News Articles From March 2012

UNISON demands pay increase in higher education

UNISON and other unions today met with UCEA, the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, to submit a pay claim for 2012-13. Following years of sub-inflation pay increases, UNISON members in higher education have seen the real value of their pay … More…

0.5% offer big disappointment for higher education workers

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today called on the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) to get real and make a serious offer to compensate for a toxic combination of high inflation and below inflation increases over the last few … More…

Prentis stresses importance of housing

“We have to push the issue of affordable housing up the political agenda until it sits together with the economy and education – because the housing crisis impacts on everything else.” That was the message from UNISON general secretary Dave … More…

Probation service should not be put up for sale

UNISON said today it will oppose the continuing obsession in the Ministry of Justice with privatisation, following proposals to privatise large swathes of the probation service. The union described the proposals as “risky and a major step backwards in dealing … More…

UNISON welcomes continuing dialogue on professionalism in FE

UNISON, the lead union for support staff in Further Education (FE), welcomed the promise of continued dialogue on professionalism in the sector, signalled by the interim report from the Independent Review Panel. The panel considered evidence that reflected a lack … More…

ONS figures mask grim reality of low pay in the public sector

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, said today that the latest report from the Office for National Statistics on the pay gap between public and private sector, masks the grim reality of low pay and the ongoing pay freeze for hundreds … More…

UNISON calls on Minister of State to block unprecedented privatisation of FE college

“The wholesale privatisation of our education system is coming another big step closer” said UNISON, the UK’s largest union today (26 March). The claim is in response to reports that a federation which runs the college and a chain of … More…

UNISON backs Cosmopolitan’s call for Equal Pay

Karen Jennings, assistant general secretary for negotiation and bargaining at UNISON is calling on UNISON members to back women’s magazine Cosmopolitan’s call for the government to make equal pay auditing compulsory. Equal pay auditing means comparing the pay scales of … More…

Careers advice to schools too little too late

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, said today that advice being issued to schools on their new duties to provide career guidance today (26 March), is’ too little too late’. The union had previously called for safeguards on quality to be … More…

‘Enough is enough’ on Local Government pay

“A third year without a pay increase is driving the union’s 750,000 members in Local Government further into dispute with the employers” said Heather Wakefield UNISON Head of Local Government today. The budget yesterday provided no relief to even the … More…