Category Archives: Austerity

Departmental spending of additional health transformation funds on internal recruitment is leading to longer in-patient waits

Waiting times across the board in Northern Ireland’s Health & Social Care Service are being increased further by focus on internal recruitment Unite has challenged Department of Health to prioritise transformation funding on external recruitment to address acute staffing pressures … Continue reading

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Translink workers stand ready to defend public transport services against impact of austerity cuts

Northern Ireland’s public transport faces a ‘perfect storm’ between private sector cherry-picking of profitable routes and chronic underfunding Union seeks urgent meeting with Translink management and Department for Infrastructure officials to identify status of threat to bus routes January 23rd: … Continue reading

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Christmas cancelled for tens of thousands of Northern Ireland families being forced onto flawed Universal Credit regime

As part of Unite’s nationwide day of action against Universal Credit a protest is set for Department of Communities on Saturday December 2nd at 1pm.   This year Christmas will be cancelled for thousands of families in Northern Ireland who … Continue reading

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UK government must intervene to deliver pay increase for Northern Ireland’s healthcare workers

Due to local political failure, Northern Ireland is now only UK region where NHS workers are still denied a budgeted one percent pay increase Question asked why Department of Health cannot make decision to raise pay but has no difficulties … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland’s health service must benefit from budget bonus with, or without, Executive

Chancellor of Exchequer announces £2.8 billion increase to UK NHS funding Moves to break one percent pay cap must be extended to all Northern Ireland healthcare workers Responding to the UK budget announcement of an additional £2.8 billion for the … Continue reading

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