Category Archives: Public Services

Department of Education must intervene to ensure adoption of progressive policies by all schools in Northern Ireland

Union highlights concerns over the low numbers of schools installing Education Authority carbon dioxide monitors and providing free period dignity products As a result of contacts from education workers, Unite has identified that there has been a very low uptake … Continue reading

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Tory government’s National Insurance hike aims to make workers pay for costs of rationed and privatised Social Care provision

Unite Regional Secretary Jackie Pollock challenged the Tory government on its decision to raise national insurance contributions by 1.25 percent under cover of funding social care in a Covid crisis. “The increase of 1.25 percent on national insurance from April … Continue reading

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Portaferry to Strangford ferry workers call for action, including the conduct of an independent risk assessment, to address their health and safety concerns

Department for Infrastructure inaction on workforce fears over exhaust fumes on the Strangford II leaves crew constantly worried about their health and that of Ferry users, including school children Minister’s promise to install Diesel Particulate Filters branded ‘too little, far … Continue reading

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Workforce welcomes decision by Ards and North Down Borough Council to end outsourcing of leisure services 

Bangor Aurora Aquatic and Leisure complex; Bangor Sportsplex; Queen’s Leisure Complex, Holywood; and sports grounds and sports development services in northern part of borough will return to full council management and control as of 31st March 2023. Decision to end outsourcing … Continue reading

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Joint Unite-GMB-Translink statement: Translink services impacted by civil unrest

Translink’s top priority is the safety of all passengers and employees. Today the company held a positive meeting with its trade union representatives to review bus services operating in Belfast and other regions across NI following the recent violence and … Continue reading

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