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Wigan and Leigh rehab workers preparing to resume strike action in long-running pay dispute

Workers in the Wigan Council-commissioned drug and alcohol rehabilitation service are taking part in a strike ballot in a dispute over pay. 


UNISON calls for real devolution on Northern transport

Public service union UNISON has today written to Transport for the North (TfN) board members to raise concerns about the Government’s commitment to devolution to the North.


Liverpool councillors, MPs, academics and unions launch report on how to solve the social care crisis after the pandemic

Councillors, MPs, academics and trade unions have co-authored a report into the failings of the social care industry, which they will present today (Thursday) as a roadmap to overcome the crisis which currently engulfs the sector.


Salford care workers and vulnerable service users’ lives being put at risk by care companies who refuse to pay sick pay despite public funding



Salford’s care workers, politicians and trade union UNISON have voiced their dismay after they discovered that many care companies operating in the city are still refusing to support care workers who need to self-isolate or shield due to COVID-19.


Tameside Hospital Security Staff Win NHS Pay Rates

Strike action called off as outsourced security staff employed by the French multinational company Engie have won NHS rates of pay.   


Bolton councillors under pressure to back care workers who are struggling to stop the spread of COVID-19 as crucial vote looms

Councillors in Bolton are coming under increasing pressure to protect care workers by backing the Care Workers vs COVID-19 motion at the full council meeting on Wednesday (15 July).


Liverpool NHS Cavalcade 4 July 2020

Campaigners held a bike and car cavalcade on 4 July to highlight “300 unnecessary Covid deaths” in Liverpool. The route circled Liverpool Women’s, the Royal and Aintree Hospitals as part of the NHS 72nd birthday celebrations, highlighting government failures to cope with Covid-19. The cavalcade was organised by Keep Our NHS Public Merseyside and Save Liverpool Women’s Hospital.


Serendipity Care Home in Urmston closes, with more than 70 ‘heroic’ care workers set to lose their jobs


Serendipity Care Home in Urmston has closed down unexpectedly, leaving open the possibility that more than 70 local care workers will lose their jobs imminently. Care home residents have to be urgently moved out of the home by the end of this month.


Health & Safety Webinar - Risk Assessment - is your branch ready to assess the risk

In the North West we are looking to get at least one representative in each health branch trained and ready to assess risk.  In order to do this UNISON North West have developed a webinar for UNISON reps who may have never undertake health and safety training or duties or indeed any H&S rep that may wish to have a refresher on risk assessment.


Outsourced Tameside hospital security staff set to strike in July after unanimous vote

Staff employed by private contractor Engie Services Ltd within Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust have unanimously voted to take industrial action over their employer’s failure to pay NHS rates.



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