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Coming general election must be about the future of our public services, says UNISON

Commenting on the PM’s decision to call an election for June, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Theresa May promised repeatedly there’d be no general election before 2020. Here’s further proof no-one should trust a word the Prime Minister says. This is something people should bear in mind every time she makes a promise during […]

Public sector staff still bear the brunt of low pay rises, says UNISON

Responding to government figures released today (Wednesday) that show average earnings have increased by 2.2%, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Public sector staff have certainly not seen their earnings increase in many years. “Instead, their pay keeps falling behind inflation meaning nurses, care workers and town hall staff are suffering real financial hardship. It’s […]

Cancer care tender collapse highlights costly and inefficient process, says UNISON

Responding to the collapse of plans to hand a £687m contract for cancer services in Staffordshire to private companies, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The failure of this tender highlights yet again that using complicated processes to award contracts is a costly and inefficient way of delivering essential NHS services. “The time and […]

Satirical film starring Claire Sweeney highlights ‘absurdity’ of 15-minute care visits

Satirical film starring Claire Sweeney highlights ‘absurdity’ of 15-minute care visits Former Brookside actress and 60 Minute Makeover presenter Claire Sweeney features in a satire – commissioned by UNISON – highlighting the indignity suffered by thousands of elderly people because of 15-minute care visits. The two-minute video has been made to show how cutbacks are […]

Derby school support staff vote ends 10-month dispute, says UNISON

Derby school support staff have voted overwhelmingly (nine to one) to accept the council’s latest offer, ending a 10-month dispute over pay and working time, says UNISON. Derby City Council had imposed changes last June that meant staff lost up to £6,000 a year, as their contracts were reduced from 52 to 44.5 weeks. Their […]

Long-term planning essential for the future health of the NHS, says UNISON

Responding to the House of Lords report on the long term sustainability of the NHS, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The committee is right to say the NHS should be funded by the taxpayer and remain free at the point of delivery. “This is a damning but sadly accurate analysis of the state […]

Assessment scheme adds to pressure on already overstretched social workers, says UNISON

The government should scrap plans to roll out its new assessment and accreditation scheme for social workers because it will take up valuable time that could be spent helping vulnerable families, says UNISON. Over nine in ten (93 per cent) social workers who took part in a recent UNISON survey say the National Assessment and […]

Time to nominate the UK’s outstanding healthcare assistants, says UNISON

An awards scheme run by the Cavell Nurses Trust is to celebrate the work of healthcare assistants for the first time. The Jean Atkinson MBE award for outstanding healthcare assistant is being sponsored by UNISON. It recognises Jean’s work on behalf of healthcare staff over the 28 years she worked in the NHS. UNISON is […]

UNISON welcomes U-turn on NHS agency work ban

NHS Improvement has paused plans to ban health service employees from picking up extra work with agencies, following a campaign by UNISON. In a letter to UNISON head of health Christina McAnea, chief executive of NHS Improvement Jim Mackay says the ban is to be paused until further notice. In her initial letter to NHS Improvement, […]

Government should listen to MPs on social care, says UNISON

A new ‘bill of rights’ recommended today (Friday) by MPs for care workers to end low pay and high job turnover rates has been welcomed by UNISON. This key reform has been proposed by the Communities and Local Government Committee (CLG) in a report into the funding and provision of adult social care. The Committee […]

Five-year plans must have proper funding to succeed, says UNISON

Commenting on the publication of NHS England’s update on its five-year plan for the NHS, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The health service consistently delivers for patients – often in very challenging circumstances. This plan acknowledges that and the huge contribution of staff in making the NHS such a success. “Now it’s over […]

Yorkshire and East Midlands academy job cuts mean more pressure on classroom staff, unions warn

An academy chain with schools in the East Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside has announced today (Thursday) that as many as 40 support staff could face redundancy over plans to cut budgets. The David Ross Education Trust launched a consultation exercise earlier today over proposals to cut nearly £1m in funding from its 32 primary […]

Employment rights should be centre stage as Great Repeal Bill launched, says UNISON

Commenting on the publication of the Bill today (Thursday) that will see the transfer of European laws onto the the UK statute book, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The clock is ticking towards an uncertain future for anyone at work. Until now many of the laws that protect employees from unfair or unsafe treatment at the […]

NHS staff are giving 100%, but getting just 1% in return, says UNISON

Commenting on the announcement from the NHS pay review body (PRB) today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Health service employees go above and beyond caring for patients and keeping the health service running – often in very challenging circumstances. “The government insists it values them, but after endless pay freezes and wage caps, […]

Latest NHS pay award is ‘derisory’, say health unions

Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) from the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) of its proposals for 2017/18, Christina McAnea, the spokesperson for unions representing staff working in the NHS, and head of health at UNISON, said: “This deal amounts to less than £5 a week for most midwives, nurses, cleaners, paramedics, radiographers and other healthcare staff. “It’s a derisory […]

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