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If you’re a poet, we want to know it

Submissions invited for competition to mark World Poetry Day, with a two-night break at Croyde Bay as the prize for the winning poet

UNISON members on a socially distanced picket line outside Cumberland Infirmary

Cumberland Infirmary workers stage second strike

UNISON calls on NHS England to investigate where a “substantial sum” of money has gone that should have been used to fund unsocial hours payments for the workers

Chancellor Rishi Sunak with the red Budget box

‘Make it a workers’ budget,’ UNISON urges chancellor

General secretary to call for an end to the pay freeze, real living wage for care workers and proper investment in local government

Unions hold last-ditch talks to avert Cumberland Infirmary strike

Mitie, the hospital trust and Health Management Carlisle are squabbling over who is responsible for paying 150 workers unsocial hours payments that have been missed for a decade

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Help us keep on helping our members

Branches can help There for You be there for them as the pandemic continues

Vaccinate, don’t hesitate!

UNISON’s junior vice president, James Anthony, answers questions about being vaccinated against COVID-19

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Vaccine booking system now open to frontline care workers in England

UNISON welcomes announcement that care workers who haven’t had a dose yet can make an appointment

UNISON calls for lockdown halt to non-essential water work

In a letter to the water minister, UNISON says that revised COVID-19 guidance on close contacts means the government should tell the water industry to pause some work.

UNISON urges HSE to improve COVID guidance for employers

The union is highlighting the particular risk to vulnerable workers

Remembering LGBT+ history – and those who are struggling today

LGBT+ History Month is more important than ever, as the pandemic adds to the isolation felt by many LGBT+ people as a result of their gender identity or sexuality

Help to save a piece of our industrial heritage

A former UNISON president is leading the appeal to save the home of the Durham Miners’ Association – one of the “100 irreplaceable buildings” in the UK

Staff serving school meals to pupils

Government urged to protect school meals workers

Letter from UNISON and councillors across England comes as private catering companies cut jobs, hours and nutritional standards

‘Stand up for care workers!’ is the passionate call from UNISON rally

Rally hears speakers from across the political spectrum, together with NGOs and celebrities, calling for social care to treated on a par with the NHS

UNISON voices concern at post-18 education proposals

The union sees a missed opportunity in both further and higher education to create a system placing students and staff at their heart

DfE stats reveal high level of COVID infections among school staff

Estimates put 39% of teachers and school leaders and 51% of teaching assistants and other staff are working on-site in open settings in the current lockdown