Union welcomes publication of Bengoa report heralding transformation of Health & Social Care

peye-021115kb2-0039Restructuring process must be underpinned by adequate budgets and must guarantee equality of outcome for all patients

Priority given to co-production and collaborative approach involving staff is best approach to improve our Health Service

October 25th: Unite Regional Officer Kevin McAdam, welcomed the publication of the Bengoa Report ‘Systems Not Structures’ and the Health Minister Michelle O’Neill’s ten-year strategy for the sector ‘Health & Well-being’:

“We recognise the need for reform and restructuring of our Health & Social Care system. This process of reform can only succeed on the basis of a collaborative approach involving patients, staff and other key stakeholders. As such, we welcome the Minister’s commitment to adopt a ‘co-production’ approach grounded on such partnership working. We look forward to playing a positive role in that process. Continue reading

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Unions must avoid facilitating Government attempts to divide public sector workers

unite-white-out-of-redUnite expresses solidarity with ASTI members ahead of Thursday’s strike action

Unions must unite to demand accelerated unwinding of FEMPI

October 25th: Unite today warned that the trade union movement as a whole would pay the price if attempts to divide public sector workers ahead of Thursday’s scheduled ASTI strike are successful.  Expressing solidarity with teachers taking industrial action to restore equality of treatment between newly-qualified teachers and those with longer service, Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly said:

“The trade union movement is built on solidarity between individual members, and between unions.  That is what makes us strong, and that is why successive Governments have sought to drive a wedge between, in particular, different groups of public sector workers.

“The ASTI dispute highlights the inequality at the heart of the FEMPI legislation and the associated agreements.  Not only are new entrants in various parts of the public sector discriminated against – members of non-compliant unions are also discriminated against.

“Rather than facilitating Government attempts to divide public sector workers, unions must unite in demanding an accelerated unwinding of FEMPI.  At the same time, all unions must be free to negotiate collectively on behalf of their members.

”Our movement as a whole will pay the price for division”, Jimmy Kelly warned.

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Concern for Belfast jobs as Bombardier announce seven thousand five hundred redundancies globally

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Unite will strive to minimise any losses in Belfast and secure best outcome for affected workers

Latest blow to manufacturing reinforces case for proactive strategic approach to vital productive sector

October 21st: Davy Thompson, Regional Coordinating Officer for Unite expressed his union’s concern following the announcement by Bombardier of plans for seven-thousand five hundred job losses globally:

“Bombardier’s statement threatens seven thousand, five hundred redundancies over and above those previously announced; however, reports from Reuters appear to indicate that two thousand, five hundred of these are likely to fall in the aerospace section of the business. Continue reading

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Unite expresses solidarity with Jobstown accused

unite-white-out-of-redUnion urges large attendance at tomorrow’s support rally

October 21st: Unite has expressed solidarity with the Jobstown teenager accused of ‘false imprisonment’ on foot of a 2014 protest where former Tánaiste Joan Burton’s car was delayed for some hours.  Pointing out that sit-down demonstrations are a common form of protest, the union’s Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly expressed concern that “democratic protest is being criminalised” and urged a large turnout at the rally scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday October 22nd) in support of the Jobstown accused.

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Department of Health accused of devaluing vital care work

unite-white-out-of-redUnite slams two-tier Minimum Wage suggestion

October 20th: Unite today accused the Department of Health of devaluing the essential work performed by around 4,000 care staff who “sleep over” while caring for vulnerable people.  The union was responding to reports that the Department sought a derogation from the 10 cent Minimum Wage increase in respect of ‘sleepover hours’.  The union also called on Health Minister Simon Harris to state whether he was aware of, and had approved, his Department’s request for a derogation.

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