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UNISON and healthcare
UNISON is the largest union in the NHS and this gives us a unique opportunity to get our members voices heard right at the heart of government.
UNISON is an organisation made up of members and run by members and we make sure that each one of them has a say in how the union is run.
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.
Members of Unison have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ballot on industrial action, including striking, over the government’s pay offer for NHS staff.
Industrial action over nurses’ pay would most likely take the form of demonstrations, rather than strikes, in recognition of the “special” nature of healthcare, the leader of major union has told Nursing Times.
The threat of industrial action by health workers over pay is set to come closer this week amid public support for higher wages in the NHS.
Nearly half of nurses believe their organisation is at risk of becoming the “next Mid Staffs”, or is already heading that way, reveals the latest large-scale survey on NHS staffing levels.
UNISON is the UK’s largest healthcare trade union, but what can it do for you?
As well as joining forces with hundreds of thousands of health care workers, UNISON membership has many benefits.
It might cost less than you think to join UNISON, and there are many benefits.
Gail Adams, UNISON head of nursing
As part of its strategy to prepare the country for economic recovery, the government is increasing opportunities for apprenticeships in health care, says Dave Godson