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Homecare workers, illegal payments and when the sums just don’t add up

It used to take Judith Montgomery three and a half hours to earn two hours’ pay.

UNISON urges government to end national scandal over homecare minimum wage cheats

Failure to honour the minimum wage is endemic across the care sector as many homecare workers are unpaid for the time they travel between home visits – which can be up to a fifth of their working day, says UNISON today (Thursday). The union is urging the government to end the systematic underpayment that it […]

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Labour leadership – consultation

We are canvassing views from all UNISON members opted into the UNISON Affiliated Political Fund (APF)

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Who is your Health Hero?

Nominations are now open for the UK’s only dedicated awards scheme to celebrate the healthcare support workforce

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Time to turn the tide on hatred

Summer should be a time of warmth and light, but weather aside, there seems precious little of either quality around at the moment.

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UNISON warns against outsourcing of NHS support services staff

Staff are ‘rightly anxious’ about the implications of cost-cutting pressure on trusts

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Academy chiefs helping themselves?

Leaders of academy schools are spending taxpayers’ money

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UNISON seeking legal advice for EU migrant members 

UNISON is seeking advice from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) .

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New government must reverse the trend towards NHS privatisation

UNISON urges ministers to think again after the consultancy behind series of failed privatisations is shut down

Time to debate LGPS changes as petition hits 100,000 signatures, says UNISON

Government proposals to force the 89 local government pension funds to invest in infrastructure projects have prompted over 100,000 people to sign a petition calling for a debate in Parliament, says UNISON today (Friday). The proposals are part of the government’s attempt to create six new multi-billion pound British wealth funds. UNISON is concerned that […]

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UNISON Northern Ireland wins battle over salary payments

Union calls off strike ballot, for now, after health minister halts damaging move to monthly payments for health workers

Government to press on with decision to land student nurses with debts of more than £50,000

Responding to the announcement today (Thursday) that the government is to plough ahead with scrapping nursing bursaries and replacing them with loans and fees, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “It was clear from the start that this consultation was a sham. Ministers have simply not listened. They seem not to care that in […]

UNISON calls for end to NHS privatisation after consultancy failures

UNISON has today (Thursday) welcomed the decision by NHS England to shut the Strategic Projects Team (SPT) consultancy. The union has called on the government to learn from mistakes made by the consultants in the past, and reverse the trend towards NHS privatisation. UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The SPT has been associated […]

‘We will not see another Davey Hopper – he was a one off’

I will always remember Davey as I saw him last – with friends and allies in Durham only a few short days ago, on the platform making his case for all to hear.

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The Higher Education and Research Bill will inhibit the life chances of a generation

UNISON has written to MPs to express deep concern about the Higher Education and Research Bill, which is having its second reading in Parliament today.