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This weekend UNISON will celebrate the NHS’ birthday and commemorate all those who have died from the coronavirus.

Welcome to this UNISON News update for members working in education in NI.

‘A workplace without a safety rep potentially puts the safety of our members at risk’

UNISON is aware that many childcare facilities are now beginning to re-open as the Covid-19 lockdown begins to ease and more people return to their workplaces. The definition of a keyworker that can access childcare has been expanded.

UNISON is here to provide advice and representation for our members working in childcare settings who may be concerned about the health and safety of the children they care for, their colleagues and themselves.

Hundreds of ambulance workers in Northern Ireland are to receive a pay rise amounting to several thousand pounds each, following an extensive period of campaigning and negotiation by UNISON.

Members of the union voted overwhelmingly to accept the pay offer from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service HSC Trust, which will be backdated to the beginning of 2017.  


Within the last 24 hours UNISON has been advised by Health and Social Care Trusts of a regional alert in relation to PPE Fit testing carried out for Trusts by an external company. We have been advised that some staff may have received a positive Fit test when in actual fact under HSE standards this may not have been the case.

UNISON has responded to the Department of Health Permanent Secretary in relation to the creation of a new Management Board for the Health Service. Our Regional Secretary, Patricia McKeown, has written to the Permanent Secretary (16th June) expressing serious concerns around democratic accountability and engagement with UNISON on the future of the health service.

UNISON is calling for the voice of the workforce to be heard by the Management Board. Our health and social care workers are at the frontline in dealing with Covid-19 and will take the lead in rebuilding services. 

UNISON, the largest union in the health and social care system, has met with the South Eastern Trust regarding the return of services to the Downe Hospital.