Stop the Spread

Last year social care workers across the South West were contacted to ask what you wanted to change at work. Hundreds of replies were received, and the top priority was winning full pay when off sick, shielding or isolating with COVID. Since then, care workers in UNISON have been working together to make this a […]

Stars in our Schools

UNISON is celebrating Stars in our Schools on Friday 26 November 2021 and we need your help. Do you know a teaching assistant, lunch time supervisor, receptionist or anyone from the school support staff team who deserves recognition this year?

Care Worker Safety Charter

UNISON has outlined a basic standard of worker safety that we would like to see all care providers adopting, as a minimum, during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Are you a shielded worker on reduced pay?

UNISON has sought legal advice in terms of potential claims of discrimination arising from disability.

Our legal advice states that requiring a disabled worker who would ordinarily be capable of working to stay at home on reduced pay (because they are shielding on government advice) could amount to unfavourable treatment. 

Youth Charter

UNISON Young Members have developed five key employer pledges that we believe will make a real difference to our quality of life.

It’s mitie unfair – Mitie staff deserve a pay rise too!

Mitie is the private company that Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust contract to provide a number of essential services within its hospitals. Mitie employees are a vital part of the hospital team.  They include cleaners, porters, catering staff, ward hosts, security staff, laundry staff, switchboard operators, the waste team and others.  They work closely alongside their […]

Respect our Porters

Porters at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have notified the Trust that they are taking further action from 6pm on Friday 3rd November until 6am on Monday 6th November 2017. Alan Doyle & Greg Ticehurst are the UNISON Representatives from the department and explain the issue below: “We are in dispute because […]

Discovery Somerset

If you work or have worked for Discovery in Somerset, you could be entitled to a share of the financial settlement UNISON secured for members in September 2019.

Year of Young Workers

Millennials: Avocados, flat whites and Instagram – right? Not quite. The hipster characterisation masks a much starker reality for the houseless generation. Most young workers are contending with low wages, insecure jobs and no voice at work. This is why UNISON has voted to make 2019 the year of young workers.

Environment Agency Pay

UNISON is asking Environment Agency staff whether they would be prepared take industrial action to try to win a better wage rise than the 1.3% that’s been imposed on them. Since 2010 staff have faced a 20% real-terms pay cut. UNISON says staff working for the agency are understandably angry, especially as the increase is way […]

❤ Unions Week

♡ unions week is a national event organised by the TUC that many of you will have taken part in over the past three years and it’s back for 2019!

Care not Cost in Somerset LDS

Care not cost

Save Somerset’s much-valued learning disability service from a cuts package that will hit standards of care

Care for carers – support the Sirona workers strike!

Care workers in residential and extra care employed by Sirona across Bath & North East Somerset are taking further action to protect their pay! Care staff have been told by Sirona management to accept a thirty minute “unpaid break” into most shifts. Most of the workers earn just above the minimum wage and can’t afford […]

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Pay Up Now for the South West

It’s time public sector workers got a pay rise. Since 2010, dedicated staff have endured a pay freeze, and then a 1% cap. We’re calling on the government to Pay Up Now for the South West! Public sector salaries haven’t even nearly kept up with the cost of living, putting the squeeze on family budgets […]

NHS subsidiary companies

One team in one NHS – stop NHS subsidiary companies

NHS staff are proud to be part of one team working for an organisations with a common purpose. But NHS subsidiary companies threaten to divide the health service into little boxes. UNISON is campaigning to keep our health service united. What are NHS subsidiary companies? “Subcos” as they are sometimes called, are independent organisations that […]