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Government cuts are denying women access to justice, says UNISON

Women are being hit hardest by government cuts and by changes that restrict access to justice, Dave Prentis tells women’s conference

UNISON condemns imposition of contract on junior doctors

Responding to the announcement today (Thursday) that the government is to impose a new contract on junior doctors, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is a cynical move by Jeremy Hunt and is a disaster for NHS industrial relations. It’s also proof that the government regards the views of hardworking NHS staff as worthless. […]

Female police staff more likely to be bullied at work than male colleagues

More than two thirds (67 per cent) of female police staff say bullying is a problem at work, and almost three quarters (72 per cent) are not confident that their force will deal fairly with any complaints of bullying, according to a new UNISON survey released today (Friday). The survey of 1,000 police staff – to be […]

UNISON says junior doctors have its full support

Commenting on the second day of strike action by junior doctors over threatened cuts to the pay they get for working at weekends and at nights, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Jeremy Hunt has singlehandedly managed to publically alienate vital medical professionals who now feel they have no choice but to take strike action […]

Violence against health workers unacceptable, says UNISON

Commenting on new research published today (Monday) by the TUC that says health employees are the most likely to experience violence at work, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “Sadly these figures confirm the evidence from the NHS itself that the level of violence against medical and health care workers is unacceptably high. “It’s especially […]

UNISON warns outsourcing will not solve NHS financial problems

Responding to the Carter Review on NHS operational productivity UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “Of course every effort should be made to cut waste and inefficiency in the NHS and to make economies of scale where possible. “Repealing the Health and Social Care Act would be a good first step. The legislation has not […]

Staff to strike in further education colleges on 24 February

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) and UNISON in further education colleges in England will be taking strike action on Wednesday 24 February in a row over pay.

Suspension of planned privatisation of cancer services in Staffs

The news today (Tuesday) that the threatened privatisation of NHS cancer services in Staffordshire has been put on hold has been welcomed by UNISON. But the union is urging health bosses to drop the plans completely. Last month UNISON wrote to the body that oversees the tendering and awarding of NHS contracts – the Staffordshire clinical […]

UNISON disappointed by job cuts at British Gas

Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) that 500 jobs are to go at British Gas, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said:  “It is disappointing that British Gas are cutting yet more jobs around the country. This comes at a very uncertain time for those working for the company. It is important that the business now […]

Councils still insisting on 15 minute homecare visits

Three quarters (74 per cent) of local authorities in England are still limiting homecare visits for their elderly, ill and disabled residents to just 15 minutes, says UNISON in a report. The report – entitled Suffering Alone at Home – is based on an online survey of 1,100 homecare workers and data obtained from a Freedom of […]

UNISON says new nursing role is no solution to the nursing shortage

Government plans to introduce a new role of nursing associate must provide genuine opportunities to enhance the role of health care assistants (HCAs) but will not solve the fundamental problem of nursing shortages, says UNISON today (Thursday). UNISON has long campaigned for better training and qualifications for HCAs and for better development of the existing […]

Pension funds, not ministers should decide where to invest their members’ money

Local government pension funds must be able to decide where to invest their money in the best interests of present and future pensioners, and should not have their investment decisions dictated by the government, says UNISON today (Thursday). Ministers have drawn up plans to enable the 89 funds that make up the local government pension […]

Emergency control room mergers are only about cost-cutting, says UNISON

Government plans, which could see the merger of the control rooms that take 999 calls for the three emergency services in England, are purely and simply about cutting costs and will do nothing to improve services to the public, says UNISON today (Tuesday). UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “The last thing that the dedicated […]

Together we can defeat the scourge of racism says UNISON

Speaking at the UNISON black members conference in North Wales, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “The first responsibility of any union wanting to challenge racism must be to take it on in the workplace. Then we have to challenge it in our economy. “In these tough times it’s more important than ever not to […]

Action for Children unions ballot for industrial action in pay dispute

High-handed action by bosses over pay at the charity Action for Children has prompted Unite and UNISON to ballot their members for industrial action. The unions said that management intends to impose a one per cent pay award for 2015/16, with no cost of living rise for 40 per cent of the 5,000 strong workforce. […]

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