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Union vows to fight for the rights of all people in Northern Ireland

UNISON vowed to support members in Northern Ireland and the union’s structures in the nation to defend the Good Friday Agreement and work for human rights, when its national delegate conference opened for business in Brighton this morning.

Motions on delivering on the promise of the agreement, and protecting human rights and equality in Northern Ireland were at the top of the agenda as delegates began their discussions.

"UNISON is not just a trade union, it is a family,” president Margaret McKee declared as she marked her final presidential week by opening the union’s national delegate conference in Brighton this morning.

She told delegates that it had been a great honour to be president for the past 12 months, though she had her first experience of presidential duties in tragic circumstances the year before, alongside then senior vice president Carol Sewell, when president Eric Roberts tragically died part way through his term.

On Friday 8th June, UNISON’s Head of Bargaining and Representation, Anne Speed, together with trade unions and the Education Authority JNC, signed the Joint Declaration of Protection for Dignity at Work and Inclusive Working Environment.

 

UNISON, the largest Trade Union for health and social care workers in Northern Ireland, will be holding a demonstration today at Quality Care Offices in Belfast to call on the company to provide their homecare workers with better terms and conditions of employment and to meet their obligations under minimum wage legislation. The demonstration will commence at 12 noon to 1pm at Quality Care’s Offices, Castlereagh Road, Belfast.

Today NHS workers in England have endorsed a deal which delivers pay adjustments to the NHS wide Agenda for Change agreement.

Anne Speed Head of Bargaining and Representation has now called “for direct engagement with the Department and Employers to discuss steps that must now be taken to close the pay gap for NHS workers here."

Health staff here she said are no longer prepared to remain at the bottom of the pay list.

A short clip released by The Irish Congress of Trade Unions supporting the campaign to Repeal the 8th.

This documentary tells the story of pregnant women who were diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormality in Irish hospitals. These women travelled aboard for termination because the Irish law denied them this treatment at home. Their group TFMR (Termination for Medical Reasons) are now lobbying to have the law changed.

Produced by artists.

 

Today (14th May 2018) the Department of Health has published a new health and social care workforce strategy for Northern Ireland. Responding to the announcement, UNISON Head of Bargaining and Negotiations Anne Speed said:

Sending greetings to members of the RCN gathering next week in Belfast, Anne Speed Head of Bargaining and Representation, UNISON NI said

"Over 10,000 of our nursing family members share with RCN members pressures and difficulties on the front line and know only too well how nurses steadfastly hold services together and deliver daily high standards of care to patients and the people.

You are invited to join PROCESSIONS, one of the UK’s largest ever mass participation artworks, produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW. 

On Sunday 10 June 2018, women and girls - including those who identify as women and non-binary individuals - will walk together in their tens of thousands through Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. Participants will be given green, white or violet to wear to represent the colours of the suffrage movement.

UNISON today (26th April 2018) welcomes recent media coverage by the BBC of the impact of the menopause on women, which has highlighted the experiences of our own members working within health and social care.  Commenting on the coverage, UNISON Women’s Committee Joint Chair Roberta Magee said:

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