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A MESSAGE OF THANKS FOR ALL UNISON MEMBERS IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES – YOU HAVE MADE THE DIFFERENCE!

UNISON, the largest union in the health and social services system, has today (16th January) agreed to ballot our members and suspend industrial action.

This morning UNISON’s Health Leadership met to consider a Framework Agreement in relation to the long running industrial dispute on pay parity and safe staffing in the health service.

The agreement was reached last night after many hours of intensive negotiations between the trade union group and the Department of Health. 

UNISON Head of Bargaining Anne Speed, the lead Trade Union negotiator said:

Today (14th January) UNISON has led a delegation of trade unions to meet the new Minister for Health, Robin Swann MLA, to discuss resolution of the ongoing industrial dispute on pay parity and safe staffing levels.

JOINT TRADE UNION PRESS STATEMENT

Responding to a request from the new Health Minister, Anne Speed  UNISON’s Head of Bargaining and Lead Secretary of the Joint Trade Union Group of  Health Unions has agreed to lead a delegation to meet him on Tuesday 14th January .

Today (10th January) UNISON members working across the health and social services system are continuing their strike action over the lack of pay parity with NHS workers in Scotland, England and Wales and on safe staffing levels.

Today (10th January) UNISON notes that several parties have confirmed their support for a deal to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland. Responding to this, UNISON Regional Secretary Patricia McKeown said:

“We welcome the fact that several of our political parties have now reached agreement for the restoration of government.

Today (7th January) UNISON has noted the statement from the Chief Executives of the HSC Trusts seeking that unions postpone industrial action scheduled for this week.

Commenting on this, UNISON Head of Bargaining and Representation, Anne Speed said:

Today (6th January) UNISON, the largest union across the health and social services system, can announce that our members working across the health service will be taking strike action on Friday 10th January. This is a continuation of the industrial action that commenced in November 2019 over the lack of pay parity with NHS workers in Scotland, England and Wales and over unsafe staffing levels.

Details of the strike action can be found on the UNISON website via the link below:

The UK Government has announced new hourly rates for the National Minimum Wage from April 1st 2020 after consulting the Low Pay Commission:
from £8.21 to £8.72 of those aged 25 and over;
from £7.70 to £8.20 for 21-24 year olds
from £6.15 to £6.45 for 18-20 year olds
from £4.35 to £4.55 for Under 18s
from £3.90 to £4.15 for Apprentices

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