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Dave Prentis has responded to the governments announcement that the pay cap will be scrapped, his response can be found at:

UNISON’s petition ‘Pay Up Now! – Scrap the pay cap and give public servants a meaningful pay rise’ will be debated in Parliament on 4 December. The petition can be found via this link:

You can also join the UNISON and TUC Lobby of Parliament on Pay details can be found at:


Lift the Pay Cap


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The 1% Pay Cap has meant that many public service workers are up to £3000 worse off than they were in 2010. The Pay Cap is affecting recruitment and retention of staff as well as the economy. Public service worker’s disposable income has reduced with many struggling to make ends meet.

After seven long years of pay cuts public service workers deserve much more!  We welcome the news today that prison and police officers will have their pay cap lifted but this does not go far enough and the campaign must continue!

Employment Tribunal Fees Scrapped.

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UNISON has won the legal battle to get Tribunal fees scrapped. UNISON has fought for the last 4 years and the Supreme court has now ruled that the Government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the Tribunal fees.

The Government will have to refund more than £27m to the thousands of people charged for taking claims to tribunals  since July 2013, when fees were introduced.

For more information please visit:

School Uniform Grants

UNISON have In addition to the normal range of services and in a response to the growing difficulties many members on low income face. A programme has been put in place that will assist our most vulnerable members with the cost of purchasing school uniforms.

For more information and to apply for this grant please use this link:

The Women Chain Makers’ Festival 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017 11am-5pm

Cradley Heath High Street B64 5HJ

Step back in time and learn about the Women Chain makers’ from 1910. Join the parade, join the workers picnic (bring a packed lunch), listen to the live music and the different speakers throughout the day. There will also be face painting, circus skills, arts and crafts. A lovely day out for the whole family!

More information can be found at:



NMC Consultation

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has launched a major consultation on plans for big changes to how nurses are educated and what they can be expected to do once qualified.

Proposals for the new education and assessment standards include:

  • Increasing the limit on the number of practice hours using simulated situations rather than real-life patients from 300 to 1,150 out of 2,300;
  • changes to the system for how students are mentored while on placement;
  • adding prescribing theory to the degree programme.

You can find full details on the NMC website at

Mental Health Matters

UNISON is the largest health union in the NHS and believe that there should be proper support and investment in all mental health services.

There is increased demand and chronic underfunding impacting on the patients who use the services and the staff that provide them.

Do you want to support this UNISON campaign? If the answer is yes please follow this link: There are links to previous articles, you can sign up for updates and help to get our message out!