Pupils protest in Plymouth after headteacher threatens Golden Time

With Golden Time under threat, students from Pennycross Primary in Plymouth staged a protest with the help of UNISON.

Mark Thomas gives the NHS a comedy check-up

Political comedian Mark Thomas is heading to the South West with his award-winning show about the NHS. Check Up: Our NHS at 70, which Thomas first performed last year, is based on a series of interviews with leading experts on the NHS, and a month of residencies in hospitals during which he shadowed doctors, nurses […]

Above inflation pay rise secured for Bristol Waste workers

Recycling operatives and drivers in Bristol have accepted a two year 6.2% pay deal today (Tuesday), which will see a typical worker receive an increase worth around £1,400.

Sirona care workers celebrate award win

When Sirona proposed to cut 30 minutes pay per shift from 160 low-paid care workers in Bath our members decided to fight back.

Branch of the Year award presented to Salisbury Health

Salisbury Health Branch awarded Branch of the Year

Fighting off privatisation, increasing membership by 11.5% and ensuring members actively participated in equality networks were just some of the reasons Salisbury Health Branch won Branch of the Year. Upon presenting the award at the Get Active awards ceremony in Taunton UNISON Regional Secretary Joanne Kaye said:  “Salisbury Health Branch is one of the regions […]

Shawn Fleming accepting an award from Debi Potter at UNISON's Get Active Awards Ceremony 2019

“Lunch and Learn” organiser wins Learning Initiative Award at regional ceremony

Shawn Fleming, Concorde Health UNISON Branch Secretary, won the Learning Initiative Award at this year’s Get Active awards ceremony in Taunton. Shawn has shown how important education is in empowering colleagues to deal with the threats they face from privatisation in the workplace. Following an announcement that his employer, North Bristol NHS Trust, was considering […]

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, […]