Health staff and patients are being fleeced with parking fees
Commenting on new PA research published today (Tuesday) showing parking fee income for NHS trusts in England has risen by risen by 10% and reached a record high, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Ratcheting up parking charges isn’t how cash-strapped NHS trusts should be tackling their funding problems. “But if the government had put more money into the health service, charges could’ve been scrapped. No nurse, porter or other NHS employee should be fleeced simply for going to work.” Notes to editors: – UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 9, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release hospital parking parking charges Source Type: news

Boris Johnson has been caught out once again
Commenting on new government documents uncovered by the Labour Party suggesting the Prime Minister has misled the public over post-Brexit customs checks for Northern Ireland, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Once again, government documents show you can’t trust Boris Johnson. “His reckless approach and cavalier disregard for the truth is putting at risk the hard-won peace in Northern Ireland. “It’s vital the Good Friday Agreement is protected by the next government.” Notes to editors  – UNISON hosted a press conference about the documents at its nati...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 6, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Boris Johnson dave prentis jeremy corbyn labour Northern Ireland Source Type: news

Cuts … not just Brexit
Just weeks ago, as the general election campaign started to pick up speed, NHS England released some interesting data: accident and emergency waiting times were the worst on record. It didn’t get that much traction in a media concentrating on the run-up to the political theatre of the first party leaders’ debate. But as fullfact.org spelled out: “In October 2019, 83.6% of patients attending all types of A&E departments (including things like dental A&E and urgent care centres) in England were admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.” A year ago, 89.1% were seen within the four-...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 6, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: P.S data activists ge19 general election 2019 Source Type: news

In the fight of our lives
For our union and for public services, this election is the fight of our lives – and we’ve been giving it our all. Whether it’s on the streets in marginal seats across the country, talking to our members about the issues at stake, or securing UNISON’s priorities in Labour’s incredible manifesto, I have never known an election where UNISON has played a bigger part. Now, as we head into the final days of the campaign, a Labour victory is needed more than ever before. Decent wages, better childcare, building more affordable homes and restoring vital local services are what’s needed. Labour&...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: Article activists ge19 council cuts cuts to local services dave prentis general election general election 2019 general secretary local government NHS NHS funding cuts Source Type: news

Knock knocking on voters ’ doors
For those who haven’t door knocked or phone canvassed before, the idea might well fill you with doubts about being able to answer and deal with the questions or arguments a voter on their own doorstep or on the end of a phone might put to you. So how can we make make the experience as painless as possible? Some of the ideas below are obvious, but they are all sure-fire winners, based on experience. And remember that the first time you turn up to help canvass, you will get some training and an opportunity to buddy up with a more experienced canvasser until you get the hang of things. Information is key The central goa...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article activists activists ge19 general election 2019 labour link Source Type: news

Hold all bosses to account that exploit low-paid staff, says UNISON
Commenting on the naming and shaming of the UK’s worst employers by the Labour Party, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Employees across the UK are struggling to live on poverty wages. They’re at the mercy of unscrupulous employers who deliberately deny them their rightful earnings. “Care workers are being ripped off by firms who don’t pay them properly for travelling between home visits. “Health service staff are being exploited by a two-tier system. Those whose jobs are transferred to private companies are losing out on NHS wage rises. “These shameful practic...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 2, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release bad bosses low paid carers two-tier system Source Type: news

NHS staff shortages increase
Latest figures show that there are now 106,000 vacancies across the NHS in England, including over 44,000 vacancies in nursing. This marks an increase from one year ago. Beneath this staffing crisis is a chronic lack of government funding, particularly the scrapping of training bursaries. The result is that health workers are working over a million hours a week of unpaid overtime to help the NHS cope with rising demand for care. UNISON health officer Guy Collis said: “A decade of Tory underfunding has left our NHS struggling to cope and this is having a damaging impact on its devoted workforce. “Ongoing underst...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 2, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: News health care NHS NHS funding NHS funding cuts safe staffing Source Type: news

Ambulance delays down to nine-year NHS funding squeeze
Commenting on new research from Labour, which shows that in the past three years almost 1.5 million patients have been delayed in the back of ambulances before being admitted to hospital, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Ambulances queuing outside A&E departments have become a common and distressing sight. It’s frustrating for crews who need to be on their way to the next emergency call and worrying for patients waiting to be seen. “Understaffing, bed shortages and a failure to get a grip on social care problems are behind these delays, which then ripple out across entire hospitals. &ldquo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 29, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release ambulance health labour NHS Source Type: news

Npower collapse is a ‘cruel blow’ for employees, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement today (Friday) that Npower is to close with the loss of 4,500 jobs, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is a cruel blow for Npower employees. They’ve been worried about their jobs for months. Now their worst fears have been realised, less than a month before Christmas. “The UK energy market is in real danger of collapse. If nothing is done, there could soon be other casualties. “Npower’s demise means there’s no time to waste. It makes the powerful case for bringing the retail arms of the Big Six energy firms into public ownership. &l...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 29, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release dave prentis Energy NPower Source Type: news

Blog: Standing with people who make me so proud of our union
I’m always so proud of what our union stands for and what we can achieve when we stand together. But sometimes there are days when that’s particularly true – and earlier this week I had one of those days. It started early on a picket line at Whiston Hospital. The strikers – employed by Compass – have a simple demand, to get the same pay and conditions as those they work alongside in our NHS. Their energy, their passion and their unwillingness to give in are truly inspiring. These are the people who keep our NHS – our nation’s greatest achievement – running each day. They clea...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 28, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Settled status: UNISON can help
After the EU referendum the government decided to introduce a new immigration status for EU citizens called ‘settled status’. What does this mean? People who are citizens or have a passport of a European Union member state, or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, and are in the UK by the 31 December 2020, are required to apply (along with family members) to the EU settlement scheme to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021. The Home Office campaign does not cover the full range of citizens who can apply under the scheme. The messaging is centred on “white” EU/EEA/Swiss c...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 21, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article BREXIT EU EU Citizens eu migrant migrant workers Source Type: news

A powerful package to rebuild the country
Commenting on the launch of the Labour Party manifesto today (Thursday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is a powerful package to rebuild the country and help millions whose lives have been ravaged by nine years of austerity. “It commits to restoring the funding snatched from public services by the Tories’ cold-hearted economic policies and gives dedicated public servants the wage rises they’ve been denied for so long. “Ending the scourge of privatisation will put the focus back on the best interests of patients and local communities rather than shareholders’ pockets. &...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 21, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis labour labour leader Source Type: news

UNISON announces health strike dates in Northern Ireland
UNISON has today (Wednesday) announced the dates for strikes and industrial action by health and social services staff in Northern Ireland. Workers represented by the union voted overwhelmingly earlier this month to take action over safe staffing levels and pay parity. Health staff in Northern Ireland are paid less than their colleagues in Britain. Waiting lists and waiting times have reached crisis levels for patients across Northern Ireland, partly as a result of poor pay and staffing, according to UNISON. The first phase – from Monday 25 November to Wednesday 18 December – will see UNISON members across...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 20, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health NHS Northern Ireland strike Source Type: news

Britain needs a government that invests in public services, says UNISON
Commenting on the ITV debate tonight (Tuesday) between the leaders of the Conservative and Labour parties ahead of the General Election, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Boris Johnson has clearly demonstrated he doesn’t have a clue how ordinary people are suffering after nine years of Tory austerity and that’s why we need a Labour government to save our public services.” Notes to editors: – UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 19, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release dave prentis general election NHS Source Type: news

Public don ’t want NHS staff outsourced to private companies
The majority of the public (54%) think transferring NHS staff to private companies is unacceptable, according to a UNISON/ComRes poll published today (Monday). The findings also highlight how half (50%) of those polled fear the efficiency of the NHS could be undermined as a direct result of non-medical health employee – including cleaners, porters and catering workers – being outsourced. There has been an increasing trend to transfer staff over to firms outside the NHS, which means they have separate managers as well as different ways of working to those directly employed by the health service. The fi...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis health NHS privatisation Source Type: news

Frimley strike postponed as trust agrees  not to continue with privatisation plans, says UNISON
Strike action due to take place tomorrow (Monday) involving porters, security guards, cleaners and catering staff employed at Frimley Health Foundation Trust has been postponed following last-minute talks today (Sunday) between their employer and union UNISON. The UNISON members had planned to walk out for 48 hours this week – starting tomorrow morning – over plans to transfer their jobs to a wholly owned subsidiary company. UNISON South East regional secretary Steve Torrance said: “Following productive discussions with the Trust, UNISON has agreed to postpone the industrial action due ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 17, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release NHS staff NHS subcos wholly owned subsidiaries Source Type: news

Time to be inspired by our LGBT+ award winners
If it’s the UNISON LGBT+ conference, then it must be time for the annual UNISON LGBT+ recruitment awards! Sure enough, in Bournemouth this morning, Josie Bird, the union’s president, was on hand to pass out this year’s coveted trophies. “The presidential team continue to be amazed at how many weekends our LGBT+ members are out and about at Pride and other community events – not only at the huge prides in big cities across our nations that get media coverage, but at local grass root prides in local parks too,” she told delegates. “Having local branches at these events has not only h...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 17, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Source Type: news

‘ The sooner we can kick them out, the better! ’
“Boris Johnson as Prime Minister – honestly, who’d have thought it possible? Clearly not his own family, given that his own brother so publicly and so quickly abandoned him!” Addressing the union’s LGBT+ conference in Bournemouth this morning, UNISON president Josie Bird was clear that, even in such busy times for activists, the coming general election had to be a priority. “We really are living in unprecedented times.  After all, we have a prime minister who does not respect democracy and thinks he is above the law,” she said. “But now, we have a chance to change all th...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 17, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Boris Johnson LGBT Source Type: news

Making sure there are no outsiders
“Parents cannot opt out of knowing that I exist.” That was one of the comments as UNISON’s LGBT conference discussed inclusive education and it was met with loud applause. Speaker James Anthony is from the West Midlands, where protests outside Parkfield Primary School in Birmingham, against the teaching of the No Outsiders scheme, have made national headlines. The protests at Parkfield have been primarily among Muslim parents, who have been misled about the nature of the teaching. No Outsiders “isn’t about sex education,” stressed Mr Anthony. “It’s storybooks showing that par...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 17, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News education Source Type: news

LGBT+ delegates debate a packed agenda
A busy day at UNISON’s LGBT+ conference saw delegates discuss a number of major issues. Mental health was high on the agenda, with Alan Williams for the union’s North West LGBT group saying that there was a “concerningly high rate of suicide attempts by LGBT+ members” and called for more training for reps on the issues. Hannah Stephenson urged delegates to return to their branches and ask their employers for mental ill health training, while a speaker from the North West talked of how “one person with the right information can make all the difference”. She said that research suggests tha...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News LGBT Source Type: news

From school star to star MP
This article was first published in November 2017, ahead of Stars in Our Schools 2017. Rosie is currently campaigning for re-election in the current general election Rosie Duffield is still in shock. It never occurred to her that when she stood as a Labour candidate in the very safe Tory parliamentary seat of Canterbury earlier this year, that she might end up as an MP. The seat had never been held by Labour. But win she did. And she’s taking her new life in her stride – despite working six or seven days a week, staying up to all hours of the night to be present for votes in the House of Commons, and juggling a...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Ali Worthy Tags: Article school support staff schools stars in our schools Source Type: news

New NHS waiting times show Tories are not fit to run NHS
Responding to the latest NHS England data published today (Thursday) showing A&E waiting times are the worst ever, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Patients left in agony on trolleys for hours and poorly visitors waiting for hours in A&E, forced to sit on floors because of a lack of chairs, has become the new normal. “Years of underfunding and an endless staffing crisis show the Conservatives are simply not fit to run our NHS. “These are the worst ever A&E figures yet the winter has barely begun. It’s a shocking state of affairs and should be of huge concern to ever...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 14, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release cuts dave prentis government health NHS Source Type: news

Families will be thrown a lifeline by early-years plans
Commenting on Labour Party proposals to expand free childcare and open 1,000 new Sure Start centres, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Accessible, quality childcare and early years support can have a life-changing impact on children and their families. “Restoring the network of Sure Start centres will offer a lifeline by providing education and health services to those families most in need, after years of cuts left them in tatters. “These proposals, along with an increase in free childcare, would bring long-term benefits far wider than just making life easier for famil...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 11, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis labour Source Type: news

Police staff agree two-year pay deal in Scotland
Police staff members in Scotland have voted ‘yes’ to a two-year pay deal, which includes a 3.5% rise for 2019-20, backdated to 1 April, for most staff. Next April, wages will rise by 3%. In both years, Police Scotland staff who earn more than £80,000 a year will see a flat-rate increase of £1,600. Both years will also see a matching percentage increase on enhanced shift rates. The deal runs to the end of March 2021 and was agreed by members in an online ballot that saw a 96.7% vote in favour on a 67.7% turnout by affected UNISON members. UNISON police staff Scotland branch secretary Michelle Brewer ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 11, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News pay police and justice Police and justice staff police and justice staff pay police pay police staff Scotland Source Type: news

Reserved (low pay) seat threshold for 2020
UNISON’s principles of proportionality and fair representation means that some seats on elected bodies, including the NEC, are reserved for women and low-paid members, so that the make-up fairly represents the wider union. The definition of “low paid” reflects the median gross weekly earnings for all jobs (full time or part time) and is revised each year. The median gross weekly earnings figure for 2019/20 has been calculated in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings at £479.10, a 4.2% increase on last year. This means the cut-off wage for election to reserved (low pay) seats in the union is now &p...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News activists elections Source Type: news

Exposing cowboy care providers: the state of social care
Research published today by the Centre for Health and Public Interest shows what UNISON members have been saying for decades: residential care homes are being run irresponsibly. The financial structure of our overstretched and underfunded care sector has been revealed, with an estimated 10% of income suspiciously “leaking out” each year. UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Every year millions of pounds are lost from the sector, which could have been spent on care. “There are rich pickings for the shadowy businesses operating UK care homes from tropical tax havens, siphoning of...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 8, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article Source Type: news

Critical incident shows hospitals are ‘creaking at the seams’, says UNISON
Commenting on the news that Nottingham’s hospitals have today declared a critical incident due to exceptional pressures on emergency services, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The winter has started early in the East Midlands. Hospitals across the region are creaking at the seams all year round. “The intense pressure on trusts never goes away. Too many vacancies, growing demand on services and worn out, overworked staff is the picture right across the NHS. Our health service deserves better.” Notes to editors: – UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million me...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 6, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release hospitals Source Type: news

Northants council workers to get pay rise
Northamptonshire council staff have been promised a 4% pay rise from April – their first increase in three years. The announcement to staff came at a briefing on next year‘s budget. “People clapped when the pay rise was announced,” UNISON branch secretary Kev Standish told the local newspaper, The Northampton Chronicle. “It is more than we expected and is to be welcomed, although it would be good if it came now rather than next year.” Staff will also receive an extra day of holiday on 27 December this year. The county council is planning to increase council tax by nearly 4% in next ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News councils cuts to local services East Midlands local government local government and financing local government cuts Save Our Local Services Source Type: news

Government pushes ahead with transfer of Welsh probation staff on 1 December
The government has confirmed that it pressing ahead with transferring Welsh offender management staff to the National Probation Service (NPS) on 1 December – although negotiations on the transfer are not completed. UNSION had called for the transfer to be delayed to February next year to allow the talks to be finished. But the prison and probation service confirmed last week that offender management staff who are working for the Wales community rehabilitation company will move to the NPS on 1 December on their existing pay and conditions. They will be the first to be transferred as the government reorganises the serv...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 5, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News national probation service police and justice probation: keep it public and local Source Type: news

Delegates warned of Trump threat to the NHS
“When Boris Johnson tells us we can trust him with the NHS, I think we know what that’s worth … this is the man who promised £350 million a week for the NHS and then laughed it off after the referendum. That was at the heart of the message to UNISON’s disabled members’ conference from assistant general secretary Christina McAnea this afternoon when she addressed delegates just days before the Westminster Parliament is dissolved for the general election. Warning of how “Trump and the big health companies in the US” want access to the NHS, she reminded delegates that there hav...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article Boris Johnson disabled members Donald Trump NHS Source Type: news

Higher education pay ballot result
University workers in UNISON have voted for strike action to win higher pay, but did not pass the threshold on turn-out required by trade union laws. Around 66% of members in England, Wales and Scotland who took part in the industrial action ballot voted for action, but the turn-out did not meet the 50% of all eligible voters required by the 2017 Trade Union Act before legal action can take place. UNISON head of higher education Ruth Levin commented: “Yet again, the anti-trade union laws have stopped our members being able to take action in pursuit of an improved pay offer. “With the real-term value of pay...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 31, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article education services higher education Industrial action pay strike universities Source Type: news

A month of perennial change
Well, October was a month of change. And not just when it comes to clocks and seasons. It started off with the country due to leave the EU on Hallowe’en – “do or die”, deal or no deal. It ended with another Brexit extension and everyone gearing up for the third general election in four years. But some things are perennial and they’re always on UNISON’s agenda. The union’s month kicked off with our retired members and police and justice staff conferences in Southport. The service group conference saw assistant general secretary Christina McAnea tell delegates: “We need to get ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 31, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News democracy general election Go for growth local government October outsourcing police and justice Police and justice staff social care Source Type: news

Speaking out about sexual harassment
UNISON has welcomed the new guidance from the  Equality and Human Rights Commission on confidentiality agreements, also known as non-disclosure agreements and more commonly referred to as ‘gagging clauses’. Employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment for all staff. Safe workplaces are those in which workers feel able to discuss their experiences and expose sexual harassment, and confidentiality agreements should not prevent people from speaking out. UNISON women’s officer Josie Irwin said: “Our members are often required to sign confidentiality clauses – NHS staff are...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 28, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: News EHRC harassment women Source Type: news

Members travel to Downing Street to demand living wage
UNISON members travelled from Birmingham to  Downing Street this morning to call for fair pay for local government workers. They delivered a letter calling for £10 per hour minimum wage and a 10% pay rise across all other pay points in 2020/21. Joined by Birmingham MPs Jack Dromey, Liam Byrne, and Birmingham city council leader Ian Ward, representatives from the UNISON Birmingham branch and colleagues from the GMB and Unite delivered the letter on behalf of council and school workers in the city. The three unions submitted a joint national pay claim in July for the pay rise  as part of negotiations with emp...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 24, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: News council pay living wage local authorities local government schools Source Type: news

Universities must do more to tackle shocking levels of racism, says UNISON
This report is shocking and details some horrific incidents. It’s clear racial harassment is rife throughout the whole higher education system, but it’s not just students – staff suffer too. “It is disgraceful and more must be done to stamp out racism from all institutions. Universities must improve the way they handle complaints, make it easier for people to come forward and emphasise that racism and abuse have no place on any campus anywhere.” Notes to editors: – The EHRC report Tackling Racial Harassment: Universities Challenged is available here. – UNISON is the biggest union r...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 23, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release higher education racism Source Type: news

Compass hospital workers take fair pay protest to company ’s Surrey HQ, says UNISON
A coachload of striking Compass workers is today (Tuesday) heading 200 miles south to the company’s Chertsey headquarters to urge their employer to pay them the same as their NHS colleagues, says UNISON. The staff – who work for the contractor at NHS trusts in St Helens and Blackpool – are on the penultimate day of their latest strike action. They’re hoping the doorstep protest will persuade company bosses to end the dispute, which began this summer. The hospital cleaners, caterers, porters, receptionists and security workers have been striking on alternate days since last Monday (14 October) over t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 22, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release fair pay health Source Type: news

Health service workers in Northern Ireland must be paid fairly in line with rest of UK, says UNISON  
UNISON is balloting health service workers in Northern Ireland from today (Monday) over possible industrial action in its campaign to close the unfair pay gap with NHS staff in other parts of the UK. The union has been in discussions with the Department of Health (Northern Ireland) and Northern Ireland employers for the past eight months to bring staff into line with the NHS pay deals operating in England, Scotland and Wales. However, progress has stalled and staff are stepping up their efforts to be rewarded fairly, says UNISON. They will be voting over the next three weeks on whether to take industrial action and action ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 21, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release nhs pay Northern Ireland Source Type: news

New deal is a ‘huge leap backwards’ says UNISON
Commenting on the new Brexit deal announced today (Thursday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This deal isn’t a step forward, it’s a huge leap backwards. It would risk every workplace right and leave public services exposed and vulnerable. “The only quick free trade deals to be had would involve the UK paying a heavy price, with the US only interested if the NHS were handed over lock, stock and barrel. “Protecting peace in Northern Ireland is paramount too. All communities should have a say in their future, not just the DUP. “There is nothing here for any Labour MP...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release BREXIT dave prentis Northern Ireland Source Type: news

“ I wasn ’ t sure what was going on. I was struggling to concentrate and work was getting too much ”
Most women experience the menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 – in other words, while they’re working. Given that women make up more than 70% of UNISON’s 1.3 million members, it’s clearly a workplace issue and therefore a union issue that we should be leading the way on. The menopause is a natural transition stage in most women’s lives, usually lasting between four and eight years, although it can be longer. It’s primarily marked by hormonal changes and the end of periods, which can also trigger a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms. The menopause can also occur earlier...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 17, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article black members disabled members Menopause unison women Source Type: news

European health and safety week is coming
Trade unionists across Europe will be highlighting health and safety next week as part of the annual European health and safety week, starting on 21 October. UNISON head of health and safety Robert Baughan is calling on the union’s branches and activists to remind employers and members of the importance of safe working. To help, the union has produced a top 10 list of activities branches and health and safety reps can undertake to raise the issues during the week, from carrying out a safety inspection to just talking about health and safety. Download our Ten top tips to make your workplaces safer This year, the week ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 16, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News BREXIT european health and safety week health and safety reps Source Type: news

British Gas staff to face yet more uncertainty over site closures
Commenting on the announcement today (Thursday) that British Gas is to close a number of its sites in Manchester and Hampshire, and reduce the opening hours of its customer services call centre, UNISON national energy officer Matt Lay said: “The 2,000 and more employees affected will be concerned by the changes and many will be nervous that their jobs are hanging in the balance. “UNISON will be going all out to ensure there won’t be a single compulsory redundancy and that no-one loses out from the switch to a 9-5 weekday customer operation. We have received assurances from British Gas and plan to hold the...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 10, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

Thirty days has September …
September’s been busy. Schools went back, and UNISON kicked the month off by challenging the UK’s largest uniform suppliers Trutex to ensure employees and treated ethically.Teaming up with campaign group Labour behind the Label, UNISON called for transparency. On a much cuter note, 700 kids went back to school in fresh uniforms thanks to our School Uniform Grants.This year, There for You gave out over £34,500 worth of grants to members. Then came our first ever nationwide Green UNISON week, with branches across the UK organising activities calling for urgent action to tackle climate change. From taking s...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 7, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article BREXIT green unison there for you 2019 Source Type: news

Dealing with the best and worst of situations
UNISON members in the police and justice services work with the public in the best and worst of situations, the union’s service group conference heard today, as it called for employers to support staff wellbeing and mental health. Pressure on police staff is increasing, Lisa Hardy from the Leicestershire police branch told delegates. Call management staff can be dealing with a report of a child missing from home one minute and a murder the next, conference noted. Similarly, police community support officers might deal with abused children or adults, or the aftermath of a murder or suicide during a day’s work. A...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News 2019 Police and Justice Conference health and safey police staff Stress Source Type: news

‘Don ’ t let them dim our lights ’
“On 16 May this year, the government admitted the error of its ways and faced up to the fact that its Transforming Rehabilitation reforms have failed,” delegates at UNISON’s police and justice conference in Southport heard this morning. The union welcomed the government’s admission that former justice secretary Chris Grayling’s privatisation of ‘community rehabilitation’ in England and Wales was wrong. The service will be brought back under public management in 2021. But in the meantime, said Steve Cowley of the national probation committee, “our members have paid the costs o...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News 2019 Police and Justice Conference community rehabilitation companies let's fix probation national probation service Source Type: news

‘We need to get the message out about the need to invest in public servcies’
Delegates representing UNISON members working in police and justice services are meeting at an interesting time, at the end of party conference season, assistant general secretary Christina McAnea told their conference in Southport this morning. It’s when “politicians of all parties usually compete to say what they would do to stop crime,” she noted – adding that UNISON members no doubt felt reassured that the Tories are once again calling themselves the party of law and order. Yet this is a party that, just a week ago, was found to have acted unlawfully in proroguing Parliament. “But this par...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News 2019 Police and Justice Conference police staff probation Source Type: news

Local government service group executive ballot notice
A ballot will be held for the Greater London female seat on the local government service group executive. Ballot papers will be sent to eligible members starting on 7 October. The candidates in this election are: Mary Lancaster and Elaine Ward For information, the election procedures, including the timetable, are available in the formal ballot notice, which can be downloaded here. The article Local government service group executive ballot notice first appeared on the UNISON National site. (Source: UNISON meat hygiene)
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article democracy and elections local government Source Type: news

Thousands turn out to protest at Tory conference
On Sunday, UNISON led thousands in protest at the start of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. UNISON members in the North West, who have been fighting on the front line of public service cuts for the past decade, led protestors with balloons and banners stating “Don’t Trump our NHS”. Members in the North West are currently involved in two industrial disputes, with hospital workers in Blackpool and St Helens currently in the midst of three-day strikes. UNISON regional Secretary Kevan Nelson said: “The two industrial disputes which our members are engaged in currently are a direct result...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 30, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article NHS North West Source Type: news

Chancellor ’s spending pledges are a decade too late, says UNISON
Commenting on Chancellor Sajid Javid’s speech today (Monday) at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Many people will be wary of the Chancellor’s promises to splash the cash knowing an election is just around the corner. “If it’s so easy to conjure up this money now, it’s hard to understand why the government has been running public spending into the ground for a decade. It seems the Tories have been nurturing magic money trees all along.” Notes to editors: – UNISON is the biggest union representing care ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 30, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Conservative dave prentis public services Source Type: news

Time to reform eviction law: scrap section 21
Renting laws in the UK are on the verge of huge change – but only if you have your say. In a move to tackle our critically unstable rental system, the government is proposing to bring an end to no-fault evictions (also known as section 21 evictions). If made into law, this will improve renting for every one of the 11 million people living in privately rented homes in this country. It will finally let renters put down roots and make a home. It will also tackle one of our country’s biggest causes of homelessness – eviction from privately rented homes. They’re also proposing to introduce more stability...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 27, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article community housing Source Type: news

The UK needs a Labour government, says UNISON
Tuesday 24 September 2019 For immediate release The UK needs a Labour government, says UNISON Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to Labour Party conference today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today Jeremy Corbyn set out an inspiring vision for a better future. “One that puts people first and the heart back into communities with new rights for workers, a higher minimum wage, and improved social care. “With better-funded public services, an end to privatisation and the scrapping of the vindictive trade union act. “At a time of such turmoil and division in Westminster ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 24, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Article News dave prentis jeremy corbyn labour conference public services Source Type: news