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UNISON is in mourning at the death of our own Pamela Dooley - an inspirational and utterly determined trade union leader.

As our Head of Organising, Pamela helped UNISON to grow to the largest union in Northern Ireland.   Along the way she touched the lives of thousands of workers and their families.  We owe her a great debt.

UNISON education workers meeting in emergency session have condemned action to remove the budget for the extended schools programme.

The Department of Education informed principals of the decision by letter this week. It said funding for the programme would not be available after June.

It follows the ending of Happy, Healthy Minds and Engage schemes, as well as the 'holiday hunger' allowance.

UNISON has launched a major consultation with thousands of members working in schools and the Education Authority.

Encouraging members to have their say on major issues and challenges, this is a big exercise in member participation.

Pay levels and resistance to cuts are key issues raised with members and we want to hear directly from them.

We already know members are determined not to be ignored. The continuing political stalemate will not be accepted for delays in resolving pay issues or cuts to funding for Education.

The results are in!


UNISON Health members have voted to accept the NHS England pay offer. 53% of members eligible to vote returned their votes,

74% of them voted for and 26% voted against.

Other unions will be closing their England ballots over the next two weeks. NHS staff council trade union side will then make a formal response to the government and employers.

Anne Speed, Head of Bargaining and Representation in UNISON leading a delegation of health trade unions delivered a strong message to the Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris that Health workers in Northern Ireland need a pay rise, they need pay justice. 

The meeting was also attended by the Department of Health, where the Secretary of State was told that workers won't accept the removal of pay parity (restored in 2019) by default. 

He was also told that health workers will not wait until Stormont returns. 

UNISON rally at Belfast City Hall



After 4 months of industrial action including 4 full-day strikes across the health and social services system, the determination of health workers has finally brought the government to the negotiating table. The Secretary of State, Department of Health and Health Trade Union Negotiators will now meet on Wednesday


UNISON members across the health service in Northern Ireland remain determined not to be ignored and take a seat at the back of the bus. 

Strike action goes ahead as planned.

Picket line information

UNISON is deeply concerned by reports today (30th March 2023) that the Department of Education intends to end funding for a range of important programmes designed to support children and young people. Responding to this, UNISON Head of Bargaining and Representation Anne Speed, said:

The Joint Secretaries from NIPSA, UNISON, GMB and Unite (JTUS) met with the Mark Browne, Permanent Secretary - Department of Education (DE) and Mark Bailey - Director of Workforce and Martin Monaghan – Workforce Planning Team on 29th March.

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the implementation of the EA Pay and Grading review, which was submitted to the Department of Education in February 2023.
The meeting was a robust, frank exchange of opinions. The following are the salient points from the meeting.

The Secretary of State had an opportunity last night to put a proposal to striking health workers which would have allowed us to suspend industrial action.

Instead, neither he nor any NIO representative turned up at the meeting and the local health leadership simply stated that it did not have any money with which to make an offer.  

Consequently, thousands of health workers will now take 24 hour strikes across the system on 31st March and 3rd April.