Candidate profile: Jayne Kirkham

In our second interview with a UNISON member running for Parliament on June 8, we talked to Jayne Kirkham about the realities of life in Cornwall and what motivated her to stand to be an MP. Stretching from north to south coast, Truro and Falmouth covers some of England’s most beautiful landscapes. Living standards are […]

Candidate profile: Mhairi Threlfall

On 8 June the country will go to the polls again, this time to elect Members of Parliament. In the run up, we’re talking to the UNISON members who’ll have their names on the ballot paper in a few weeks time In Kingswood, UWE employee, local councillor and UNISON member Mhairi Threlfall is standing for […]

Winning maternity pay for adoptive parents

When one UNISON member made the decision to adopt a child, she was shocked to discover the unequal treatment facing adoptive parents

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Refugees welcomed by Bath Uni students and staff

Staff and students at the University of Bath crowdfunded over £6,300 to support refugees studying through full or partial scholarships

Somerset learning disability staff defiant as transfer day raises fears over jobs and wages​

Staff in Somerset’s learning disability service keep on fighting despite transferring today to Dimensions UK, who have threatened wage cuts and restructuring.

More betrayal as Dorset councils now demand £300k contract discount

Price reduction to be paid for by cut in Tricuro staff wages A pay cut imposed on staff at Dorset care company Tricuro has been used to take over £300,000 off the contract price paid by Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole Councils, despite the councils being handed £13m for social care in the budget last month. An open letter to Dorset councillors […]

Torbay NHS pays out after cleaning fluid leaves workers sick

Cleaners at a Torquay hospital have won £70,000 in damages after they fell ill, having been exposed to a hazardous chemical disinfectant at work.

Learning disability service showdown over transfer date

Staff at Somerset’s Learning Disability Service (LDS) will today (15 March 2017) hold a silent rally outside the final cabinet meeting before pre-election purdah kicks in.  LDS staff will use the slogan “#guiltyofcaring”, reflecting their feeling of being targeted for their commitment to the LDS.  Staff are deeply concerned over the Tory council’s decision to hand […]

CCG cutting health staff out of the picture over Devon hospital closures

Plans to close community hospitals in Exeter, Honiton, Okehampton and Seaton have today come under fire from public service union UNISON over the Northern, Eastern, and Western (NEW) Devon clinical commissioning group’s (CCG) failure to consult staff.

Pressure mounts on health bosses as UNISON leads cuts challenge

Cornwall’s health restructure plan, known as “Shaping our future” will this week be put under the microscope by the public service union UNISON, first at the “save our NHS” rally in Truro on Saturday, and again on Monday as representatives begin three days of giving evidence to Cornwall council’s health scrutiny committee. UNISON’s presentation to […]

Somerset scrutiny meeting puts learning disability cuts under the microscope

Plans to outsource Somerset’s learning disability service (LDS) to the national company Dimensions are to come under fire this Wednesday (1 March 2017) at a county council scrutiny committee. Councillors on the committee will examine the case put forward by the cabinet to see whether Dimensions’ plan aligns with the service that staff and service […]

UNISON launches NHS funding crisis campaign with central Plymouth event

Healthcare staff will this Tuesday (28 February 2017) be out campaigning in central Plymouth with their union, UNISON, over the dire state of health and social care funding in Devon. The event is one of a series organised to raise awareness of the increasingly difficult nature of work in health and social care services as funding […]

Blog: making progress in Plymouth

Plymouth in UNISON branch full-time rep Kevin Treweeks reflects on his nomination for a Get Active award It should have been ME! I’ve been to quite a few South West activists awards nights over the last few years so it was a strange feeling to be a nominee this year. I had a great speech […]

Disability service staff and users to lobby Somerset council over threat to care

Staff and service users of Somerset’s learning disability service (LDS) will this Wednesday (15.02.17) attend the county council meeting to pressure their representatives to stick to promises made over the transfer of the LDS to Dimensions. Cabinet members previously assured stakeholders that sustainable, quality care was the driver of any handover, not cost-cutting. But plans have […]