Shift Working

This conference recognises that there is evidence that shows working rotating shifts, alternating and night shifts has an adverse affect on the physical, mental and social well-being of employees. Within the NHS there are many thousands of employees working these shifts and this number is rising. Conference realises that fatigue, sleeping difficulties, digestive problems, sleeping […]

Public Services

Public services can be seen as one of the last bastions of a socially collective and cohesive society; yet our Health, Education, Housing, Transport and Utilities Services are now subject to the volatility of market forces. Our Health Service was in the vanguard of public/private partnerships (PP’s) as set out under a Tory Government over […]

Blood Service Forum

Conference is pleased to note that progress made by UNISON’s Blood Service Forum is implementing its union development plans for 2003/4 and 2004/5. In particular, Conference welcomes the increase number of UNISON’s Blood Branches that have given an improved voice for union members when dealing with the employer and also within UNISON. Conference notes that […]

False Allegations

Many of us have fought for years for equality in all areas. We have had some successes, including some excellent employment laws. However, these laws can sometimes be used against us and when they are there is very little in the way of information and support. Many of our members work alone with another female/male […]

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues in the Health Service

Conference welcomes the work carried out by the Health Group on issues affecting lesbians and gay men but believes that bisexual and transgender issues have not received sufficient prominence. Conference notes, for example, that transgender health workers face particular pressures, especially when working in clinical environments (in both clinical and non-clinical posts). Conference acknowledges therefore […]


This Regional Health Committee calls for a review of SGE reporting and communications with a view to improving information available to branches.

Private Finance Initiative Not Included in Agenda for Change

Conference is concerned to learn that Private Finance Initiative employers are not included in Agenda for Change. It is well known that in many trusts a high proportion of Black and Ethnic Minority workers are employed in the PFI sector. Research has also highlighted that Black and Ethnic Minority workers are amongst the highest number […]

Race Relations (Amendment) Act and Implementation of Race Equality Schemes

Conference notes that despite the Race Relations (Amendment) Act (RRAA) and introduction of race equality schemes, employers are continuing to drag their heels and do little to implement positive action. The publication of league tables is still not transparent, in that the majority of employers are not publicising the results. The Department of Health has […]

Learning and KSF in Health

Conference is pleased to note the success of the work to create a learning culture in health branches carried out with support from Union Learning Funded projects across UNISON. To date since 2002 well over 750 learning advisers and reps* working in xx branches+ have been trained. Pilot branches in each region are trialling training […]

Work/Life Balance Organising Opportunities

Conference notes the initiatives being pursued by the various health departments to address recruitment and retention of staff, specifically around flexible working and other initiatives to enable staff to achieve a better work-life balance. UNISON has campaigned long and hard to address these issues on behalf of members and the timing of key initiatives such […]