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UNISON’s Retired Members’ Forum, alongside members from across Northern Ireland, will gather for a demonstration at 12.30pm on Wednesday 16th August outside the Department for Infrastructure on Adelaide Street, Belfast.

The Department for Infrastructure is considering making cuts to the SmartPass (Concessionary Fares Scheme).

This could mean:

UNISON rally at Belfast City Hall

UNISON Northern ​Ireland have joined with other health unions in sending a strong message to Secretary of State Chris Heaton Harris demanding pay justice.


We said “Health staff in Northern Ireland are, of course, now fully aware that the 2023-2024 pay uplift has been implemented in England and Wales. They are expecting you to use your economic governance authority, as demonstrated in the recent budget allocation you implemented for the current financial year, to address and resolve their outstanding pay claim."



A large number of claims were lodged some time ago with the Industrial Tribunal on behalf of UNISON members by our solicitors, Thompsons’ NI, against 5 Health Trusts on rates of pay for staff undertaking sleep-in shifts in residential facilities.


Permanent Secretary announces closure of Muckamore Abbey Hospital – UNISON warn alternatives must be adequately resourced.

UNISON, the largest trade union for health care workers in Northern Ireland is calling on the Department of Health to secure the necessary resources for alternative treatments and care in the community following yesterday’s announcement by Peter May, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health, to close Muckamore Abbey Hospital by June 2024.


UNISON give evidence to the Low Pay Commission on minimum wage rates for 2024

As part of a UK wide consultation on minimum wage rates for 2024, the Low Pay Commission (LPC), is meeting with trade unions in Northern Ireland on Thursday 6th July. Forming part of the trade union delegation, UNISON will be meeting with the LPC to recommend among other things:


·         A ‘national living wage’ of at least two-thirds of average earnings in 2024


UNISON health reps from a number of workplaces will gather  to protest at 12.30 on Wednesday June  28th outside the NIO, Erskine House, Belfast 

As NHS workers in England and Wales this week will have more money in their pay packets, health staff in Northern Ireland are once more being left behind.

Stephanie Greenwood, UNISON Convenor for Health reps will tell the protestors :

UNISON has written to the Education Authority setting out serious concerns on media stories on developments in EA cleaning services.

The release of invoices to schools which indicate increase in the cost of provision of these cleaning services comes at a time of budget cuts for schools.

UNISON has raised several questions on this development and has warned that any detrimental effects on job security or terms and conditions will be resisted.

We have also written to teaching trade unions urging their support for sustainable EA cleaning services.

UNISON members on EA contracts in EDUCATION will be asked before the new school year to consider forms of industrial action to secure movement on the long promised pay and grading review. Watch out for contact from UNISON.

In the meantime, we are aware that Unite union have notified the EA of industrial action by their membership on Thursday June 15th. 

Along with other unions representing staff in EA support services, Nipsa and the GMB, we in UNISON believe that all unions should step out together.

UNISON, the largest health union in the Southern Trust, outlines their major concerns at the Southern Trust Board meeting today regarding the crisis in services in Daisy Hill Hospital.

Today, Thursday 25th May 2023 a delegation from UNISON, the health union and the largest union in the Southern Trust, addressed the Southern Trust Board at it’s meeting in Newry.