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Christina McAnea hails important victory for staff involved in strikes or disputes

UNISON, alongside other unions representing 750,000 council and school support staff across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have criticised the 1.5% pay offer made by the Local Government Association.

UNISON, along with other unions, submitted a joint pay claim to the local government employers in February for a 10% pay rise. This would be payable from 1 April 2021.

Our joint claim represents a decent wage rise that’s both necessary to put a stop to poverty pay in local government and schools, and recognises the crucial role played by staff during the pandemic.

The theme for International Nurses’ Day this year is ‘A voice to lead – a vision for future healthcare’.

Moves by Israel to ethnically cleanse the Sheikh Jarrah district of East Jerusalem of its Palestinian residents to make way for extremist Jewish Settlers has led to violence around the Al Aqsa mosque and in Gaza and Israel. You will have probably seen images on broadcast and printed media of the suppression of Palestinian demonstrations by armed Israeli police and of rocket fire and arial bombardment of civilian areas.

I wish to draw your attention to a number of church statements about this distressing situation in which people are being killed and injured.

The latest UNISON Nursing Newsletter is now available to download and print.

Trade unions in Britain and Ireland express our profound condemnation of the terrible state violence currently taking place in Colombia.

UNISON NI condemns the horrific violent government reaction, mounting death toll and growing numbers of 'disappeared' in Colombia in response to trade union organised protests.

UNISON welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister of Health, Robin Swann MLA, where he has indicated he intends to establish a Social Care Fair Work Forum to include HSC bodies, trade unions and employers. Commenting on the Minister’s announcement, UNISON Regional Secretary Patricia McKeown said: 

The theme for International Nurses’ Day this year is ‘A voice to lead – a vision for future healthcare’. Celebrate the day by joining our live event and sharing your story below.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown more than ever before the brilliance of our nursing family. Nurses have shown leadership at all levels of our health and care services to meet the extraordinary demands of the pandemic.

As the biggest trade union in healthcare, UNISON wants our branches and members to help us demonstrate how our nursing family have led during the pandemic.

A new leaflet has been produced for all health branches to encourage overseas nurses to join UNISON.

The leaflet informs potential members of support available through UNISON membership and highlights UNISON’s contribution to improving the application process.

In addition, the leaflet contains quotes, contributions and photos of UNISON members who have come to live in the UK and work in the NHS.

The leaflet can be viewed and downloaded by clicking the icon below: