Unite News http://www.google.co.uk/ The latest stories Unite. en-gb Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:32:57 GMT Copyright (C) www.rippleffect.com 15 Hammond urged to give public sector workers a generous pay rise Unite assistant general secretary Gail Gartmail said: “June’s general election showed that the public has rejected the obsession with the blinkered ideology of austerity and voted for a loosening of the purse strings, so there is more investment in the NHS, education, local government and infrastructure projects." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/give-public-sector-workers-a-generous-pay-rise/default.aspx tcm:11-32879 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:44:12 -0000 Unite hails victory in Bromley council rep victimisation case Unite assistant general secretary for legal services Howard Beckett today hailed the result as ‘a great victory for the rights of trade union reps which sends out a strong signal to other local authorities.’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hails-victory-in-bromley-council-rep-victimisation-case/default.aspx tcm:11-32764 Mon, 6 Nov 2017 12:32:55 -0000 Government response to unpaid sleep-in shifts delays pay justice for thousands Unite, the UK’s largest union, which represents thousands of social care workers has sharply criticised the announcement by the government today (Thursday 2 November) about how workers underpaid for sleep over shifts (while on duty) will be compensated. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-response-to-unpaid-sleep-in-shifts-delays-pay-justice-for-thousands/default.aspx tcm:11-32744 Thu, 2 Nov 2017 15:33:07 -0000 ‘Final wake up call’ on NHS pay as increasing number of nurses leave Unite head of health Sarah Carpenter said: “The disturbing NMC findings are further evidence, if more were needed, that the NHS needs a massive cash injection, with a large tranche earmarked for a generous pay rise for staff." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/final-wake-up-call-on-nhs-pay-as-increasing-number-of-nurses-leave/default.aspx tcm:11-32731 Thu, 2 Nov 2017 02:11:11 -0000 Unite throws down gauntlet to austerity-obsessed Jersey government in pay row Unite regional secretary Peter Hughes said: “The States’ government is obsessed with austerity, although this is not really an issue on prosperous Jersey, which is underpinned by international financial services." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-throws-down-gauntlet-to-austerity-obsessed-jersey-government-in-pay-row/default.aspx tcm:11-32721 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:12:57 -0000 Unite steps up calls for increased mental health funding following ‘Thriving at Work’ report Unite, which represents mental health nurses and applied psychologists, welcomed the findings of the ‘Thriving at Work’ report but stepped up calls for government to reverse cuts in mental health services and start properly funding services. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-steps-up-calls-for-increased-mental-health-funding-following-thriving-at-work-report/default.aspx tcm:11-32677 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:47:32 -0000 Government accused of empty promises as shock figures show fall in health visitors Unite accused the government of making empty promises over increasing the number of health visitors after shock figures released by the Labour party today showed a major fall in health visiting posts. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-accused-of-empty-promises-as-shock-figures-show-fall-in-health-visitors/default.aspx tcm:11-32600 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:58:22 -0000 Cornwall’s NHS needs £100 million boost, after critical report on trust, says Unite Unite regional officer Stuart Roden said: “The case for a massive financial injection for the NHS in Cornwall is unanswerable - Cornwall has six Tory MPs and they should stop sitting on their hands and be banging on the door of Jeremy Hunt asking for a large financial boost for the county." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cornwalls-nhs-needs-100-million-boost-after-critical-report-on-trust-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32526 Fri, 6 Oct 2017 13:34:46 -0000 Bromley council faces employment tribunal over allegations of victimisation of Unite rep The hearing at the Ashford employment tribunal, starting on Monday, stems from the council’s behaviour towards Kathy Smith, who firmly opposed the council’s mass privatisation agenda http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bromley-council-faces-employment-tribunal-over-allegations-of-victimisation-of-unite-rep/default.aspx tcm:11-32456 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:57:29 -0000 NHS job losses feared in Lancashire over plans to centralise laboratory services The trusts approved an outline plan earlier this month to centralise many NHS laboratory testing services at a new site to be constructed at Lancaster University, raising concerns about the job security of NHS biomedical scientists based in Preston, Blackpool and Barrow. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nhs-job-losses-feared-in-lancashire-over-plans-to-centralise-laboratory-services/default.aspx tcm:11-32454 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:53:38 -0000 Unite calls for youth affairs minister to coordinate policies for young people The demand for a minister with a seat in the cabinet will come in a new research report to be launched by the union at the Labour party conference on Sunday http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-youth-affairs-minister-to-coordinate-polices-for-young-people/default.aspx tcm:11-32370 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:43:09 -0000 Unite calls for urgent talks with Mitie bosses as company axes 480 jobs Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said: "“It is clear that Mitie has managerial problems at the top that have been brewing for some time and the investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority relating to a 2016 profit warning does not engender confidence." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-urgent-talks-with-mitie-bosses-as-company-axes-480-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-32340 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:56:39 -0000 All NHS staff need a pay rise that’s above inflation, say health unions Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “Making dedicated health professionals pick up the tab for the greed and machinations of a banking elite that nearly brought the UK’s financial system to its knees is just plain wrong.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/all-nhs-staff-need-a-pay-rise/default.aspx tcm:11-32265 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:41:33 -0000 Patient safety fears over instrument sterilisation moving 40 miles away About 60 jobs at the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust are under threat, if the long-standing provider Steris fails in its appeal this week against losing the contract to IHSS which would relocate the service to Maidstone http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/patient-safety-fears-over-instrument-sterilisation-moving-40-miles-away/default.aspx tcm:11-32152 Tue, 5 Sep 2017 11:13:46 -0000 Government lifting of public sector pay cap ‘no comfort after seven years of misery’ Unite has described briefings that the government is planning to slowly lift the public sector pay cap as a ‘drop in the ocean’ that failed to acknowledge seven years of pay misery. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-lifting-of-public-sector-pay-cap-no-comfort-after-seven-years-of-misery/default.aspx tcm:11-32143 Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:52:57 -0000 Unite calls on NHS to outlaw ‘exploitative’ umbrella companies Unite the UK’s largest union, has called on the NHS to outlaw umbrella companies operating throughout the organisation. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-on-nhs-to-outlaw-exploitative-umbrella-companies/default.aspx tcm:11-32109 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:00:16 -0000 Unite welcomes Carrie Grant as new CPHVA president Unite, the UK’s largest union, has warmly welcomed the appointment of broadcaster and presenter Carrie Grant as the new President of the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-carrie-grant-as-new-cphva-president/default.aspx tcm:11-32083 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:41:09 -0000 Shropshire health visiting faces tsunami of cuts, Unite warns Unite regional officer Stuart Baker said: “We are calling on the Shropshire public to make its collective voice heard before the consultation process ends on 8 September, so these proposed cuts are stopped in their tracks." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shropshire-health-visiting-faces-tsunami-of-cuts-unite-warns/default.aspx tcm:11-31916 Wed, 9 Aug 2017 11:03:24 -0000 ‘Battle royal’ pledge by Unite over East Midlands hospitals’ merger Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter, who is addressing Saturday’s rally, said: “We want the trust, staff and public to highlight the core problem which is underfunding of the NHS." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/battle-royal-pledge-by-unite-over-east-midlands-hospitals-merger/default.aspx tcm:11-31879 Thu, 3 Aug 2017 10:09:41 -0000 Striking workers from Barts to stage protest outside Serco investors meeting Unite regional officer Ruth Hydon: “We hope Serco’s investors will urge the company to resolve this dispute across four London hospitals." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/striking-workers-from-barts-stage-protest-outside-serco-investors-meeting/default.aspx tcm:11-31871 Wed, 2 Aug 2017 09:37:16 -0000 Expansion plans for mental health services risk being ‘pie in the sky’, warns Unite “Hunt's prescription for improving the situation does not go anywhere near far enough." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/expansion-plans-for-mental-health-services-risk-being-pie-in-the-sky-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31854 Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:21:31 -0000 Unite welcomes police ‘corporate manslaughter’ probe into Grenfell fire Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “Clearly people have to be held accountable if their decisions have caused deaths and, more so, if those decisions were made with the knowledge of the very real risks to lives." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-police-corporate-manslaughter-probe-into-grenfell-fire/default.aspx tcm:11-31824 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:12:05 -0000 ‘Perfect storm’ buffets NHS recruitment, says Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: "“The three main factors that need to be urgently addressed by Jeremy Hunt are the harsh pay austerity regime; the impact of Brexit on the 55,000 EU nationals working for the NHS; and the obsession with constant reorganisation." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/perfect-storm-buffets-nhs-recruitment-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31771 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:18:39 -0000 Low paid workers begin a two week strike across four London hospitals Pressure is growing on the private contractor Serco as hundreds of low paid workers at Barts Health NHS Trust prepare for a two week strike from tomorrow in their continuing fight against low pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/low-paid-workers-begin-a-two-week-strike-across-four-london-hospitals/default.aspx tcm:11-31755 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:26:43 -0000 Cash boost call for mental health nursing by Unite Unite calls on the government to reverse the cuts to mental health nursing as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report finds that 25 per cent of core mental health services need to improve. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cash-boost-call-for-mental-health-nursing-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31707 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:37:26 -0000 Theatre staff at Warrington and Halton Hospital NHS Trust vote overwhelmingly for industrial action in four-year dispute Theatre staff at Warrington and Halton Hospital NHS Trust vote overwhelmingly for industrial action in four-year dispute over changes to terms and conditions. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/theatre-staff-at-warrington-and-halton-hospital-nhs-trust-vote-overwhelmingly-for-industrial-action-in-four-year-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-31691 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:48:22 -0000 Hospital workers seek public backing over ‘callous’ sick pay policy Members of Unite will be joined by campaigners outside the Royal Liverpool Hospital tomorrow collecting signatures for a petition against a ‘callous’ sick pay policy. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hospital-workers-seek-public-backing-over-callous-sick-pay-policy/default.aspx tcm:11-31634 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:44:30 -0000 New 999 response times need to be closely monitored, says Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: "It is a situation that we will be watching closely in the months ahead as our paramedic members have continually reported that the ambulance service is under severe stress and pressure across England." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/new-999-response-times-need-to-be-closely-monitored-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31627 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:20:50 -0000 Shadow Chancellor to address health workers fighting against low pay across four London hospitals The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell MP will show his support for hundreds of low paid cleaners, porters and security guards this Saturday 15 July outside Royal London Hospital in East London. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shadow-chancellor-to-address-health-workers-fighting-against-low-pay-across-four-london-hospitals/default.aspx tcm:11-31619 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:15:29 -0000 Battle against low pay escalates across four London hospitals Workers will begin a seven day stoppage from this Tuesday 11 July. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/battle-against-low-pay-escalates-across-four-london-hospitals/default.aspx tcm:11-31551 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:32:50 -0000 69th birthday is opportunity ‘to reboot’ the NHS for the benefit of all, says Unite On its 69th birthday today the government must heed the national mood and commit to a ‘reboot’ of the NHS as a well-funded health service that rewards its staff well and rejects ‘the creeping scourge of privatisation’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/69th-birthday-is-opportunity-to-reboot-the-nhs-for-the-benefit-of-all-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-31521 Wed, 5 Jul 2017 10:11:49 -0000 69th birthday is opportunity ‘to reboot’ the NHS for the benefit of all, says Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “The current political climate has reinforced the growing national mood that the public sector, including the NHS, can no longer be used as the easy target for continuing austerity." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/69th-birthday-is-opportunity-to-reboot-the-nhs-for-the-benefit-of-all/default.aspx tcm:11-31523 Wed, 5 Jul 2017 10:10:14 -0000 Workers across four London hospitals to take strike action in battle against low pay Low paid workers at Barts Health NHS Trust employed by Serco will hold a protest on 4 July and take part in a three day strike across four London hospitals. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/workers-across-four-london-hospitals-to-take-strike-action-in-battle-against-low-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-31506 Mon, 3 Jul 2017 11:45:29 -0000 Unite raises concerns over crisis in ambulance service that is putting lives at risk Unite is concerned that the failure to provide core cover will lead to a issues around patient safety. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-raises-concerns-over-crisis-in-ambulance-service-that-is-putting-lives-at-risk/default.aspx tcm:11-31429 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:47:20 -0000 Concern that new Brexit minister supports removing asbestos laws Unite, the UK’s largest union, has revealed that newly appointed Brexit minister Steve Baker MP, has lobbied the government to weaken asbestos laws. Unite is demanding that the government now provide ‘cast-iron guarantees’ that asbestos regulations won’t be watered down. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/concern-that-new-brexit-minister-supports-removing-asbestos-laws/default.aspx tcm:11-31425 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:21:44 -0000 Unite calls for end of public sector pay restraint to mark European public services day Unite assistant general secretary for public services Gail Cartmail said: “The people who care for us, provide health and education services and look after our elderly and vulnerable neighbours say today they urgently need more pay." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-end-of-public-sector-pay-restraint-to-mark-european-public-services-day/default.aspx tcm:11-31418 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Massive 99 per cent of workers at Barts Health NHS Trust vote to strike for a proper pay rise Unite members employed by the private contractor Serco, working at Barts Health NHS Trust, have overwhelmingly voted to strike for a proper pay rise. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/massive-99-per-cent-of-workers-at-barts-health-nhs-trust-vote-to-strike-for-a-proper-pay-rise/default.aspx tcm:11-31391 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:49:25 -0000 Nursing’s future under threat from ‘perfect storm’, says Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said:“The fact that in England there is an estimated shortage of 30,000 nurses is not helped by years of harsh pay restraint in the public sector and the ending of nursing bursaries later this summer." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nursings-future-under-threat-from-perfect-storm/default.aspx tcm:11-31323 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:01:55 -0000 Unite condemns the decision by NHS Borders to withdraw mental health service for young people in schools Unite regional officer Lyn Turner said: “This decision makes no sense whatsoever to people who care about vulnerable young people." http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/unite-condemns-the-decision-by-nhs-borders-to-withdraw-mental-health-service-for-young-people-in-schools/default.aspx tcm:11-31212 Wed, 31 May 2017 12:59:14 -0000 Strike ballot looms at St Barts over jobs, pay and working conditions Unite has given notice to Serco that Unite members working as domestic staff, porters and security workers at St Barts NHS Trust will be balloted for industrial action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-ballot-looms-at-st-barts-over-jobs-pay-and-working-conditions/default.aspx tcm:11-31154 Tue, 23 May 2017 15:54:59 -0000 Unite hails Labour’s pledge to end NHS car parking charges as a victory for common sense Unite, representing over 100,000 members in the health service has hailed Labour’s pledge to end ‘immoral’ NHS car charges for patients, visitors and NHS staff as a victory for every NHS worker struggling after seven years of pay restraint. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-hails-labours-pledge-to-end-nhs-car-parking-charges-as-a-victory-for-common-sense/default.aspx tcm:11-30976 Mon, 8 May 2017 12:18:42 -0000 Parliamentary candidates urged to see work of health visitors and school nurses, as campaign grows to ringfence ‘public health’ budgets Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “We will be asking our members to invite prospective parliamentary candidates to come and see what community nurses do on a daily basis to support families with babies and young children." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/parliamentary-candidates-urged-to-see-work-of-health-visitors-and-school-nurses/default.aspx tcm:11-30865 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:14:43 -0000 Unite in Health newsletter Spring 2017 The newsletter for all Unite members who work in the NHS and associated services http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectornews/unite-in-health-newsletter-spring-2017/default.aspx tcm:11-30860 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:28:56 -0000 Health visitors and school nurses to prepare election checklist to ringfence public health budgets Unite lead professional officer Obi Amadi said: “We want to draw up a campaign checklist on public health so that our members can lobby the prospective parliamentary candidates and gain their support for the next parliament." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/health-visitors-and-school-nurses-to-prepare-election-checklist-to-ringfence-public-health-budgets/default.aspx tcm:11-30794 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:53:46 -0000 Upcoming conferences: Primary Care (Birmingham) & Public Health (Telford) Register now for upcoming conferences on Primary Care in Birmingham & Public Health in Telford http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectornews/upcoming-conferences-primary-care-in-birmingham--public-health-telford/default.aspx tcm:11-30661 Wed, 5 Apr 2017 17:09:07 -0000 Lords’ report critical of government ‘short-sightedness' on NHS welcomed by Unite A new report on the NHS by the House of Lords calling for more long-term planning and funding for the health service was welcomed by Unite today. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/lords-report-critical-of-government-short-sightedness-on-nhs-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30643 Wed, 5 Apr 2017 00:01:58 -0000 Unite in health West Midlands newsletter - March 2017 A quarterly newsletter for members published after each West Midlands regional industrial sector committee http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectornews/unite-the-union-west-midlands-newsletter---march-2017/default.aspx tcm:11-30645 Tue, 4 Apr 2017 14:49:53 -0000 Back down on NHS agency staff working restrictions welcomed by Unite Unite said it would have been ‘grossly unfair’ that NHS trusts would not have been able to employ existing NHS staff, hit by continued below-inflation pay increases, as agency staff http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/back-down-on-nhs-agency-staff-working-restrictions-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30587 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:22:19 -0000 Unite gives cautious ‘welcome’ to extra funding for NHS Highland ambulance provision "Caithness is far from being the only area in Scotland where the ambulance service is going through these difficulties. Unite will continue to campaign and work with local communities until we are sure that people across the country are getting the service they deserve." http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/unite-gives-cautious-welcome-to-extra-funding-for-nhs-highland-ambulance-provision/default.aspx tcm:11-30631 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:53:43 -0000 Protest in York tomorrow over proposed axe to health visitors and school nurses To alert the 200,000 people covered by the City of York Council as to the extent of the cuts, Unite is staging a demonstration at St Helen’s Square tomorrow between 17.00 -19.00. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/protest-in-york-tomorrow-over-proposed-axe-to-health-visitors-and-school-nurses/default.aspx tcm:11-30544 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:08:58 -0000