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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. […]

UNISON says A & E minimum staffing levels vital for patient care

Commenting on the leaked NICE report on staffing levels in accident and emergency departments, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “This comes as no surprise. UNISON has long argued the benefits for minimum staffing levels, including those in casualty departments. “The fact that someone had to leak the information brings government transparency on these issues […]

Police staff will be pleased with new powers, less so that volunteer colleagues will get the same

Extra powers for police staff that will help them be more effective in their jobs in the fight against crime are good news for local communities and bad news for criminals, says UNISON today (Wednesday). But while welcoming the Home Office announcement about new powers for police staff, UNISON has voiced concern over government plans […]

Schools need clear lines of accountability says UNISON

Commenting on the education select committee report on the role of regional schools commissioners, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “UNISON has long said that the removal of school provision, planning and support from local government creates a multitude of problems. “Today’s report makes clear that the committee has serious concerns about the performance of […]

Plans to axe NHS bursary “foolish, petty and self-defeating”, says UNISON

The Chancellor’s plans to axe the nursing bursary must surely rank as one of “the most foolish, petty and self-defeating cuts” proposed by the government, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis will say later today (Wednesday) at a special summit London of student nurses. Taking place at the union’s headquarters in Euston, the event brings together […]

Plans for reform of the courts could deny workers justice, says UNISON

Possible government plans to make employment tribunals part of the civil courts system, and for online courts to hear claims up to £25,000, would make it extremely difficult for workers wronged by their employers to get justice, warns UNISON. The proposals are among a number of ideas set out in an interim report from Lord […]

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