Department of Health (DH) Suspends Home Care Worker Registration in England

The Department of Health (DH) has suspended the long-term plan to begin voluntary registration of the homecare workforce in 2010 by the General Social Care Council (GSCC).  The decision was made to enable the GSCC to concentrate on improving its conduct function.  In July GSCC indentified a backlog of over 200 conduct cases which has prompted a review of its conduct function and to extend the register to home care staff would increase pressure on the conduct system.  In Scotland and Wales, registration has been extended to a range of other staff groups, while in Northern Irel

Local Government Workers Lodge 2010 Pay Claim

UNISON, TGWU and GMB public service unions, have today (26 October), submitted a 2.5% or £500 pay claim on behalf of some 1.5 million local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The claim covers care assistants, cleaners, teaching assistants, librarians, social workers and refuse collectors among others, who are at the bottom of the public sector pay league.

Heather Wakefield, UNISON’s Head of Local Government, said:

NJC PAY 2009/10 Pay Settlement – Offer Accepted

A meeting of the UNISON NJC was held on Wednesday, 10 September were results of the branch consultation where considered. An overwhelming majority, 89% of members, accepted the offer on a 17% turnout. GMB and UNITE members also voted to accept. As a result, the employers have been asked to implement the agreement ASAP.

Disability Living Allowance & Attendance Allowance Threat

Time is running out to save disability living allowance and attendance allowance from being axed. 

A government green paper has revealed plans to stop paying disability benefits and hand the cash over to social services instead.  Join the Benefits and Work campaign to stop these cuts by visting www.benefitsandwork.co.uk and signing their petition by typing your first name and email address into the boxes provided.

Chainmakers Festival 2009 - A Trade Union Family Event

Bring the family along for a day of celebrations at the Black Country Museum on Saturday 12 September 2009 in commemoration of the historic Dudley Chainmakers strike which achieved setting the first minimum wage
 
The festival commemorates the 1910 dispute in which 800 women chainmaker's were "locked out" of work for demanding the employers paid them the agreed minimum wage for their labours.