UNISON Northern Ireland


UNISON is one of the UK's largest trade unions serving more than 1.3 million members. We represent 40,000 members in Northern Ireland.

Our members are full time and part time staff who provide public services, although they may be employed in both the public and private sectors.








Anne Speed UNISON lead negotiator for health unions in Northern Ireland expressed no surprise that the pay cap has been lifted by the Department of Finance.  The cap had already been breached in England Scotland and Wales as a result of a 3 year pay deal. But health workers here are already in a pay deficit, are in 4th place in the NHS pay bands and only offered a one year award.

There are proposals on the table from the Department of Health in response to our demand for an immediate minimum uplift of 3% and the living wage for the lowest paid.  A one year deal won't bridge the gap in pay or restore parity.  That remains our goal and our mandate from union members. 

We are now asking what can we expect in year two and three.  We want and deserve funding for uplifts in pay.  Health workers in England, Scotland and Wales have achieved and secured agreements.  Why should we accept anything less?


UNISON Guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme and Settled Status

UNISON has launched guidance for individual EU members and branches on the new settled status requirements for those who wish to continue living in the UK after its exit from the European Union.

Guidance is available below:


NJC Pay Offer 2018-2019 

Download the UNISON guide to the new NJC Pay Offer here. The leaflet outlines the proposed new pay scales and gives information on SCP scales by job title.


NIC ICTU Better Work Better Lives Campaign

UNISON NI supports the NIC ICTU Better Work Better Lives campaign. To find out more about the campaign and to pledge your support, follow the link below.


UNISON 2017 Health Trust Consultation Responses

On 24th August 2017 proposed cuts of £70 million across five Health Trusts were announced. UNISON attended the public meetings, gained speaking rights at each Trust board meeting and gathered information on the cuts for each Health Trust. We have submitted responses to each Trust on the impact the cuts will make on our members and the public in that area. We invite our members to download the responses using the icons below and stand with us against the cuts in your area.


UNISON 2017 NI Assembly Election Manifesto

UNISON has launched a manifesto outlining our expectations from politicians on issues such as health, social care, education, living wage, human rights, equality, poverty, the EU. We invite members to download the manifesto and use it to question candidates who come to your door about how they are going to make the lives of people across Northern Ireland better. UNISON encourages every member to vote.


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