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No mention of equality in Brexit white paper is “shocking and shameful”

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has described the government’s failure to mention equalities in the Brexit white paper as shocking and shameful at its annual women’s conference today (Thursday). Around 750 delegates are debating a range of equalities motions involving women in work at the event. Addressing the conference, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: […]

Care firms shamed are just the tip of the iceberg, says UNISON

Commenting on the 360 employers named and shamed today (Wednesday) by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for failing to pay the national minimum wage, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This list fails to shame the larger care firms who are equally guilty of denying staff a fair wage. Those in the spotlight today are just […]

There should be no open arms welcome for Donald Trump

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “There should be no open arms welcome for Donald Trump. When running for the White House he made the most appalling sexist and racist comments, and those same vile sentiments are now shaping the executive orders he’s signing as President. Protecting him from the inevitable protestors will cost millions […]

Performance figures highlight depth of NHS funding crisis, says UNISON

Responding to today’s (Thursday) NHS performance figures, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “These figures prove that extra resources for the NHS were needed months ­ if not years ­ ago. More money isn¹t the only answer but with it much of the current crisis might have been averted. “The strain on hospital budgets […]

Brewster judgement means pension schemes must look again at their rules, says UNISON

Responding to the Supreme Court ruling today (Wednesday) concerning Denise Brewster’s successful claim to her partner’s pension, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today’s judgement is good news for anyone like Denise Brewster who stood to lose out on their partner’s pension, simply because a form hadn’t been signed. “It means the Northern Ireland local […]

Derby school support staff to stage city centre ‘love-in’ as dispute with council enters its eighth month

School support staff will stage a city centre love-in today (Wednesday) to remind shoppers and workers out on their lunch breaks that the pay dispute with the council is far from over. The staff are taking action again this week over changes to their contracts imposed by councillors, which have seen teaching assistants lose up […]

Housing white paper won’t help low-paid workers, says UNISON

Responding to the publication of the government’s white paper on housing today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “For years now many people have been priced out of buying or renting in towns, cities and rural areas across the country. “This means nurses, care workers, teaching assistants and other public servants are increasingly forced to […]

UNISON responds to TUC analysis saying insecure work up by a quarter since 2011

Responding to TUC analysis published today (Tuesday) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Homecare workers are under severe pressure to provide top-notch – and often intimate – care, while building vital personal relationships with the people they care for. “But with many on zero-hours contracts, it makes it a lot likelier they won’t be regularly caring for the […]

NHS pressures to be surveyed on UNISON’s sixth annual safe staffing day

NHS staff are being urged to record nurse-to-patient ratios today (Tuesday) as hospitals face unprecedented demand, says UNISON. A snapshot of the pressures facing NHS staff will be recorded over 24 hours in UNISON’s sixth annual safe staffing survey. In addition to nurse-to-patient ratios, respondents will record any overtime worked, whether they took their breaks […]

Brexit white paper leaves us no clearer, says UNISON

Commenting on the white paper published today (Thursday) setting out the government’s Brexit plans, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “We might now have a white paper, but we’re still no clearer as to what a future outside Europe means for the employment rights that protect people at work, or for European citizens working here. […]

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Local MPs and care workers protest in Haringey calling for the fairer treatment of homecare workers

MPs and care workers are staging a protest today (Thursday) outside Haringey Civic Centre in Wood Green, calling on the council to do its bit to improve conditions for homecare staff across the borough. David Lammy and Catherine West are getting together with homecare workers to urge the London Borough of Haringey to sign and […]

Government must act as NHS student applications slump, says UNISON

Responding to the announcement that university applications for nursing and midwifery courses have fallen dramatically, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The government said replacing bursaries with loans would bring in an additional 10,000 nurses. Instead the exact opposite has happened. “With applications down nearly a quarter, ministers must accept they got this wrong […]

The government should admit employment tribunal fees were a mistake and scrap them

The government’s decision to demand a fee from anyone taking their employer to court was ill-judged, has failed to save the taxpayer money, and prevented thousands of badly treated workers from getting justice, says UNISON. The government’s long-awaited review of the impact of fees is published today (Tuesday), and shows a 70% drop in the […]

UNISON responds to National Audit Office ambulance service report

Responding to the National Audit Office report published today (Thursday) on NHS ambulance services, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “Across the entire NHS, the picture is the same. There’s simply not enough money to cope with growing demand. “The lack of investment in social care means ambulance and other NHS emergency services are […]

UNISON launches sixth annual survey into NHS safe staffing

NHS staff across the country are being asked to record nurse-to-patient ratios on their wards for UNISON’s sixth annual survey into safe staffing levels. The survey findings will provide a snapshot of conditions in hospitals for staff and patients over 24 hours on Tuesday 7 February. The NHS is currently facing unprecedented pressures and the […]

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