Sheffield Hallam University Students' Union

Staff cuts to Sheffield Hallam students’ union threaten wellbeing

Redundancies facing permanent staff at Sheffield Hallam students’ union will have a major effect on students. A total of 32 full-time workers – employed by the students’ union – have been told they could lose their jobs because of plans to close the students’ union bar, café and help desk. The students’ union, which is […]

Tony (left) with nurse Matt Whale, UNISON steward at Hull Royal

A credit to UNISON

Activist Tony Smith has been dismissed by his employer after winning sick pay for 2,500 of his workmates. But Tony used a prolonged suspension from work to set up a food bank, writes Peter Carroll. When health and safety rep Tony Smith was suspended from work, he pledged to put the time to good use […]

Care workers looking after sick and elderly still not getting regular Covid tests

Care home staff across Yorkshire & Humberside are still not receiving weekly Covid tests despite government promises, according to a survey conducted by UNISON. One in ten (10%) of employees in residential care, who look after people aged over 65 and those with dementia, say they’ve not had regular swab checks. This fails to fulfil […]

Wakefield Council’s catering company victimised UNISON representative

An Employment Tribunal has ruled that the private catering company ISS UK Ltd that deliver school meals on behalf of Wakefield Council unlawfully victimised a trade union representative who was a champion of low paid workers. On the 10 December 2020 the Leeds Employment Tribunal handed down a Judgement in the case of Carol Dewrow […]

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 […]