last updated 18/03/2015


MP backs UNISON's Ethical Care charter

Signing up: Yasmin Qureshi MP and Bolton UNISON stewards

Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi has given her backing to UNISON's Ethical Care Charter campaign.

Ms Qureshi met stewards from the union's Bolton branch to give her backing to the campaign - and the branch's petition to get Bolton council to sign up to the charter.

"Today I signed ‪@unisontweets Ethical Care Charter. Pls support ‪@UNISON_Bolton petition," she Tweeted.

"UNISON's Ethical Care Charter is a series of standards that we want the council to adopt to improve homecare services throughout Bolton," says the branch.

The charter calls for:
•an end to 15-minute visits for elderly and disabled people who need care in their own homes;
•our elderly and disabled people to be given the same care worker rather than a series of strangers;
•homecare workers to receive better training and the living wage and for an end to zero-hours contracts.

"We believe that elderly and disabled people in our community deserve the best possible level of homecare to help them live independently and with dignity," adds the branch.

"In order to make this happen, homecare workers need to be treated fairly and decently so they can do their jobs to the best of their ability."

The union is asking Bolton residents to "add your name and call to ask that Bolton council takes responsibility for ensuring better care for our elderly and disabled people and for better treatment of our homecare workers.

"We are all going to need care at some point in our lifetimes, it is only right that the people who need it and the workers who provide it are treated with dignity and fairness.


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Re-open Bolton's NHS Walk-in Centre

In July 2012 Bolton's Clinical Commissioning Group closed our NHS walk-in centre at Lever Chambers, claiming it created a demand that hadn't been there and other services could handle local health issues. Today people are struggling to get an appointment with their GP when they need it, and A&E services are so stretched that it created a "major incident" in January with patients waiting over 12 hours for a bed. The walk-in centre would ease pressure on both of these services.

Join me in calling for the walk-in centre to re-open by signing my petition.

UNISON Members 50p a pint discount on selected cask ales at The Hen & Chickens, Deansgate‏

Unison members will receive a 50p reduction on a pint of our locally brewed premier cask beers.

Members must show their badge when ordering to get the discount.

Even on the non-discounted beers our prices across our range of beers are some, if not THE best in town. The pub itself is immaculate and has retained its traditional pub character which we are proud of. Below is a list of our prices including the ones that now have Unison reductions.

Premier cask beer: £2.50 per pint to unison members.

The following are not included in the UNISON discount but are every day low price beers:

Clucking Mad £1.75 a pint
Nutty Black £1.70 a pint

Carling £2.50 a pint
Fosters £2.50 a pint
Strongbow £1.99 a pint
Thwaites Smooth £2.30 a pint

A warm and friendly welcome awaits all Unison members

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Battling for Bolton Edition Five
Battling for Bolton Edition Four
Battling For Bolton Edition Three
Battling For Bolton Edition Two
Battling For Bolton Edition One

Dates for Special LG Conference 2015‏

Dates for Special LG Conference (11:00 am until 4:30 pm, Tues 24th March, The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE

Map here

Deadline for submission of motions 06 February 2015 at 12:00
Publication of preliminary agenda 16 February 2015 at 17:00
Deadline for submission of delegates 02 March 2015 at 17:00
Deadline for creche places and reasonable adjustment requests for access 09 March 2015 at 17:00
Deadline for submission of amendments 11 March 2015 at 12:00
Publication of final agenda 19 March 2015 at 17:00
Deadline for submitting change of delegates 19 March 2015 at 17:00

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Barnet Care Workers strike 22& 23 January 2015

Published on 15 Jan 2015 This short video provides a snap shot of past and present challenges for all of our members this year and beyond. Council services across the UK are facing Armageddon with the funding cuts contained within the Autumn Statement. Our branch will do what we can locally but this needs a nationally coordinated trade union response

Holiday pay too low? Act now

Two recent legal cases on holiday pay could mean that UNISON members may have claims for underpayment if they did not receive their normal pay when on annual leave


Lock vs British Gas - additional payments for annual leave periods‏

Joan Pritchard-Jones Retirement


Bernadette Gallagher Branch Secretary presenting Joan with a bouquet of flowers.

UNISON Adult Services Convenor, Joan Pritchard-Jones, retired at the end of October. Joan has worked in Adult Social Care for nearly 30 years. She first started work as a Home Care worker in 1986 before transferring to work at The Merton, Extra Care Housing Scheme three years later. Throughout Joan’s working life she has been an active union representative and a popular colleague and friend to a great many people across the department.

TUC survey on hazardous substances

The aim of this TUC survey is to get an indication of how many workers are exposed to substances in the workplace that could injure them or make them ill, and whether employers are taking appropriate action to remove them or prevent exposure.

Many think of hazardous substances as being a problem in the chemical industry or manufacturing, but they are just as much a problem in offices or shops where cleaners and others have to use cleaning products or hospitals where there are a huge range of bodily fluids around. Restaurants, hairdressers, and even call centres all have their share of dangerous substances that employers often ignore or are not even aware of. Dust, including the killer asbestos is present in over a million potential workplaces.

Please think about what type of dangerous substances you might well be exposed to as part of their work and let us know by filing in this short survey by the 31st March.

The results will be used to help the TUC campaign on the issue for International Workers Memorial Day on 28 April 2015.

Take the Survey

Winter programme from Zac’s

For all young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged 10 - 25 yrs‏. Read it HERE

Strike Day Photos

Please help support The Not Shop

Help support Bolton at Home Not Shop by donating any unused / unwanted school uniforms

We are collecting any item of local school uniform ( or uniform minus logos) which will be placed in the Not Shop, Breightmet for our customers to swap or use.

The Not Shop has been set up as part of a staff Risky Business suggestion and in conjunction with a local charity will not only provide much needed school uniform for the local community but also provide volunteer opportunities for our tenants and customers…

Please dig out those unused and unwanted school clothes ( shoes , wellies ) and place in a plastic bag ready for collection on Friday 27th June .

Drop Off Locations

Valley House – 1st Floor Windsor room, 2nd Floor flowers room

Riverside Ferns room

Any Bolton at Home UCAN centre

Keep Volunteering Voluntary

UNISON and several charities are opposing the introduction of government-sanctioned Community Work Placements in its ‘help to work’ scheme which began in April. Government rules makes it compulsory for a long term claimant to either do "intensive" coaching, meet an adviser every day, or do a community work placement. The Community programme requires participants to take on unpaid community-based work experience placement of up to 30 hours each week for up to six months. UNISON has pledged its opposition to the use of “workfare” in the charity sector and has signed up to the Keep Volunteering Voluntary campaign. The government scheme has faced heavy criticism for not offering real opportunities for the unemployed, and creating a scheme which does nothing more than falsify real unemployment figures.

Bolton says - Stop violence against women !

The Branch Committee of Bolton Unison which is made up of union stewards, convenors and branch officers recently gave its support to the campaigns to stop violence against women. A branch committee resolution noted the case of Pakistani woman, Farzana Parveen who was stoned to death in May this year. The incident took place outside a courthouse in Lahore for the perceived crime of choosing her own husband – against the wishes of her family. Violence against women is recognised by the United Nations as a worldwide problem - "There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable"  (Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon).

The Unity Warehouse Discount Club

Save money and time The Unity Warehouse Discount Club on Home phone, broadband, mobile, gas and electricity.
We will be looking to have a local representative down at the branch to discuss how they can save you money – watch this space !! alternatively click on the page and make contact with the rep Emma Saunders Tel: 07828697092

“A tale of Bob in Barnet”


The “A Tale of Bob in Barnet” provides an insight into the challenges facing Barnet UNISON and our members. Many of the challenges we are facing are no different to what other trade unions and community campaigns have been facing since the Coalition government unleashed Austerity in our workplaces, our homes, our services.



The health and safety of older workers

A guide for workplace representatives

The New Local Government Pension Scheme (England and Wales)‏

The new LGPS started on 1 April 2014 in line with an agreement between the unions, employers and the government. This briefing provides a summary of the benefits and protections that are now laid down in law.

Government under fire for outsourcing scandals

The Government’s ability to negotiate and manage contracts with outsourcing providers has been criticised in damning report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

What you need to know

Unison has seen a sharp rise in the number of safeguarding cases, whilst they are mainly within schools it is an issue which effects ALL staff. These have led to disciplinary action and in some cases dismissal. UNISON has put together some safety tips, please use them, it could save your job.

When you join facebook, ensure you ‘lock’ your page so only people YOU choose can view your pages, photo’s etc.

DO NOT under any circumstances ‘make friends’ with any service user.

Do not talk about your work base, in your status. Your Authority or manager is your employer and you can be disciplined for writing anything derogatory about them or your workplace.

It isn’t wise to be commenting about your personal life activities when you are on sick leave.


These are now safeguarding issues. An employer can discipline you if they believe your comments bring ‘The employer into disrepute’. Ignorance could lose you your job and is not a defence.

Free financial advice

UNISON Debtline offers members and their families a range of services from advice on budgeting and council tax arrears to debt management plans. MORE

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