News Articles From June 2012

Dismal GDP figures confirm need for Plan B

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, said today that the all pain, no gain, politics of austerity must be ditched, and called on the government to put in place a Plan B to kickstart our economic recovery and give some relief … More…

UNISON wins compensation after school ignore H&S

UNISON has been able to secure compensation for a member who was injured after a simple health and safety procedure had been ignored. The Nottingham school caretaker was injured when he fell from a stepladder at work, and has been … More…

UNISON welcomes ULT Academies £250 boost for low paid workers

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today welcomed the decision from academies sponsor United Learning Trust (ULT) to pay the £250 increase to its school support staff earning less than £22,000, calling it “the right thing to do”. The £250 was … More…

‘Pay freeze must thaw’

Local government workers across Scotland are taking part in a day of action today to mark Fair Pay Day. Thousands of Scotland’s council workers will be calling on their local councils to implement the living wage of £7.20 an hour … More…

UNISON and GMB to form powerful new alliance

UNISON and the GMB, two of the UK’s largest unions, announced today that they will form a powerful new alliance to campaign against the Tory-led coalition’s damaging austerity agenda. Building on their existing joint work through the TUC and the … More…

UNISON calls on Tory MP to retract regional pay comments

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today calls on Tory MP Aidan Burley (Cannock Chase) to retract comments he made in the House of Commons, which wholly misrepresented the union’s position on government plans to introduce regional pay into the public … More…

Local government pension scheme ballot

A ballot of members over proposed changes to the local government pension scheme will run from 31 July to 24 August. Before the ballot opens the relevant UNISON service group executives (local government, higher education, community and voluntary, police and … More…

‘A timebomb of social unrest and personal misery’

The government’s abandonment of young people is creating “a huge time bomb of social unrest and personal misery,” conference heard today. UNISON believes that young people are amongst those “most likely to suffer” as a consequence of the damaging policies … More…

New presidential team elected

Chris Tansley, a child care social worker, from Nottingham, has been elected president of UNISON, the UK’s largest public sector union. The father-of-two, who has been a social worker for more than 30 years and is currently a team manager, … More…

UNISON vows to fight child poverty

UNISON will return the fight against child poverty to the top of the political agenda. That was the call of UNISON conference delegates after they heard that the UK has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the … More…