Wage and sick pay reform needed in health and social care

Responding to the publication of the Health and Social Care Committee’s report on workforce burnout and resilience, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “NHS and social care staff are at breaking point. The pandemic’s taken a serious toll on their mental health, and there’s no let-up in sight. “High vacancy rates mean many are struggling […]

Abdul Rashid - Chair of Yorkshire & Humberside Black Members SOG

Race to the top

The Black Lives Matter movement has rightly focused attention on racism in all its forms. Here feature writer for UNISON Active, Ruth McGuire, assesses the barriers to promotion faced by black people in the region. You’ve heard of the “Glass Ceiling”, well allow me to introduce you to the “Snowy Peaks”. Basically it means the […]

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“Disappointing” council pay offer ignores huge Covid effort of workforce

Unions representing 750,000 council and school support staff across England, Wales and Northern Ireland today criticised the 1.5% pay offer made by the Local Government Association. GMB, Unite and UNISON submitted a joint pay claim to the local government employers in February for a 10% pay rise. This would be payable from 1 April 2021. […]

Doncaster raceday update

The Yorkshire & Humberside region of UNISON have confirmed that they won’t be sponsoring Doncaster raceday this year – but are hoping to go ahead in 2022. Watch this space!

Election time – make sure you’re ready to vote for your NEC

With democracy at the heart of everything UNISON does, general secretary stresses that voting for the next NEC ‘only takes a few minutes’

“It only takes a few minutes, so please vote.” That’s the message today from UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea, as the union approaches the start of balloting for this year’s elections to the national executive council (NEC).

Government must deliver after years of broken pledges to reform social care, says UNISON     

Commenting on a speech by health and social care secretary Matt Hancock today (Friday) to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services spring conference on social care reform, UNISON senior national officer for social care Gavin Edwards said: “There’s been no shortage of promises on social care in recent years, but the government has never delivered. […]

Workplace safety affects us all

As we approach International Workers’ Memorial Day, acting national officer for health and safety Robert Baughan looks back at a year when workplace safety took centre stage Wednesday 28 April is International Workers’ Memorial Day. This is the day when we get together to remember all those who have died through their work, and rededicate […]

No Going Back To Normal: UNISON campaign urges public to use votes to show support for public service staff

Voters are being reminded that thousands of public sector staff face a government pay freeze in a campaign launched today (Monday) by UNISON ahead of the local elections next week. Care home staff, hospital porters and teaching assistants are among key workers featured in a series of hard-hitting films that show them carrying out vital […]

International Worker’s Memorial Day: reflection and remembrance in Yorkshire and Humberside

This year for International Workers’ Memorial Day UNISON Yorkshire and Humberside thought it was important to highlight the experiences that so many of our members have gone through in the last year. Many of you have experienced loss and trauma or witnessed that of your colleagues and friends. You have also worked incredibly hard and […]