NEC told: ‘We will hold government to account on COVID-19’

First remote national executive council hears tributes to UNISON members who have lost their lives during the coronavirus crisis Supporting our members during the coronavirus pandemic has been UNISON’s mission during the current crisis – but we will also be their voice to hold this government to account, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis told the […]

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NHS Trade Unions’ Blueprint for Return

As we enter what could be the start of a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, discussion has turned to how the NHS restarts those services that were stepped down during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the pressure that staff have been under and the risk to their health and well-being – and that […]

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NHS Pension Scheme – Age Discrimination update

The government is developing proposals to address the unlawful age discrimination identified by the Court of Appeal in the 2015 reforms to the Judicial and Firefighters’ pension schemes. More information on the ruling and its implications for the NHS Pension Scheme can be found here: https://www.unison.org.uk/health-news/2020/01/latest-pension-age-discrimination-ruling/ The government has already announced it will take steps […]

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Support for family and friends of deceased members

We are so saddened to hear of members dying from COVID-19, including so many who have died in the line of duty, as they try to help others in this unprecedented time. We want you to know that if you’re the family or friend of a UNISON member that has died, we’re here to help. […]

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There for You launches COVID-19 response fund

New fund will help members facing particular need because of the pandemic There for You is UNISON’s unique charity, set up to help members in difficulties – and this year, the COVID-19 crisis is making life harder for many of our already-stretched members. Carol Sewell is a trustee for the charity – and a member […]

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Impact of Covid-19 on Black staff in the NHS

The disproportionate impact of Covid-19, and the response to it, is a matter of concern for the whole union. We urgently await the analysis and report from the Public Health England Ethnicity Review which is looking at the impact in the general population (due end May). It is hoped that learning from the Review will […]

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