Somerset coronavirus testing welcomed by UNISON

Over 340 health and social care providers in Somerset have access to the service.

Corserv care workers count cost of coronavirus

Care workers employed by Corserv in Cornwall have today (Friday) been told that they will not receive a cost of living pay rise in April. The news comes just hours after residents of Cornwall took to the streets for what has become a weekly clap for key workers during the coronavirus pandemic. In a joint […]

Blog: Thank you!

Thank you. Those two words don’t quite seem enough right now, but thank you to all of our incredible members, thank you to the key workers keeping our public services going and thank you to those who are leaving their families to care for others. I know the extraordinary effort and dedication UNISON members across […]

An empty day room at a care home

Care home deaths across the South West triple inside a week

Data published by the Office for National Statistics that shows more than 279 people have died of Covid-19 in care homes in the South West.

Call for minute’s silence to honour all workers who have died from coronavirus

The country is to be asked to observe a minute’s silence next Tuesday (28 April) to remember all the health, care and other key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus, in a campaign launched today (Monday) by three health unions.

Branch Officers Training Weekend Postponed

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, and the uncertainty over how long the current measures will be necessary, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Branch Officers training scheduled to happen at Croyde Bay in July.

The only badge a care worker needs is a union badge

On Tuesday night Health Secretary Matt Hancock addressed the nation and offered care workers a CARE badge. In our view, the Health Secretary should be focussing on PPE shortages, increasing care workers pay and improving their terms and conditions. The only badge care workers need is a union badge. We highlighted this on our Facebook […]

Speaking up for our members

Newspaper ad says ‘Thank you’ to all the UNISON members leaving their loved ones to care for ours.

Torbay refuse worker salary cuts ‘unnecessary’, says UNISON

Plans to cut the pay of Torbay refuse collectors because of the impact of the coronavirus crisis are ‘cynical and unnecessary’, says UNISON. The workers employed by TOR2 – a partnership between Torbay Council and Kier Group – were told today (Friday) they’d face mandatory pay cuts and possible job losses due to the impact of Covid-19. UNISON, which represents the workers recently described by the Government as ‘essential’, is baffled by the TOR2 move. Unlike other businesses […]

Show support for ‘amazing’ NHS staff risking their lives on front line, says UNISON

Everyone across the country is being urged to join a mass round of applause later today (Thursday) for NHS and care staff in a campaign backed by UNISON. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Clap for Our Carers initiative is a chance to thank all employees who are working around the clock to treat people affected by […]

And our Get Active Equality award goes to…

Izzy Pochin from Dorset UNISON Branch picked up this year’s Equality award at Get Active in Taunton. Izzy has used her personal experience of discrimination to drive passion for equality and social justice and her commitment and dedication is a beacon to others and she has set a high standard in a very short space […]

Super six scoop organising representatives of the year award

Six women at the heart of the campaign to prevent large scale changes to administration services at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust have been recognised at UNISON South West’s Get Active awards ceremony. The dispute was over the Trust’s attempt to restructure admin services and down-band staff, which lasted from November 2018 […]

Lunchtime learning lands regional award for workplace rep

Lunchtime training organised by Teresa Critchon and Kate Robbins has been so successful that on occasion it’s been standing room only and even saw the Deputy Mayor of Bristol popping in. Their emphasis has been on equality, workers rights and engaging underrepresented groups in the branch with topics including the menopause, equality and rights at […]

Final batches of cheques now being issued to Discovery members

We are pleased to advise that we are now in the process of sending out the final cheques to those UNISON members eligible for a share of UNISON’s Employment Tribunal settlement. As you will be aware UNISON secured this financial settlement after we settled an Employment Tribunal case against Somerset County Council. We secured this […]

Flying start to the year as Concorde Health Branch wins regional award

With equality at the heart of what they do and an annual 25 days of Christmas organising tradition it was almost inevitable that Concorde Health would secure Branch of the Year. Upon presenting the award at the Get Active awards ceremony in Taunton UNISON regional secretary Joanne Kaye said:  “Concorde Health have made equality issues a […]