UNISON Northern Ireland

Campaigns and Public Policy

As a union everything we do is about creating a better life for our members. Because of our direct involvement with our membership we are acutely aware of the issues which are important to them and their futures. In the current climate, where a massive attack is being launched on the public services, campaigning and influencing the development of public policy have never been more important. 

UNISON is constantly campaigning on behalf of our members about issues such as:

  • Protecting vital public services from austerity and the negative effects of privatisation and outsourcing

  • The overall economic situation and impact of welfare reform

  • Protecting the rights of workers and their jobs and conditions across specific sectors

  • The rights of all children to a high quality education

  • Reforming our health and social care system to create a public health model for our members and their families which aims to eradicate health inequalities

  • Care for older people and their families

  • Mental health care for our members and their families - with a particular focus on suicide

  • Job opportunities and career development for our members and their families

  • Better use of public money to create local jobs, tackle disadvantage and improve the economy

  • Better delivery of public services to tackle poverty and inequality on the basis of objective need

  • Encouraging the use of partnership working with employers, producing real outcomes on improved care and satisfaction for patients, clients, and health and social care workers alike

  • Challenging both cuts to funding for the community and voluntary sector and the misuse of the sector as a substitute for public services

  • Building the human rights and equality framework, both to ensure the development of progressive policies and to tackle discrimination

  • Working together to build the local movement on peace

  • Protecting our members, their families and communities from the negative effects of an end to the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.

We campaign on these issues to make sure that Government takes the actions needed to improve the social and economic position of all the people, protects their rights and promotes equality of opportunity for all.  

You can view our Current Campaigns by following the link.

Current Campaigns

NJC Pay Offer 2020

In July, UNISON members in education and local government who are on contracted NJC terms and conditions will be asked to decide whether to accept or reject the employers' final offer of 2.75%. This is the best that can be achieved by negotiation.

The final pay offer includes:

Health and Safety Covid-19: What you need to know

As the lockdown restrictions continue to be relaxed in different ways in Northern Ireland, UNISON has rounded up the essential Health & Safety information our members and activists need to know.  If you have concerns about what is happening in your workplace or would like to become a health & safety rep, please contact your branch. You can find branch details here.

You can view the full campaign here.

Stars in Our Schools

About Stars in Our Schools

Stars in Our Schools is a celebration of school support staff. UNISON has organised the day to celebrate the wonderful work they do every day and to make sure the world knows just how vital they are to children’s education.

On Friday 24 November 2017 schools across the UK held ceremonies, put on special assemblies and even dressed up as super heroes to celebrate.

The Living Wage

UNISON is campaigning for a living wage

UNISON is campaigning both locally and nationally for a living wage.

We are campaigning across the country with low-paid workers for individual employers to pay the living wage and campaigning nationally for a new, higher statutory minimum which reflects the living wage.

Over a parliament, steep increases to the minimum wage should be implemented to bring it into line with the UK living wage.

One team for patient care

When people think of the NHS, they probably think of doctors, nurses and paramedics. But what about the rest of the NHS workforce who work behind the scenes and carry out hundreds of different roles every day to make sure that patients and their families get the best treatment possible? We want to promote the message that all NHS staff, whatever their job, play an important role in delivering quality patient care in their own different ways.