Care workers left high and dry by chancellor

Government money not enough to fix broken care system. Commenting on an additional £1bn for ​councils to help them fund social care ​and extra Covid responsibilities announced in the comprehensive spending review today (Wednesday), UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said:   “This is nowhere near enough to reform social care services. It will mean more misery for those who can’t access the […]

Plaudits don’t pay the bills

Regional Convenor Wendy Nichols welcomes praise for UNISON members for their courage during the crisis, but now she says they need tangible improvements in pay and conditions. These past nine months have been the most unsettling and frightening period most of us will have experienced. The trauma of dealing with coronavirus will be with us […]

Pay restraint is a ‘cruel blow’ for those working tirelessly in the pandemic, says UNISON

Responding to reports the chancellor of the exchequer is preparing to impose a pay cap on most public sector workers, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said today (Friday): “Key workers across ​all public services remain at the heart of the fight against Covid. “​Reports of pay ​restraint ​for all but frontline NHS staff would be a ​cruel body blow to ​other health, care and public service employees working tirelessly […]

Members of UNISON Hull and East Riding Health Branch campaign for an early £2k pay rise for NHS workeres

Health workers urge local MPs to back early NHS pay rise

Hundreds of health staff across the Yorkshire and Humberside area – including nurses, paramedics, cleaners, domestics and porters – are writing to the region’s 54 MPs asking them to back UNISON’s call for NHS staff to get an early pay rise in time for Christmas. Staff employed in hospitals, clinics and ambulance stations across are […]

The big vote: General secretary election 2020

On this page you can find out everything you need to know about the big vote to elect the next general secretary of UNISON. What’s it all about? The general secretary election is your chance to vote to elect the most senior person in the union. Being a member, or retired member, of UNISON entitles […]

Massive pay cuts will leave carers homeless at St Anne’s charity

More than 40 staff who work for St Anne’s, a charity, which provides homecare and residential care, are facing pay cuts of £5,000 to £8,000 a year. On October 5, the Charity intends to sack the UNISON members – who work in Bradford, Gateshead and Durham – and re-employ them on new contracts. That will […]

UNISON General Secretary Nomination

No Going Back To Normal

Thousands of key workers died during the pandemic looking after us. In the public services nurses, care workers, cleaners and more made the ultimate sacrifice to help others. This was all the more heart-breaking because for years before COVID-19, these public service workers have been undervalued, underpaid and mainly invisible. Years of neglect made the […]

Victory for UNISON! Members delighted at University of Sheffield’s U-turn on threat to fire and rehire entire staff

Members of UNISON at the University of Sheffield today celebrated after senior managers announced a dramatic U-turn by rescinding their threat to fire & rehire 8,000 members of staff. The move comes after seven weeks of campaigning from the trade union UNISON, who represent non-academic staff on campus. UNISON was angered by the issuing of […]

Care staff employed by charity threatened with £7,000 pay cut

​Around 120 care workers at charity St Anne’s face massive pay cuts, loss of annual leave and increased pension payments being imposed by managers. The front-line carers, who have worked throughout the pandemic putting their lives at risk, have been told they must sign up to the cuts by July 10 or face being sacked […]