Care sector couldn’t function without its migrant workforce, says UNISON

Commenting on new figures from the Home Office that show an increase in the number of health and care visas issued, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“The government has let social care get into such a dire state that the sector can no longer function without overseas workers to fill the huge gaps in staffing.

“Instead of grappling with the real problems by funding social care properly and tackling the exploitation of migrant staff, ministers now want to make matters even worse by stopping potential carers from bringing their children here with them.

“Major reform of care is long overdue. But until care workers are paid at rates that better reflect the skilled jobs they do, the sector will struggle to recruit at the levels needed to meet growing demand. A national care service and a fair pay agreement for care staff is the only answer.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

Media contacts:
Liz Chinchen M: 07778 158175 E: press@unison.co.uk

Anthony Barnes M: 07834 864794 E: a.barnes@unison.co.uk

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Care sector couldn’t function without its migrant workforce, says UNISON

Commenting on new figures from the Home Office that show an increase in the number of health and care visas issued, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“The government has let social care get into such a dire state that the sector can no longer function without overseas workers to fill the huge gaps in staffing.

“Instead of grappling with the real problems by funding social care properly and tackling the exploitation of migrant staff, ministers now want to make matters even worse by stopping potential carers from bringing their children here with them.

“Major reform of care is long overdue. But until care workers are paid at rates that better reflect the skilled jobs they do, the sector will struggle to recruit at the levels needed to meet growing demand. A national care service and a fair pay agreement for care staff is the only answer.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

Media contacts:
Liz Chinchen M: 07778 158175 E: press@unison.co.uk

Anthony Barnes M: 07834 864794 E: a.barnes@unison.co.uk

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NHS pay key to cutting waiting lists, says UNISON

Commenting on the publication of the government’s evidence to the NHS pay review body, UNISON acting head of health Helga Pile said:

“NHS workers should be getting this year’s wage rise in a matter of weeks. But because ministers were so late getting the pay review body process started and didn’t get their own evidence in on time, staff will now have to wait months. This simply isn’t good enough.

“Unless the government gets a handle on pay and gives health workers a fair wage rise this year, many experienced staff will continue to be lost from the service.

“It’s time ministers cast aside the outdated, lengthy and bureaucratic pay review body process.

“Getting health unions and employers in for pay talks would be the fastest, smartest way for the government to start to solve the staffing crisis.

“The government must negotiate a proper pay package for health workers to halt the steady drain of experience from the NHS.

“The public would much rather an efficient NHS, which can see and treat them quickly when they need its help, than have a few extra pennies in their pockets.

“The chancellor should forget about trying to fool the public with tax cuts next week. Instead, his focus should be investing in the NHS workforce to get waiting lists down and prompt treatment for the many people currently too ill to work.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

Media contacts:
Liz Chinchen M: 07778 158175 E: press@unison.co.uk
Anthony Barnes M: 07834 864794 E: a.barnes@unison.co.uk

 

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NHS pay key to cutting waiting lists, says UNISON

Commenting on the publication of the government’s evidence to the NHS pay review body, UNISON acting head of health Helga Pile said:

“NHS workers should be getting this year’s wage rise in a matter of weeks. But because ministers were so late getting the pay review body process started and didn’t get their own evidence in on time, staff will now have to wait months. This simply isn’t good enough.

“Unless the government gets a handle on pay and gives health workers a fair wage rise this year, many experienced staff will continue to be lost from the service.

“It’s time ministers cast aside the outdated, lengthy and bureaucratic pay review body process.

“Getting health unions and employers in for pay talks would be the fastest, smartest way for the government to start to solve the staffing crisis.

“The government must negotiate a proper pay package for health workers to halt the steady drain of experience from the NHS.

“The public would much rather an efficient NHS, which can see and treat them quickly when they need its help, than have a few extra pennies in their pockets.

“The chancellor should forget about trying to fool the public with tax cuts next week. Instead, his focus should be investing in the NHS workforce to get waiting lists down and prompt treatment for the many people currently too ill to work.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

Media contacts:
Liz Chinchen M: 07778 158175 E: press@unison.co.uk
Anthony Barnes M: 07834 864794 E: a.barnes@unison.co.uk

 

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A significant pay rise is essential for local government and school staff, say unions

The three local government unions, representing 1.4m council and school employees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, have called for a significant wage rise as they submitted their annual pay claim today (Thursday).

UNISON, GMB and Unite say a decent pay award is essential as staff continue to struggle with the cost-of-living crisis, while the value of their wages has plummeted for more than a decade.

Unless councils and schools can pay competitive rates, employees will find better-paid, less-stressful work elsewhere and new recruits will be thin on the ground, the unions say.

Their joint pay claim, which would apply from the start of April, is for all council employees to receive a wage rise of £3,000 or 10%, whichever is higher.

Council employees – including refuse collectors, librarians, teaching assistants, care workers, cleaners and catering staff – must be properly rewarded for the vital community services they provide, say the unions.

In their submission to the local government employers, the unions point out that council staff have seen 25% wiped from the value of their pay since 2010.

A wage rise well above inflation is the only way to maintain the staff levels necessary to deliver services to the public, the unions say.

Many council employees have experienced considerable increases in their workloads as a result of budget cuts and their own personal finances have taken a severe hit from the cost-of-living crisis.

Council and school workers are often in low-paid roles, with many earning little more than the minimum wage. Any failure to keep pace with costs can be disastrous for them, the three unions say.

UNISON head of local government Mike Short said: “Communities rely on the services provided by council and school workers. But if staff don’t feel valued and can find better-paid work elsewhere, there’ll be no one to carry out these vital functions.

“Everyone will be worse off if local authorities don’t have enough employees to look after the most vulnerable, give children the education they need and keep neighbourhoods safe.

“A decent pay offer is essential. And with so many councils struggling financially it’s more important than ever that the Westminster government invests properly in the local government and school workforce.”

GMB national officer Sharon Wilde said: “Our vital school support staff and council workers must be offered a decent pay rise for this year.

“Members tell us their jobs have become even more stressful in the past year they are really struggling to make ends meet in this cost-of-living crisis.

“Staff are being torn between leaving the job that they love or going to other sectors where the work is less stressful and the pay is better. It’s got to stop.”

Unite national officer Clare Keogh said: “After years of real-term pay cuts, local government employers need to recognise that there is growing anger among local government workers about the way they are treated year after year in pay negotiations.

“These workers provide vital services and yet are not valued by their employer. Many union members are reporting that they cannot pay their bills, they are struggling to pay their mortgage or rent costs and some have even had to rely on food banks. We will not stand by and allow this to happen.”

Notes to editors:
– The claim also calls on employers to agree a clear plan to reach a minimum pay rate of £15 an hour in a maximum of two years, as well as an additional day of annual leave for all staff regardless of their current entitlement.

Research by Landman Economics, commissioned ahead of the pay claim, shows the cost of living has risen by 59.4% since 2010 while pay for local government staff on the national joint council rates used by most authorities has risen by just 27% in that time.

Media contacts:
UNISON M: 07834 864794 E: 
a.barnes@unison.co.uk
GMB M: 07958 156846 E: press.office@gmb.org.uk
Unite M 07718 666592 E: David.Carnell@unitetheunion.org

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A significant pay rise is essential for local government and school staff, say unions

The three local government unions, representing 1.4m council and school employees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, have called for a significant wage rise as they submitted their annual pay claim today (Thursday).

UNISON, GMB and Unite say a decent pay award is essential as staff continue to struggle with the cost-of-living crisis, while the value of their wages has plummeted for more than a decade.

Unless councils and schools can pay competitive rates, employees will find better-paid, less-stressful work elsewhere and new recruits will be thin on the ground, the unions say.

Their joint pay claim, which would apply from the start of April, is for all council employees to receive a wage rise of £3,000 or 10%, whichever is higher.

Council employees – including refuse collectors, librarians, teaching assistants, care workers, cleaners and catering staff – must be properly rewarded for the vital community services they provide, say the unions.

In their submission to the local government employers, the unions point out that council staff have seen 25% wiped from the value of their pay since 2010.

A wage rise well above inflation is the only way to maintain the staff levels necessary to deliver services to the public, the unions say.

Many council employees have experienced considerable increases in their workloads as a result of budget cuts and their own personal finances have taken a severe hit from the cost-of-living crisis.

Council and school workers are often in low-paid roles, with many earning little more than the minimum wage. Any failure to keep pace with costs can be disastrous for them, the three unions say.

UNISON head of local government Mike Short said: “Communities rely on the services provided by council and school workers. But if staff don’t feel valued and can find better-paid work elsewhere, there’ll be no one to carry out these vital functions.

“Everyone will be worse off if local authorities don’t have enough employees to look after the most vulnerable, give children the education they need and keep neighbourhoods safe.

“A decent pay offer is essential. And with so many councils struggling financially it’s more important than ever that the Westminster government invests properly in the local government and school workforce.”

GMB national officer Sharon Wilde said: “Our vital school support staff and council workers must be offered a decent pay rise for this year.

“Members tell us their jobs have become even more stressful in the past year they are really struggling to make ends meet in this cost-of-living crisis.

“Staff are being torn between leaving the job that they love or going to other sectors where the work is less stressful and the pay is better. It’s got to stop.”

Unite national officer Clare Keogh said: “After years of real-term pay cuts, local government employers need to recognise that there is growing anger among local government workers about the way they are treated year after year in pay negotiations.

“These workers provide vital services and yet are not valued by their employer. Many union members are reporting that they cannot pay their bills, they are struggling to pay their mortgage or rent costs and some have even had to rely on food banks. We will not stand by and allow this to happen.”

Notes to editors:
– The claim also calls on employers to agree a clear plan to reach a minimum pay rate of £15 an hour in a maximum of two years, as well as an additional day of annual leave for all staff regardless of their current entitlement.

Research by Landman Economics, commissioned ahead of the pay claim, shows the cost of living has risen by 59.4% since 2010 while pay for local government staff on the national joint council rates used by most authorities has risen by just 27% in that time.

Media contacts:
UNISON M: 07834 864794 E: 
a.barnes@unison.co.uk
GMB M: 07958 156846 E: press.office@gmb.org.uk
Unite M 07718 666592 E: David.Carnell@unitetheunion.org

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MPs pledge to support a national care service

Images: Marcus Rose

Over 40 MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates signed pledges in support of a national care service at a UNISON Westminster event, last night (Wednesday).

Coming the day after UNISON hosted the Fabian Society’s National Care Service Summit, which brought together over 80 leading industry stakeholders to examine and debate the detail and practicalities of how to bring about a national care service, the parliamentary event sought to ignite the political will in Westminster to make it a reality.

Hosted by chair of the UNISON group of labour MPs, Liz Twist, the event saw UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea speak alongside Wes Streeting, shadow secretary of state for health and social care, and Sam Thornton, a UNISON member and support worker.

Last week, Mr Streeting became the first politician to sign up to UNISON’s Make Care Work pledge and, speaking to the gathered MPs, he said: “It’s really great to see so many Labour MPs, but also aspiring Labour MPs here.

Wes Streeting speaks to MPs

“What we are setting out to do has escaped and eluded so many previous governments, Labour and Conservative, and that’s to plug the gap in the foundation of the modern welfare state around how we provide care for people in our society.

“That’s not just about old people’s care, it’s also crucial for disabled people of all ages, that they receive the social care that they deserve to lead independent good quality lives.”

He continued: “If we’re serious about building a national care service with all that that entails, and making sure that every person in our society who needs it gets the care that they deserve and that every care professional is valued in the way that they deserve, that takes time, patience and effort.

“I’m really proud of the work we’ve been doing in opposition with UNISON,” he said, thanking Ms McAnea for her leadership in making the campaign a UNISON priority.

And added: “Thanks to UNISON and the Fabian Society, we have a really good foundation of ideas to build on and we have so much evidence and so much insight, and now it’s down to us to turn that into a plan for government and a mandate for government that we need”.

Ms McAnea also spoke to attendees, and opened by thanking Mr Streeting, Andrew Gwynne, the shadow social care minister, and Ms Twist for “taking this into the heart of the Labour Party, the shadow cabinet and hopefully the heart of the government. Your commitment to this is second to none.

Christina McAnea explains why she is so passionate about the campaign

“We all know that social care is broken, that something drastic needs to be done about it. It is an essential service and even if not everyone all the time relies on it, most of us will have to rely on it at some point. How can it be in 2024 that we still haven’t got it right?

Speaking of the campaign, she said: “It’s not just the fact of a national care service [that we need] – but the type of national care service. It’s so important that this is not a top-down solution but that we hear the voices of the people who use the system and who work in the system.

“It’s not going to be easy to fix, it’s going to take time. This is a long-term project. But we absolutely need a government in Westminster that delivers on this, which means we need a Labour government.

“I think this is the right thing for the Labour Party to do, it’s bold, it’s ambitious and it will change this country for the better. And when historians look back, we’ll know we were on the right side of history on this.”

Rounding off the speeches, Ms Thornton told MPs of her personal experiences as a care worker. She said: “We have so much responsibility, you can’t imagine. We are a highly-skilled, trained workforce, I couldn’t give a paracetamol in a hospital, but can give emergency medicines in care.

Sam Thornton gives MPs her personal perspective on working in the care sector

“Good will does not pay the bills. With a national care service we will be recognised as a skilled workforce and our work will be banded like the NHS, giving us the recognition and pay that we deserve.

“Under one umbrella we’ll be able to stand stronger together, work together and build a better care service for our most vulnerable people.”

Christina McAnea signs the pledge with Andrew Gwynne, shadow social care minister

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MPs pledge to support a national care service

Images: Marcus Rose

Over 40 MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates signed pledges in support of a national care service at a UNISON Westminster event, last night (Wednesday).

Coming the day after UNISON hosted the Fabian Society’s National Care Service Summit, which brought together over 80 leading industry stakeholders to examine and debate the detail and practicalities of how to bring about a national care service, the parliamentary event sought to ignite the political will in Westminster to make it a reality.

Hosted by chair of the UNISON group of labour MPs, Liz Twist, the event saw UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea speak alongside Wes Streeting, shadow secretary of state for health and social care, and Sam Thornton, a UNISON member and support worker.

Last week, Mr Streeting became the first politician to sign up to UNISON’s Make Care Work pledge and, speaking to the gathered MPs, he said: “It’s really great to see so many Labour MPs, but also aspiring Labour MPs here.

Wes Streeting speaks to MPs

“What we are setting out to do has escaped and eluded so many previous governments, Labour and Conservative, and that’s to plug the gap in the foundation of the modern welfare state around how we provide care for people in our society.

“That’s not just about old people’s care, it’s also crucial for disabled people of all ages, that they receive the social care that they deserve to lead independent good quality lives.”

He continued: “If we’re serious about building a national care service with all that that entails, and making sure that every person in our society who needs it gets the care that they deserve and that every care professional is valued in the way that they deserve, that takes time, patience and effort.

“I’m really proud of the work we’ve been doing in opposition with UNISON,” he said, thanking Ms McAnea for her leadership in making the campaign a UNISON priority.

And added: “Thanks to UNISON and the Fabian Society, we have a really good foundation of ideas to build on and we have so much evidence and so much insight, and now it’s down to us to turn that into a plan for government and a mandate for government that we need”.

Ms McAnea also spoke to attendees, and opened by thanking Mr Streeting, Andrew Gwynne, the shadow social care minister, and Ms Twist for “taking this into the heart of the Labour Party, the shadow cabinet and hopefully the heart of the government. Your commitment to this is second to none.

Christina McAnea explains why she is so passionate about the campaign

“We all know that social care is broken, that something drastic needs to be done about it. It is an essential service and even if not everyone all the time relies on it, most of us will have to rely on it at some point. How can it be in 2024 that we still haven’t got it right?

Speaking of the campaign, she said: “It’s not just the fact of a national care service [that we need] – but the type of national care service. It’s so important that this is not a top-down solution but that we hear the voices of the people who use the system and who work in the system.

“It’s not going to be easy to fix, it’s going to take time. This is a long-term project. But we absolutely need a government in Westminster that delivers on this, which means we need a Labour government.

“I think this is the right thing for the Labour Party to do, it’s bold, it’s ambitious and it will change this country for the better. And when historians look back, we’ll know we were on the right side of history on this.”

Rounding off the speeches, Ms Thornton told MPs of her personal experiences as a care worker. She said: “We have so much responsibility, you can’t imagine. We are a highly-skilled, trained workforce, I couldn’t give a paracetamol in a hospital, but can give emergency medicines in care.

Sam Thornton gives MPs her personal perspective on working in the care sector

“Good will does not pay the bills. With a national care service we will be recognised as a skilled workforce and our work will be banded like the NHS, giving us the recognition and pay that we deserve.

“Under one umbrella we’ll be able to stand stronger together, work together and build a better care service for our most vulnerable people.”

Christina McAnea signs the pledge with Andrew Gwynne, shadow social care minister

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Mitie must pay healthcare workers what they are owed or strikes will continue, say UNISON and Unite

Mitie chief executive Phil Bentley must pay healthcare workers in the West Midlands the lump sum they are owed, say UNISON and Unite today (Thursday).

The general secretaries of the UK’s two largest unions have written to Mr Bentley to say strikes* planned for today (Thursday) from 5am and next Friday (8 March) will go ahead unless hospital staff get a one-off £1,655 payment** that other NHS staff have already received.

Cleaners, porters and catering employees are among around 370 workers set to strike again following action which began with Unite in December.

All are contracted by Mitie to work at three hospitals run by The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust and are among the lowest-paid staff in the NHS.

The letter to Mr Bentley says that the £1,655 lump sum was part of the deal agreed by the government and health unions last year following strikes in the NHS. The one-off payment has already been awarded to “hundreds of thousands of NHS employees”.

The letter says many of the staff “worked, alongside their NHS colleagues, throughout the Covid pandemic”, and that Mitie is “treating them unfairly and forcing them into hardship” by withholding the money.

UNISON and Unite say the company claims the extra payment is unaffordable. The letter adds: “If that is the case, then we struggle to see how Mitie could pay the £5.9m remuneration package you (Mr Bentley) received last year, or your annual bonus.

“Mitie can easily afford to pay the lump sum. Its profits were generated from the hard work and dedication of low-paid employees. They (the staff) put their own health at risk and that of their families for no additional reward.”

Mitie is attempting to break the strikes by bussing in staff represented by the Prison Officers’ Association from other NHS sites, which the unions say is “despicable”.

UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Health staff would rather be back at work than on the picket line. But Mitie has forced them into taking strike action.

“The company says it hasn’t got the money to pay this lump sum. Yet it can find the cash to spend on bringing in strike-breaking workers from sites miles away.

“Mitie must do what’s right and pay up now or the strikes will continue.”

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “It is shameful that these vital workers who keep the NHS going are being kicked in the teeth by their employer. Mitie is a multi-million-pound company which announced huge profits last year. It can easily afford to pay them the money they are owed.

“Instead, Mitie has dragged its feet every step of the way and forced some of the lowest-paid workers in the NHS onto the picket line in their fight for fair pay. They will have Unite’s full backing.”

Notes to editors:
– *A picket will in place outside the entrance to Russells Hall Hospital, Pensnett Road/High Street, Dudley from 8am to noon today. Photographs will be available on request.
-? **In June 2023, a deal was agreed for all staff on NHS contracts who are on Agenda for Change pay scales. This included a one-off payment for 2022/23.
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.
– Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.

Media contacts:
Ollie Hopkins M: 07939 143195 E: o.hopkins@unison.co.uk
Anthony Barnes M: 07834 864794 E: a.barnes@unison.co.uk
David Carnell M: 07718 666592 E: david.carnell@unitetheunion.org

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Mitie must pay healthcare workers what they are owed or strikes will continue, say UNISON and Unite

Mitie chief executive Phil Bentley must pay healthcare workers in the West Midlands the lump sum they are owed, say UNISON and Unite today (Thursday).

The general secretaries of the UK’s two largest unions have written to Mr Bentley to say strikes* planned for today (Thursday) from 5am and next Friday (8 March) will go ahead unless hospital staff get a one-off £1,655 payment** that other NHS staff have already received.

Cleaners, porters and catering employees are among around 370 workers set to strike again following action which began with Unite in December.

All are contracted by Mitie to work at three hospitals run by The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust and are among the lowest-paid staff in the NHS.

The letter to Mr Bentley says that the £1,655 lump sum was part of the deal agreed by the government and health unions last year following strikes in the NHS. The one-off payment has already been awarded to “hundreds of thousands of NHS employees”.

The letter says many of the staff “worked, alongside their NHS colleagues, throughout the Covid pandemic”, and that Mitie is “treating them unfairly and forcing them into hardship” by withholding the money.

UNISON and Unite say the company claims the extra payment is unaffordable. The letter adds: “If that is the case, then we struggle to see how Mitie could pay the £5.9m remuneration package you (Mr Bentley) received last year, or your annual bonus.

“Mitie can easily afford to pay the lump sum. Its profits were generated from the hard work and dedication of low-paid employees. They (the staff) put their own health at risk and that of their families for no additional reward.”

Mitie is attempting to break the strikes by bussing in staff represented by the Prison Officers’ Association from other NHS sites, which the unions say is “despicable”.

UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Health staff would rather be back at work than on the picket line. But Mitie has forced them into taking strike action.

“The company says it hasn’t got the money to pay this lump sum. Yet it can find the cash to spend on bringing in strike-breaking workers from sites miles away.

“Mitie must do what’s right and pay up now or the strikes will continue.”

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “It is shameful that these vital workers who keep the NHS going are being kicked in the teeth by their employer. Mitie is a multi-million-pound company which announced huge profits last year. It can easily afford to pay them the money they are owed.

“Instead, Mitie has dragged its feet every step of the way and forced some of the lowest-paid workers in the NHS onto the picket line in their fight for fair pay. They will have Unite’s full backing.”

Notes to editors:
– *A picket will in place outside the entrance to Russells Hall Hospital, Pensnett Road/High Street, Dudley from 8am to noon today. Photographs will be available on request.
-? **In June 2023, a deal was agreed for all staff on NHS contracts who are on Agenda for Change pay scales. This included a one-off payment for 2022/23.
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.
– Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.

Media contacts:
Ollie Hopkins M: 07939 143195 E: o.hopkins@unison.co.uk
Anthony Barnes M: 07834 864794 E: a.barnes@unison.co.uk
David Carnell M: 07718 666592 E: david.carnell@unitetheunion.org

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