News Articles From January 2012

Fred Goodwin Knighthood annulment – UNISON response

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, welcomed the news that ex RBS chief, Fred Goodwin, will have his knighthood annulled. Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said: “It is only right that Fred Goodwin should have his Knighthood annulled. He was at … More…

UNISON backs Sure Start campaign

UNISON is backing a campaign to protect Sure Start Children’s Centres by providing resources to the Daycare Trust. The trust is calling on local authorities to protect the centres in their forthcoming budgets, amid fears that centres may see further … More…

RBS bonus – UNISON response

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, is today calling on the Prime Minister to prove he’s serious when he says we are all in this together, by telling the RBS Chief, Stephen Hester, to turn down his bonus. Karen Jennings, UNISON … More…

Taxpayers Alliance gets it wrong on pensions

Commenting on the TaxPayers’ Alliance report released today, which wrongly calculates that £1 in every £5 in council tax goes towards local government pensions, Heather Wakefield, UNISON’s head of local government, said:  “This simply isn’t true. Actually, the local government … More…

Act now on unemployment

Commenting on todays UK unemployment figures – showing a rise of 118,000 to 2.68m in the three months to November – UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said: The government is certainly setting records, but a 17-year high in unemployment and … More…

UNISON members need a reason to vote Labour

Responding to the Labour party’s suggestions that public service workers should accept more pay freezes and pay cuts, UNISON’s General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Our members needed hope and a reason to vote Labour. They have been snatched away. In … More…

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January 2012

Library lobby over literacy timebomb

UNISON, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Voices for the Library, The Library Campaign, Campaign for the Book and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals have announced they will hold a joint lobby of Parliament calling on politicians … More…

UNISON members give green light to pensions negotiations

UNISON activists have voted to give the union’s negotiators the green light to continue discussions with government ministers on changes to public sector pensions. More than 250 key elected national, regional, rank and file activists met at UNISON’s headquarters to discuss … More…