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

Remembering LGBT+ history – and those who are struggling today
After a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is “more important than ever” to celebrate LGBT+ History month this February, according to Lucy Power, co-chair of UNISON’s national LGBT+ committee. “During the lockdown, people have struggled with social isolation, perhaps not being out at home, or at work, and having no outlet with LGBT+ friends,” Ms Power said. “LGBT+ History month is an opportunity to celebrate our community, our past and our goals for the future. Let February be a commemoration and rejoicing in our diverse community.” Phillippa Scrafton, of the national LGBT+ com...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 9, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 LGBT Source Type: news

Help to save a piece of our industrial heritage
The Durham Miners’ Hall, otherwise known as Redhills, is in urgent need of repair – and UNISON branches can help to save this incredible part of UK working-class history. For more than a century, Redhills has been the home of the Durham Miners’ Association, playing a central role in the lives of the people of the Durham coalfield. During the Second World War, it hosted the Pitman’s Parliament in the main hall (pictured above). Today, the grade II listed building needs urgent repairs to secure its future. The aim is to raise £5m through grants and donations, to return it to the community as a c...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 9, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News history northern region Source Type: news

Hitting wages of key workers  ​would be ‘worst possible’ blow to economy, says UNISON      
Responding to an analysis published today (Friday) by the TUC revealing the economy in England faces a £1.7bn hit from ​government cuts to key workers’ pay, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:      “Taking money from the pockets of ​employees at the heart of the pandemic response is ​nothing short of deplorable. ​It would also deliver the worst possible blow to the Covid-scarred economy.   “The Prime Minister claims he wants to boost the public sector workforce. Yet ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 5, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: Press release public sector pay Source Type: news

‘Stand up for care workers!’ is the passionate call from UNISON rally
The UK has reached a crucial moment in terms of social care. Two key messages at the heart of UNISON’s Pay Fair for Care national day of action and rally today were that we must ‘stand up for care workers’ and ‘keep up the pressure’. The event – co-hosted by the Future Social Care Coalition, a cross-party alliance of more than 80 organisations and individuals – comes against a background of crisis in the social care sector. That has been compounded by 11 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has raised awareness nationally of the work that care workers do, but in a context of...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 3, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Christina McAnea pay fair for care Sian Stockham social care Source Type: news

Blog: The moral case for vaccine access
We should be immensely proud of how quickly the NHS has rolled out the COVID-19 vaccination programme. However, other countries in Europe are experiencing delays due to shortages of supplies. And many countries in the global South will have to wait until late 2021 or even 2022 before they can start vaccinations, because they were unable to compete with wealthier countries in the global race to buy vaccines. World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules allow for the intellectual property rights of pharmaceutical companies to be waived in circumstances such as this pandemic. This would allow vaccine production to be ramped up and wo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 1, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Christina McAnea Covid-19 vaccine Source Type: news

Covid pressures triggering mental health issues among health staff
Health staff are suffering severe mental health problems such as panic attacks and having sleepless nights because of the pandemic, according to a survey published today (Thursday) by UNISON. The findings reveal almost half (48%) of health employees​ including nurses, porters, paramedics, healthcare assistants and A&E staff across the UK have struggled to cope. The union says free 24-hour helplines are urgently needed to support those experiencing burnout​, especially as hospital admissions continue to soar. The report Worry in Mind is based on responses from more than 14,000 empl...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 28, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Covid-19 mental health Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Government must use the time schools are closed to make them safer
The government mustn’t squander the time between now and early March to improve the safety of schools for pupils and staff, says UNISON today (Wednesday). Everyone wants schools to reopen fully as soon as possible, but this must be safely, says the union. Today’s announcement buys valuable time for ministers to work with unions to make sure that when schools do finally open to all children, they stay open, adds UNISON. Offering the vaccine to all school employees as well as a regular system of mass testing of staff and pupils are key to getting schools back to normal, UNISON says. UNISON head of educa...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 27, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Jon Richards school Source Type: news

Branch resources review – update
  UNISON’s branch resources review, which aims to reform how the union’s branches operate and produce a fairer environment for them, is nearing its conclusion. The package of draft proposals will be presented to the union’s national delegate conference (NDC) in the summer for final approval. But before that they have already been discussed at regional meetings across the UK, including in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, the North West, Northern, West Midlands, Eastern, the South East, Greater London and the South West. The proposed changes have also been discussed at many of the union’s comm...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 26, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News branch resources review Source Type: news

Government must help struggling councils urgently
Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee report into local government finance, UNISON head of local government Jon Richards said today (Friday). “Councils are facing massive pressures because of the extra responsibilities of the pandemic, many of them already on the brink financially. “The short-term handouts from government barely begin to cover the financial black hole created by the extra costs of the virus. “Council workers who’ve been running essential services and ​supporting local communities ​shouldn’t be at risk of losing their jobs because of government und...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 22, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release council Jon Richards Source Type: news

Pay  rise immediately would reassure undervalued staff to stay in NHS
A huge majority of NHS staff say the government doesn’t value their extraordinary efforts ​during the pandemic, according to a UNISON survey​ published today (Monday). As health workers come under increasing strain because of the​ rise in infections and hospital admissions,​ many say they are considering their future in the NHS, the survey finds. More than 10,000 health service staff from across the UK took part in the research, which has also been used as part of evidence submitted by UNISON to the NHS pay review body. The union is calling on the government to give all...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 18, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release #OneTeam2K government pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Prime Minister urged to speed up NHS pay rise as public backs the move
Health unions representing more than 1.3m workers across the UK have written to the Prime Minister today (Monday) urging him to speed up the pay process so NHS staff receive a promised wage rise as soon as possible. The letter to Boris Johnson – signed by the heads of UNISON, Royal College of Nursing and Royal College of Midwives – says “hospitals are stretched to the limit”, with many “demoralised and traumatised” staff facing burnout, such is the pressure they’re under. The letter coincides with the results of a poll published by the UK’s 14 health unions showing a majority...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 18, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release #OneTeam2K NHS pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

‘ I can ’ t afford to retire ’ – why carers need a living wage
Care workers have quietly kept the country running for decades, overworked and underpaid. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced carers into life-threatening working conditions, and UNISON is fighting to raise their wages. Sian Stockham works as a carer for people with learning disabilities in Abergaveny, Wales, and also as a support worker in a reablement and rehabilitation resource centre. She said: “I’m lucky to have a job, and one that I love. There is absolutely no work that is more important – caring for people like you would your own and making them comfortable in some of the hardest moments of...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 8, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article care care workers Clap for Carers social care Source Type: news

Blog: Together we will get through this
This is such a difficult time for all of us. There are now lockdowns and severe restrictions on everyone’s daily lives in all four nations of the UK. No one can pretend that this latest series of lockdowns to fight the latest COVID surge is going to be any easier than the others – if anything, at this time of year with the short, cold days, it’s going to be even harder. We also know what to expect this time around. But there’s one massive positive difference as we enter 2021 and that’s the vaccine program that is already underway. Two vaccines being rolled out which gives us all genuine hope t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 5, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Covid-19 dave prentis Source Type: news

Library staff ‘ scared and stressed ’ about working through lockdown
As the third lockdown comes into force in England, library workers again find themselves being asked to maintain library services. This time in the face of a highly transmissible COVID-19 variant. UNISON’s position is that public libraries should close completely. However, Westminster guidelines state that libraries can still provide some library services such as access to IT and click and collect. UNISON believes that even these limited services expose library workers and users to unnecessary risks and should be halted while national restrictions remain in place. UNISON head of local government Jon Richards said: &l...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 5, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article libraries Source Type: news

Close nurseries to all except vulnerable and key-worker children
Pre-schools including nurseries must be closed except to educate the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable, says UNISON today (Tuesday). The union is urging the government to reconsider its decision to keep early-years establishments open​, despite concerns over a new Covid strain. Early-years staff should also be made a priority for vaccination and mass testing says UNISON, and employees should not be expected to go into work until these safety measures are put in place. In addition, the union says protection must be extended to employees in schools open for the children of key wo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 5, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus schools Source Type: news

Ministers must delay school reopening by a fortnight, says UNISON
The government must delay the reopening of all schools in England by two weeks to minimise the spread of Covid-19, UNISON says. The union is joining with other education unions in demanding that remote learning should be introduced for pupils of primary schools across the country, in line with the delay for secondary schools. UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “The Government must act decisively now by delaying the start of term for all schools by two weeks because of spiralling infection rates. Education should move online except for vulnerable children and those of key workers. “UNISON has been calli...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 2, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus schools Source Type: news

Reopening delay is sensible to make school mass testing work, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement by education secretary Gavin Williamson that reopening will be delayed by a fortnight for many schools, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said today (Wednesday): “Everyone agrees it’s important for schools and colleges to open but it can’t be at any expense when infections are rising. “This delay for secondary schools is a sensible decision, giving more time to organise mass testing effectively to limit the spread. Primary and early years reopening should also be delayed because social distancing isn’t really possible. “Ministers should also ensure...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 30, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus schools Source Type: news

Schools committee raises issues over English testing plans
UNISON’s national schools committee for England, together with representatives of the union’s further education committee, met with Department for Education (DfE) and NHS test and trace officials yesterday to discuss the government’s plans for mass testing of school staff and pupils in secondary schools and colleges in England in January. Among many issues, the committee highlighted concerns about the reliability of the proposed tests, numbers and roles of staff that would be involved, potential increased workloads, proper training, availability of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), face cov...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 23, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article Covid-19 school staff schools Source Type: news

UNISON sends a very public festive ‘thank you’ to its 1.3m members
UNISON is sending a festive message to every public service worker this week, in the form of newspaper adverts thanking them for the many ways they have supported our communities this year. The adverts list how our union’s 1.3million public service “stars” have kept our streets safe, our hospitals running, our rubbish collected, our power on, our elderly looked after and our communities cared for. And they tell our members and the public that, “We’re proud to represent 1.3 million public service stars.” The ads will appear in The Guardian and the Metro papers nationwide, plus T...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 21, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News Covid-19 membership Source Type: news

‘ We ’ll fight the public sector pay freeze ’
Government plans for an ongoing public sector pay freeze will be the big issue affecting UNISON members and our public services, general secretary Dave Prentis told the national executive council (NEC) today. “It is in the DNA of the Tory party to attack public service pay and public service provision,” he told the final meeting of the year via video. “We’ve seen it ever since Margaret Thatcher.” He hit out at Tory efforts to divide and rule by setting private sector workers against their public service counterparts. “There’s no such thing as a private sector household or a public ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 10, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News dave prentis NEC pay freeze Source Type: news

Measuring the impact of COVID-19 on global labour rights
This report highlights how much acting ethically matters. Procurers and contract managers need to seek information about workers in their supply chains and ensure that contract labour clauses are adhered to during the lifespan of the contract.” Of respondents, 74% felt that the pandemic will have a long-term negative effect on procurement. While UNISON works to ease the pressures on members, the union also wants to support efforts to ensure that products used by public service workers in the UK do not jeopardise workers’ rights abroad. This is UNISON’s second research report on pu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 8, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article international modern slavery procurement Source Type: news

Reserved (low pay) seat threshold for 2021
UNISON’s principles of proportionality and fair representation mean that some seats on elected bodies are reserved for women and low-paid members, so that the make-up fairly represents the wider union. This includes the national executive council (NEC). 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 2020 has been calculated in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings at £479.10, which remains unchanged since last year, partly because of the impact of furlough during...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 2, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article democracy low-paid NEC proportionality Source Type: news

Domestic abuse is a workplace issue
UNISON Northern Ireland’s Women’s Committee have been busy preparing for the 16 days of action to end violence against women. To mark International End Violence Against Women and Girls Day, UNISON Northern Ireland Women’s Committee hosted an online event ‘Normal was never good enough’, where they discussed domestic abuse as a workplace issue. The 16 days of action run from International End Violence Against Women and Girls Day on 25 November up until 10 December. According to Women’s Aid, more than 1 in 5 employed women are experiencing domestic abuse. UNISON Northern Ireland has set up ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 27, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article domestic abuse Northern Ireland women's committee Source Type: news

Shockingly poor government planning left health and care staff vulnerable to the virus
  Responding to a National Audit Office report issued today (Wednesday) into the government’s attempts to source personal protective equipment as the first Covid wave struck, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “It’s unforgivable that shockingly poor government planning left care and health staff to fight Covid-19 without the safety kit to protect themselves. They were left exposed and vulnerable to the virus. “Ministers made the wrong decisions and reacted too slowly to the unfolding tragedy. The lack of foresight to properly prepare for the pandemic undoubte...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 25, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea NAO PPE Source Type: news

Covid contracts need proper scrutiny to end gravy train
Commenting on the National Audit Office report issued today (Wednesday) examining the government’s lack of transparency when awarding contracts valued at £18 billion to tackle Covid-19, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Billions of pounds of public money have been handed out with no proper checks and balances. “Without an open and transparent process, this looks suspiciously like ​ministers have been lining the ​pockets of ​their political pals. This was vital equipment to keep health and care workers safe and...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 18, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea Covid-19 NAO Source Type: news

Blog: Time to celebrate and look after our young members
November is young workers’ month, a time to celebrate the contributions of young workers to the trade union movement, and to highlight the issues they face in the workplace. And this year the month is more important than ever. UNISON represents over 66,000 young workers and we know the importance of the work they do. They’ve been on the frontline of the pandemic, working in the NHS, caring for the elderly and vulnerable  and keeping our essential public services running. But we know that all too often young people have not been valued enough in the workplace. Young workers are more likely to be low-pa...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 16, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: Article Blogs General secretary's blog young workers Young Workers Month 2020 Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes better health and safety protection for zero-hours workers
UNISON has welcomed a High Court ruling that zero-hours contract workers should enjoy better protection at work. The union’s national health and safety officer Robert Baughan commented: “We are pleased that the courts have ruled that zero-hours workers must enjoy the same health and safety protection as any other workers, and we look forward to the government providing the health and safety regulators with the resources to enforce this judgement.” Mr Baughan added: “Many of these workers, particularly those working in care homes and providing home care, have been at the frontline of the battle ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 16, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article health and safety zero hours Source Type: news

Politics can ’ t interfere in the approval of PPE, warns UNISON
UNISON has reacted with dismay to reports that the government applied ‘political pressure’ to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to approve personal protective equipment (PPE) that did not meet safety standards. As the UK deals with the second wave of COVID-19, rising infections and death rates, the union warns that this type of pressure from government – to ignore robust and trusted testing and regulatory procedures – will only increase once the UK finally leaves the EU when the transition period comes to an end on 1 January 2021. The BBC report details email evidence that of the Department of H...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 13, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Covid-19 health and safety PPE Source Type: news

Politics can ‘t interfere in the approval of PPE, warns UNISON
UNISON has reacted with dismay to reports that the government applied ‘political pressure’ to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to approve personal protective equipment (PPE) that did not meet safety standards. As the UK deals with the second wave of COVID-19, rising infections and death rates, the union warns that this type of pressure from government – to ignore robust and trusted testing and regulatory procedures – will only increase once the UK finally leaves the EU when the transition period comes to an end on 1 January 2021. The BBC report details email evidence that of the Department of H...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 13, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Covid-19 health and safety PPE Source Type: news

Government must urgently tackle funding problems for struggling councils, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement of emergency spending controls at Croydon Council, UNISON head of local government Jon Richards said today (Thursday): “Councils are facing massive pressures and their finances are in peril. While Croydon has had its own problems, this could be the first of many to take such drastic action. “Local authorities were struggling to balance the books even before the huge costs of Covid, for which the government has given only short-term, inadequate handouts. “Council workers have been at the forefront of running essential services during the pandemic and shouldn’t pay the p...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 12, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release council cuts local government funding Source Type: news

Pay rise and student support are key to increasing nursing numbers
Commenting on new registration data published by the Nursing and Midwifery Council today (Thursday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Although the number of professionals on the register continues to grow, it’s slowed from last year, particularly for first-time joiners. “As hospitals across the UK ​cope with a further spike in Covid cases and the usual winter pressures, it’s more important than ever to build the NHS workforce and deal with staff shortages. “If the government hopes to meet its targets to grow the nursing workforce, ​despite the collapse in internation...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 12, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release Source Type: news

Blog: Why we ’ ll never stop fighting for a real living wage for all
This is Living Wage Week and the Living Wage Foundation has announced an increase in the real living wage rate to £9.50 (£10.85 in London). The good news is that approximately 250,000 low-paid workers can expect a much-needed pay rise from today. But we mustn’t forget that the real living wage is voluntary, so the bad news is that many others – many of them putting their own health on the line fighting COVID-19 – will be less fortunate and will continue to live on poverty pay. Care staff will also lose out despite supporting the most vulnerable – our loved ones in the most need – t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 9, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog dave prentis Living Wage Foundation living wage week Source Type: news

Branch resources review – where we are so far
UNISON’s branch resource review is progressing, despite the pandemic, with the aim of delivering a set of proposals to the national delegate conference in June 2021. This is where we are so far. Following a motion passed at the 2019 conference, a review group of UNISON members was tasked with reviewing the branch funding regime and how resources are allocated to help branches. In February 202, an online survey to all UNISON branches was issued to branch secretaries. The questions reflected the existing priorities laid out in the code of good branch practice. In total, 357 branches responded – over 42%. Perhaps ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 9, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: News activists branch resources review supporting activists Source Type: news

Last chance to add your voice and help support public services
Normal feels a long way away now, right? Especially now that all four UK countries are back in some sort of lockdown. Our public services are under significant pressure to care for, protect and keep our communities going – and you are at the sharp end again. Against this backdrop, the Chancellor is planning to announce his spending plans for the next year later this month. So, we need to remind him that, as he thinks about the funding of our NHS, local government and public services more widely, we can’t go back to austerity. We need an end to underfunding, understaffing, underpaying and under resourcing if we ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 9, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article no going back to normal Source Type: news

COVID reverses progress on financial equality
A UNISON survey has revealed that that women are being increasingly disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, with those at retirement age hit the hardest. Women make up three-quarters of the part-time labour force, so were hit particularly hard when part-time jobs fell by 70% in the first three months of the pandemic. In response to UNISON’s equality survey, 7.5% of women said that they have lost money from their wages, and 12% are more in debt since the pandemic began. To make matters worse, these effects will be long-lasting, as low pay and job loss translates into pension poverty for women. UNISON national officer ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 9, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News pensions women Women's pensions Source Type: news

Education staff need ​an urgent ​new safety ​plan for schools, says UNISON
The government should restrict school and nursery opening in England as in the first lockdown to help bring the national rate of infection down and ensure the safety of pupils, staff and the wider community, says UNISON today (Tuesday). The union has also called on the government to come up with the necessary funding so children from low-income families can have access to tablets or laptops, allowing high quality education to continue for everyone. The union has written to the Department for Education calling for a​n urgent meeting ​so the government can explain why all schools ​are to remain open duri...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 3, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release lockdown school staff Source Type: news

Time for fair wage for social care workers on ‘forgotten frontline’, says new coalition       
Employers, former ​health and care ministers, and the UK’s largest social care union are joining forces for the first time today (Monday) to call for a major funding package and a fair wage deal for low​-paid staff. The Future Social Care Coalition – a new cross-party alliance of more than 80 organisations and individuals – says an immediate £3.9bn* emergency support fund is needed from the government to get the care sector through the pandemic’s second wave. The money would also guarantee a significant wage boost to&nbs...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 2, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release social care Source Type: news

Working together is key to saving lives in further period of lockdown, says UNISON
Commenting on new lockdown measures for England announced by the Prime Minister today (Saturday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s a difficult time but if everyone works together, we can slow the spread and stop hospitals being overwhelmed at this critical time. “That also means ministers giving councils the resources they need to play their part. “As well as protecting the NHS, lessons must be learned from the dire situation in the care sector earlier in the year. Proper support and protection are paramount. We can’t see a repeat of the heartbreaking death rates in care homes...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 31, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus lockdown Source Type: news