DON'T TRUST THE CONSERVATIVES WITH THE NHS, SAYS UNISON GENERAL SECRETARY
25th April 2017
Speaking to UNISON's annual health conference in Liverpool today (Monday), general secretary Dave Prentis said:
"With the election just over six weeks away, the NHS needs those who have the will, the spirit and the dedication to fight for it, and to save it.
When the country goes to the polls, everything that matters to NHS staff is on the line - their jobs, their wages, and the UK's public services.
With Brexit on the horizon, the government is putting employment rights, jobs and public services on the line. It wants a renewed mandate to make everyone worse off and easier to fire.
That must not be allowed to happen. We will fight to make sure this government is defeated on 8 June.
Huge damage has been done by seven years of Conservative governments. As its candidates knock on doors and appear on TV screens asking for votes, remember you can't trust a word they say.
Theresa May said - over and over again - there would be no snap general election. Yet she went back on her word last week.
Before the last election - just two years ago - Jeremy Hunt and George Osborne both said they'd properly fund our NHS. Instead, as the need becomes greater, funding is becoming scarcer, and health workers are being asked to do more with less.
You cannot trust the Conservatives with the National Health Service - especially when it comes to pay. Yet again NHS employees been offered a so-called wage rise of 1%.
Yet again public service champions have been let down - when inflation is on the rise, food costs more at the supermarket, and prices are going up at the petrol pumps.
One per cent isn't a pay rise. It's a pay cut, and an insult too. Especially when NHS workers go above and beyond every day, caring for patients and keeping the health service running.
Health employees shouldn't be made to feel like they're being taken for granted. They are giving 100%, but getting just 1% in return.
The Prime Minister must guarantee that EU citizens living in our country, making their lives here, working in our public services and our NHS have the right to stay. It's immoral to be using them as bargaining chips.
If the Conservatives are re-elected in June, public services face further attack, as do hard-won rights at work. Rights like maternity pay, paternity leave, paid holiday, flexible working, rights for agency and part-time workers.
Last year the British people were promised an extra £350 million a week for the NHS. It was written on the side of that big red bus. I never believed that lie, but many people did.
It was a promise made to the British people. That money that could now be paying for services being cut, services the NHS can't afford to provide, and the decent pay rises NHS staff all deserve."
UNISON HEALTH CONFERENCE - FOLLOW THE ACTION!
24th April 2017
This week it is UNISON Health Conference in Liverpool. Our Branch Secretary, Andrea Dickens, is there and will be tweeting along.
Follow us @unisonnottshc to see what is going on...
BRANCH AGM - YOUR TEAM FOR 2017
11th April 2017
Like all UNISON branches each year Notts Healthcare Branch holds an Annual General Meeting.
This is the point each year where members hear from the Officers about the work of the Branch over the last year and select the team to lead us through the next year. This year meetings were held at Highbury Hospital and Rampton Secure Hospital.
At this meeting the following Branch Officers were elected:
Secretary- Andrea Dickens
Chair- Alan Walton
Treasurer- Femi Ogundipe
Education Co-ordinator and Lifelong Learning Officer- Janice Allen
Health and Safety Officer- Alison Smith
International Officer- Obediah Ncube
Labour Link Officer- Femi Ogundipe
Welfare Officer- Ginette Smedley
There are still some vacant posts, particularly related to the self-organised groups (LGBT, Black members, Disabled Members and Women’s). If you are interested in taking on these roles or perhaps a different one please get in touch and we will let you know the process.
NEC 2017 - NOTIFICATION OF BALLOTS
4th April 2017
Ballots will take place for contested seats on the union’s national executive council next month. The NEC is made up of representatives of the union’s regions, service groups and Black members, disabled members and young members.
Ballot papers will be sent to members’ home address or other notified address, starting on 3 April. Members will be provided with a prepaid envelope for the return of the ballot paper to the independent scrutineer. All voting will be by post.
Completed ballot papers need to be received by the independent scrutineer by 5pm on Friday 28 April.
Bulk supplies of posters and leaflets publicising the vote are being sent to regional offices for use by branches and activists to increase participation.
ARE YOU GETTING EMAILS?
22nd March 2017
Staying in touch with our members is a really important part of our job. One of the ways we can get information out quickly and then get your views back as swiftly is via email. Have you been getting emails from us? If not then it might be because you are not on our email list.
If so, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure you get all the info you need!
BRANCH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - REMINDER
1st March 2017
UNISON members are people working in the public services, for private contractors providing public services and the essential utilities. Every member of UNISON belongs to a local branch which is made up of people working for the same or neighbouring employers.
Local stewards are there to represent you at work and help find the answers to your problems. They are volunteers and play a vital role in recruiting new members and organising your branch. If you have a problem, talk to your local steward. If they can't handle the problem on their own, they can talk to other branch officers or full - time union experts on your behalf.
Nottinghamshire Healthcare Branch of UNISON is run by a branch committee and supported by skilled staff, locally, regionally and nationally. We are always looking for people who feel they can contribute to the branch and to helping other members. This could be a regular commitment or just the occasional hour or so. We provide training courses and support for our reps and officers.
If you are interested in getting more involved, want to know more about what elected positions you can stand for or wish to submit a nomination please get in touch via the Contact Us button below.
The Annual General Meetings will be held:
Tuesday 7 March 2017 14.00-16.00
Conference Hall, Highbury Hospital
Thursday 9 March 2017 14.00-16.00
Steve Oxby Room, Mike Harris Centre, Rampton Hospital
(You may attend both of the meetings but can vote only once)
For more info clickhere.
LAST FEW DAYS FOR IMPORTANT BALLOT
22nd February 2017
Recently you will have received an important ballot paper from UNISON regarding Protective Pay. You must get your reply in by the end of this week, the 24th.
If you have any queries please contact the UNISON Branch Office on 01159691300 ext 11243.
IMPORTANT CONSULTATIVE BALLOT ON YOUR PROTECTIVE PAY AGREEMENT
14th February 2017
You may be aware that over the past 3 years your employer - Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has attempted to change the pay protection element within your Agenda for Change Terms. You may be affected by the changes if after 1 March 2017 you are part of a Management of Change or Organisational Change process.
UNISON along with the other recognised trade unions through collective bargaining has strived to maintain your current pay protection arrangements but unfortunately the Trust are insistent in imposing the changes. The changes will be that pay protection will be for a period of 2 years maximum instead of the current 5 years maximum and with no marked time given.
The Joint Trade Unions believe that there is a middle ground and that after 2 years pay protection, that there should be a tapering off of mark time spread over a 3 year period (e.g. 1/3rd per year) before bringing the pay into line with the work being undertaken. Unfortunately the Trust are not willing to change their position and the changes will be imposed on 1 March 2017.
Over the past 8 years the government has offered NHS a real terms pay cut, and protection of pay is designed to ensure that your living standards do not drop dramatically due to no fault of yours.
As our negotiations with the Trust are exhausted it is vital that we take direction from our members and you complete and return the consultative ballot paper enclosed by Friday 24 February 2017.
If you have any queries regarding this communication then please contact the UNISON Branch Office on 01159691300 ext 11243.