Improving Working Lives

Agenda for Change – Mental Health Services

Agenda for Change – Facility Time

Agenda for Change – Renegotiations

Agenda for Change Second Ballot

Decontamination Strategy

DECONTAMINATION STRATEGY Submitted by Eastern Regional Health Committee This conference expresses the greatest concern at the late involvement of UNISON in the “National Decontamination Strategy “ described in Health Circular HC/17/04 to branches on 10th March 2004. It appears from the information contained in the circular that decisions have already been made on future strategy […]


Currently violence against NHS staff is high and rising. Nurses are four times more likely than teachers or shop assistants to be the subject of a violent assault at work. During 2002, 115,000 incidents were reported that caused injury and distress to individuals working in the NHS. These involved problems with absence, low morale and […]

Learning and Organising in Health Branches

Conference notes the success of learning initiatives in health branches, and the productive relationship between the Culture of Learning Project and health branches. Conference recognises that the Learning agenda provides UNISON with important opportunities for branches to organise and recruit new members, in addition to other organising activities such as campaigns, representation and negotiations. Lifelong […]

NHS Treatment for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

This Conference notes: a.The deplorable statements made by health ministers with regards to the issue of so called “health tourists”; b.This included reference to failed asylum seekers and figures up to 200 million pounds were mentioned; c.This comes at a time when there are continuing attacks on asylum seekers and refugees, and that fasict organisations […]

Mobility and Mufti

This conference calls upon the SGE and National negotiators to make representation on behalf of staff who need to be mobile to carry out their work or wear mufti instead of uniforms. Current rates of remuneration date from as far back as the 1970’s, when the tax threshold was set at £8,000. For staff who […]

Recruitment and Representation of Senior Managers

This Conference is deeply concerned at the levels of membership amongst Senior Managers in Health branches. UNISON is rightly proud of being the major public sector union and in representing all grades of staff. However research shows very low levels of membership density amongst Senior Managers. We call upon the Health Group Executive to: 1.Work […]

Unsocial Hours – Early Implementers Experience

Because of the lack of job profiles a considerable amount of information from Early Implementers has been lacking, especially around unsocial hours supplements. Therefore the SGE should be clear in its communication to members about information from Early Implementers especially calculating unsocial hours payments and how their calculations can be made when an individual is […]

Student Nurse Training – Secondment Opportunity

Conference welcomes the increased opportunities in certain areas for existing staff to undertake Nurse Training as part of a secondment opportunity. This Conference believes that by utilising the skills and experience of existing health workers all of the NHS will benefit with increased recruitment and importantly retention of Nursing Staff. This Conference however notes with […]

Fast Tracking NHS Staff back to work

Conference notes that despite a wide range of positive initiatives to recruit staff there is still a shortage of staff working in the NHS. Positive recruitment initiatives only partly meet the challenging needs of the NHS. Retention of staff is equally if not more important in maintaining service delivery and continuity of staffing skills and […]

Student Nurse Recruitment Strategy

This Conference notes the impact of our student nurse recruitment strategy. This Conference also congratulates those involved in recruitment into UNISON which constantly recruits more than competitor unions. Conference notes however the competitive “market” that exists with student nurses. This Conference resolves to review the present situation with regards to student nurse recruitment and report […]