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Health workers in Northern Ireland are joining staff across the NHS calling on Rishi Sunak to recognise the work they've done to protect lives and fund a decent pay rise in this week's Budget, says UNISON today (​Monday).

More than 60,000 health care assistants, porters, operating theatre staff, nurses, caterers, ambulance staff, cleaners and members of the public have signed a letter to the Chancellor asking him to properly reward NHS staff for their work before and during the pandemic. 

The UNISON Education Committee welcomes the new networks launched by the Education Authority offering support for EA staff.

You can download and read the information about the networks below:

GLEAM - LGBT+ Friends Staff Network

EA LINK - Disability & Carers Staff Network


UNISON Community and Voluntary Sector Branch NI have  launched a campaign for all workers in the community and voluntary sector to receive a £500 covid recognition payment to recognise the work of staff in the sector during the covid pandemic.

UNISON has written to the Communities Minister asking for a £500 recognition payment.  As part of our campaign for the payment we are asking our members to complete this form to send a letter to their local MLA to support our claim for a covid recognition payment for all workers in the community and voluntary sector in NI.

The latest home care bulletin for members working in private domilicary / home care is now available to download and view here:

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The Education Trade Union Group (ETUG) of the Northern Ireland Committee of the ICTU has written to the Minister of Health today (15 February) calling on him to prioritise special school staff for the Cov-19 vaccination.

UNISON acknowledges the Health Ministers decision to award a special recognition payment to staff delivering health services. This is not a formal employer/union agreement and there are elements of its implementation which are outside our control. However, UNISON will seek to influence how the payment will be rolled out.

UNISON has been calling for Covid-19 vaccines to be available for all staff working in Special schools as a priority. We note the Education Minister's comments today at the Stormont Education Committee which suggest that vaccines will not be made available for all special school staff in the first instance, with health officials taking the lead in this programme. 

UNISON Northern Ireland Education members endorsing the union's call for the extension of free school meals to all children.  UNISON members in all schools are getting behind this campaign.

We are currently pressing for a well prepared re-start of the school meals service when schools re-open .

UNISONS Education and Local Government committee recently met and heard a special report on concerns from members working through the covid pandemic.

UNISON Student Nurse Network

UNISON welcomes the announcement to award students £2,000 for their contribution during this pandemic. Our students are the future of the health service, they have stepped up during this time, they have faced many challenges on the front line and some have had to give up their part time jobs in line with government guidance.