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 […]

sirona strike goes ahead

Sirona strike goes ahead as staff face losing £1200 per year

The Sirona strike goes ahead as more than 100 care workers walk out today after their employer refused to withdraw plans to cut their pay. Staff at care homes across B&NES could lose up to £1200 from their salaries if the plans for shift changes go ahead. Sirona bosses want workers to accept a half […]

cornwall council signs ethical care charter

Cornwall Council signs Ethical Care Charter

Care workers in Cornwall who look after people in their own homes are to be given more support to do their work. Cornwall Council has today signed Unison’s Ethical Care Charter which sets out a series of commitments to protect the rights of homecare workers and ensure dignity in care delivery through a consistent, well […]

No more “self appointing clique” at Bath University

UNISON has given a cautious welcome to today’s independent report into University of Bath governance, but warned that its recommendations do not go far enough. The review was triggered by outrage over pay inequality and efforts of those in senior positions to sideline and silence student and staff criticisms. UNISON agreed with the review’s conclusion that […]

Sirona care worker strike dates set as B&NES refuses to intervene

A period of rolling strike action will hit care firm Sirona throughout June after UNISON today announced the dates care workers will walk out. More than one hundred care workers will go on strike for 24 hours on 6 June, followed by a series of shorter walkouts every other day for the rest of the […]

Overwhelming support for Sirona care workers strike over pay cuts

More than 100 care workers are set to strike against Sirona’s plan for pay cuts after UNISON’s ballot today showed overwhelming (95%) support for action. The staff, working in care homes in Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton, are opposing management plans that would mean choosing between working longer hours for the same pay or seeing […]

RCHT and UNISON celebrate ODP day: the unsung heroes of hospital theatres

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) in Cornwall will be celebrating the first national ODP Day on Monday 14 May. ODPs are Allied Health Professionals whose primary role takes place behind the closed doors of the operating department. They work as members of the anaesthesia team; surgical team or; caring for patients during the immediate post anaesthetic […]

UNISON slams Plymouth care firm failing to pay workers

UNISON has branded 1st Call Home Care a disgrace after finding the Plymouth care firm failing to pay workers a month’s wages. The company, which employs around 100 staff across six care homes in Plymouth, claimed the lack of pay was “a glitch”. Despite promises to deal with the issue by the end of Friday, […]

One hundred Somerset learning disability service redundancies predicted

Over one in ten staff supporting people with learning disabilities could be made redundant in a new round of cuts announced by Discovery. The company, which runs Somerset’s learning disability service, put out a 45 day consultation on an unspecified number of redundancies. UNISON, the union representing staff affected, has warned that the length of […]

Labour Link forum 2018 report

How much can change in a year. After the concerns of spring 2017, delegates to regional forum were buoyed up by a better than expected general election for Labour and the Tory government still on the back foot. Read on for our full Labour Link forum 2018 report Reflecting this spirit and the upcoming local […]

Trade unions win reinstatement of Living Wage at University of Bath

Senior managers at the University of Bath have agreed to proposals from UNISON and other trade unions to reinstate a minimum hourly rate of £8.75 and to seek accreditation with the Living Wage Foundation. UNISON, the public service union representing the 300 staff affected, has welcomed the decision as an urgently needed first step towards addressing […]

NHS subsidiary companies costing millions

Subsidiary companies costing millions of pounds have been set up by NHS Trusts across England. Using a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, UNISON has revealed that NHS trusts are shelling-out huge amounts of money on consultants. These companies are advising trusts on setting up wholly owned subsidiaries, to which staff are then outsourced. UNISON says […]

B&NES care workers to vote on strike over Sirona pay cut

Sirona staff in UNISON will vote on strike action over changes to their pay and rotas. The changes would see around 200 care workers taking a pay cut, or having to work longer to get the same income. Bosses issued notice that unless staff accept the Sirona pay cut, they will be dismissed and re-engaged […]