Politicians must not waste this opportunity to rebuild a stronger public sector in Somerset, says UNISON

Commenting on the announcement to implement the proposal for a single unitary council for the whole of the existing administrative county of Somerset, UNISON’s chair of the joint branch steering group, Zoe Rodgers said: “A costly unitary programme is not the answer to the current funding issues which local government faces. The funding gap must […]

Government announces 3% NHS pay offer

A 3% offer for NHS staff was announced by the government this evening. The offer falls short of UNISON’s claim for £2,000 for every member of the NHS. UNISON’s health committee will meet to discuss the next steps. More follows.

The main entrance to Weston General Hospital in Weston Super Mare. Person seen in the background wearing a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government’s treatment of NHS staff is disgraceful, says UNISON

The government has led NHS workers a merry dance and ministers should hang their heads in shame at such disgraceful treatment (Wednesday), says UNISON. Despite a widespread expectation that the long-awaited pay announcement would happen today, ministers have cruelly dashed the hopes of thousands of exhausted and dedicated health workers, the union added. UNISON general secretary […]

All eyes on the PM to give health staff a decent pay rise

Thousands of health workers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be looking to the Prime Minister to announce his decision on the long-awaited NHS pay rise in the coming days. Ministers have repeatedly said they will await the recommendations of the NHS pay review body (on which they have attempted to set a 1% […]

UNISON sign outside UNISON centre in London.

UNISON increases pressure for COVID public inquiry ‘sooner rather than later’

UNISON will continue to support the people of Palestine as the conflict in the Middle East remains a “huge issue for UNISON now and in the future”, general secretary Christina McAnea told the union’s national executive council (NEC) in an online meeting today.

1.5% local government pay offer is insulting, says UNISON

UNISON’s NJC Committee, the union’s national committee for local government pay, met this morning and rejected the employers’ 1.5% pay offer. UNISON is calling on the local government employers to enter urgent negotiations so that this offer can be improved. UNISON members are also deeply frustrated at the long delay in resolving term time working […]

UNISON statement: In solidarity with Palestinian workers

The union condemns the violence and calls for an end to attacks, and to the occupation.

Mitie must pay up, says UNISON

Porters, domestics, security and help desk workers at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust are missing out on a pay increase that was due in April. Mitie, who employs the staff, claims to be a Real Living Wage employer, and yet has failed to deliver on the promise of an annual pay increase in line with the […]

South West NHS workers appeal for public support on pay, says UNISON

Health workers across the South West are appealing to the public this week to back their campaign so NHS staff can receive a proper pay rise before the summer, says UNISON today (Monday). Over the next few days, hospital porters, clerical workers, cleaners, nurses, healthcare assistants and other NHS staff will be urging people to […]

“Disappointing” council pay offer ignores huge Covid effort of workforce, says UNISON

Unions representing 750,000 council and school support staff across England, Wales and Northern Ireland today (Friday) criticised the 1.5% pay offer made by the Local Government Association. GMB, Unite and UNISON submitted a joint pay claim to the local government employers in February for a 10% pay rise. This would be payable from 1 April […]

Operating theatre staff celebrated across the South West on ODP day

Today is national ODP day where we celebrate our amazing Operating Department Practitioners and their work. ODPs work in operating theatres as well as in other areas within hospitals providing critical care. Their job is to provide complex care to patients at all stages of their operation, including the anaesthetic and recovery. Celebrations are taking place […]

Alexandra Homes main house in Bristol.

Alexandra Homes care workers paying a high price for COVID safety

Care workers employed by Alexandra Homes in Bristol are facing an impossible choice between ensuring care homes are safe and paying their bills. The social care provider has failed to ensure that carers are paid for COVID related absences, whether they have contracted the virus or are self-isolating. The government has provided funding through the […]

UNISON introduces new mental health bargaining guide

‘Unless policies are put in place, increased home working and pressures placed on staff are liable to act as detonators of mental health problems for those delivering vital public services’

South West Committee statement following George Floyd murder trial

This week the world held our breath waiting for the verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin following the death of George Floyd after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nine minutes. 

Mail-in ballots can help in the pandemic

With COVID-19 still a major concern, it makes sense to avoid crowding and lengthy queues at polling stations.