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Moves by Israel to ethnically cleanse the Sheikh Jarrah district of East Jerusalem of its Palestinian residents to make way for extremist Jewish Settlers has led to violence around the Al Aqsa mosque and in Gaza and Israel. You will have probably seen images on broadcast and printed media of the suppression of Palestinian demonstrations by armed Israeli police and of rocket fire and arial bombardment of civilian areas.

I wish to draw your attention to a number of church statements about this distressing situation in which people are being killed and injured.

The latest UNISON Nursing Newsletter is now available to download and print.

Trade unions in Britain and Ireland express our profound condemnation of the terrible state violence currently taking place in Colombia.

UNISON NI condemns the horrific violent government reaction, mounting death toll and growing numbers of 'disappeared' in Colombia in response to trade union organised protests.

UNISON welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister of Health, Robin Swann MLA, where he has indicated he intends to establish a Social Care Fair Work Forum to include HSC bodies, trade unions and employers. Commenting on the Minister’s announcement, UNISON Regional Secretary Patricia McKeown said: 

The theme for International Nurses’ Day this year is ‘A voice to lead – a vision for future healthcare’. Celebrate the day by joining our live event and sharing your story below.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown more than ever before the brilliance of our nursing family. Nurses have shown leadership at all levels of our health and care services to meet the extraordinary demands of the pandemic.

As the biggest trade union in healthcare, UNISON wants our branches and members to help us demonstrate how our nursing family have led during the pandemic.

A new leaflet has been produced for all health branches to encourage overseas nurses to join UNISON.

The leaflet informs potential members of support available through UNISON membership and highlights UNISON’s contribution to improving the application process.

In addition, the leaflet contains quotes, contributions and photos of UNISON members who have come to live in the UK and work in the NHS.

The leaflet can be viewed and downloaded by clicking the icon below:

The Belfast & District Trades Union Council and the Derry Trades Union Council will be running two separate programmes of online events for their May Day celebrations. You can download the programmes using the icons below.

UNISON will take part in an event on Thursday 6th May at 7pm titled Celebrating Trade Union Victories How We Won! discussing the successful health workers strike in November 2019 - January 2020. You can attend the event on zoom HERE

UNISON notes that Wednesday 28th April is International Worker’s Memorial Day. UNISON, together with other trade unions, have called on the observance of a minute’s silence at 11am. We have the full support of the Health Trusts.

Commenting on this, UNISON Regional Organiser, Nuala Conlon, said:

Commenting today (1st April) as UNISON members across all HSC Trusts join with NHS staff across the UK in calling for a decent pay rise as part of the One Team 2k campaign, UNISON Northern Ireland Head of Bargaining and Representation Anne Speed said:

“It may be April 1st, but UNISON members rights across Northern Ireland are saying loud and clear that they won’t be taken for fools. The 1% funding by the UK Government is a bad joke that is no laughing matter.