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UNISON can reveal that the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) has recently been advised by the Department for Communities (DfC) to plan for a 5% reduction in funding for Supporting People Programmes for the 2017/18 financial year. UNISON understands that the NIHE will defer the cuts initially and then reduce funding by 6.5%.

Supporting People provides support to assist people to live independently in the community in a residential setting.  This includes help and support to people with disabilities, older people and young vulnerable people to name a few.

UNISON Head of Bargaining and Representation in the Health sector, Anne Speed‎ has responded with alarm to the news from the Southern Health Trust that services at the Emergency Department are to be curtailed.

She said “we are only too well aware of staff shortages right across the Health service and we know that on a given day last week there were 38 patients waiting for beds at Daisyhill Hospital.”

UNISON's Northern Ireland Health Committee has reacted with strong criticism of the Pay Review’s recommendation for a1% uplift for NHS workers.

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On Monday 20th February UNISON members joined the “1 Day Witout Us” celebration.

1 Day Without Us was a UK wide initiative that emerged following the EU referendum, to celebrate the contribution of migrants. It coincided with UN World Day of Social Justice and was also marked by a mass lobby in Westminster to ensure EU migrants’ rights were not used as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations.

Locally we had very positive events in various hospitals (RVH, Antrim and Craigavon) as well as an ICTU joined event outside city hall in Belfast.

The theme of International Women's Day 2017 is Peace, Solidarity and Sustenance #IWD17NI

Every year we celebrate International Women's Day to mark political, economic, social and cultural gains of women while highlighting the continued fight for equality. 

UNISON held a demo at Derry and Strabane Council meeting yesterday due to the ongoing threat to long term funding for Foyle Haven. 

When Elizabeth Cameron’s name was called out she froze for a second and stared ahead of her. Then she looked around as though she couldn’t believe her ears.

She had just been announced as one of two national winners of the inaugural Our Health Heroes Awards, held at UNISON Centre in London last night.

The awards were organised by UNISON, Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health.

They were part of UNISON’s One Team for Patient Care campaign, which aims to recognise and celebrate the work of the thousands of support staff who keep our NHS running.

A young survivor of domestic violence was Margaret McKee’s first disciplinary case as a union rep. What happened with that case influenced the course of her union activity, indeed her whole life, and ultimately led to her being awarded the prestigious TUC Women’s Gold Badge this summer.

So who is Margaret McKee, and what did she do to deserve the Gold Badge?

Margaret has been a catering assistant at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast for 37 years. On the day of her first disciplinary hearing as a rep, she was walking to the meeting with her young colleague.