For support and advice phone:                         07918073686                                                      or Email                        unison.office.uhw@wales.nhs.uk

 

 

 

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Tory regional pay plans knocked on the head

 

 

A furious response from trade unions, the public, and policy experts has knocked back Tory plans to set up regional NHS pay.

UNISON’s Deputy Head of Health Helga Pile said: “This ridiculous policy would have spelt total disaster. Cutting the wages of nurses, porters, paramedics and healthcare assistants in parts of the UK would have been the stuff of nightmares. Staff would simply have left for other hospitals paying better wages or gone to work in other sectors, creating yet more chaos for struggling services.”

Liz Truss’ campaign has confirmed they have now scrapped plans for regional NHS pay.

 

 

 

 

 

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2023 National Black Members Conference

 

Dear all, 
 
This is to inform you that UNISON will be holding a 2023 National Black Members Conference in Edinburgh 
 
Please click here to download the bulletin for the 2023 National Black Members Conference. Inside this bulletin you will find the relevant information, such as, important deadlines for delegate registration, motions submission, and how to apply for crèche and reasonable adjustments in OCS (Online Conference System).  

Please pass this information on to encourage members to attend the conference. 
 

For more details, please read the NBMC bulletin, we have also made this and other information available on the UNISON Conference website here  

If you require any assistance, please contact the Conference Office on 
0207 121 5123 or email us here 
 
 

 

Crisis of unimaginable proportions ahead unless ministers do more 

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Low wages and inadequate sick pay to blame for thousands of care workers quitting 

 
 

 

 

Government’s new collective defined contribution pension scheme could help some public service workers, but shouldn’t erode the pensions of others

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UNISON campaigns to preserve the future safety of British meat


 

Digitisation in the workplace – have you been affected?

 

 

The TUC wants to speak to healthcare staff across the UK who have experienced the impact of digitisation in their workplaces.

The TUC has contacted UNISON about a new digitisation project that will look at the impact of increasing digitisation on the workforce – in terms of job losses, deskilling, training and work-life balance.

If you would like to take part, please contact Kamaljeet Gill at the TUC.

 

 

OT stewards can book their place now on the BAOT Stewards’ national training seminar taking place at Warwick University on 8-9 November 2022.

The seminar will include workshop sessions on pay, job evaluation, Long Covid, workplace stress, and fitness to practise and there will be a keynote speech from the Royal College of Occupational Therapist’s Chief Executive Steve Ford.

Delegate places are limited so get your applications in as soon as possible.

Branches are asked to spread the word to their BAOT/UNISON OT stewards and encourage them to come along.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday 27 July 2022

 

BIGGEST WELSH HEALTHCARE UNION PREPARES FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION BALLOT

 

NHS staff belonging to Wales’ biggest healthcare union feel let down by Welsh government’s pay offer and will now be balloted for industrial action.

 

Thousands of Welsh nurses, healthcare assistants, ambulance workers, hospital porters, cleaners, cooks, admin staff and more belonging to UNISON say a below-inflation pay rise in a cost-of-living crisis is not good enough.

 

The wages of NHS staff in Wales have been supressed over the last decade with pay freezes or capped pay awards and UNISON representatives in Welsh hospitals report daily approaches from colleagues struggling to make ends meet and in dire need.

 

The Welsh government announced on Friday last week (22 July), it will not boost salaries by more than the recommendations of the Pay Review Body (PRB).

 

Dawn Ward, chair of UNISON Cymru Wales health committee, said

“Welsh government has totally let down healthcare workers in the middle of the worst cost of living crisis in living memory. Our salaries have been so tightly squeezed by years of Westminster underfunding that NHS staff simply cannot cope with rocketing bills and groceries.

 

“Being a healthcare worker can be stressful at the best of times, you shouldn’t have to be worrying about where the next meal will come from. But that is the desperate situation many NHS staff are in.” 

 

Hugh McDyer, UNISON Cymru Wales head of health, said

“It’s very disappointing Welsh government turned down our request for additional pay enhancements for health workers in Wales. A decent pay rise would be a start in sorting out the workforce crisis which is at the heart of a number of health service problems.

 

“Welsh government recognises their offer falls short of what is needed in this crisis, but blames a lack of funding for pay from Westminster. This deal does not meet the needs of the health workforce in Wales and we will begin preparations towards conducting an industrial action ballot.

 

Notes

  • The recommendation of the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB), for all NHS staff on Agenda for Change terms and conditions – including nurses, cleaners, porters, healthcare support workers and healthcare professionals, is for a £1,400 pay rise on most pay grades.

 

More on this story:

 

Contact

Alastair Gittins, UNISON Cymru Wales policy officer, 07816 53 83 97

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Newly qualified paramedics won a pay increase after submitting a collective grievance

 
 

Peter is living on bread and soup! See the tv news interview on the link below:

 

Dear Colleagues

 

 

Please find Statement summary below and attached written statement from The mister for Health & Social care MS Eluned Morgan

 

UNISON has made clear along with trade union colleagues the disappointment in relation to the below inflation offer and the ministers decision not to enter into further PRB negotiations which has finally been confirmed today.  A series of meeting were held with civil servants and today with the minister and it was made clear there was no further funding available in NHS Wales to offer any additional enhancements

I will provide a fuller briefing first thing Monday along with a health SGE update from colleagues

 

I have spoken with the Charing team and we would look to slot a special pay health committee meeting in after the Future pay determination workshop on Thursday 28th July at 2.30pm . A link will be circulated on Monday for those who cannot attend in person. The main focus of the meeting will be to agree the ballot process and seek views on the offer/ how to best progress with our health membership   

 

Regards 

 

Hugh 

 

PRESS RELEASE  https://gov.wales/health-minister-announces-pay-rise-nhs-wales-staff

 

Health Minister announces pay rise for

NHS Wales staff

The Health Minister Eluned Morgan has accepted the recommendations of NHS pay review bodies and is today announcing a pay rise for NHS staff in Wales.

First published:

22 July 2022

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The recommendation of the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB), for all NHS staff on Agenda for Change terms and conditions – including nurses, cleaners, porters, healthcare support workers and healthcare professionals, is for a £1,400 pay rise on most pay grades.

But the Health Minister said the Welsh Government will implement this recommendation on top of the Real Living Wage top-up previously announced, which came into effect in April.

For the lowest paid staff (bands 1 to 4), which make up nearly half of the Agenda for Change workforce, this will on average equate to a 7.5% pay rise on pay grades.

The starting salary for the lowest paid roles in band 1 and the bottom of band 2 in NHS Wales will now be £20,758, this equates to a pay rise of 10.8% this financial year for this band and would make Wales the highest paying UK nation for the lowest pay bands in the NHS.

For staff at the top of band 6 and in band 7, the £1,400 payment will be enhanced to be equivalent to a 4% pay rise.

Following a series of meetings with trade unions and representative bodies this week, the Welsh Government has committed to continue to explore a range of other issues raised as part of those discussions.

The Health Minister has also agreed the recommendations of the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body (DDRB) to increase pay by 4.5% for junior doctors, consultants, GPs and dentists employed directly by the health boards.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said:

We are committed to working in social partnership and will continue to use our social partnership structures and bring together trade unions, employers and government to deliver the best possible outcomes for our NHS staff. I want to thank trade unions and representative bodies for taking the time to meet me this week and for the constructive discussions we have had.

Our NHS staff have worked incredibly hard throughout the pandemic to keep us all safe and they continue to provide an incredible service in the face of intense pressures.

I hope this pay award goes some way to recognise their hard work but without additional funding from the UK Government, there are inevitably limits to how far we can go in Wales. We continue to press them to pass on the full funding necessary for fair pay rises for public sector workers.

We are all facing a cost-of-living crisis. We have structured this pay award so the lowest paid staff in the NHS would see the biggest uplift in their pay, equivalent to a 10.8% pay rise, making the NHS in Wales the highest-paying UK nation for staff in the lowest pay bands.

Despite not being within the DDRB’s remit, specialty and specialist doctors on the 2021 contract will receive a one-off £1,400 payment in recognition of the unprecedented cost-of-living crisis. Specialty doctors on the 2008 contract will receive a 4.5% pay increase, but those on the top pay grade in the 2008 contract will receive a one-off payment equivalent to 4.5%.

The recommended 4.5% pay uplift in pay for contracted GPs and dentists is subject to overall contract changes by the General Medical and General Dental Services and negotiations are ongoing.

The Health Minister has made clear that staff working within general practice, dental teams and community pharmacies across Wales should receive a fair, proportionate and equitable pay uplift.

First published

22 July 2022

Last updated

22 July 2022

 

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Meeting Announcement

 

Calling all members of Cardiff & Vale Health Branch who are affiliated to the Labour Party.

The meeting information as shown below will be held via TEAMS, therefore if anyone would like to attend and would like us to send them the required TEAMS link we will do if they contact us via email to make the request:  unison.office.uhw@wales.nhs.uk

 

Labour Link meeting

Cardiff & Vale Health Branch

Monday 25th July, 2022

10.30 - 11.30am

 

Pile the pressure on MPs on NHS Birthday – 5 July

 

 

Every year employers and politicians fall over themselves to mark the NHS birthday on 5 July.

But they shouldn’t get away with empty words while taking no action on the issues that matter most.

This year, instead of cake or flowers, if people in England really want to support the NHS on its birthday they should write to their MP, calling on them to pressure the government on NHS pay.

Look out very soon for our social media graphics to mark the NHS Birthday.

 

 

 

 

 

Write to your MP

 

Picnic in the Park

 

As a thank you to the dedication of public service workers over the last few years UNISON Cardiff County branch is holding a Picnic in the Park event on Saturday July 9 in Victoria Park in Cardiff at 12pm.

 

All are welcome and the branch is hoping to see as many of you as possible for this family friendly event which is open to everyone (including non-members) so please do bring along children, colleagues, friends, and family.

 

The branch is asking that anyone attending provides their own food, drink and picnic blanket and adheres to any park rules as UNISON cannot accept any liability for any accidents, damage or loss incurred.

 

The reversal of Roe v Wade shows clearly that women’s rights must be constantly defended

Care workers in Wales must receive the Real Living Wage as promised to them earlier this year by the Welsh Government, says UNISON.

 

UNISON Cymru/Wales is extending solidarity to all rail workers and the RMT union during its latest day of industrial action.

 
 

Seven UNISON members tell us why they marched through London to ‘Demand Better’ on Saturday

New price-rise figures show illustrate need for pay boost

Grants of up to £70 per school age child are now available

President Andrea Egan and her vice presidents were announced at national delegate conference 

Report on Unison Health Conference 2022

Monday 25th -   Wednesday 27th April.

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Care workers and the vital role they play must be valued not seen as a cost to be driven down to increase profits, says UNISON Cymru/Wales.

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Call for a Nationalised Care Service

 

Today we have posted our latest call for a nationalised care service on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages.

 

Please take a look and share on your socials.

 

Many thanks,

 

Rupert.

 

Rupert Denholm-Hall

Press and Media Organiser

UNISON Cymru Wales

07967 463 158

 

In the motion care worker members gave heartfelt testimony of their experiences working throughout the pandemic 

Catalytic converter thefts across Cardiff and Vale UHB sites. 

 

 

An increasing number of vehicles are being targeted in catalytic converter thefts across Cardiff and Vale University Health Board sites.  

 

Catalytic converter theft is a national crime issue that is unfortunately becoming more common in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.  

 

We are now aware of 20 catalytic converter thefts that have taken place in recent months, with vehicles parked in car parks at University Hospital of Wales and University Hospital Llandough primarily targeted. 

Several thefts have involved Japanese hybrid vehicles.  

 

Our Security Team is working closely with our on-site police liaison officer, South Wales Police and British Parking Association to review suspicious activity, investigate thefts and deter criminals from targeting Health Board sites. 

 

However, we need your help to prevent catalytic converter thefts from taking place. 

 

All colleagues, patients and visitors are urged to be vigilant of any suspicious activity they see within car parking areas and to immediately report this to the security team who will attend the area. 

 

Catalytic converters can be removed in less than a minute and it might not always be obvious if a catalytic convert theft is being committed. 

 

Some criminals have reportedly impersonated trusted breakdown services so it is important to remain vigilant.  

 

To report suspicious activity, call: 02921 848 043. 

 

What is a catalytic converter?  

  • Catalytic converters are devices fitted to vehicle exhausts to reduce the amount of dangerous gases emitted
  • Hybrid vehicles are most commonly targeted, as their metals are more valuable, but any vehicle can be at risk of catalytic converter theft
  • Catalytic converter thefts are becoming more common across the UK, including Cardiff and Vale UHB sites
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What are signs a catalytic convert theft is being committed?  

  • A vehicle being raised using a car jack 
  • A loud drilling or cutting sound coming from underneath the vehicle 

What can you do to help prevent catalytic converter theft?  

 

Although catalytic converter thefts are increasing, there are steps that you can take to protect your vehicle.  

 

If you own a vehicle with acatalytic converter, we recommend contacting your manufacturer or local garage for advice on locks or guards that can make it harder for criminals to steal. 

 

For more information and advice, visit:  

 

UNISON writes to all MPs asking them to take a stand for decency against a policy that shows a government with no moral compass

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Letter to Michael Fabricant says his comments are ‘insulting’ and have ’caused deep hurt’

Provision of tests needed to contain infection spread

New figures show huge plummet in NHS staff satisfaction 

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Above-inflation pay rise critical to resolving NHS staff crisis, says UNISON

Money worries are affecting the focus of NHS staff at work

General secretary calls for enforceable charter of employment rights and an end to ‘fire and hire’ culture

NHS staff under pressure as motoring costs rise
 

UNISON is working to stop NHS staff from bearing the brunt of increasing motoring costs.

The spiralling costs are having the biggest impact on low paid and community NHS staff who use their own cars for work.

We’re urgently seeking solutions from national employers through the NHS Staff Council as well as using political routes.

In the meantime, branches can talk to employers about collective solutions to reduce miles travelled by staff. Our branch guidance has more information.

 
 
 
 
 
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Lengthening queues are stressful for patients and staff

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Experienced and skilled staff must be a key focus

 

 

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Pensions: Hike would be 'a step too far' for many NHS staff
Government changes to NHS pensions in England and Wales will mean many health workers paying more, which risks more staff quitting for better-paid jobs.
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COVID: UK government's decision is 'reckless'
The 'Living with COVID' strategy will have a profound impact on the delivery of public services, and put lives at risk, says Christina McAnea.
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UHB’s People and Culture Plan 2022-2025

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Government’s NHS pay proposals will cause staff exodus, says UNISON
 
 
UNISON has reacted angrily to the government’s pay proposals for a maximum 3% pay rise this year for NHS staff.

The Government has finally submitted its evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body and makes clear its preference for a maximum 3% pay award for NHS staff.
 
 
 
 
 
Find out more
 
 
 

 
Attending Health Conference? Register for focus groups now
 
 
Focus group sessions are an integral part of our Health Conference programme. 

Delegates are expected to attend one of the sessions, but you’ll need to register for a session by 8 April 2022.

Focus groups take place on Tuesday 26 April (11.15am – 12.30pm). They are:
  • Pay Fair for Patient Care – Getting it right for healthcare support workers
  • Workload and staffing
  • Race for Equality – challenging racism in the NHS
  • A just transition to a carbon-neutral NHS
 
 
 
 
 
Find out how to register
 
 
 

 
Living with COVID-19 update - England
 
 
NHS England and Improvement has written to all health service employers in England about the announcement of the end of COVID restrictions in England.

The letter includes guidance on staff testing and on staff who test positive, who should not attend work until certain testing requirements are met.

The Temporary COVID-19 - Terms and Conditions guidance, which includes arrangements for COVID-19 related sickness absence, will remain in place for now meaning staff will continue to receive full pay for COVID absence. This applies to NHS organisations and their subcontractors, including bank and sub-contractor staff.
 
 
 
 
 
Read the letter
 
 
 

 
Staff must be properly paid for Jubilee bank holiday work
 
 
The NHS health trade unions have called for the Platinum Jubilee additional bank holiday to be treated as a formal public holiday for NHS staff working that day.

Through the UK NHS Staff Council and devolved structures, the health trade unions have formally requested that staff working on Friday 3 June 2022 receive full bank holiday payments as set out in the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service.

So far, NHS Employers has rejected the request. We are planning a robust response.

If your branch has reached an early agreement with your employer, we’d love to know about it.
 
 
 
 
 
Get in touch
 
 

Pay Enhancement – Additional Day annual leave in ESR

 

IBM have confirmed they will universally change the accrual rate in ESR to raise entitlements to 28-30-34 days for the financial year 2021/2022 in either February or March 2022 (confirmed date awaited).  This will automatically update entitlements in ESR for 2021/2022 and in readiness for the year 2022/2023 onward.   Therefore no manual ESR intervention required by local Workforce Information Managers, who have also been informed.  Further comms will be available in due course

 

 

Welsh Government pay circular

 

 

 

Summary

Our Ref: Pay Letter AFC, M&D & ESP (W) 01/2021 December 2021

This pay circular informs employers of the pay and annual leave arrangements for employees covered by the Agenda for Change, Medical and Dental and Executive and Senior Pay terms and conditions.

Action

  1. To pay a one off non-consolidated additional payment of 1% for those on Agenda for Change bands 1-5, and the F1 doctors who fall into this pay bands. This payment would not be pro rata and other criteria is set out in Annex A

  2. To amend the bottom spine point for those on Agenda for Change (AfC) band 2 and the pay point for band 1 from April 2021 to £18,731 from the 1st April 2021

  3. An additional day’s annual leave will be added to the current contractual entitlements for all staff. This additional day will be pro rata and will be recurrent in future years.

    If staff are unable to take their additional entitlement in the current leave year 2021/22 then it should either be carried forward over and above any organisational limits into the 2022/23 leave year or sold back if preferred by the staff.

  4. Employers will put a scheme in place for staff to sell back a proportion of unused annual leave which will be in place before the end of the 2021/22 leave year. Details of arrangements are outlined in Annex B.

Enquiries

  1. Employers should direct enquiries to: HSSWorkforceOD@gov.wales

  2. Copies of this circular can be downloaded from the HOWIS website.

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Yours sincerely,

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Helen Arthur

Director of Workforce and Corporate Business Cyfarwyddwr y Gweithlu a Busnes Corfforaethol

 

 

Annex A

 

1% Non-consolidated Payment to Agenda for Change Bands 1 to 5 and F1’s 

 

Eligibility criteria

This is a non-consolidated and non-pensionable payment and does not uprate any hourly rates.

  •   1% of eligible pay points as at 1st April 2021, i.e Band 3 step £20,330 is £203 or Band 5 step £27,780 is £277

  •   Payments will be based on an individual’s full time salary as at 1st December 2021

  •   To be paid to all eligible staff on payroll as at the 1st December 2021

  •   Payments to also be made to those who moved from Band 5’s and F1’s between

    the 1st April and 30th November 2021 who are still on payroll as at 1st December

    2021.

  •   To be paid to all substantive staff only, not including bank, locum, ad hoc

  •   To include those on a Fix Term Contract regardless of length of contract

  •   Not to pro rata the payment

  •   New starters after the 1st December will not receive the payment

  •   Staff on sick, maternity, parental leave included

  •   Staff on career breaks not to be included

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    Annex B
  •  
  • Selling back of Annual leave

    Employers will put a scheme in place for staff to sell back a proportion of unused annual leave which will be in place before the end of the 2021/22 leave year.

    This will include arrangements to sell back all of their unused annual leave which was carried over from 2020/21 leave year.

    For the leave year 2021/22, it is recognised that staff need to ensure they rest and recuperate as their wellbeing is paramount. However it is also reconisged that given the ongoing challenges it may not be possible to take the full leave entitlement during 2021/22. Therefore employers shall put in place arrangements for staff to sell back any remaining entitlement above statutory entitlement, so after 20 days. This will be pro rata for those working part time, and this will be inclusive of the additional day’s leave provided in this leave year.

    Given the opportunity to sell back annual leave above statutory entitlement annual leave carryover from 2021/22 into 2022/23 will be capped at 5 days, pro rata for part time staff. If the additional annual leave day is carried over this will be in addition to the allowed 5 days.

    The payment for annual leave sold back will be at calculated using an individual’s basic pay rate.

 

 

 

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Why 2022 is ‘an exciting opportunity to showcase the skills, experience and qualities that disabled people bring to the workplace and to society’

 
 
 
UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea with young members at COP26
 
UNISON launches blueprint for climate-friendly public services
 

Public services currently account for about 8% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.

UNISON's groundbreaking new environmental report shows they must decarbonise if we have any hope of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

 
 
Read more
 
 
Read more from UNISON's delegate at COP26

 

 

 

 

UNISON members may be wondering how to react to the government’s imposed pay award. Here are some facts to help you decide what 3% means for you

Our local services face catastrophic cuts. Help us stand up for them and take action now

Brand new: Crumbling to dust in front of our eyes
 
 

We've made an exciting new film to highlight how our vital local services are disappearing, in front of our very eyes – and how we can all help save them. And it launches today!

Encourage your members to watch and share the film, email their MP (or MSP or AM) and find out how bad the cuts are where they live.
 

 
Our exciting new film – watch and share
 
Email your MP now – it takes seconds
 
 
Where you live – what are the cuts like?
 
The campaign page – all the stuff you need

 

 

 

 

 

KEEP YOUR DETAILS UP TO DATE OR YOU COULD BE MISSING OUT

 

 

It is important that you keep your personal details up to date.

 

 

Have you moved address, changed your telephone number or email address?

 

 

If you have, you need to update this information by either:

 

 visiting www.unison.org.uk and following the My UNISON link, or 

 

by contacting the Branch Office.

 

 

FAQs on Covid bonus payments for Welsh NHS staff:

 

 

 

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From Cardiff to Chad: An incredible journey!

 

The remarkable story of how a nurse from Cardiff & Vale UHB saved hundreds of thousands of lives and earned herself an MBE.

 

Angela also happened to be an officer of Cardiff & Vale Unison Health Branch.

 

Read the inspiring story of Angela Gorman: 

 

From Cardiff to Chad: a neonatal nurse’s extraordinary career


 
Earnings max – making sure your employer is getting it right!
 

Did you know that if you work on Agenda for Change terms and conditions that you can claim £15 if your employer asks you to change you shift within 24 hours of your scheduled work period? 

For more information including where this does not apply, see section 2.23 of the NHS Terms and Conditions handbook (Scotland and N. Ireland) or 2.25 of the NHS Terms and Conditions Handbook (England and Wales).

In the meantime, please publicise this amongst your members.

 
 
 
 

UNISON launches new guide on pension fund engagement and divestment from companies involved in the occupation of Palestine

 

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Get the latest updates and advice on the coronavirus.

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Recruitment/Engagement Event

 

All Recrutment/Engagement events have been suspended for the forseeable future!

 

You can still join online or by asking your local rep.

 
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NHS Wales

 

COVID – 19 (Coronavirus)


Frequently Asked Questions for NHS Managers and Employees FAQs up to date as at 15.00, 1 October 2020

 

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Contact the branch for details.

Resource for Staff working/ shielding at home

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Help for members
 
Graphic with rainbow and words: COVID-19 response fund we're there for you
 
 
COVID-19 response fund launched
 
 

There for You is UNISON’s unique charity, set up to help members in difficulties – and this year, the COVID-19 crisis is making life harder for many of our already-stretched members.

The welfare charity has set up a special fund to respond to calls for help because of the pandemic, with £250,000 set aside for members in need. Our members can only apply for a grant if they know about it so please share as widely as you can.

 
Watch and share our film on the fund on Twitter
 
 
 
Watch and share our film on the fund on Facebook
 
 
 
Read more about the launch
 
 
 
Find out more about the fund and how members can apply
 
 
 
 
PPE: Help save lives
 
 
Our members in care, the NHS and other vital public services have risen to the challenge of dealing with this pandemic.

But many feel they are  being forced to put themselves in harm’s way every time they go to work because this government is not keeping its promises on personal protective equipment (PPE).
 
 
Sign and share our petition calling for PPE not promises
 
 
 
Coronavirus: latest advice and updates
 
It's good to talk – especially now
Wakefield local government branch has taken an innovative approach to welcoming its surge of new members during COVID-19.
Read the full article
 
COVID-19 affects Black and women workers worse
Anyone can be infected by COVID-19. But it’s increasingly clear that that’s where the equality ends.
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Wellbeing guides

 

 

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CORVID 19 Frequently Asked Questions

 

Self Isolating

Typical Questions 

I have an underlying health conditions should I be self isolating?

My Partner/child has an underlying health conditions should I be self isolating?

I am aged over 70 should I be self isolating?

I am in at risk group as identified by the UK Government should I be self Isolating?

I am pregnant, should I be self Isolating?

 

Answer

If you have an underlying health conditions and you are not sure about attending work go to phw.nhs.uk for guidance then speak to your line manager.

Do not contact Occupational Health!

 

PPE

Typical Questions

What is the situation with PPE?

We think we need more or better PPE?

We have no face masks available in our section what should we do?

Staff in my area are being told not to wear masks as there are not enough to go round.

Answer

The Health Board is receiving large amounts of PPE on a daily basis. The situation within the Health Board is being monitored and reviewed daily. If you think your area has insufficient PPE speak to your line manager.

 

Redeployment

Questions

Ive been told that I will have to work in another area, do I have to change where I work?

Ive been told that I will have to work on another site, do I have to change sites?

 

Answer

We are in unprecedented times which means that the Health Board has to change and evolve to meet the challenge of Corvid 19, this will often mean redeployment of staff to meet the demand and it is expected that staff will cooperate where possible. If you have issues about a proposed redeployment speak to your line manager in the first instance.

 

Change of duties

Questions

I’ve been told that I will have to do different and unfamiliar work is that right?

 

Answer

Given the challenge of Corvid 19 which we all face, this will often mean staff are asked to meet the demand by being flexible and adapt to the necessary changes, it is expected that staff will cooperate where possible. Staff will not be expected to work beyond their pay grade! If you have issues about a proposed change to your work speak to your line manager in the first instance.

 

Working from home

Questions

The government has said that everyone who can should be working from home, does that apply to NHS staff?

I don’t see patients why can’t I work from home?

 

Working from home

 

Child care issues

I have young children and no one to look after them while I’m in work what should I do?

 

Answer

 

As NHS staff you are identified as a Key Worker by the UK government and therefore schools will be open for your child even though all schools are technically closed for the foreseeable future. Check your Local Authority website for details about provision for your child.

 

Please keep checking the website for the latest factual updates! phw.nhs.wales

 

 

 

The 'Save Barry Hospital Ward' petition is live on the Welsh Government website. Please take a moment to sign and join our campaign to defend the Hospital ward."

 

https://www.assembly.wales/en/gethome/e-petitions/Pages/petitiondetail.aspx?PetitionID=1601

 

Dear Colleague,

 

ROBIN HOOD TAX CAMPAIGN AND UNISON

 

Nine Welsh local authorities have already signed up to the Robin Hood Tax. Is your council one of them? We want all UNISON Cymru Wales branches to encourage their councils, AM and MP to sign up to the Robin Hood Tax, which could potentially deliver millions of pounds for public services in Wales.

 

Robin Hood Tax resources are attached for your use.

 

The PowerPoint presentation is also attached and below is a link to the councillor’s hub with model motions and briefings etc.

 

https://www.robinhoodtax.org.uk/local-councillors-hub

 

With best wishes,

Dominic

Dominic MacAskill 
Regional Manager Rheolwr Rhanbarthol 
UNISON Wales UNSAIN Cymru 
The Courtyard / Y Libart 
Wind Street 
Swansea / Abertawe 
SA1 1DP 
Phone / ffon: 01792 483918
e-mail / e-bost: d.macaskill@unison.co.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DomMacAskill

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