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Prentis addresses AGM

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UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis, praised our branch at this years’ AGM. In his address, Dave thanked the Branch for their support. He said: “The size of the branch is important, but it’s what you do with it. Cathy Miller is an example of what building strong support is all about in a union. There is much that other branches can learn from this branch.”


Dave spoke passionately about five years of austerity and sleepless nights and the prospect of a further five year of the same and the negative effect on our members.


Dave added: “Our union is standing tall. People want to listen to what we have to say. This government is trying to take away our rights and we will not let them do it.”


Cathy Miller Branch Secretary presented Dave with a canvas of branch pictures. Cathy said: “We are proud to have Dave here tonight and we thank him for his continued support. Our members are at the heart of our branch and we will continue to campaign on their behalf.”

 

Parking letter campaign success

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UNISON members, staff, visitors and patients can breathe a short term sigh of relief today after Glasgow City Councillors agreed to extend the permit for car parking at the Ogilvie’s Site on Hardgate Road. The decision is however bitter sweet, because the extension is only for 12 months, rather than the three year period requested.


UNISON Branch Secretary Cathy Miller said, “I’m absolutely delighted that city councillors listened to the common sense argument put forward by Ogilvie’s and the thousands of members who supported the UNISON campaign. This result means that staff will still have a sensible and realistic option to travel to work by car at a time when the Board are failing to support them.”


Cathy also took time to thank Maz Murphy, UNISON member and local parking activist, she said, “As usual Maz has been brilliant in her efforts locally to encourage staff members to support our campaign on parking, she is so well respected and it’s a privilege to work with her on the issues that matter to our members.”


UNISON can confirm that the Planning Consultant employed by Ogilvie’s has been in touch with the union to advise that his clients will now consider their position and what they do in respect of future planning applications and consents. They have agreed to keep UNISON informed of their client’s decisions and are keen to work with the union and staff in the future if possible.

 

Historic equal pay win for UNISON members

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This month will see many UNISON members receive letters from Thompsons Solicitors in relation to EQUAL PAY in the NHS.


It is important that members are encouraged to deal with the pose letters within the prescribed 14 day period.


Please read the letter carefully and pay particular attention to section 2, which explains the legal basis of claims.


NHS Equal Pay claims are regrettably significantly less than similar claims in other sectors. There are a number of reasons for this (see section 2 of the letter)


ONLY members who have employment tribunals lodged will have received letters - there is no scope for new claims.


You do not need to accept the offer, but the union will stop acting on your behalf if you do (because we believe, based on our legal advice, that the offer is reasonable)


UNISON has been at the forefront of the campaign to tackle historic equal pay in our NHS and these offers represent a reasonable offer of settlement, which has been secured after lengthy, detailed and complex litigation/ negotiation.

 

Substantial legal wins for UNISON

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UNISON in association with Thompsons Solicitors have won two substantial cases for members of staff in Greater Glasgow Health Board. Both members were injured whilst on duty, one suffered a head injury leaving her with loss of vision and another was struck by a vehicle and suffered a fracture, whilst walking in a hospital corridor.


Both members of staff suffered extreme stress and psychological damage as a result of their injuries. The Health Board accepted that there was a strong vicarious liability in these cases and accepted liability.


We are delighted to have settled for both these members and won over £80,000 in total damages which our members were happy to accept.


UNISON is always here for our members. Where there is blame there is a claim. As a paying UNISON member you are entitled to free legal advice with Thompsons Solicitors.


For more information of your members benefits including a free

Will writing service contact UNISON DIRECT on 0800 0857 857

 

One Team Agenda for UNISON

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UNISON is campaigning to ensure everyone who works in our NHS is valued, whatever role they fill. This campaign aims to promote the message amongst the public, politicians and media of the great work that support staff do every day in the NHS.


UNISON knows that all staff no matter what their role play an important part in delivering quality patient care and as part of our campaign, we want to challenge the artificial divide that is created between NHS staff by using language such as ‘frontline’ and ‘back office’. We will continue to be the main union that represents support staff across the NHS, and will campaign against any attacks against on our members working in NHS support services.


When people think of the NHS, they probably think of doctors, nurses and paramedics. But what about the rest of the NHS workforce who work behind the scenes and carry out hundreds of different roles every day to make sure that patients and their families get the best treatment possible?


We want to promote the message that all NHS staff, whatever their job, play an important role in delivering quality patient care in their own different ways. Without cleaning staff wards wouldn’t be safe for patients and their families, without finance staff the bills wouldn’t get paid and without stores staff, essential healthcare supplies wouldn’t be delivered on time to the right wards.


Branch Secretary Cathy Miller said - “I think support staff are sometimes forgotten about. When you hear politicians and the public mentioning the NHS it is always doctors and nurses, but there is more to it than that. There are domestic staff, as well as porters and admin staff who never really get a mention but play an important part and most are on low pay.”


“You always hear how the clinicians are important to the NHS, but the backbone of the NHS are those who make their jobs easier and keep it running, for example secretarial and admin staff who are the forgotten workforce”.


The NHS couldn’t operate without admin staff who are responsible for booking patient appointments and dealing with patient records, it needs maintenance staff who make sure that hospital buildings are safe and in working order, and managers who work to ensure that everything runs smoothly.


We think it’s unfair that NHS support staff don’t always get the recognition that they deserve, and think it’s high time that people and politicians stood up and took notice of the valuable contribution that these staff make.

 

UNISON delivers on low pay agenda for lowest paid staff

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UNISON has secured another significant breakthrough in the union’s attempts to eradicate low pay in the public sector after NHS bosses agreed to undertake a review of the roles and responsibilities of staff on Agenda for Change pay Band 1.


Whilst the terms of the agreement are still being worked out, the basic principle is that every Health Board including NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will work with UNISON and other unions locally to review all Band 1 job descriptions and that every opportunity will be taken to expand these to secure a real pay uplift for the lowest paid workers in the NHS.


The agreement which has backing at a political level will ensure that an all band 1 staff who wish to transfer to these extended roles will do so by 1st October, 2016 and will see UNISON members increase from £15,358 to £18,103 after progression and pay uplifts.


The deal which has been negotiated by UNISON will deliver real increases in pay for almost 8000 workers across NHS Scotland


Branch Secretary Cathy Miller said, “Once again we’ve shown that UNISON delivers on low pay, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do to ensure that everyone who wants a Band 2 secures the right job description and that for the very small number of people who don’t want a Band 2, that we understand their concerns and protect their position.


It’s important that UNISON members keep up to date with these developments as they progress and we will be in regular contact over the next few months.”

 

FOUR SEASONS QUIETLY SELLS OFF BUSINESS

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UNISON and others are watching to see what happens next with the UK’s biggest private care home provider, Four Seasons after it quietly sold of £20m worth of assets to an American hedge fund late in 2015.


One broadsheet newspaper reported that the company was struggling to meet interest payments and that UK wide the private care home sector is on the verge of collapse as income and profits are squeezed by the NHS and Local Councils.


In response a company spokesperson said that the company was not in immediate difficulty and that there was “sufficient medium term financial flexibility”.


However these announcements and reports come at the end of a year, which as saw the company continue to close or sell of homes which require major investment or are not profitable.


UNISON Regional Organiser Matt McLaughlin said, “Obviously this report came out late in the year at a time when head offices are closed and people are on holiday. Since then UNISON has been in touch with the company and they tell us that there are no problems. UNISON is however aware that staff and members at Four Seasons are concerned and we will continue to engage with the company in a positive manner to try and ensure that our member’s jobs and the services they provide are protected.”

 

UNISON MEMBER SPEAKS OUT AFTER ANTI ABORTION PICKET SETS UP AT MATERNITY HOSPITAL

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NHS union UNISON has welcomed the decision by NHS bosses to stop anti-abortion campaigners from demonstrating outside the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital after the union wrote directly to Chief Executive Robert Calderwood.


But there is anger that the group ’40 days for life’ have set their ‘vigil’ on Hardgate Road within sight of the hospitals maternity unit. The British Pregnancy Advice Service said, “A group of strangers ‘witnessing’ women as they access confidential NHS services is a significant invasion of privacy.”


The vigil or “picket” as it has been described by some is set to run for the entire 6 weeks of lent, with ‘witnesses’ carrying large placards that challenge women to reject their right to choose the best decision for them, their families and the baby.


One UNISON member was so angry she chose to speak to her union and tell her story.


Nurse B, works on the new QEUH campus, she is a mother of two, married and in 2013 she was delighted to learn that she was going to have another baby boy in Feb 2014. She describes herself as being “angry” and “upset” by the demonstration.


Nurse B said, “At 20 weeks, my husband and I were given the worst news we could ever have received. Our baby son’s kidneys and bladder had not formed. We were told that he would not survive after birth and that if I carried to term I might die.


We were devastated, in a matter of days we had gone from joy to heartbreak. How were we going to explain what had happened to our other two children? No matter what we did, our baby son was going to die.”


Our member and her husband decided to have a medical termination, she added, “Trust me, we still feel the pain of knowing our son would be celebrating his 2nd birthday this year. There’s not a day goes by when we don’t think about him.”


She said, “People have abortions for many different reasons, it’s wrong to just assume that they don’t want that child because in many cases that is simply not true. We wanted our son very much but ‘God’ had other plans for him.”


UNISON Regional Organiser Matt McLaughlin welcomed Nurse B’s commitment to speak up, he said, “Our member nurse B, has done an incredibly brave thing opening your heart up to others is never easy. It’s fine for people to have an opinion on issues, but women should not have to feel that they are running a gauntlet when they have to access these services and they certainly shouldn’t have the hard decisions they make questioned in this manner.”

 

Working time is Health and Safety

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UNISON has again raised concerns with NHS bosses after a report showed that there were still a number of staff working in excess of 48 hours per week. The union is concerned that this practice is bad for staff health, but also that it is being used to mask deep cuts in staffing levels which could affect services and patient care.


UNISON Health and Safety Officer Tommy McWilliams said, “From the report it seems that there are some staff who are working around 60 hours a week on a regular basis. UNISON appreciates that members are feeling financial pressure and we don’t have a problem with folk working extra hours, but working time is a health and safety issue. Working regularly above 48 hours per week, is bad for your health in the long term and with workers expected to work well over 60 it’s important that staff get the right balance between earning a wage and having a work life balance.”


UNISON has raised this issue before concerned that bank staff in particular were being used to hide deep staffing cuts in nursing and facilities. In a recent email to the Director of HR, the union advised that "UNISON does not support the use of waivers and that continued breaches of the working time directives 48hr week are in our opinion a symptom of understaffing and poor workforce planning.

 

This issue was supposed to be resolved - we therefore have diminishing confidence that NHSGGC are committed to ensuring safe work practices or staffing levels.”

 

Electronic record system puts child safety at risk

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UNISON and other unions have compiled a list of complaints around the ‘new’ EMIS Web system for Health Visitors after members raised concerns that the system didn’t work and that personal and professional safety was being compromised.


The EMIS web system was billed as the next big thing and is central to management plans to cut staffing across Health Visiting services because staff would be able to gain access to patient records in real time during the patient contact by using iPads which would automatically connect with the NHS systems.


In reality the programme has been a shambles with many UNISON members reporting that they can’t get connections, that the process is slower than the paper system and that they are having to take notes and complete the process in their cars or at home.


Regional Organiser Matt McLaughlin said, “Lots of big wigs in NHSGGC have committed to this programme, so it’s no wonder that they want to make it work. However, there needs to be an acceptance that it is not working and that children, families and staff are being put at risk by their inability to accept that what they’ve been sold is still not fit for purpose.”

 


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