Mitie staff in Cornwall could consider strike action over pay

Porters, cleaners and catering staff working for Mitie at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust are hoping 2019 is the year they receive a pay rise.

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Croyde Bay break raises hundreds for UNISON’s There For You charity

A three night break at Croyde Bay has raised £229.70 for UNISON’s There For You charity following a raffle at UNISON’s Get Active event in Taunton.

University of Bath accredited as a Living Wage employer

Following partnership working with UNISON, University of Bath can today call itself a Living Wage employer with accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation. This means the university will pay at least the voluntary Living Wage of £9 an hour to all staff. This will positively affect more than 300 employees and will be implemented in […]

Branch Secretary of Ambulance Branch scoops ‘Organising Rep of the Year’ award

The Branch Secretary of one of the biggest Branches in the South West won the Eric Roberts Organising Rep of the Year award at last nights Get Active 2019. Chris Nelson has led the South Western Ambulance and Allied Helath Branch for several years and in 2018 he spearheaded a campaign against bullying in the ambulance […]

Apprentices acknowledged with regional award

Nick Hillman and Freya Kendall, apprentices at Poole Borough council have been recognised by their trade union, UNISON, at a regional awards ceremony. The Young Members of the Year Award was presented by Kendal Bromley at UNISON’s Get Active event in Taunton last night. This comes on the back of their brilliant campaign work for […]

Black workers are vital to the future of our public services, says Dave Prentis

Speaking at UNISON’s annual Black Members Conference in Llandudno, general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Last the NHS celebrated its 70th anniversary, yet the descendants of those that came from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean to help build it are still facing barriers. “NHS figures out this week show Black staff are more likely to suffer abuse from patients and harassment from colleagues. They […]

What a year!

We kicked off 2018 with our annual Get Active event and awards ceremony which saw members from across the region receive awards for their hard work for and on behalf of their fellow members and Plymouth in UNISON were crowned Branch of the Year. In February we saw off privatisation of Southmead Hospital following a hard […]

There for You winter fuel grants

Members living on a low income constantly struggle to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute in the winter when the cost of heating homes rises as the outside temperature falls. But it’s not all bad news – help is available. The union’s welfare charity There for You has once more set […]

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.