Milburn on Foundation Hospitals – UNISON Urge’s MPs to Rebel

Foundation hospital status is a diversion from delivering improvements to the whole of the NHS and should be opposed, UNISON today urged all Labour MPs.

Prime Minister’s Speech – UNISON Reaction

UNISON Head of Health, Karen Jennings, accused the Prime Minister of scaremongering by claiming that the only choice was to go for foundation hospitals.

Local government employers approach to pay is ‘dangerous and dated’: UNISON

UNISON, the UK’s largest trade union, today described as “dangerous and dated” the local government employers’ submission to the Local Government Pay Commission, warning that it doomed low paid women to even lower pay.

Prime Minister is wrong on PFI: UNISON

The Prime Minister is mistaken if he thinks the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) is the solution to public service reform, UNISON, the UK’s biggest union said today.

Attacks on NHS Staff – UNISON Backs Twin Track Approach – Zero Tolerance and Tougher Penalties


Regional pay and local government – UNISON reaction


Budget Reaction – Regional Pay

UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis, said:

“While improved regional statistics are welcome to aid the case for pay supplements in high cost areas, we would not be happy with a move towards regional pay and will be watching developments closely. Extra pay in one part of the country cannot be at the expense of others.

Brown’s Poverty-Busting Budget puts People and Public Services First

UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis, reacting to the Budget, said:

“We are delighted the Chancellor has stuck to his guns and continued to put public services first. This budget will boost confidence in the Government’s ability to deliver the world class schools and hospitals they promised the electorate. And it will boost morale amongst workers.

UNISON Conference Back Carillion Strikers

Anger boiled over today at UNISON

UNISON’S Conference Decision on Agenda for Change

Delegates at UNISON’s National Health Conference in Harrogate, today voted overwhelmingly in favour of recommending that Agenda for Change be implemented in 12 development sites across England.

Pressure Mounts on Government Plans for Foundation Hospitals

UNISON, the UK’s biggest union representing over 450,000 health workers, today voted to pile pressure on the Government, over its controversial plans to bring in foundation trusts.

UNISON Calls for 50% Tax Rate to Fund Public Services

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today called on the Chancellor to introduce a tax rate of 50% on income above £100,000 to sustain investment in our public services and to tackle poverty pay and pensions.

“PFI Hospitals Fail Patients and Staff” – Speaking Out in UNISON Against PFI

“The hospital seems to be continually in a beds crisis” – stroke nurse, Norfolk “the doors cost as much as £1,000 each, and are an accident waiting to happen” – UNISON rep Worcester “this building is not going to last”; “it’s cheap and nasty” engineering services worker, Hereford; “whoever heard of a kitchen without windows?” Norfolk and Norwich catering worker; “the path lab flooded three times in 18 months, twice with raw sewerage” UNISON, convenor – Carlisle

Bands Line Up Against Racism

Alabama 3 heads the line up of bands at Manchester Apollo on 26 April supporting the UK’s largest union UNISON, in conjunction with the TUC, in its Unite Against Racism campaign. Tickets prices have been pegged at £6. Doors open 7pm, concert starts 8pm. The line up includes:

UNISON Gives MPs 7 Reasons to Oppose Foundation Trusts

As opposition to the setting up of foundation trusts mounts, UNISON the UK’s largest health union, is today giving MPs seven reasons why they should oppose them. 129 MPs have already signed an early day motion critical of government plans to introduce foundation hospitals, which would and introduce damaging competition and create a two-tier NHS.