Healthcare staff in Sheffield raise a thousand pounds for poppy appeal

A Sheffield health branch of UNISON has raised a thousand pounds for the Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal by giving out knitted poppies. The poppies were mainly made by matron Sue Lake, and distributed by representatives of the UNISON Sheffield Teaching Hospitals branch. For every poppy given away, the branch pledged to donate £2 to […]

People of Leeds will suffer as council plans to cut hundreds of jobs, warns UNISON

Proposals by Leeds City Council to cut hundreds of jobs would leave the city and its communities significantly worse off, UNISON says today (Wednesday). The council is planning to lose the equivalent of 750 full time positions as part of proposals to balance its budget for 2024/25. The plans also suggest closing or altering the […]

Barnsley College: an open letter to the board of governors

UNISON has written an open letter to the board of governors at Barnsley College, calling on them to help bring senior leaders at the college to the negotiating table, and help end the long-running dispute. Here is the letter in full. Dear Board of Governors, You will be aware that UNISON members working at Barnsley […]

West Yorkshire A&E workers secure thousands of pounds in back pay after rebanding, says UNISON

Healthcare workers in hospital A&E departments across Huddersfield and Halifax who have performed duties above their pay grade for years will receive thousands of pounds in back pay, UNISON says today (Wednesday). Many of the healthcare assistants working in A&E at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust have been on band 2 of the national […]

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Cash-strapped school support staff in Yorkshire and Humberside are paying for pupils’ essentials, says UNISON

School support staff across Yorkshire and Humberside are using their own money to help pay for pupils’ food and clothing, even though many are struggling to cope with the cost-of-living crisis themselves, says UNISON today (Friday). A ​ survey of more than 1,000 school workers reveals that staff – including teaching assistants, caterers and cleaners – are buying food, clothes […]

UNISON LGBT+ Conference – one week on

This year’s UNISON LGBT+ Conference may have now been and gone, but it’s just the start of some important conversations ahead of next year, with 2024 designated as UNISON’s ‘Year of LGBT+ workers’. So what did this year’s conference cover, and what can we learn as we prepare for the ‘Year of LGBT+ workers’? Here […]

Closure of Sheffield care facilities will worsen support for children with severe learning disabilities, says UNISON

Proposals to close a care unit in Sheffield supporting children from across the country with severe learning disabilities and mental health conditions must be reconsidered, UNISON says today (Wednesday). Ruby Lodge is part of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. It provides services for young people aged eight to 18, allowing them to be assessed by […]

Young Members: Five questions with… Helena Fletcher

We’re hearing from different young members across Yorkshire and Humberside throughout November, finding out what being part of UNISON means to them. It’s Helena today… Who are you? My name’s Helena Fletcher, I work in the Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Trust team, and I’m the young members officer for the UNISON Sheffield Community […]

Trans Awareness Week 2023

UNISON does not tolerate trans hate or anti-trans rhetoric. We are committed to fighting for equal treatment and protection from discrimination. This Trans Awareness Week (13-19 November 2023) we’ve brought all of UNISON’s information and useful downloads into one handy place. How to be a good trans ally Guide on Trans workers rights Model policy […]

Workers seeking pay boost will join negotiations with Yorkshire hospital trust, says UNISON

Health staff campaigning for their roles to be regraded will play a leading role in negotiations with their employer Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust, says UNISON today (Monday). Healthcare assistants have been calling for their pay to be increased to reflect a significant change in responsibilities over the past few years. Now the support staff […]