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



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 nmc.org.uk/nurse2030.

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/

Are You a Nursing Associate?

The first 1,000 trainee nursing associates started their training programme in January, and the second 1,000 are due to start in April.

UNISON has set up a Facebook group for trainee nursing associates. It is a closed group so only verified members can join. We hope it will provide a safe space where UNISON trainee nursing associates can interact with each other, and we can engage with them as a group on key issues such as plans for forthcoming NMC regulation.

If you are on the nursing associate programme, please use this link to our nursing associate webpage:  https://www.unison.org.uk/at-work/health-care/representing-you/nursing/nursing-associates/ From here you can join the closed Facebook Page.

If you are on the programme please also inform your local Branch that your role has changed so we can update the UNISON database.

Pay Review Body Recommends 1% Pay Increase For NHS Staff

Health care staff are working hard to provide services in challenging situations and under increasing pressure. Staff are giving 100% but only getting a 1% pay rise in return. We need to fight for a descent pay rise as the gap is growing between take home pay and household expenditure.

Low pay also makes it tough for the NHS to hold onto experienced employees and recruit the next generation. And without enough staff, patient care will suffer.

What do you think as our members about the pay increase, please talk to your local reps and give us your views.