Pay Consultation

The SGE’s Agenda for Change group has considered the results of the pay consultation. Across the UK, most branches and regions responding were in favour of Option A – the earnings maximisation strategy Where branches recommended moving to a pay ballot this was based on very low turnout Health conference in April 2017 endorsed the earnings maximisation strategy. Given the results, UNISON will be working with regions and branches to…






Trade Union Act 2016 – New regulations

New regulations on facility time and ‘check-off’ were introduced to the Westminster Parliament in March 2017. They require employers to calculate spending on facility time from 1 April 2017, and to report it publicly. Employers are not required to report on the individual unions involved nor on a breakdown of different trade union activities, and they should not name individual reps. However, the Trade Union Act still contains a „reserve‟…






EL Presidente T-Shirt

Last year after Eric Roberts became president of UNISON, the London Ambulance Service Branch of UNISON had an idea of making a t-shirt with Eric’s picture on with El Presidente written underneath. We planned to wear them at the Health and National Delegate Conferences this year whilst Eric was in his Presidency year. This was going to be a complete surprise to Eric! Sadly, this will now never happen and…






Eric Roberts – Plans for memorial tribute

Following the sad and untimely death of UNISON’s president and LAS UNISON Branch Secretary, Eric Roberts, the General Secretary and the Presidential Team have proposed that UNISON should host an event in Eric’s memory as a tribute to his life and work. The NEC suggested that the event should be held on the 8th February, possibly in the afternoon in central London. This is a tentative date at this stage…






Time to Talk about Pay

UNISON meets NHS Pay Review Body to give evidence on behalf of NHS staff We call for decent pay rise for all staff, including a return to UK pay and the living wage UNISON meets NHS Pay Review Body to make the case for fair pay UNISON has met with the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) to present evidence on behalf of UNISON members. We presented a clear case that…






Time to Talk about Pay

Preparation for new pay round gets underway Following the miserly 1% award for all NHS staff in 2016/17, UNISON’s health conference set out a clear strategy for the union’s pay campaign in the coming year. This includes:  campaigning for a change of pay policy to allow a fairer deal for hard-working NHS staff  making the case for a £10ph minimum, £1 an hour increase for all, and levelling…






Eric Roberts becomes president of UNISON

On Friday 24 June 2016 at the UNISON national conference in Brighton, Eric Roberts, Branch Secretary of the London Ambulance Service UNISON branch became UNISON’s new president. He is joined on the presidential team by Carol Sewell and the newest vice president, Margaret McKee.     Eddie Brand, Branch Chair, Said “Eric is the first ambulance person to hold such a position. We are extremely proud and we know Eric will always put ambulance…