Make the NHS a living wage employer says UNISON

Poverty pay should have no place in the NHS.

The government needs to address the impact of scrapping the nursing bursary

Responding to the government’s announcement today (Tuesday) that it will increase the number of training places for nurses, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “It’s about time the government addressed the impact of their decision to scrap the nursing bursary. Young people have been put off training to become nurses because of this shortsighted policy. “UNISON […]

All NHS staff need a pay rise that’s above inflation, say health unions

NHS unions are today (Friday) breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK. In a letter to the Chancellor, 14 health unions including UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, […]

UNISON welcomes government’s U-turn on selling off NHS Professionals

Commenting on the news that the government has backtracked over the selling off of NHS Professionals, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The government has at last seen sense. NHS Professionals is an organisation that saves the health service money and ensures there are enough staff on wards. “But despite many warnings, ministers have once again […]

All public sector employees need a decent pay rise, says UNISON

Midwives, healthcare assistants and hospital porters who belong to UNISON are joining their nursing colleagues demonstrating in Parliament Square today (Wednesday) over the government’s refusal to lift the pay cap. Commenting on the Royal College of Nursing’s protest UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Faced with an exodus of staff across the NHS, ministers’ justification for […]

The government must restore the NHS Pay Review Body’s independence, says UNISON

UNISON is today (Thursday) calling on the government to lift the restrictions and give the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) an open remit so it can be truly independent after ‘shameful’ vote to keep the pay cap. Government MPs missed the opportunity to award a long overdue pay rise to public sector workers including paramedics, […]