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!



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:

International News

IUF Campaign

We have previously highlighted a campaign from the IUF to defend basic trade union rights at the upscale Bagan Hotel River View in Myanmar (Burma), management is now screening job applicants to identify potential union supporters. Applicants are asked if they know anyone who is a union member and are warned that if they join the union they will fail their probation. Additionally, management attempted to force out older workers active in the union by ordering workers over 60 to resign within 24 hours. We need to support our fellow trade union members and you can do this by following this link:

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign

Are you interested in what is happening in Cuba and want to know the reality behind the headlines. You need to attend the Cuban Futures Conference. It is Saturday 3rd October 9.30-5.00 in London. For more information about the keynote speakers and how to book your place please follow this link:

UNISON National Conference

We have two of our Reps at the UNISON National Conference. Mr Prentis told delegates in Glasgow today that the union was ready, willing and able to face the “storm to come” following the shock result of the general election.

“We are under attack from a vicious, vindictive Tory government – attacking our jobs, the services we provide, attacking our democracy, attacking our funding, even our right to exist,” he said.

“Our union is in the firing line like never before.

“But if we decide to fight, no-one can stop us.”

For more information on his speech please follow this link:

TASC Membership

Launched in Spring 2015, TASC has been formed through the collaboration of a number of funds across the UK including the Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund (ASBF) to create a national fund for the benefit of Ambulance Services personnel.

MEMBERSHIP OF TASC is open to those who currently work or have previously worked in the UK ambulance services or who are studying towards a career in the service and enrolled on a recognised ambulance services course.

SUPPORTER OF TASC If you are not employed or have never been employed in UK ambulance services but would like to support TASC, please join us as a TASC SUPPORTER. If you have received support from any part of ambulance services and would like to say thank you, please join us as a TASC SUPPORTER.

More Information can be found by following these links:

TASC leaflet

TASC Membership