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 […]

UNISON stops unfair DBS charges for NHS workers

UNISON members across Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Trust (NTW) took part in a long campaign against the Trust’s plans to introduce Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) charges for staff. It is compulsory for most NHS staff to have a criminal record check using the Disclosure and Barring Service and the costs were previously met […]

Trust’s decision to halt outsourcing plans is a ‘fantastic victory’, says UNISON

Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust has reversed its decision to outsource NHS staff to a wholly owned subsidiary, UNISON has announced today (Thursday). The proposal would have seen around 600 employees, including maintenance workers, porters, housekeepers and caterers outsourced to the private company Tees Esk and Wear Valleys Estates FM Limited. UNISON voiced […]

‘Think again’ UNISON tells North East health trust over subco plans

UNISON is calling on the Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS trust to halt its plans to hand hundreds of NHS staff over to a wholly owned subsidiary company. The call came as union members made their “anger, worry and disappointment” clear in a meeting with the union and Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald. The trust’s […]

NHS Birthday Rally, Thursday 5 July 2018

Birthdays are special. This year the NHS is 70 years old and we think that’s something worth celebrating.  We are celebrating the anniversary of the creation of the NHS, the single most loved organisation in the UK and the envy of nations around the world. We are also celebrating the staff who work for the […]

Operating theatre staff celebrated with first national awareness day

An awareness day highlighting the contribution of operating department practitioners (ODPs) to patient care will take place on Monday (14 May), UNISON has announced. The first National ODP’s Day will be marked across the country with activities including operating theatre tours, bake sales, and careers talks at schools. The College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP), […]

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 […]

General election 2017 – The NHS

With the election upon us UNISON considers its 5 key demands for the NHS: Increase NHS Funding Provide decemt pay and reinstate the NHS bursary Guarantee the right to remain for EU staff Put patients firsts and half privatisation Improve the working lives of health staff On Thursday June 8th use your vote to save our […]

UNISON celebrates Operating Department Practitioners gaining Allied Health Status

UNISON, in partnership with the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP), celebrated today as all Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) move to full Allied Health Professions Status (AHP). This means for the first time that a senior officer within NHS England will represent ODPs. They will now have greater influence over NHS workforce planning, and have […]

Women’s Network AGM Supporting the NHS Rally

This Saturday saw the women’s network AGM being held with some of the best participation to date. We showed our support for the TUC campaign Heart Unions week and then joined colleagues, comrades and members of the public on the NHS march and rally which was held in Newcastle. The turnout was fantastic with an […]