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UNISON Demonstration Against Cuts to Bryson Care Workers’ Terms & Conditions in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry

31 May 2017 – for immediate release

On Friday 26 May 2017 the campaign group 'WOMEN AGAINST STATE PENSION INEQUALITY' known as WASPI day of action will be meeting at Belfast City Hall tomorrow at 11am. 

The WASPI group hope to be meeting with MLAs and MPs regarding the need for women to be seen as equals. 

UNISON retired members and organisers will be supporting the WASPI campaign tomorrow. 

For more information on the campaign please see the WASPI website HERE


Responding to the terror attack at Manchester Arena, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“This was a despicable act designed to cause maximum pain and suffering. It’s barbaric beyond words that this happened at a concert attended by so many children and young people.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected including the wounded, those searching for loved ones, and those grieving a terrible loss.

The UNISON National Young Members Weekend took place 12th -14th May in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Northern Ireland region was represented by 10 of our young members including Sinead Liddy who is the chairperson for the National Young Members Forum. This is the 1st year Northern Ireland had 10 young members attend the weekend, seven of which had never attended before.

During the course of the weekend each region Young Members work together to design a campaign on issues that affect Young Members in their own region.

Bryson Care is part of the larger Bryson Charitable Group and provides domiciliary care services across Northern Ireland.  In recent months the company was successful in securing a contract with the Western Health and Social Care Trust to provide domiciliary care services to people across the Trust geographical area.  UNISON learned that Bryson Care were planning to overhaul the terms and conditions of their domiciliary care workforce. 

UNISON held a a protest outside the offices in Derry on Monday 8 May 2017. 

UNISON Branches all over Northern Ireland held small events to thank nurses for the work they do. International nurses day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.

UNISON thank all nurses for the contribution they make to society and will continue to fight for the progression of their workplace rights. 

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council will tomorrow (Saturday 13th May 2017) hold a rally calling on all citizens of the area to give their support to Daisy Hill and oppose any closure to the Emergency Department at the hospital.  Catherine Farrell, UNISON Newry and Mourne Branch Secretary, will address the rally on behalf of trade unions at Daisy Hill Hospital and is expected to say:


The UNISON NI Organising Awards 2017 took place on Wednesday 10 May 2017. Here UNISON gave recognition to those branches and stewards who have went the extra mile in 2016. It was a great day with many uplifting stories of how working together can effect positive change for workers and the community.

UNISON are encouraged by the work of the branches, their members and the stewards who work hard all year round to help give people a voice and confidence to tackle work place and community issues.

The prize categories and winners were as follows:



UNISON will be celebrating International Nurses Day 2017, local branches will be engaging with nursing members at small events to celebrate the amazing work that nurses do all year round. Photos to follow.

UNISON the largest Trade Union for health and social care workers in Northern Ireland will be holding a demonstration today at Bryson Care Offices in Derry to protest against the company’s plans to reduce the terms and conditions of employment of their domiciliary/homecare workforce. The demonstration will commence at 1pm at Bryson Care’s Offices, Gortfoyle House, Spencer Road, Derry.