NHS staff celebrate Operating Department Practitioners Day

Hospital staff at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth celebrated Operating Department Practitioners Day today, paying tribute to an often overlooked part of the NHS team that play a vital role in keeping patients safe. An operating department practitioner (ODP) is a highly trained registered healthcare professional working in a range of critical care environments. ODPs prepare […]

Blog: Men’s mental health at work – how unions can help men to open up

It’s a bit of a cliché – the strong and silent man, the stiff upper lip. But sometimes clichés are clichés because they contain a truth. The truth here is that men often don’t talk about their mental health, or indeed their feelings at all.

99% of Mitie staff in Cornwall ready to take strike action over pay

An overwhelming majority of cleaners, porters and caterers have said they are prepared to strike after UNISON consulted members in hospitals across Cornwall.

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust staff balloted for strike action

Administrators and medical secretaries are being balloted for strike action as Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust press ahead with up to 12.5% pay cuts as part of a restructure of services. If the proposals go ahead 53 full-time equivalent posts will be lost and specialised medical secretary roles will disappear. With fewer staff […]

Blog: Go for Growth this May

At a time when union membership across the world is in decline, it’s UNISON that’s bucking the trend and standing up for more and more public service workers. As a result, we’re now the biggest union in the UK.

Blog: Today we not only mourn the dead, we also pledge to fight for the living

Today marks the day when we remember all those who died or have been seriously injured through their work. Joanne Kaye writes on International Workers’ Memorial Day. It is estimated that 50,000 die each year through their work. That equates to 140 people for every day of the year. It is relatively rare for our […]

Blog: UNISON will redouble the fight against racism

Earlier this year a Unison rep and nurse was on shift at Southmead Hospital in Bristol and discovered shocking racist graffiti, using words she hadn’t heard since the 1970s. Regional secretary Joanne Kaye writes from South West TUC’s annual conference at Croyde Bay. The nurse was so shaken and distressed by this she had to […]

Environment Agency staff back industrial action over pay

Workers at the Environment Agency are to take industrial action after a below-inflation pay rise was forced on staff earlier this year, UNISON said today (Thursday). Staff overwhelmingly backed industrial action in their demand for a fairer offer than the 1.3% rise they were given back in January.  More than 85% of votes cast supported taking action, which includes stopping […]

It’s Mitie unfair – lowest paid staff ignored while supervisors receive pay award

Mitie, the private contractor for hotel services in the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, has given 14 supervisors a pay award while continuing to ignore the lowest paid staff. Since transferring to Mitie four years ago there has been no cost of living pay increase for porters, cleaners and catering staff working at the hospitals in […]

Special needs teaching assistant receives compensation after student assault

A special needs teaching assistant from Plymouth who was assaulted after being threatened by a student on multiple occasions has received compensation, with help from UNISON and Thompsons Solicitors.

Immigration advice as Brexit approaches

If you’re a member and worried about your status after the UK’s scheduled departure from the European Union, we can help.

Exeter Health Workers Stand up for Women

Hospital staff in the Royal Devon & Exeter UNISON branch marked International Women’s Day last week by pledging to help tackle period poverty and support survivors of domestic violence. The branch committee, which represents over 1,600 health care staff in Exeter, unanimously backed a proposal to support and promote the work of Comfort Exeter and […]

Pay rise deadlock between Mitie and Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust leaves hospital staff angry and frustrated, says UNISON

Cleaners, porters and catering staff in Truro who are employed by private contractor Mitie are demanding the same pay rise as that given to their NHS colleagues last year, says UNISON.

Environment Agency staff vote on strike action over pay

The threat of industrial action is looming at the Environment Agency after it decided to force a below inflation pay rise on its 10,000 staff earlier this year.

Blog: Happy International Women’s Day!

It’s always a huge source of pride to me that UNISON is the largest women’s organisation in the UK. Regional secretary Joanne Kaye writes on International Women’s Day 2019. With over a million women members, we have the strongest voice on issues like the gender pay gap, sexual harassment, part time working and domestic abuse. Our […]