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A Home is a human right: Unite Community campaign to get Britain building more affordable homes
Petitioning to keep NUH Estates and Facilities in the NHS, 2013
Carillion went bankrupt in January 2018. It’s now a matter of history that Nottingham University Hospital prematurely terminated the 5 year £250m Estates and Facilities (E&F) contract with Carillion on April Fools Day, 2017. This turned out to be a wise move for the Trust and patients alike. The full facts behind NUH’s decision (including due diligence) in awarding the contract were not given at the time, but a significant factor would have been based on costs. Unite Nottinghamshire Health highlighted unsafe working practices and staff shortages putting employees and patients at risk.
Carillion was a massive firm – some thought it too large to fail - it was the second largest construction firm in the UK and had successfully been awarded the most amount, bar one, of public funding in its sector. It has now come to light that Carillion carried massive debts. The full facts behind its demise will emerge over coming months but one question that needs answering is why the government continued awarding more public funding to Carillion? Carillion went bust with debts of £1.5 billion pounds and an estimated £990 million pensions’ deficit (Work & Pensions Committee) - read more:
Dr Colin Hutchinson, co-signatory of the ACO Judicial Review.
A well-attended public meeting organised by your Branch was held on the 1st February 2018, with over 100 members of the public and Unite members in attendance.
Government’s proposals to test new and possibly illegal privatisation plans in Nottinghamshire were laid bare at a public meeting organised by Unite Nottinghamshire Health Branch, 1st February 2018. Speaking to a capacity and determined audience at The Mechanics, Nottingham, Dr Colin Hutchinson explained the new management Accountable Care Organisations (ACO), for contracting out NHS and social care delivery. ACOs have evolved from Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) whose aim is to integrate health and social service delivery in a single package. Alarmingly, commercial organisations will be allowed to tender to become ACOs.
Several major companies including Capita and Centene have shown interest in tendering to become ACOs. Capita is the largest UK provider of private services to the public sector, having received more public funding than any other company. Shares in Capita fell 40% in early February amid fears that they were at risk of following a similar demise as seen with Carillion in January 2018. read more:
A 100% campaign is being conducted by the Branch to recruit new members and representatives. The ‘100%’ campaign refers to total (100%) union membership in the workplace.
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To inform you of our ongoing and upcoming campaigns and events and also to hear from you and inform to our readership your campaigns that fall in line with our policy.
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