NHS staff mark Operating Department Practitioners Day

Hospital staff will mark Operating Department Practitioners Day tomorrow, paying tribute to an often overlooked part of the NHS team that play a vital role in keeping patients safe. An operating department practitioner (ODP) is a highly trained registered healthcare professional working in a range of critical care environments. ODPs prepare the operating theatre for […]

Get help with school uniform costs this summer

Struggling to make ends meet? Worried about back to school costs? Help is at hand. We have set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of £40 per school age child, up to a maximum £120. In addition to our normal […]

Princess Alexandra Hospital cleaners back strikes to halt outsourcing from the NHS

Cleaners at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow have overwhelmingly voted to strike against plans to privatise cleaning services, UNISON says today. The domestic staff voted 98.6% in favour of strike action on an 83.5% turnout. They warn that if their services are allowed to be transferred into the private sector it would spell ‘disaster’ […]

Go for Growth – Go to win!

We’re going all out this May to build a stronger UNISON, recruiting more members so that we can win for workers in public services. And you can win again by getting your friends and colleagues to sign up on Easy Joiner, UNISON’s new online joining system. Using your phone, or any device with wifi connection, […]

Thurrock schools praised for commitment to creating safe environments

Schools across Thurrock are being praised for their commitment to creating a safe environment for staff and pupils, school support staff union UNISON says today. Twenty schools have signed up to UNISON Thurrock’s statement of principles on health and safety to ensure children are kept out of harm’s way in the classroom, while staff and […]

Privatisation-threatened domestics rally outside Princess Alexandra Hospital

Domestics at Princess Alexandra Hospital rallied today to keep their jobs in the NHS. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis joined dozens of domestics for a lunchtime rally outside the hospital to express their opposition to the mooted privatisation of their jobs. UNISON warns that outsourcing would create a two-tier workforce and damage the hospital’s leading […]

Strike ballot over ‘derisory’ pay for City College Norwich staff

Staff at City College Norwich are voting on taking part in national strike action over pay. Hundreds of employees at 14 further education (FE) colleges across England will take part in the ballot. The dispute is over a national pay offer from employers which UNISON has rejected and described as ‘derisory’. The vote on strike […]

Harlow hospital cleaners vote on strikes against outsourcing plan

Cleaners at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow are voting on strike action over bosses’ plans to privatise domestic services and kick them out of the NHS, UNISON says today. The domestics warn that patients will suffer if their jobs are transferred out of the NHS as a new private company would cut corners to make […]

UNISON leader Prentis backs PAH domestics’ battle

The leader of the UK’s biggest trade union today backed Harlow’s hospital cleaners fighting to keep their jobs in the NHS. Speaking to UNISON’s health conference in Bournemouth, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis paid tribute to the NHS workers on the front line in the battle against privatisation. Pointing to UNISON’s successful battles against wholly […]

Staff and parents petition to save Bedfordshire nursery

Staff and parents fighting to stop the closure of a popular Bedford nursery tried to hand in a petition today to save the centre. But the chair of Sharnbrook Academy Federation (SAF), which runs Brook Day Nursery, refused to accept the 250-strong petition presented by UNISON. The nursery, based at the Sharnbrook Academy site, already […]

Hospital workers make their opportunities multiply

Workers at West Suffolk Hospital are taking advantage of the opportunity to fill gaps in their maths knowledge thanks to an exciting project backed by UNISON, the Workers Educational Association and their employer. Nearly a dozen hospital staff – both clinical and non-clinical – started Functional Maths classes this week. At the end of the […]

Haileybury Turnford celebrates Stars in Our Schools

Haileybury Turnford School in Hertfordshire celebrated the fantastic work of its support staff this month. Staff enjoyed a lunchtime meeting with food and goodie bags, provide by UNISON Hertfordshire, earlier this month. UNISON organises Stars in Our Schools events across the UK to promote the wonderful work school support staff do every day, and to […]

PAH domestics to ballot over privatisation plans

Cleaners at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow will ballot on industrial action over bosses’ refusal to bin the privatisation of domestic services, UNISON says today. UNISON has written to the Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust today to formally declare an industrial dispute, warning that outsourcing cleaning services will be bad for staff and patients. UNISON told […]

Environment Agency workers balloted after real-terms pay cut imposed

Environment Agency workers are being balloted on industrial action after bosses imposed a miserly 1.3% pay deal. The government agency told staff it would force them to accept the below-inflation offer after UNISON members voted to reject it by an overwhelming 91%. With inflation running at 3.3%, the offer is in reality a 2% pay […]

Teaching assistants subject to ‘truly shocking violence’ at Braintree special needs school

Teaching assistants at a special needs school in Braintree are being bitten, kicked and spat on but managers are doing nothing about the violence, school support staff union UNISON warns today. A survey of support staff at The Edith Borthwick School found that 82% are worried about levels of violence, but only 19% of respondents […]