Proposed NHS pay agreement to benefit more than a million staff across England

Over a million hospital porters, 999 call handlers, healthcare assistants, nurses, midwives and other NHS staff across England are being offered long overdue pay rises of between 6.5 and 29% over the next three years, say health unions today (Wednesday). Under the proposed agreement – reached after months of negotiation between the unions, NHS employers and the government – hospital […]

International Women’s Day

Today UNISON Northern is celebrating International women’s day and recognising the amazing role of women in our union. International women’s day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We want to remember the women whose stories are rarely told. Stories like that of Emma Paterson (nee- Smith) 1848-1886 […]

Hartlepool College of Further Education, the number one apprenticeship provider in the North of England has signed up to the UNISON Apprenticeship Charter, promising correct pay and high-quality training to every one of its apprentices. The charter, which is put in place by the UKs second largest trade union, UNISON, aims to protect the rights […]

Dying to Work

UNISON was delighted to attend along with FBU and TUC representatives to sign the Dying to Work Charter with Cleveland Fire Brigade. The charter sets out an agreed way in which workers will be supported, protected and guided throughout their employment should they suffer the misfortune of receiving a terminal diagnosis. Councillor Jan Brunton-Dobson, Chairperson […]

Apprentices in UNISON with Redcar and Cleveland Council

The North East has been hit hard by austerity cuts and closures of traditional industries such as the Redcar Steelworks. As a result, working people have found it much harder to find decent, well-paid jobs with a guarantee of ongoing training and career development. UNISON has, therefore, been delighted to sign a Local Apprenticeship Agreement […]

Carillion’s collapse is terrible for staff and the taxpayer, says UNISON

Responding to today’s (Monday) news that Carillion has gone into liquidation, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is a terrible time for the thousands of people employed under Carillion contracts right across the public sector. “Staff need assurances about whether they have a job, who will pay their wages, and what’s going to happen to their […]

Huntercombe Pay & Grading Ballot Result

UNISON members have voted to accept the Huntercombe 2017 Pay and grading scheme. Voting in the ballot was as follows: Voting to Accept 63.4% Voting to Reject 36.6% Members in GMB and RCN have also voted in favour of the new pay and grading scheme and Huntercombe management have been notified that the joint trade […]

Lobby the Chancellor to fund a decent pay rise

We want members to urgently email the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, and call on him to use the local government finance settlement – likely to be this Thursday – to stop the cuts and fund local government adequately, so that councils can fund the LGA’s offer and protect jobs and services.  The £632 million cost of the pay […]

Chair of UNISON Northern women’s network elected as chair of  Northern TUC women’s group;

Congratulations to Pat Heron the Northern region women’s network chair who was elected as the Northern TUC women’s group Chair. Pat is an avid spokesperson for women and will do an excellent job at ensuring Northern women in the trade union movement and UNISON women’s voice’s are heard and represented Well done Pat!

Organising Apprentices in UNISON

UNISON Northern Region was very pleased to host training and a planning workshop on the topic of the Apprenticeship Levy. Any employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year must pay the apprenticeship levy which is calculated at 0.5% of the annual pay bill. Employers can use this levy to fund apprenticeships and […]