relaxed too quickly last time and there can be no repeat mistakes. “By ensuring staff are encouraged to have the vaccine by their employers and paid wages in full if they need to isolate, ministers can drive infection rates down even further. “The government should also follow the lead of Scotland, Wales and N...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 22, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus lockdown Source Type: news

Keir is right to say there can be no going back to normal, says UNISON
Commenting on Labour leader Keir Starmer’s speech about Britain’s economic future today (Thursday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “There can be no going back to normal. Keir Starmer is right to argue that what the UK needs after the pandemic is a bold change of direction, not a return to the failed austerity and spending cuts of the past. “Proper funding of local services, a national care service on a par with the NHS and decent pay for all those who’ve kept our country going is crucial if there’s to be a fairer, more equal society and a re...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 18, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release Keir Starmer public services Source Type: news

Immigration health surcharge (IHS) reimbursement service
The NHS Business Service Authority (NHSBSA) are currently working on a piece of research around the Immigration Health Surcharge, which is paid as part of a UK Immigration visa application. What the research is about Eligible individuals who have been working in the health and care sector and have paid their IHS on or after the 31st March 2020, will be able to apply for a reimbursement. NHSBSA would like to talk to people who feel they may be eligible for a reimbursement. The research will help them design a service that meets the needs of the people using it. What the research involves Participants will be testing out the...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 18, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Hassan Govia Tags: health Source Type: news

Unions hold last-ditch talks to avert Cumberland Infirmary strike
UNISON and GMB are holding crunch talks with Mitie and North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, in a last-ditch attempt to avoid strike action. More than 150 porters, cleaners, switchboard and catering staff employed by Mitie at Cumberland Infirmary are set to stage 24-hour strikes on Friday 26 February and again on Monday 1 March over missing payments for working unsocial hours. NHS workers receive enhanced rates – such as time-and-a-half and double time – for working at unsocial times such as weekends or through the night. But UNISON has discovered that the Cumberland Infirmary staff have not recei...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 18, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article Cumberland Infirmary Industrial action North West outsourcing strike Source Type: news

Providing care near the end of life, yet still undervalued and underpaid
Care workers are among those continuing to keep the country running throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Nicola Hollingsworth is one of the UK’s 1.6 million care workers. A support worker in Thanet, specialising in end-of-life care, Nicola spends her days visiting people’s homes and supporting them to live their final days with independence and dignity. “End of life care looks different for different people,” she explains. “Some people are already bed-bound by the time we get involved and some are still quite able. Part of the skill of the job is knowing how to constantly switch gears betwee...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 17, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News care work care worker social care Source Type: news

Women on frontline  feeling pressures at work and home, says UNISON     
Women in key worker positions are losing sleep, spending more on household bills, and worrying about the pandemic’s impact on their children’s education and mental health, according to a survey published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. The findings are based on responses from nearly 47,000 women including teaching assistants, nurses, council workers and police staff. They provide a comprehensive insight into the emotional, physical and financial impact of Covid on critical public services staff who are keeping the country running. The report Women Working Through the Pandemic&nbs...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 17, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release low-paid women pandemic Source Type: news

Help us keep on helping our members
Coronavirus has hit us all in ways we could never have anticipated. But for many UNISON members, this past year has been particularly hard. Some have experienced a severe loss of income and a sudden increase in expenses. They have been struggling to put food on the table, pay their rent, and cover their bills. But UNISON’s unique charity, There for You, has provided much-needed relief for well over 2,000 people through its COVID-19 response fund. Here are just a few comments from members you’ve helped us help – all of them awarded grants in January this year. “Thank you so much. This means everythin...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 12, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 there for you Source Type: news