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UNISON members write book!

12 UNISON members in Merseyside have written a book of short stories.

The writers with their book, Reflections, at the launch event

The book, called Reflections, was created with Writing on the Wall, the Merseyside Literature and creative writing organisation
The members developed their writing and spoken word skills on a 12 week course called What’s your Story with Writing on the Wall (WoW), after a course was advertised to UNISON members in Merseyside.

Kevan Nelson, Regional Secretary of UNISON in the North West, commented:
“The members who participated came from all different sectors of our union and brought with them experiences from their work and personal lives which undoubtedly influenced their writing: The stories are funny, heart-warming and at times, sad. The group wrote about a lot of different subjects, themselves and their personal stories along with things to do with their daily life; the stories are about love, loss, family, work, and being a parent, and a particularly onerous train journey...
Reading the these stories and hearing the strong voices of our members has been a privilege and has reminded me, once again, of the importance of sharing experiences of ordinary working people and what we can learn from each other. They are a great read and I really enjoyed each and every one.

Addaction staff raise concerns about “dangerous” services and “atrocious” waiting times in Wigan Council-commissioned service

Staff at the drug and alcohol rehabilitation service in Wigan and Leigh, which is currently provided by the London-based charity Addaction, have raised serious concerns about staffing levels and the way the service is run.

North West councils spending £1.4bn less on key services than in 2010

Commenting on research published by the TUC today (Monday) that shows that councils in the North West are spending £1.4bn a year less on key services than in 2010, UNISON North West regional secretary Kevan Nelson said: 

“Local council-run services hold communities together but nine years of Westminster-imposed austerity has put an immense strain on their ability to do that.

Compass workers back on strike as poll shows the public oppose NHS outsourcing


Around 300 staff employed by private contractor Compass within NHS trusts in St Helens and Blackpool are beginning their fifth round of strike action today.

After the current two day strike, the hospital workers will have taken 14 days of action over the company’s failure to match health service pay rates and working conditions.

Christmas cancelled for outsourced NHS workers who can't afford to be sick

The Daily Mirror's Real Britain column covers the ongoing St Helens & Blackpool Compass dispute. Full text reproduced below.

Salford hospital security guards call off strike after eleventh hour pay deal


Staff employed by private contractor Engie Services Ltd within Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust have called off their planned 72 hour strike, which was set to begin tomorrow (Wednesday).

Outsourced hospital security staff in Salford to strike after Engie backtracks on pay deal

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Staff employed by private contractor Engie Services Ltd within Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust will begin strike action next week over their employer’s failure to pay NHS rates.

Drug and alcohol workers escalate strike as Addaction boss is appointed Liberal Democrats' new chief executive

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Drug and alcohol support workers employed by London-based charity Addaction in Wigan and Leigh have intensified their strike action in a dispute over pay. 

UNISON urges Warrington Borough Council to step in and protect low-paid care workers

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Warrington Borough Council must act to stop a local care company cutting staff wages, pensions and holiday pay.

Compass hospital workers take fair pay protest to company’s Surrey HQ

A coachload of striking Compass workers headed 200 miles south yesterday (Tuesday) to the company’s Chertsey headquarters to urge their employer to pay them the same as their NHS colleagues.

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