• Make 'Nurse' a legally protected title/designation
    Nursing is a degree-entry profession. Registration with the NMC is paid for and renewed annually with regular reviews and revalidation. There are requirements to satisfy continuing professional development and a minimum of practice hours. Nurses are subject to a Code of Practice and can be struck off the register if found unfit to practise. In the recent General Election, a parliamentary candidate (Ian Levy, Conservative, Blyth Valley) claimed to be a nurse, whereas he was a mental health health care assistant. Some voters may have assumed that he had specific knowledge or expertise and this may have also extended to his credibility. Nurses are regarded by the public as one of the most trusted and reliable professions. He was duly elected. The skills and experience of healthcare assistants and the wider nursing family are vital to healthcare provision; it would be impossible to provide a service without them. This petition in no way denigrates their role or ability - it merely seeks to provide a legal limitation on the use of the term 'Nurse.' The Nurses Registration Act 1919 established a register of nurses and the foundation of nursing training, but did not protect the designation. The term 'registered nurse' is protected, but is ungainly and rarely used in everyday writing or speech. The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”, in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. It is time to acknowledge the impact of the title Nurse by protecting it.
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    Created by Sharon Morris
  • Iceland - please close on Boxing Day
    At the moment Iceland opens it's doors for business on Boxing Day. This means that staff who have been working long and busy hours in the build up to Christmas have very little time to spend with family and friends. Budget supermarket, Audi have just announced that all their stores will remain closed on Boxing Day and all staff will be paid. No food shop needs to be open on Boxing day! People buy enough food to last them over Christmas. We work so hard in the lead up to Christmas! Please let us have 2 days with our family! Spending Christmas with loved ones is much more important than making profits.
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    Created by Donna Hobin
  • Network Rail and Mitie – Pay the Living Wage to ALL your cleaners
    Imagine you’re employed by an outsourcing giant who paid their shareholders more money in the last five years than you could dream of, while you struggle to make ends meet. You clean buildings owned by Network Rail, a publicly owned company, and you learn that your colleagues who clean their stations will now get the Living Wage, but you won’t, even though some them work in the same building as you. You raise this with your manager, who just laughs at you. This is not just a story, this is happening to hard-working cleaning staff working for our railways now. In October this year, RMT cleaners who work for outsourcing giant Mitie and clean Network Rail stations won the Real Living Wage after a massive national campaign involving a 38 Degrees petition signed by 82,000 people and motions in the Westminster and Scottish parliaments. You’d think that Mitie and Network Rail would have got the point and made sure that they pay the Real living Wage to all their staff. Yet scandalously, both Mitie and Network Rail are still exploiting low paid cleaners. Cleaners employed by Mitie but working on Network Rail’s Estates contract, cleaning administrative buildings, maintenance depots and control centres are still being paid poverty wages. Some of them work in the same buildings as colleagues who are now being paid the Living Wage and our members report managers laughing at them for thinking they should be paid the same. This is outrageous. Mitie is a massive company which made £33 million in profit in just the last six months and has passed on £177 million to its shareholders in the last five years. Its CEO Phil Bentley took home £2.2 million last year. It would take one of Phil’s cleaners 176 years work to earn the same amount as he made in 12 months. Network Rail know that they’re in the wrong and say they’re reviewing their contracts, but that’s not good enough. Network Rail and Mitie need to fix this now. EVERYONE who works for Network Rail through a contract with Mitie should be paid at least the Living Wage, now.
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    Created by RMT Union Picture
  • Give Next plc staff Boxing Day off
    Clothing giant Next currently opens it's stores on Boxing Day to launch it's winter sale. This means that staff who have been working long and busy hours in the build up to Christmas have very little time to spend with family and friends. The Next sale begins at 6am on Boxing Day which means staff shifts can start from as early as 5am! Budget retailer, Home Bargains have just announced that all their stores will remain closed on Boxing Day and all staff will be paid. If Home Bargains can do it, why can't Next. Allowing hard working members of staff to spend time with loved ones over Christmas is so much more important than making profits.
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    Created by Next Employees
  • Hospitality - all staff should be paid national living wage.
    Most staff in the hospitality sector work long exhausting hours for minimum wage with no tips or little tips. Christmas and summer periods are long and You tend to miss out on celebrating the holidays and New year due to working. Chefs/ kitchen porters are working between 45-65 hours a week. Bartenders/ Barbacks are working between 45-65 hours. Servers /food runners working 10-12 hour shifts 5 days in a row and expected to function on 5-7 hours sleep. Hotel staff working endlessly to turn over beds and rooms to make sure they are ready in time. Make sure big corporate parties are perfect and making sure all the mess and stress is unseen and behind closed doors. This does not include everyone in the industry but most people work a lot of hours for little pay and expected to be away from family and friends when it’s the holidays. Mental Health is a big thing in the industry and money is a problem. The less money you have the more you have to work with less sleep. Which means you drain yourself mentally and physically. Last year over 20 hospitality staff members in Manchester / greater Manchester took their lives because their mental health wasn’t in check and wasn’t their workplace highest priority. It was making staff work and making sure they were making money. Not all companies do this and most look after their staff but when it comes down to it most of us are on 0 hour contracts and minimum wage.
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    Created by Henrietta Upton
  • Our Call For The London Living Wage For All Barnet Group Employees
    Since ex-Fremantle care workers transferred into the Barnet Group this year, The Barnet Group now has a large number of employees paid below the London Living Wage (£10.55/ hour). This means that the skilled caring work done by staff is paid at rates lower than those paid to cleaners working in the Council buildings. It is absolutely right that cleaners are paid the London Living Wage but care workers are no less deserving. The London Living Wage is identified as the hourly rate of pay needed to more realistically cover the real cost of living. For more information see here: https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/issues/work/london-living-wage/
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    Created by Barnet UNISON Picture
  • Pay GP Receptionists £12 per hour!
    Being a GP receptionist myself for 2 years I understand that the care for a patient starts with the initial contact with a Receptionist at any GP. However receptionists in healthcare are so underpaid that they can barely make ends meet even working full time! These people are helping save lives and after tax they are paid ~£8 per hour. A slight increase in pay would reduce staff turnover rate and make the patients much happier to be greeted with well paid, happy and helpful receptionists rather than stressed out and financially burned out ones! Also, it might even end up saving your own life!
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    Created by Morvarid Ahmadijah
  • Pay apprentices at least the national minimum pay for their age range
    This is important because apprentices are being used as normal employees and worked just as hard but don't recieve the same benefits as a normal employee. We wouldn't expect someone who is changing their career to be paid £3.70 an hour so why is it acceptable to pay an apprentice this. You hire an apprentice in hopes of taking them on at the end so you must have the financial resource ready for them after anyway. It is discriminating against people in low income households because receiving less than minimum wage means they don't have enough money to live on and if they don't have the money to fall back on from parents/gardians people won't do an apprenticeship and therefor won't be trained up in the job they want to do. While someone is doing an apprenticeship they should also be learning about what it is like in the working world and preparing for their future careers but paying them so little doesn't give them the resources and incentive to do this. Increasing the apprenticeship pay to minimum wage will encourage young people to get trained in skills and will add more skilled workers to our workforce
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    Created by Abi Mohtady
  • Ban Zero Hour contracts
    We need a minimum hours contract in order to succeed. and pay our rent and bills.
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    Created by Michael Lambe
  • Pay increase
    Working in the security industry for an hourly rate £8.25 shocking for what we have to deal with when we are front line people
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    Created by Tony Barber
  • Make flexible working work for us
    Employers up and down the country are abusing current flexible working arrangements to make life impossible for hard-working people. Over 1.7 million people across the country are very anxious about their hours changing unexpectedly and without enough warning. Shifts are often cancelled at the last-minute leaving families short of cash for things like food or bills. And with hours changing week to week it can be impossible to budget and plan ahead. Right now flexibly working just isn't working. It's time the government stepped up and helped protect workers by ensuring flexible working practices work for workers, not just employers.
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    Created by Gail
  • References before interview
    This is important as no position has been offered and it is time consuming for both candidate and referees. It can also stop you from being able to secure work if you are in future given a job offer after an interview and your references have to be contacted again. They may put it to the side as you no longer work for them and it is not of priority to complete it. Contacting current employers before an interview can cause tension at your current job with your employer as they are now aware you are planning to leave them but the reality is that you may not even secure an interview because of timing of references getting back and the position can be offered to other candidates whose references were quicker and allowed them to secure an interview and get the job. In this case you then have to contact your referees and let them know you no longer need them to complete the reference form and apologise for any inconvenience.
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    Created by Kimberly Mathurin