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Public sector recruitment hovers on the brink of crisis, warns UNISON

A new report from the Institute for Financial Studies’ (IFS) released today (Friday) on plans for public sector pay highlights problems keeping experienced and skilled staff. The report – which compares plans from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives – highlights the emerging pressure of recruitment in public services as a result of the […]

UNISON comment on Conservative social care plans

Commenting on the social care announcement that is part of the wider Conservative manifesto launch, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today’s social care announcement reveals what Theresa May’s Britain would be like. It threatens a further demolition of the welfare state, which would leave all but the very poorest forced to cough up for […]

UNISON on Labour’s manifesto

Commenting on the publication of the Labour Party’s 2017 manifesto today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Labour has produced a manifesto that delivers for public services. Ending the pay cap will make a huge difference for hard-pressed public sector employees. Proper investment in the NHS and social care will have a huge impact […]

Ministers must act to counter malware attack on hospitals, says UNISON

Commenting on the malware attack today (Friday) on the NHS, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Staff are already facing huge challenges to keep the health service running and deliver the best care for patients. “This senseless cyber attack will make their jobs even harder. The government must take urgent action to get hospitals up and running […]

UK’s largest academy trust’s caretaker cuts pose serious risk to pupils, say unions

Some schools face losing 50% of caretaking staff under an academy chain’s ‘controversial’ plans released today (Tuesday). Education unions have issued a warning over plans by London-based Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) to slash £1.4 million from its schools’ estates budgets. Under the plan AET is proposing to cut the number of buildings and estates staff in […]

UNISON backs NHS leaders’ call to end pay cap

In response to NHS Providers calling for an end to pay restraint for staff, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Action is needed now to stop staff leaving the NHS. Hospitals will struggle to keep skilled workers unless they’re rewarded with a decent wage rise and soon. “It’s patients who will suffer unless there are […]

Scrapping unfair parking charges ‘is the right thing to do’, says UNISON

Welcoming the Labour Party’s pledge to end hospital parking charges for patients, visitors and NHS staff, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The cost of hospital parking is heaping excessive financial pressure on health employees who’ve gone for years without a decent pay rise. “Extortionate parking costs are bad enough, but NHS staff are also […]

Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary signs recognition agreement with Chief Exec of UK's biggest housing association, Clarion

New staff agreement at the UK’s largest housing association

An agreement has been signed today (Thursday) by Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest housing association and UNISON, the UK’s largest union. It will allow the union to negotiate over pay and other benefits on behalf of staff. The agreement, which was signed by UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis and Clarion chief executive officer Keith […]

Unions issue final warning to school academy chain over cutbacks

An academy chain with schools in the East Midlands and Yorkshire & Humberside is facing possible action from eight education unions over plans to axe support staff. The unions – representing headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants and school support staff – have issued the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) with a final warning after the failure […]

Labour’s plan promises to transform workplace rights, says UNISON

Commenting on the Labour Party’s 20-point plan for the workplace, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Labour’s plan promises to transform employees’ rights. These proposals will change the lives of millions of working people for thebetter. “Ending the one per cent pay cap would make such a hugedifference to the lives of thousands of nurses, […]

Government guarantees might help reassure NHS and care workforces, says UNISON

Commenting on the report published today (Friday) by the Health Select Committee into the impact of Brexit upon health and social care in the UK, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Brexit vote has plunged the NHS and social care into deeply uncertain times. The government’s reluctance to grant EU nationals working in our […]

UNISON calling on Lords to protect NHS bursaries for student nurses

Today’s debate in the House of Lords is the last chance to ensure the NHS can continue to support and recruit student nurses. UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “Thousands of current senior NHS nurses have benefitted from the NHS bursary and the risk of losing it would simply end up costing lives. Many […]

UNISON launches ad campaign to promote public services champions

UNISON has today (Wednesday) launched an advertising campaign to show the positive impact of public sector workers, while also highlighting their struggles as a result of cuts to public spending. The campaign, called Public Service Champions, was developed by the Good Agency and is made of a series of six adverts showing an employee and […]

Hospital staff paying ‘extortionate’ charges to park at work, says UNISON

Some hospitals are charging NHS staff, including low-waged nurses and porters, ‘extortionate’ fees of nearly £100 a month to park, says UNISON today (Wednesday). The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the top chargers with full-time staff paying £85.38 a month to park at the Royal Free Hospital site. Others include the […]

Jon Ashworth, Shadow health secretary

UNISON responds to Labour’s pledge for NHS staff

Photo: Jon Ashworth, shadow health secretary. Photo: Jenny Harvey – @Jenksy Responding to Labour’s NHS election pledge, announced by shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth (Wednesday) in Liverpool – at UNISON’s annual health conference – UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “NHS staff give one hundred per cent day in, day out with many doing life-saving work. […]

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