UNISON brokers pension breakthrough for low-paid health worke

Hundreds of outsourced porters, catering, domestic and security staff in Northumbria are to get the same pension as NHS workers after a year of negotiations, says UNISON today (Thursday). Many of the employees at private firm Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Ltd (NHFML) – a wholly owned subsidiary company set up by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation […]

Blog: Interview with UNISON President Josie Bird

For this blog Paul Riley our Digital Lead caught up with the newly elected UNISON President, Josie Bird. PR: Thanks for joining us Josie, congratulations on being elected UNISON’s President for the next 12 months, have you had a busy first week? JB: Well it actually hasn’t been that busy yet, I got home from […]

Blog: Stonewall 50 years on – Guest post by Craig and Sophie

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. A milestone in LGBT+ history when people began the fight back against societal and legislative oppression and bigotry. A lot has happened in the 50 years that have passed.  Homosexuality has been decriminalised in many countries around the world, 139 countries/states since 1969 alone. Protection from […]

Join us at Durham Miners’ Gala

The 135th Durham Miners’ Gala takes place on Saturday 13 July The Gala is the biggest Labour Movement event in Europe and this year one of the key speakers is Dave Prentis, General Secretary so we want to see a huge wave of UNISON members showing their support. UNISON members and their families are asked […]

UNISON launches pension ballot in Nothumbria NHS subsidiary

Yesterday (Monday 24 June) saw the launch of a consultative ballot for UNISON members working in Northumbria Health Facilities Management Ltd (NHFML) who are a wholly owned subsidiary company of Northumbria Healthcare NHS foundation trust.  The trust have been consulting with staff for the past 12 months on a change in pension provider to apply […]

Blog: Crisis in social care

UNISON has published the results of a survey taken by social workers. The results, while not surprising, confirm our concerns about the current state of social care. Social workers say they are no longer able to do their jobs effectively because of years of repeated cuts that have created a crisis in the sector. You […]

National Delegates Conference Newssheets

You can keep up to date on the conference latest by downloading our news sheets below. Issue 4 Friday 21 June           Issue 3 Thursday 20 June      Issue 2 Wednesday 19 June  Issue 1 Tuesday 18 June      

Get help with the cost of school uniforms

The union’s welfare charity There for You has once more set up a limited fund to help members on low incomes towards the costs of school uniform through a one-off payment of £40.

South Tees hospital workers to be balloted over industrial action

UNISON is to ask workers at South Tees Hospital Trust if they would be prepared to take industrial action in a dispute over unpaid wages. For more than a decade workers in the Trust’s sterile services unit – who clean, sterilise and repackage surgical instruments – have missed out on holiday payments due to a […]

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Pay Up Now – For Higher Education

For many years university pay has not kept up. Not kept up with the cost of your bills, the cost of your rent or mortgage – nor the pay rises awarded to Vice Chancellors. You deserve a pay rise and UNISON is campaigning for a real pay rise, that both keeps up with inflation and […]