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Speaking at the annual women’s conference in Liverpool today (Friday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “In recent months a lid has been lifted on a sordid and seedy world, one we hoped we’d left behind. A world where rich and powerful men see women as objects, play things, and pawns in their quest for control.

Density will create power, says Margaret McKee, and help build a world where all people are treated with respect

“Our strength as a union comes from you, our members and our activists” and we need to “build up our density and strengthen our power.

That was the rallying call to delegates at UNISON’s Black members’ conference from president Margaret McKee, speaking in Liverpool this morning.

Building the union was essential, she said, because of “the challenges we face from the Westminster government … a government determined to undermine working people”.

UNISON have joined the ICTU campaign to sign a petition to protect jobs at Bombardier. 

It is with deep sorrow and sadness that we write to tell you that UNISON Assistant General Secretary, Cliff Williams, lost his long batttle with Cancer on Friday. Cliff was a good friend to UNISON Northern Ireland and supported us through many of our challenges.

Cliff was a giant in the trade union and labour movement and was the current chair of the North West regional Labour Party and a former chair of the North West TUC, but most of all he was a thoroughly decent person, working tirelessly for our members and our union.

The NI Ambulance Service and UNISON have joined together to launch a new project to improve the working lives, health and wellbeing of NIAS staff —ambulance, emergency control, non-emergency control, HR and admin support. 

Today (13 December 2017) the Department of Finance has determined a public sector pay policy for 2017/18 in the absence of a Finance Minister, finally paying UNISON members what they are already owed.  Following this announcement, the Department of Health has confirmed that the 1% pay award recommended in April for health and social care workers in Northern Ireland will now be implemented and backdated, with full implementation expected before the end of the financial year. 

Today (11 December 2017) the Department of Health has finally published the report of the Expert Advisory Panel on Adult Care and Support ‘Power to People: proposals to reboot adult care and support in N.I.’ which highlights the major problems facing the social care system and makes numerous proposals for reform. 

Responding to the report, UNISON Regional Secretary Patricia McKeown said:

Call to release £26 million owed to Health workers

UNISON have today received  a two-year NJC pay offer from the Local Government Employers (letter attached).  

Under the offer:

The UK government needs to show it is ‘genuinely committed’ to upholding the peace process, says the union

UNISON is backing an amendment to the controversial EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which seeks to preserve the rights enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement after the UK exits the EU.

The union’s backing for the amendment, which will be tabled by Labour’s shadow Brexit team during the committee stage of the bill in the House of Commons, comes after the Brexit negotiations stalled over proposals for the future of the Irish border.