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UNISON and Napo probation workers in day of protest over pay

Ministers bailed out the failing privatised companies to the tune of £342m. Yet they can’t find a penny to increase pay for probation staff.

Two new senior appointments at UNISON

Margaret Thomas and Emilie Oldknow are to become assistant general secretaries

UNISON responds to NAO report on Capita and NHS England 

UNISON highlighted the huge risks in these ambitious plans from the outset.

Operating theatre staff celebrated with first national awareness day

An awareness day highlighting the contribution of operating department practitioners (ODPs) to patient care will take place on Monday (14 May), UNISON has announced. The first National ODP’s Day will be marked across the country with activities including operating theatre tours, bake sales, and careers talks at schools. The College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP), […]

UNISON comment on NHS staff handing patients’ data to the Home Office

Health staff will be relieved to know they no longer have to act as immigration officers on the wards.

Adult social care has no funding, no strategy and no long-term solutions, says UNISON

UNISON responds to the Public Accounts Committee report

UNISON responds to Lord Darzi’s interim report on NHS funding

Responding to the interim report published today (Wednesday) by Lord Darzi and the IPPR, on the unprecedented challenges facing the NHS and social care, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Without substantial extra funding every year, the NHS and social care system will be damaged beyond repair. “The UK won’t have thriving health and […]

Nurse and midwife numbers dragged down by Brexit effect

Brexit has made many European nationals feel decidedly unwelcome

Court of Appeal pay victory for Nottingham City Council employees

Nottingham City Council was wrong to deny several hundred of its employees the right to incremental pay increases with effect from April 2011, says a judgment handed down at the Court of Appeal. The local authority workers, backed by their union UNISON, successfully challenged the Council’s 2011 decision to stop them receiving pay rises as […]

Labour’s housing plans give millions priced out of housing real hope, says UNISON

Thursday 19 April 2018 For immediate release Commenting on Labour’s plans to build a million ‘genuinely affordable’ properties over 10 years, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s great to see Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party taking the housing crisis so seriously. “A million genuinely affordable homes would be a good start to fixing our broken […]

Overworked healthcare assistants not given proper training or supervision

Healthcare assistants (HCAs) are being expected to do the work of nurses without adequate training or proper supervision, according to survey results published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. Nearly two thirds (63%) say they are being left to care for patients without enough support from doctors and nurses. The impact is that almost two in five […]

Employers in the care sector are hiding behind complex and incomplete pay slips to break wage laws

At least 200,000 care workers in the UK are only being paid for the time they spend caring for people, and not for when they are travelling between appointments

Steep rise in reported assaults against NHS staff, says UNISON

Last year in England physical assaults on NHS staff rose by nearly 10% compared to 2015/16, according to new figures published today (Tuesday) by UNISON and HSJ. The figures were obtained following a Freedom of Information (FoI) request – submitted by HSJ working on behalf of UNISON – to all the 244 NHS trusts in […]

Government must cease its threats to the Windrush generation

Commenting on the news today (Monday) that the Prime Minister is to meet Commonwealth leaders later this week to discuss the immigration problems of individuals who came to Britain as part of the Windrush generation, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Windrush generation served us all and made our country a better place. But […]

70 years of the NHS, 25 years of UNISON

Dave Prentis opens UNISON’s annual health conference

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