National Probation Service members to switch subs payment to direct debit

As part of the Tory’s attacks on trade union organisation the Ministry of Justice has decided to stop UNISON members in the National Probation Service (NPS) from paying their monthly membership subscriptions from their salaries. UNISON is advising NPS members to set up payment by direct debit as soon as possible to ensure they remain fully […]

Probation industrial action called off to allow for further talks

UNISON’s Probation Committee has agreed to suspend the strike called for Thursday 11 June, and the action short of strike action due to have started on Friday 12 June, in order to allow further talks to take place to seek to resolve the 2014 pay dispute. This follows discussions with the employers at ACAS, the […]

Ambulance crews predict deaths and drug errors if excessive working hours aren’t ended

The East of England Ambulance branch have produced a shocking film exposing the dangers to staff and patients caused by ambulance crews being required to regularly work excessive hours. In the film paramedics talk about their fears of falling asleep at the wheel, making a drug error or having a road accident. Because crews are required […]

UNISON film tells of ambulance staff fear of drug errors and driving accidents caused by stress and exhaustion due to long hours

Trade union UNISON has made a film highlighting the impact of stress on front line ambulance service staff after a recent UNISON survey revealed the number one cause of stress was late finishes. In the film staff talk about falling asleep while driving, worrying about making drug errors and the fearing that they will have […]

Worried about back to school costs?

Are you struggling to cope with the rising cost of living? Finding that you’re having to economise in every area of expenditure? Help is on hand Families with children living on a low income struggle constantly to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute before the new school year begins when those […]

Probation staff vote to strike over pay

NPS and CRC UNISON members have voted decisively for industrial action over the 0% pay offer for 2014. The ballot questions asked members: Are you prepared to take part in a strike? Are you prepared to take part in action short of a strike? UNISON asked members to vote yes to both questions. The results […]

So you think you could never speak at a UNISON conference?

Neither did young member Victoria Haddow, so she did something about it After a few months on the Regional Young Members Committee I fancied a challenge! I’d heard that another young member, Stacey Davies from Cambridge had spoken at last year’s National Local Government Conference. That was something I couldn’t see myself doing, at least […]

Government sides with exploitative bosses

Following the new Business Secretary Sajid Javid’s remarks over changes to strike laws that are to be included in the Queen’s Speech UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government has only been in power a matter of days and it has already come down on the side of exploitative bosses. “These unfair proposals will […]

Nearly a quarter of police patrols withdrawn from our streets, says UNISON

Over 300 community support officer (PCSO) jobs in the east of England since 2010, leaving the public with little or no reassurance over safety, according to a UNISON report published today (Tuesday). The report – More trouble in the neighbourhood – shows there has been a 22 per cent reduction in the number of PCSOs […]

Advice for UNISON Members in Probation Working for Sodexo

Napo, UNISON and GMB are opposed to the 600 job cuts announced by Sodexo in early April to deliver on the proposed operating model for the 6 CRCs. We are also extremely concerned at reports that none of the 6 Sodexo-owned CRCs is planning to honour the terms of the national enhanced voluntary redundancy scheme […]

Second NHS Trust withdraws from mutualisation project

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust has become the second NHS trust to withdraw from the Pathfinder project, just days after the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital Trust made the same decision. Following a unanimous vote at a branch meeting held on Monday 9th February, UNISON wrote to chief executive Michael Scott requesting that NSFT immediately withdraw […]