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 […]

New policies pose a huge risk to the future of social housing

Last Friday the government confirmed that money made from the sale of council homes could go towards buying schemes, instead of building new social housing. UNISON believes that this change could divert funding away from the building of desperately needed council homes to replace those that have been sold off. Councils need flexibility and adequate […]

A proper pay rise is crucial to keep the NHS running

A pay rise of at least £2,000 is crucial to retain, reward and recruit all the NHS staff that have given so much in the past year, says UNISON. Earlier today, health workers helped UNISON present its evidence to the NHS pay review body. This includes data from a survey of 10,000 NHS staff working […]

Supreme Court sleep-in appeal decision is blow for ​everyone in social care

The judgment today by the Supreme Court that social care staff are not entitled to the national minimum wage for every hour they work​, including sleep-in shifts​, is a huge blow for thousands across the country. The union says the ruling is a major disappointment​, but that it increases pressure on the government to bring […]

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School support staff fear ‘big bang’ return’ to school is a safety risk

Workers worry measures to keep them safe aren’t up to the job

Recruitment pledges must be backed by decent wage rise if NHS is to thrive, says UNISON

Paying staff properly is a vital part of building the NHS for the future, says UNISON as it calls on the public to protest ​this evening (Thursday) about the government’s “pitiful” wage offer.

Plans to recruit more staff are not enough to protect the health system and will only have an effect if experienced staff are also encouraged to stay with a significant pay ​increase, the union says.

Let’s call the government out on pay with handclap protest, says UNISON

People are being asked to stand on their doorsteps and balconies tonight (Thursday) to slow handclap the government over its proposal for a 1% pay rise for NHS staff.

The public action – backed by UNISON, health unions and the TUC – is the latest step in the campaign to achieve fair pay for health workers who have worked tirelessly to keep the country safe, says UNISON.

Public money has been frittered away but NHS pay is a vital investment

The biggest cost for all of us will be if the government fails to invest in the NHS workforce.

Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee report into the test and trace service set up by the government, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said today (Wednesday):

“A successful test and trace programme was essential if the virus was to be controlled and further spikes prevented.