News Articles From February 2012

Local government workers to suffer third year of pay misery

UNISON, UNITE and GMB, said today that even more local government workers will fall into the trap of poverty, as the local government employers confirmed that they would impose a pay freeze for the third year running. More than 1.6 … More…

UNISON joins campaign for dignity in old age

UNISON has signed up to the Dignity Code and Fair Care Campaign launched today by the National Pensioners Convention. The code aims to uphold the rights and personal dignity of older people while ensuring their health, safety and well being … More…

Low paid local government workers facing poverty

A report by the New Policy Institute for UNISON shows that local government pay has been slashed to 1990’s levels by below inflation pay settlements, a two-year pay freeze and the employers’ failure to pay the £250 promised to low … More…

UNISON joins High Court appeal over penisons

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, will today join a group of unions in an appeal to the High Court over which measure of inflation is used to calculate annual pension increases. In his June 2010 budget, George Osborne announced, without … More…

‘Put Pickles back in his jar!’

“It’s time to put Pickles back in his jar”, was the message from the women’s conference in Brighton today, as delegates spoke out against secretary for communities and local government Eric Pickles’s call for councils to tear up equality questionnaires. … More…

‘The rock that Cameron and Clegg will not break’

“In South Africa they used to chant ‘when you strike a woman, you have struck a rock.’ David Cameron, you have struck a rock.” That was general secretary Dave Prentis’s message to the prime minister at UNISON’s women’s conference in … More…

Unemployment figures – UNISON response

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, said that today’s unemployment figures – standing at a 16-year high – prove that Tory economic policies were not working. The union urged the government to put in place a proper and fair plan for … More…

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Bulletin Newsletter
February 2012

Landmark apprenticeship deal signed

UNISON has signed a new apprenticeships agreement with a Suffolk council today which could be a model for similar schemes across the country. The union has developed the apprenticeship scheme with St Edmundsbury council and the TUC learning arm, Unionlearn, … More…

UNISON vows to keep fighting for equality

“Equality is the beating heart of our union … and we will fight racism wherever it shows its ugly head.” That was the message from general secretary Dave Prentis today, as he addressed the union’s Black members’ conference in Brighton. … More…