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The members and staff of UNISON Northern Ireland mourn the passing of our former General Secretary, Rodney Bickerstaffe, a champion of working class people everywhere and our good friend. 

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Pat and to all the family. We will truly miss him. 

Patricia McKeown, Regional Secretary, UNISON NI

Today (Tuesday 26th September) UNISON members and health service workers, gathered at Stormont to protest against the proposed £70 million cuts across the health Trusts. 

Speaking at the protest, organised by NIC ICTU, UNISON's Anne Speed said: "There are profound concerns about the actions taken by Mr Pengelly and his department, which will, as publicly stated by clinicians, put patients and clients at risk and are causing widespread public concern".

NHS unions are today (Friday) breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK.

UNISON is challenging all 5 Health and Social Care Trusts to refuse to make the further £70 Million cuts demanded by the Department of Health. UNISON is demanding that the Trusts say 'enough is enough' and refuse to make cuts that will damage the health of the public and threaten the rights of our members. 

UNISON are fighting hard to protect our members, their families and their communities from these cuts. We will not stand aside while the public suffers and will use all means to protect the future of our public health service and our members. 

Tomorrow (24th August) UNISON, the largest union in the health service, will challenge all five Health Trust Boards to refuse to comply with a demand for a further £70m in cuts.

The Trusts have been asked by the Department of Health to produce these cuts, despite the absence of a Commissioning Plan, and in the face of financial crisis.

UNISON will remind all Trusts that they have both legal and moral obligations to the people of Northern Ireland and to the health service workforce.

                                                                                                                                                                                    

The theme of this years Belfast Pride was 'Demand Change.' There were many events and activities running throughout last week. 

UNISON are proud to support the Belfast Pride Festival. 

We have two events taking place, the first is the UNISON Pride and Visability Art Exhibition running from 31 July - 7 August 2017 in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfats.The Pride & Visibility Art Exhibition showcases some amazing work from various artists across Northern Ireland. More Info can be found HERE

The Second event we are hosting is STAND UP FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY....stand up comedy night 

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