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The First Minister has called on councils to "do the right thing" and accept the funding deal being offered by the Scottish Government. She made the plea as the February 9 deadline loomed for Scotland's 32 local authorities to sign up to the financial package. Councils are engaged in a…
Staff at a charity are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over pay. Unite and Unison said their members at Action For Children will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of strikes or other forms of action. The unions accused the management…
New proposals to improve the quality of social care by restricting the use of zero-hour contracts and ensuring employers pay domiciliary care workers the national minimum wage have been unveiled by the Welsh Government. There are estimated to be approximately 19,500 domiciliary care workers in Wales, delivering around 260,000 hours…
A letter warning of the serious threat to care and support from an underfunded National Living Wage has been sent to the First Minister and Health Minister in the Welsh Government. The letter, written on behalf of providers and commissioners to underline concerns around the future viability of social care…
The first strike by junior doctors in 40 years is under way as thousands walk out in a row over a new contract. Around 100 picket lines have been put in place, with a large concentration in and around London. The NHS Choir gathered outside Great Ormond Street Hospital to…
A strike of junior doctors will go ahead next week as planned, after ongoing talks did not manage to resolve the dispute over contracts. The meeting between the British Medical Association (BMA) and NHS Employers were "constructive", but unable to prevent industrial action beginning on Tuesday, the Advisory, Conciliation and…
Nurses in Northern Ireland are to vote on potential industrial action amid an on-going pay dispute with Stormont. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said the ballot of its members represented an "unprecedented move". Nurses will be asked to vote on action that stops short of an outright strike -…
The Scottish Labour Party has announced it would compel all councils and private firms engaged in council contracts to pay the living wage of at least £7.85 an hour to care workers if it forms the next Scottish government. The Party said that putting more money in the pockets of…
A two-tier care home system could be created if proper funding is not offered to pay staff the new national living wage, the Government has been warned. A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) found that the new adult rate of £7.20 an hour from next April will cost…
A cap on pay rates for NHS agency workers will be extended within weeks, the Health Secretary has said. Jeremy Hunt told the Commons a maximum shift rate will apply to all clinical staff employed through agencies by the end of November. The Department of Health (DH) announced in the…
Time spent travelling to and from from first and last appointments of the day should count as working time, the European Court of Justice has ruled. The Luxembourg-based court declared that workers without a fixed office or workplace are "carrying out their activity or duties over the whole duration of…
Women managers are effectively working for free for 57 days a year because of a gender pay gap, according to a new study. A survey of 72,000 managers found that women in equivalent full-time jobs earned 22% less than men. The difference means they are working for an hour and…

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