“PFI Hospitals Fail Patients and Staff” – Speaking Out in UNISON Against PFI

“The hospital seems to be continually in a beds crisis” – stroke nurse, Norfolk “the doors cost as much as £1,000 each, and are an accident waiting to happen” – UNISON rep Worcester “this building is not going to last”; “it’s cheap and nasty” engineering services worker, Hereford; “whoever heard of a kitchen without windows?” Norfolk and Norwich catering worker; “the path lab flooded three times in 18 months, twice with raw sewerage” UNISON, convenor – Carlisle

Bands Line Up Against Racism

Alabama 3 heads the line up of bands at Manchester Apollo on 26 April supporting the UK’s largest union UNISON, in conjunction with the TUC, in its Unite Against Racism campaign. Tickets prices have been pegged at £6. Doors open 7pm, concert starts 8pm. The line up includes:

UNISON Gives MPs 7 Reasons to Oppose Foundation Trusts

As opposition to the setting up of foundation trusts mounts, UNISON the UK’s largest health union, is today giving MPs seven reasons why they should oppose them. 129 MPs have already signed an early day motion critical of government plans to introduce foundation hospitals, which would and introduce damaging competition and create a two-tier NHS.

National Audit Office Report on Violence in the NHS

UNISON, the union representing over 460,000 health workers, today called for more anti-violence measures, following the publication of a National Audit Office Report* into violence and aggression in the NHS.

“Foundation Trusts Sound Death Knell of NHS” Warns UNISON

“Foundation hospitals will lead to increased privatisation, higher costs and damaging competition in the NHS”. This is the hard hitting message that Dave Prentis General Secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union, will deliver to a TUC Conference on Public Services in Nottingham Friday (21 March).

Commenting on the increase in the minimum wage Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary said:

Proposed Increase to Minimum Wage

“We welcome the above inflation rise but I defy anyone in Government to to try to make ends meet on £4.50 an hour. Because the increase comes from such a low base, it still falls far short of UNISON’s £6 an hour living wage target. This is the minimum that research shows you need just to buy the basics.

UNISON Chief Urges More MP’s to Rebel Against Foundation Hospitals

UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, today urged all Labour MPs to sign up to an Early Day Motion critical of Foundation Hospitals. So far 121MPs have signed the motion. He said:

UNISON Calls for Independent Inquiry Following Reports of Sexual Abuse at Broadmoor Hospital


Foundation hospitals will lead to health care lottery

UNISON today (5 March) published a comprehensive critique of Foundation Hospitals which concludes

UNISON seeks UK’s biggest equal pay claim for teaching assistants in Lancashire


Angry Voices Reveal Truth About New Cumberland Infirmary

Energy White Paper

UNISON Deputy General Secretary, Keith Sonnet, reacting to the publication of the Energy White Paper, said:

UNISON seeks nominations for community citizen of the year


Foundation Hospitals Carry Public Health Warning

Foundation Hospitals will drive the private sector deep into the heart of the NHS warned UNISON, the UK