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Archived Articles - June 2016


24th June 2016

The people have spoken, and they have made a clear call for change - and a different relationship with Europe.

We will be working in the coming weeks and months to hold the Leave campaigners to the promises they’ve made - that there will be more money for the NHS, and that our rights at work will remain intact.

But this also has to be a time for our country to heal. At its best the campaign has enabled genuine debate and discussion in our homes, workplaces and communities about the future of the economy and the kind of country we want to live in.

At its worst, the campaign has been typified by hatred, vitriol and misinformation that have done a huge disservice to our democracy and values.

Over the coming weeks and months, all political leaders must think about how to address the issues that people in our communities care most about - falling incomes, insecure jobs, unaffordable housing and the huge challenges facing our public services after more than half a decade of cuts.


20th June 2016

This is a blogpost by UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis posted on the UNISON website.

UNISON has the best trained health and safety reps in the UK, with tens of thousands of members helping their colleagues in workplaces across the country every single day.

But UNISON keeping our members safe is at risk in the upcoming EU referendum.

Much of UK health and safety law is underpinned by European legislation, and covers areas that directly affect many of UNISON’s members, such as:

- the hours you work;

- risk assessments;

- manual handling;

- the provision of personal protective equipment;

- the use of display screen equipment and highly hazardous substances;

- safer needlesticks;

- temperature at work.

If the UK leaves the EU, all this would be at risk.

What those who want Brexit call European red tape, UNISON calls essential health and safety legislation to protect the working lives of its members.

A clear example of this is Chris Grayling - Government Minister and prominent Leave campaigner - who has vowed to slay “health and safety culture”.

That is why it is essential that UNISON safety reps, activists and members not only make sure they vote, but also campaign to get others to vote to remain in the EU.

Don’t gamble with your health and safety, vote Remain on Thursday.


7th June 2016

Did you know that:

- Research this week shows the life chances of many of the 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK who care for a family member or friend, are being damaged by inadequate support from local services.

- Over half of carers (51%) have let a health problem go untreated

- Half of carers (50%) have seen their mental health get worse

- Two thirds of carers (66%) have given up work or reduced their hours to care

- Almost half of carers (47%) have struggled financially

- Almost one third of carers (31%) only get help when it is an emergency

Actually, there is a decent chance that these do not come as a surprise to you either as one of the many paid carers that are members of UNISON or because of the close family experience that almost all of us have at some point.

This week, 6th - 10th June 2016, is Carer's Week which recognises the incredible work done by the hidden army of 6.5m unpaid carers.

UNISON is supporting this with lots of activity throughout the week and also highlighting the growing crisis in social care. Did you know?

- Cuts made by the government to social care budgets are having catastrophic effects on both homecare users and homecare workers.

- Spending on homecare has dropped by 19.4% since 2010/11, falling by £435million from £2.25billion to £1.815billion.

- 74% of councils in England still use 15-minute slots for homecare visits for the elderly and disabled.

- 61% of homecare workers told UNISON that they were not given enough time to provide dignified personal care to service users aged over 90 years.

- 74% of homecare workers told UNISON that they don't feel they have enough time to provide dignified care for their service users whatever their age.

We know that lots of our members feel very strongly about this and want to know how to get involved in UNISON's campaign to Save Care Now.

Please visit the Save Care Now website for more information about what you can do...