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Outsourced NHS staff in St Helens, Blackpool and Liverpool set to strike after unanimous vote

Staff employed by private contractor Compass within St Helens and Knowsley, Blackpool and Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Trusts have unanimously voted to take strike action at the end of the month over their employer’s failure to match NHS pay rates.


Mental health staff in Leigh and Wigan to vote on strike action over pay freeze

Drug, alcohol and mental health support workers in Leigh and Wigan are to vote on taking strike action over broken pay promises from contractor Addaction, says their union UNISON today (Friday).


West Cheshire UNISON Negotiates Pay Rise for School Caterers and Cleaners



The lowest paid staff working for Edsential in Cheshire West will receive an uplift from £8.34 to £9 per hour. The pay rise will be effective from 1st July 2019 and will affect over 500 staff.


Nursing applications plummet as government’s abolition of the NHS bursary hits Cumbria​

UNISON North West has slammed defeated Tory leadership candidate Rory Stewart MP for his part in scrapping the nursing bursary, following a huge slump in applications to nursing courses in Cumbria.


Communities in Runcorn and Widnes rally against privatisation of urgent care centres



Communities in Runcorn and Widnes came together today at a series of rallies to oppose the potential privatisation of two urgent care centres.


UNISON North West Celebrates Successful Go for Growth Campaign



North West branch activists and organisers recruited over 2,250 new members in May during the national Go for Growth campaign.


UNISON Wins £9 an hour Pay Rise for Outsourced University of Salford Staff



80 staff employed by the multinational outsourcing company Compass at the University of Salford have won their campaign to be paid at least the real living wage of £9 an hour.



Hospital Staff Set to Strike Over Unfair Pay

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Staff employed by the multinational outsourcing company ISS at Liverpool Royal and Broad Green hospitals are planning to take strike action from Thursday 30 May. 


New Talks aim to Settle Sleep-in Pay Row

Talks will begin next Friday (17th) between Alternative Futures Group and UNISON in a bid to settle the dispute over care workers’ pay.



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