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
December 18th: Unite Regional Officer with responsibility for his union’s membership in the health sector, Kevin McAdam, explained that much of the additional £100 million funding secured for the NHS in Northern Ireland as a result of the DUP confidence-and-supply deal has gone to internal recruitment processes which have actually undermined frontline provision and extended inpatient waiting times.
“We were told that the £100 million secured as part of the ‘confidence-and-supply’ agreement between the Democratic Unionist Party to keep the Conservatives in power would improve healthcare services in Northern Ireland. Sadly, the evidence is that it has actually made the crisis in healthcare provision here worse. Continue reading
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Hospitality workers will be conducting survey by means street stalls, canvassing workplaces and online website
Union hopes that survey will ‘lift the lid’ on rampant sexual harassment and youth work exploitation
December 10th: Unite the union hospitality organiser Neil Moore, himself a bar worker, commented on the prevalence of sexual harassment in hotels, bars and restaurants in the region.
“Workers in hospitality are often at a total disadvantage when standing up for their basic rights. They often work under precarious contracts which mean that they have few guarantees or protections if they raise objections. A worker who is on a zero-hours contract finds it hard to stand-up for themselves to a boss who can decide – and often does – to punish them by withholding hours. Continue reading
Occupation follows snap closure leaving teachers owed month’s wages
Unite expresses support for workers’ decision
Trade union Unite, which represents English Language Teachers, this evening (Monday 3 December) expressed support and understanding for the decision by teachers employed by Grafton College to occupy the college’s premises following snap closure of the business last Friday leaving teachers owed a month’s wages. Unite represents a majority of the teachers involved.
This evening the teachers occupied the Portobello premises demanding that Education and Skills Minister Joe McHugh visit the college and speak to the teachers. They are also demanding that the Qualification and Quality Assurance bill designed to regulate the sector, which is currently making its way through the Oireachtas, be fast-tracked and amended to include minimum standards of employment for teachers, and that the owner of the college, Saeed Rehman, engage with them regarding the monies owed.
Expressing support for the teachers and sympathy with the anger and frustration which resulted in the occupation, Unite Regional Coordinating Officer Richie Browne this evening pointed out that Grafton College is just one in a series of colleges which have closed overnight leaving both teachers and students high and dry.
Unite launches its ‘Give us the goss on your boss’ survey of Northern Ireland hospitality workers
December 3rd: Speaking ahead of this evening’s vote on a Belfast City Council motion dealing with the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, Unite hospitality organiser, Neil Moore said.
“Sexual harassment is a huge issue for young workers, especially female workers, in precarious employment contracts in the hospitality sector. Unite is today launching our ‘Give us the goss on your boss’ survey to collect detailed information on sexual harassment and other workplace abuses throughout the sector. Continue reading