£1 million at risk as Devon contractor reneges on deal

£1 million of taxpayers’ money at risk as contractor Optum reneges on agreement UNISON is calling upon Devon County Council to save £1m of tax payers’ money as a dispute escalates due to failings within the Council’s procurement process. At a time when Devon NHS Services face a £402m black hole by 2020 an unnecessary […]

Merger Row Masks Deep Cuts to Somerset Services

A cuts-driven restructuring plan risks the quality of council services, UNISON has today warned. With a 30% budget reduction threatened by 2020, arguments between councillors in Taunton Deane and West Somerset over whether they should merge, collaborate, or go their own way are missing the point. Transformation plans aim to introduce a call centre approach […]

UNISON campaign wins living wage at Cornwall Council

UNISON are thrilled that Cornwall Councillors voted at the full council meeting to re-instate the Living Wage Foundation pay rate for staff at the bottom of the pay structure – the majority being women.  In a joint campaign between the Trade Unions and the Labour Party, councillors were persuaded that Cornwall Council needed to continue […]

Our statement on the EU vote result

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has made the following statement: The people have spoken, and they have made a clear call for change – and a different relationship with Europe. We will be working in the coming weeks and months to hold the leave campaigners to the promises they’ve made – that there will be […]

Damning report shows need for change in NHS 111 services

Damning report shows need for change in NHS 111 services, says UNISON South West A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report rating the NHS 111 services run by South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWAST) as inadequate has been responded to by UNISON South West. UNISON South Western Ambulance branch co-secretary Chris Nelson said: “This is […]

£727m black hole for SW if UK quits EU

£727m black hole for SW if UK quits the EU, UNISON South West warns​ Leaving the EU risks £726.9 million of European funding in the South West that was recently allocated to public services, local businesses and non-profit organisations, research by UNISON has shown. Money from the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) – totalling £12.8 […]

Keep public services safe in the EU

UNISON had a stand in South Street, Dorchester last Saturday (4 June 2016) aimed at encouraging women to participate in the EU referendum and to support the UNISON remain in EU campaign. The Dorset Labour Women’s Forum had a Labour IN stand next to us. The event was very successful and we spoke to a […]

Workers’ Memorial Day marked across South West

Strong laws, strong enforcement: Workers’ Memorial Day matters in the South West, says UNISON        UNISON reps will today (28 April 2016) take part in events across the South West to commemorate those who have been injured or killed at work. This year’s Workers’ Memorial Day is themed “strong laws, strong enforcement”. UNISON is making the […]

Bristol library assistants to strike

Staff in Bristol City Council’s 27 libraries will go on strike this Thursday (28 April 2016) as a dispute over shift patterns comes to a head. Almost 100 library assistants who are members of UNISON, will be striking in an attempt to get management to reform their new shift patterns. The schedules, rolled out at […]

Low income workers urged to claim tax credits now

Across the country the one million people in low-paid jobs who have yet to apply for tax credits should hurry up and do so before it’s too late and universal credit arrives in their area, say UNISON and benefit experts Entitledto today (Monday). The two organisations have issued this urgent appeal to low-income workers because […]

Bristol libraries staff strike over shift patterns

Bristol libraries staff vote to strike over antisocial shift patterns Library assistants working for Bristol City council have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action if the cabinet does not reconsider its decision to keep all their libraries open but reduce the opening hours. Coupled with a decision to open many more libraries on Saturdays, library […]

Don’t miss out – UNISON EU consultation ends Tuesday

Spring is here! I hope you all had a relaxing Easter and even managed a few minutes of sunshine too. Across UNISON our internal consultation on the EU referendum is nearing its close. There are only a few days left for you to get your voice heard. Many of you will have had emails or […]

Tourism out of control?

A lot of people have genuine fears about immigration and especially that we have ‘lost control’ of our borders. Those who want Britain to leave the EU argue this is the only way to ‘regain control’. Most migrants to the UK are not from Europe and must comply with strict rules under the Points Based […]

Have you had your say yet?

Campaigning for the EU referendum is well and truly underway. Media coverage all seems to be all about politicians pulling stunts to outdo each other in their chance to appear on the evening news. In UNISON South West we believe that our members deserve better than theatricals. Whether the UK ends up staying in Europe […]

OSJCT derecognition battle reaches final stages

Councillors back UNISON against Order of St John Care Trust as de-recognition battle reaches final stages UNISON’s fight to stop the Order of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) from kicking it out of Gloucestershire care homes has been boosted by the support of councillors across the county. Despite campaigning by care staff in Gloucestershire, OSJCT […]