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First They Came - Pastor Martin Niemoller

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me.

Have you been asked to redeploy? Have you got questions?

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Your UNISON Health team has been working with Health employers to ensure there is support and clear arrangements for staff who may redeploy across the service.

This is not a formal redeployment agreement.

UNISON is deeply saddened by the death of our member Alan Henry, a dedicated member of the Dementia Team in the Northern Trust, who died from Covid 19 last week.

UNISON recognises that our members in education are playing a very strong and vital role in fighting back against the current surge in the covid pandemic.  We applaud their courage and determination.

The UNISON Education negotiating  team has  continued to engage with the Education system on the major issues of concern for our members working in special schools and in schools remaining open for children of essential and key workers .

UNISON, the largest trade union representing workers in the community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland is calling for sustained and continued funding to be secured by the Communities Minister to assist the sector with the long term effects of the covid pandemic

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey today announced a further £2.75 million for councils under the Covid-19 Community Support Fund to allow them to support the voluntary and community sector response to the continuing hardship created by the pandemic.

Football pundit Gary Lineker, comedian Jo Brand and Hollywood star David Oyelowo are among celebrities backing a fair pay campaign launched on Monday 11th January by health unions.

To mark International Thank You Day, the 14 unions are urging the public to use social media to champion the vital work of all health staff by supporting a decent pay rise.

UNISON welcomes the announcement by the Chief Social Worker that domiciliary care workers working for private sector providers will be able to be vaccinated at one of the Trust vaccination centres, following representations made by UNISON. This recognises the vital role that these workers play in caring for vulnerable people in the community and is an important step to ensure that both those they care for and workers themselves will be protected. Employers must ensure there is paid time for workers who are getting vaccinated so they are not left out of pocket for doing the right thing. 

Good news - Our members working for Electus Heath Care will now also be able to access the top up payment to make up 80% of their salary when they are forced to stay home because of Covid. 

UNISON Northern Ireland welcomes the election of Christina McAnea as our incoming General Secretary.