Inside the NHS’s winter crisis

The nation is in panic over the so-called ‘winter crisis’ in the NHS. But according to paramedic and LAS UNISON member Jason Anderson, such pressures have become “the norm” for health staff on the frontline Among the procedural messages that paramedic Jason Anderson and his ambulance colleagues receive on their onboard computers as they drive through London, one particular request from hospitals is becoming more and more frequent: Extreme pressure…

NHS pay – UNISON response to Budget

Government announces additional funding for NHS pay In the Budget on 22 November 2017 the Chancellor confirmed additional funding could be made available for NHS pay for 2018/19. This is a marked change from Government position in previous years, where a 1% absolute cap was announced in advance and artificially constrained each pay round. However, they have also announced that additional funding will be contingent on agreement with the NHS…

Former Dynasty star highlights UNISON’s Pay Up Now! campaign

Giving public service workers a pat on the back isn’t going to put food on their table A new UNISON film, featuring former Dynasty actor Stephanie Beacham, takes a tongue-in-cheek look at why the government should give teaching assistants, paramedics, refuse collectors and other public service workers a pay rise. The two-minute satirical Pat on the Back film highlights the government’s hypocritical attitude to public servants – commending their dedication…

UNISON calls on government to fund a proper NHS pay rise

‘NHS staff and their families need a pay award that stops the rot’ UNISON is breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK. Working with the other NHS trade unions, UNISON has written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond, urging  him to earmark funds in the November Budget for a pay rise in line with…

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…

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‟…

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