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‘We will defend our members’ interests’ vows university branch

University of South Wales Group launches formal consultation on budget cuts, including possible job losses

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 […]

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Winning with UNISON

‘You don’t have to accept something when an employer is in the wrong – you can challenge it and by standing together you can win’

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 […]

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NEC elections: 5 reasons to vote

UNISON members are electing the union’s national executive council – key reasons why you should use your vote and return the ballot paper

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 […]

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Minimum wage rates increase

New minimum wage rates come into force across UK, including ‘national living wage’

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 […]

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UNISON calls for action to tackle stress epidemic in public services

Union survey of 10,000 members shows that stress is harming staff and services – but employers rarely talk about it

Blog: Safer workplaces – an impact that should never be understated

Thanks to the work of UNISON’s health and safety reps, public sector employees are less likely to suffer injury in the workplace. Tens of thousands of UK workers die every year because of their work and many more are injured. But thanks to the efforts of more than 6,000 safety reps and branch officers, UNISON members are safer.