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The new UNISON Lottery has arrived. Relaunched on 1 February, all members can enter the monthly draw for as little as £1 a month and be in with the chance of winning prizes up to £1,000.

It’s also a powerful way to support There for You, the charity for UNISON members.

Every year, more than 3,000 members and their families come to There for You for help – often in desperation, with difficulties in their personal lives.

UNISON president Margaret McKee works at the Royal Victoria hospital in Belfast

UNISON president and hospital catering assistant Margaret McKee gives a rousing speech at the union’s women’s conference in Liverpool.

Ms Mckee works at the Royal Victoria hospital in Belfast and told conference of the challenges she sees her colleagues and patients facing.

“Operations are being cancelled,” she said. “People are dying before they can be treated.”

And there are problems all public sector workers face:

Dr Helen Pankhurst addresses UNISON women’s conference

The great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst spoke of the ‘feminist moment’ we are having today, when she spioke at UNISON’s biggest ever women’s conference.

Dr Helen Pankhurst told the conference in Liverpool: “2018 seems potentially as symbolically important as 1918… If we can change social norms and change legislation when it’s needed, that is when the magic happens.”

Dr Pankhurst has just written a book entitled Deeds Not Words.

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: