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UNISON and healthcare

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis with health secretary Alan Johnson

Getting things done

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 ensures that everyone has a say in union policy

Giving everyone a say

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.

UNISON campaigns are a genuine force for change

Making the NHS a better place for patients and staff

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.

Unison votes in favour of ballot over pay action

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.

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Exclusive: Prentis sets sights on action over nurse pay

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.  

Threat of industrial action looms over nurse pay row

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.

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Half of nurses fear another Mid Staffs, finds snapshot survey

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.

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UNISON is the UK’s largest healthcare trade union

What is UNISON?

UNISON is the UK’s largest healthcare trade union, but what can it do for you?

Joining UNISON has many benefits

Why join UNISON?

As well as joining forces with hundreds of thousands of health care workers, UNISON membership has many benefits.

How much does it cost to be a UNISON member?

It might cost less than you think to join UNISON, and there are many benefits.

Gail Adams, UNISON head of nursing

HCA apprentice schemes are expected to help economic recovery

Apprenticeships in health care could help economic recovery

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


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