KSF – Helping Members to Access Learning

This Conference notes that the Knowledge & Skills Framework will give all NHS staff employed on Agenda for Change terms and conditions, a contractual right to learning and development opportunities in their work. Under the KSF, every staff member will have an annual Development Review meeting with their line manager and jointly agree arrangements whereby […]


Conference welcomes the recent UNISON research looking at local workplace organisation and membership growth since the launch of the organising agenda in 1997, and how we can improve on them. Conference notes the research findings that a critical mass of stewards who have held office for four or more years have not been exposed to […]

KSF – Promoting Learning and Building the Union

With the implementation of the NHS Knowledge & Skills Framework, Conference expects a rapid expansion of learning activities among NHS staff, keen to take advantage of the learning and development opportunities offered by the KSF. Conference notes UNISON’s continuing success in its work to create a culture of lifelong learning in health branches, carried out […]

Maternity Rights for Students

This conference congratulates trainee midwives Clare Fletcher and Tracey Parkes as women trailblazers who decided to stand up and be counted in order to win improvements in maternity rights that will benefit many others. This conference also applauds UNISON for its committed support of their case, and its determination to follow it through with high-profile […]

Health and the Community & Voluntary Sector

Conference notes the important historical role the community and voluntary sector has provided in shaping public services – not as an alternative for directly-employed public sector workers, but as an innovator, working with the NHS and campaigning for new ideas and ways of working. In the last five years, since the 2000 National Delegate Conference […]

Hospital Cleaning/infection/MRSA

Since the contracting out of Cleaning/Domestic Services/Housekeeping/Facilities to PFI this conference notes the extent of media coverage into Hospital Acquired Infections/MRSA. Television documentaries and newspapers have reported widely on the problems associated with MRSA and bed shortages, excessive movement of patients, rapid throughput and high levels of bed occupancy to meet performance targets, lack of […]


Conference notes that a major achievement of the Pensions Review was the removal of discrimination against unmarried same sex partners and addressing past injustices such as post retirement marriage. The deeply unpopular raising of normal pension age to 65 (NPA65) which was detailed which was detailed in the Review Document predicted the financial package as […]

Agenda for Change and Black Workers

Conference notes that with Agenda for Change now implemented it will have a profound effect on low-paid black workers. Black workers already represent a high proportion of the low paid sector. With Agenda for Change and the implementation of the Knowledge and Skills Framework, many black members are likely to be disadvantaged in being able […]