Plymouth City Council signs UNISON’s ethical care charter

Plymouth City Council has become the latest local authority to sign up to UNISON’s ethical care charter today (Monday). Council leaders joined UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis to formally sign the charter at Ballard House this afternoon. The charter commits the Council to continue working with the city’s care companies to help them end zero-hours […]

Decimation of vital Getset services will leave Somerset children in crisis

Somerset’s Cabinet is meeting today, UNISON is urging councillors to take a proper look at the impact of cuts to Getset, the Council’s early intervention service. Earlier this month Somerset’s Scrutiny committee agreed  with the union that a report by the Council to justify the cuts is fundamentally flawed it its figures. The union believes that […]

UNISON demands emergency meeting to debate reckless cuts in Somerset

UNISON is calling for Somerset County Council to hold an emergency meeting to debate new cuts to services, due to be agreed by the cabinet tomorrow (Wednesday).

Outsourcing Salisbury hospital staff will create two-tier workforce

Dedicated NHS staff face being transferred to a new arms-length private company if plans by Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust go ahead, UNISON has warned.

NHS70 celebrations in Cornwall

The Health Service’s seventieth birthday will be marked on 5 July by health workers in public service union UNISON with events across Cornwall. UNISON at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske will invite staff and the public to sign a giant birthday card for the NHS. A photo with 70 people each holding up a “candle” […]

Making 2019 the year for young workers

“Research shows that you don’t join a union by the time you’re 25, you’re much less likely to join one later in life,” UNISON national young members forum chair Kendal Bromley-Bewes told delegates at the union’s national delegate conference this morning. She was introducing a motion on making 2019 the year of young workers, after […]

Sirona caught advertising below minimum wage jobs

B&NES care firm Sirona has been criticised by UNISON after it has come to light that the company is advertising at least seven roles paid less than the legal minimum wage. Job adverts on the Sirona website show an hourly rate of £7.58, but the legal minimum wage is £7.83 per hour. Any of the roles […]

Vital local services in the South West are collapsing says council staff survey

Local government spending cuts have left councils in the South West unable to meet the needs of local communities and, in some cases, are putting the public at risk. A survey, released to coincide with the union’s local government conference, reveals that eight in ten (82%) of council workers have no confidence in the future […]

sirona strike goes ahead

Sirona strike goes ahead as staff face losing £1200 per year

The Sirona strike goes ahead as more than 100 care workers walk out today after their employer refused to withdraw plans to cut their pay. Staff at care homes across B&NES could lose up to £1200 from their salaries if the plans for shift changes go ahead. Sirona bosses want workers to accept a half […]

cornwall council signs ethical care charter

Cornwall Council signs Ethical Care Charter

Care workers in Cornwall who look after people in their own homes are to be given more support to do their work. Cornwall Council has today signed Unison’s Ethical Care Charter which sets out a series of commitments to protect the rights of homecare workers and ensure dignity in care delivery through a consistent, well […]

No more “self appointing clique” at Bath University

UNISON has given a cautious welcome to today’s independent report into University of Bath governance, but warned that its recommendations do not go far enough. The review was triggered by outrage over pay inequality and efforts of those in senior positions to sideline and silence student and staff criticisms. UNISON agreed with the review’s conclusion that […]

Sirona care worker strike dates set as B&NES refuses to intervene

A period of rolling strike action will hit care firm Sirona throughout June after UNISON today announced the dates care workers will walk out. More than one hundred care workers will go on strike for 24 hours on 6 June, followed by a series of shorter walkouts every other day for the rest of the […]

Overwhelming support for Sirona care workers strike over pay cuts

More than 100 care workers are set to strike against Sirona’s plan for pay cuts after UNISON’s ballot today showed overwhelming (95%) support for action. The staff, working in care homes in Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton, are opposing management plans that would mean choosing between working longer hours for the same pay or seeing […]

RCHT and UNISON celebrate ODP day: the unsung heroes of hospital theatres

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) in Cornwall will be celebrating the first national ODP Day on Monday 14 May. ODPs are Allied Health Professionals whose primary role takes place behind the closed doors of the operating department. They work as members of the anaesthesia team; surgical team or; caring for patients during the immediate post anaesthetic […]

UNISON slams Plymouth care firm failing to pay workers

UNISON has branded 1st Call Home Care a disgrace after finding the Plymouth care firm failing to pay workers a month’s wages. The company, which employs around 100 staff across six care homes in Plymouth, claimed the lack of pay was “a glitch”. Despite promises to deal with the issue by the end of Friday, […]