The NHS Pay Deal – Year 2

Recap of the three-year deal in England In 2018 the NHS Staff Council agreed to reform the NHS pay structure over a three-year period covering April 2018 to March 2021. This reform delivered the following: Won the argument that the top of the band was the full rate for the job Secured an additional £4.2 billion to fully fund the deal for directly employed NHS staff Living wage as the…

Rest Break Policy – End of Shift Arrangements

As you are well aware the LAS bulletin on the 18th December 2017 announced the new rest break policy. As described in the bulletin, work has since been ongoing between myself as the nominated staff side Trade Union lead and Craig Harman as the management lead to resolve the issues at the end of shifts for frontline operational crews in particular late finishes after having a rest break. From the…

How UNISON changed the law: the story behind our success

How UNISON won the most significant judicial intervention in the history of British employment law On Wednesday 26 July, a grey and rainy morning, UNISON members and staff gathered outside the Supreme Court in London, awaiting the outcome of a four-year legal battle. UNISON has been fighting the government in court over a vital component of workers’ rights and last week the Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court –…

LAS UNISON MEMBERS RECEIVE EXTRA PAY FOLLOWING UNISON VICTORY IN SUPREME COURT

LAS UNISON are pleased to confirm that colleagues in the LAS will now be receiving extra pay from July, following a successful legal fight that ended in victory for UNISON in the Supreme Court earlier this year. The Supreme Court found in the Employment Case ‘British Gas Trading Limited v Mr ZJ Lock (represented by UNISON)’, that anyone whose wages included an element of commission can no longer be paid…

UNISON’s tribunal fee verdict is a victory for everyone in work

UNISON has won a landmark court victory today (Wednesday) against the government, which means that employment tribunal fees will now be scrapped. The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has unanimously ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees four years ago. From today, anyone who has been treated illegally or unfairly at work will no longer have to pay to take…

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…

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