UNISON is one of the UK's largest trade unions, serving more than 1.3 million members. We represent full-time and part-time staff who provide public services, employed in both the public and private sectors.
Care At Night, Pay Us Right!AFG have cut pay for sleep-ins so we are no longer being paid the minimum wage for sleep-in shifts. Support Workers in some areas are receiving less than £50 for a shift of up to 11 hours (just £4.50 per hour). Councils say they are paying AFG enough and they are not happy that AFG is taking 28% out of taxpayers’ money instead of giving it to staff! We work hard to provide care for the most vulnerable in society –but why don’t AFG care about us? Please sign below to support our campaign!14,107 of 15,000 SignaturesCreated by Care Workers for Change
Stop charging health staff for parkingHealth staff have been subject to years of pay freezes but parking charges are an extra tax on their wages. Public transport simply isn’t an option for many shift workers, who would be forced to travel late at night or early in the morning. In Colchester, this tax is due to treble in the New Year, while staff in Ipswich are already paying more than their colleagues in Essex. Shift work means public transport isn’t an option unless health workers get buses in the middle of the night or very early in the morning. Since a new parking system was introduced at Colchester, the whole situation has been a mess for staff and patients, with long queues to get in and out. Community staff have only been given a 30 minute grace period to drop equipment, blood and pick up drugs - many of these staff have already received £70 fines. The unions requested two months ago for the grace period to be increased. UNISON and the Royal College of Midwives have also warned that babies will be born in Colchester’s car park as there is no drop-off area for women in labour. Women are having to walk from the main car park over to the maternity wing or be dropped off by their partners who then risk getting a fine if they don't go and move their car after 30 minutes.8 of 100 SignaturesCreated by James R
Save Burman House Residential Care HomeBurman House Care Home in Norfolk provides a safe and loving home for 27 vulnerable elderly people. It has been rated "Good" for its last two CQC inspections. But residents and staff have been alarmed by suddenly announced plans to close the home. The home is run by Norse Care, a well-rated care company that's owned by Norfolk County Council, and provides many local care services for the council. The Council claim running costs for Burman House are too high, even though Norse Care have already delivered millions of pounds in savings across the business. UNISON members working in home care at Burman House and nationwide believe the elderly people they support deserve quality care. Nobody in that situation should be uprooted from their families or local community in a forced move, or to suffer the trauma of an uncertain future. Burman House's 30 well trained and qualified staff are delivering a vital service for the village of Terrington St John. Norfolk County Council should be valuing their commitment rather than putting them at risk of redundancy.760 of 800 Signatures
Pay the Real Living Wage!The Real Living Wage (RLW) is defined by The Methodist Church as: “the minimum hourly wage necessary for one person’s basic needs (such as food, clothing, utilities, transport, health care, and recreation) for an extended period of time, assuming that person works 40 hours a week and has no additional income.” The RLW is presently £8.75/hr. We note that MHA employs 6,500 staff and made an operating surplus of £7.3 million in 2016. We demand that MHA pay at least the RLW to all staff and seek RLW Accreditation. If you are a member of the Greater Manchester Methodist Synod and wish to share your position and the church you represent then please do post this in the comments!140 of 200 Signatures