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UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis with health secretary Alan Johnson

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In addition to its role of representing members in the workplace, UNISON is an effective campaigning organisation when our members and the union work together to make a real difference.

NHS staff on picket line

Welsh NHS workers vote for strike action over 1% pay deal

Nurses and other NHS workers in Wales from Unison have voted to go on strike, after the Welsh Government rejected a blanket 1% increase in salaries for all staff.

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Pressure affecting care standards, warn nursing staff

More than half of nurses and midwives say lack of time and resources negatively affects their ability to carry out their role to a high standard, according to a major survey commissioned by unions.

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NHS staff on picket line

Nurses hope strike brings their pay plight public recognition

Nurses who went on strike today say they hope their action has raised public awareness of the dangers posed to the health service of failing to give staff a real terms pay rise.

Unite members at St Thomas Hospital picket line

Strike Live: latest news from nurses on the picket line

Live updates, news and analysis from the first nursing strike over pay in 32 years and the first ever midwife strike

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