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!



Winter Fuel Payments

There for You, UNISON’s own charity has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of £50 per household.

  •  Only ONE application per household will be considered.
  • The maximum grant award is £50 and will be paid by cheque to the member.
  • There is a limited amount in the fund and, once exhausted, no further awards can be made.
  • Priority will be given to anyone who has not previously received a winter fuel grant.


Am I eligible for a Winter Fuel Grant?

To be considered for a grant, you must be able to show that you meet the following criteria: Either

  • You are in receipt of housing benefit  or  Your household net income is less than £18,000.    By ‘net income  we mean all salary after tax, national insurance, superannuation etc, and including your partner’s salary if applicable and benefits. However, do not include in your calculation Child Benefit, the childcare element only of Working Tax Credit if paid, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.
  • Neither you/your partner have savings in excess of £800 (including rolling bank balance)
  • You have not received a grant from UNISON There for you in the last 6 months.
  •   You must have paid a minimum of 4 weeks subscriptions before 1st December 2016 to apply.

Deadline: Your application must be received no later than 17 February 2017. For more information please follow this link:

International News

The IUF are asking us to support a group of 28 courageous workers who continue to fight for their rights. They were sacked for forming a union in a warehouse in West Bengal India contracted exclusively to PepsiCo. They have been offered their jobs back but they must leave the union in order to return to work. To offer your support please follow this link:


The IUF need our support for workers at Phillips Seafood, a US company with a chain of seafood restaurants on the US East Coast. It relies on brutal exploitation and disposable jobs for their Indonesian crabmeat.

To support these workers  and find out more please follow this link:


The Palestine Solidarity Campaign is asking the British Government why it is refusing permission for Palestinian medical experts to attend an academic conference. For more information please follow this link it also gives details on how you can help:



Nurses and Midwives alerted to re-registration changes

UNISON are urging nurses and midwives to renew their registration to the NMC before their current registration ends. If members miss the date they risk been removed from the register, members must renew and retain registration before the due date or their registration will lapse.

For more information please follow this link:

Local Pickets for Strike 7-11 am 24th November


Penn Hospital

Hallam Street

Edward Street

Stourbridge Health and social Care centre

Brierley Hill Health and social care centre

Manor Hospital

NHS England Birmingham, Solihull & Black Country Area team, Edgbaston

Local reps from this branch will be at pickets please members show your support and join us to send a message to the government that we want fair pay!

Strike 24th November 7-11

NHS workers are striking for the second time on Monday, there will be a 4 hour strike with the rest of the week all members working to rule. Members will be taking their breaks and not doing any unpaid overtime. Unison are asking the government to properly fund the NHS so that it can have enough staff who are well motivated and fairly paid. Our campaign is for:

  • immediate payment of the 1% consolidated sum to everyone, as recommended by the NHS Pay Review Body;
  • the living wage of £7.65 an hour for low paid staf;
  • an above inflation pay rise for 2015-16;
  • a commitment to future pay rises that will restore the value of NHS pay

So join your local picket line and send a clear message to the politicians, that we want fair pay.