Cuts to staffing in Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust prompts staff protests

Plans by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust to impose a new administrative structure will put patient safety at risk, says UNISON today (Thursday). If the proposals go ahead specialised medical secretary roles will disappear and there will be cuts to administrative cover across the Trust. Up to 74 Band 4 posts could disappear, […]

Sirona strikers joined by Dave Prentis as five day action begins

Care workers employed by Sirona began five further days of strike action this morning (Friday) against proposed cuts to their pay. Some of the 170 staff affected joined UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis for a rally outside the Guildhall last night to try to persuade Bath and North East Somerset Council to increase the funding […]

University of Bristol and Bristol Council commit to the real Living Wage

The University of Bristol and Bristol Council have today (Thursday) announced their commitment to paying their staff the real Living Wage, which this week has risen to £9 an hour to keep pace with the cost of living. The Living Wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay for everyone over 18, calculated according […]

UNISON celebrates becoming the UK’s biggest union

UNISON is marking becoming the UK’s biggest union by launching a month of recruitment activity to reach out to every worker in the country providing public services. The union has now more than 1.3 million people in its membership who work in education, local government, the NHS, the police service and the energy sector. Members […]

There must be no hiding place for bullies in the ambulance service

There should soon be no hiding place for anyone who bullies their staff, or colleagues, at the South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS), following the publication today (Thursday) of an independent report, says UNISON. The report, based on a staff survey and interviews conducted by Professor Duncan Lewis, was jointly commissioned by UNISON and the ambulance […]

Rheumatology relocation raises concerns in Cornwall

Health unions at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT) are concerned about the impact that moving rheumatology services to Truro Health Park from the main hospital site will have on patients. UNISON has also raised concerns about the lack of engagement with the staff who provide the service who have not been asked for their […]

Sirona care workers facing pay cut or dismissal

Sirona care workers in Bath are considering further strike action after their employer Sirona rejected a counter proposal from UNISON.

Plymouth City Council signs UNISON’s ethical care charter

Plymouth City Council has become the latest local authority to sign up to UNISON’s ethical care charter today (Monday). Council leaders joined UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis to formally sign the charter at Ballard House this afternoon. The charter commits the Council to continue working with the city’s care companies to help them end zero-hours […]

Decimation of vital Getset services will leave Somerset children in crisis

Somerset’s Cabinet is meeting today, UNISON is urging councillors to take a proper look at the impact of cuts to Getset, the Council’s early intervention service. Earlier this month Somerset’s Scrutiny committee agreed  with the union that a report by the Council to justify the cuts is fundamentally flawed it its figures. The union believes that […]

UNISON demands emergency meeting to debate reckless cuts in Somerset

UNISON is calling for Somerset County Council to hold an emergency meeting to debate new cuts to services, due to be agreed by the cabinet tomorrow (Wednesday).

Outsourcing Salisbury hospital staff will create two-tier workforce

Dedicated NHS staff face being transferred to a new arms-length private company if plans by Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust go ahead, UNISON has warned.

NHS70 celebrations in Cornwall

The Health Service’s seventieth birthday will be marked on 5 July by health workers in public service union UNISON with events across Cornwall. UNISON at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske will invite staff and the public to sign a giant birthday card for the NHS. A photo with 70 people each holding up a “candle” […]

Making 2019 the year for young workers

“Research shows that you don’t join a union by the time you’re 25, you’re much less likely to join one later in life,” UNISON national young members forum chair Kendal Bromley-Bewes told delegates at the union’s national delegate conference this morning. She was introducing a motion on making 2019 the year of young workers, after […]

Sirona caught advertising below minimum wage jobs

B&NES care firm Sirona has been criticised by UNISON after it has come to light that the company is advertising at least seven roles paid less than the legal minimum wage. Job adverts on the Sirona website show an hourly rate of £7.58, but the legal minimum wage is £7.83 per hour. Any of the roles […]

Vital local services in the South West are collapsing says council staff survey

Local government spending cuts have left councils in the South West unable to meet the needs of local communities and, in some cases, are putting the public at risk. A survey, released to coincide with the union’s local government conference, reveals that eight in ten (82%) of council workers have no confidence in the future […]