Magazine

Homecare in crisis

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Three quarters of councils continue to insist on 15-minute homecare visits for elderly and disabled people, UNISON reveals

The life and times of a low-pay parent

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With the chancellor’s U-turn on tax credits, single mum Kati Conway says she can sleep again at night – for now

 

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A positive frame of mind

Mindfulness is a meditative technique that helps us cope with everyday stress

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May The Force Be With You

Shaun McDermott is a PCSO on the community beat. His way of relaxing with the kids involves going to a galaxy far, far away…

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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.

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You’ll never walk alone with Eric

Eric Roberts looks forward to a year as the president of ‘the best union in the country’

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‘My mum has Alzheimer’s and I have haemophilia’: why homecare matters

Omar Ramadan has severe haemophilia – a disorder that impairs the body’s ability to control blood clotting – and he cares for his mother who has Alzheimer’s.

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Young people change history – here’s how

The history of young people and social movements

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The Trade Union Bill – how we campaigned for key changes

UNISON members across the UK played a part in protecting their trade union rights

Hopeful migrant workers receive training on their rights, prior to departure for construction industry jobs in the Middle East (credit: CEC, India)

“My employer ‘gave’ me to someone else”

Through its International Development Fund, UNISON is supporting efforts to protect Indian workers from exploitation when migrating to the Gulf

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‘An inconsequential little protest’

Graeme Ellis didn’t expect that a very personal gesture of protest would help pave the way for the government’s budget U-turn on cuts to disabled people

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Keeping the home fires burning

All in a day’s work for the National Grid shift control engineer

Celebrating our health heroes

National Skills Academy for Health director Candace Miller explains how it supports and celebrates healthcare support workers

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Beat the bullies

As a UNISON survey reveals rampant bullying in the police service, Maureen Le Marinel explains how she got through her own ‘awful’ experience

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The truth about the cuts

UNISON members describe how cuts to services are affecting both themselves and the people in their care

♡ UNISON: the union launched me on a learning journey

Louise Evans says the first step is the hardest, but the climb gets a little easier with each step you take

♡ UNISON: it’s helping me to help others

Jane Collier is an occupational therapist and branch education officer at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital