Employment Tribunal Fees Scrapped.

<a href=”http://www.canstockphoto.co.uk”>(c) Can Stock Photo / Altsha</a>

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: https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2017/07/tribunal-fees-victory/

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: https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2017/05/24341.pdf

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: https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/2017-women-chainmakers-festival-july-1



Health Conference

UNISON’s National Health Conference has started this week in Liverpool, as a branch we have delegates attending and under discussion already is the Health bursary. The removal of the bursary in Autumn this year has already had a disastrous impact on nurse places.

The House of Lords will discuss the 25% drop in nursing degree applications following the proposals. At the same time, Brexit has already reduced European Union migrant nursing and midwifery registrations by more than 90%.

For the full article please visit: https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2017/04/healthconf-bursaries/

For more information on the issues discussed at conference please visit: https://www.unison.org.uk/

Crisis in Home Care

UNISON has been campaigning on the crisis in homecare for a long time. Due to government cuts, councils are increasingly outsourcing the care of the most vulnerable people in our society – the sick, the old and the disabled. It results in illegally low wages and 15-minute visits.

UNISON have made a short film highlighting this issue you can view it at: http://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2017/04/15-minute-care-makeover-from-hell/

A petition has been started asking for more funding for social care: https://action.unison.org.uk/page/7454/petition/1

Do you know an Outstanding Care Assistant?

If the answer is yes then it is time to nominate them for an award sponsored by UNISON

An awards scheme run by the Cavell Nurses Trust is to celebrate the work of healthcare assistants for the first time.

UNISON is encouraging health professionals to nominate colleagues who demonstrate consistently high standards of care in their work as part of the NHS team.

More information can be found at: https://www.unison.org.uk/news/press-release/2017/04/time-to-nominate-the-uks-outstanding-healthcare-assistants-says-unison/

To nominate please follow this link: https://www.cavellnursestrust.org/qualified-nurse-awards/jean-atkinson-mbe-award-for-outstanding-healthcare-assistant/apply

Changes with Agency Staff in the NHS

The NHS from the 1 April 2017 will not be using agencies to employ individuals who are substantively employed elsewhere in the NHS. Trusts subject to the agency rules will only be able to engage substantive NHS staff working additional hours through staff banks, and / or overtime, and deduct PAYE as appropriate.

UNISON’s Concerns:

Our recent pay survey results showed that – of those doing additional work – 7% were doing this via agencies.  This is therefore likely to cut off an existing route by which members can ‘top up’ their salary to make up for inadequate pay rises.

If this instruction leads to more staff being asked to work additional hours, we  will want our members to be paid at the correct rate.

Staff in the NHS are already working under considerable pressure.  This instruction may translate into greater demands for staff to work extra hours.  We are worried that the potential impact on the health and wellbeing of staff may not be considered.

If this impacts you as members we want to hear from you, please talk to your local reps.

NHS Improvement has paused plans to ban health service employees from picking up extra work with agencies, following a campaign by UNISON.

UNISON head of health Christina McAnea has made a statement on the National UNISON website: https://www.unison.org.uk/news/press-release/2017/03/unison-welcomes-u-turn-on-nhs-agency-work-ban/