Our COVID response fund – helping members through the pandemic

UNISON’s There for You charity reopens COVID-19 response fund to help members who are struggling as a direct result of coronavirus.

Nominate a Star in our Schools ⭐️

UNISON is celebrating Stars in our Schools on Friday 27 November 2020 and we need your help.

Great Western Hospitals’ ruse denies NHS heroes the chance of a pay rise, UNISON says

Porters, kitchen staff and cleaners at Wiltshire’s six community hospitals face an uncertain future as Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust seeks to outsource the services, UNISON says today (Friday).

Health workers in the South West urge local MPs to back early pay rise for exhausted staff and to protect the NHS

Thousands of health staff across the South West – including nurses, paramedics, cleaners, domestics and porters – are writing to the region’s 55 MPs asking them to back UNISON’s call for NHS staff to get an early pay rise in time for Christmas. Staff employed in hospitals, clinics and ambulance stations across the South West are urging local politicians to put their […]

Plymouth City Council sign UNISON’s pledge to support care workers in the workplace

Plymouth City Council have become the third South West council to sign up to UNISON’s ‘Stop the Spread’ pledge, a key initiative by the UK’s biggest trade union to support care workers in the fight against coronavirus. The pledge provides Plymouth’s key workers, in the frontline fight against coronavirus, with important employment protections. These include […]

Over 100 new activists trained during COVID-19 pandemic

Zooming into homes across the South West, our regional education team have trained 107 new workplace representatives so far this year.

Bristol Energy staff feel “betrayed” by Mayor over “broken promises” as redundancies loom

Staff facing job losses at Bristol Energy say that they feel “betrayed” by Mayor Marvin Rees over his Council’s handling of the energy company’s sale, says UNISON. In September of this year, a deal was announced to sell the majority of Bristol Energy’s operations to Together Energy. At the time, Bristol Council claimed this was […]

NHS workers in the South West call on government to show its appreciation for them

Health staff across the South West – including nurses, paramedics, cleaners, domestics and porters – are taking part in two days of campaigning urging the government to give an early, significant pay rise of at least £2,000 to every worker in the NHS. Staff in UNISON branches based in NHS hospitals, ambulance stations and clinics […]

Properly funded public services must be at heart of new council organisation for Somerset, says UNISON

Proposed changes to the structure of local government across Somerset must bring about improvements to services and not simply provide cover for further damaging cuts, says UNISON today (Thursday). Later today, district councillors are due to meet to approve a plan to create a new system for councils across Somerset, in a direct challenge to […]

Dorset Council sign UNISON’s pledge to support care workers in the workplace

Dorset Council have today, Wednesday, signed up to UNISON’s ‘Stop the Spread’ pledge, a key initiative by the UK’s biggest trade union to support care workers in the fight against coronavirus. The commitments include key safety measures, such as priority testing for social care workers and providing life saving personal protective equipment. In addition, the […]

UNISON care packages delivered to schools across Devon

School support staff have been treated to care packages from UNISON as pupils have returned to the classroom. The packages were delivered to schools across Plymouth and Torbay over the last week. The packages are part of a wider campaign from the UK’s biggest trade union to have more health and safety representatives in the […]

UNISON staff Step Up this September

UNISON members have been on the frontline throughout the pandemic, keeping the country running. Our staff are going to lace up their running shoes, get the bikes out the shed and clock up as many miles as we can to fundraise for you. Over twenty members of regional staff have signed up for Step Up September, […]

Give all NHS staff a wage rise immediately of at least £2k, says UNISON

A pay claim submitted by UNISON to the government today would see of at least £2,000, for NHS staff, by the end of this year.

School staff must be allowed to wear face coverings for safe reopening, says UNISON

Responding to a joint statement by UK chief medical officers about school reopening, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said today (Sunday): “This acknowledgement of the transmission risk between staff in schools underlines why it’s vital they should be able to wear face coverings. “It’s still unclear why government guidance won’t allow them, when they’re recommended for other […]

New survey will reveal state of NHS staff car parking

UNISON has launched a survey of NHS staff in hospitals, to get a fuller understanding of what is happening about free car parking for workers as the lockdown eases. Take the NHS Hospitals Car Parking survey Hospital parking has been free for NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, while local authorities and private providers have […]