News Articles From August 2012

House price rise – UNISON response

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, is today calling on the government to start an urgent programme of building affordable homes. A survey by the Nationwide Building Society out today reveals that UK house prices have bucked the recession to rise … More…

Local government pension scheme results

The scrutineer’s report on the local government pension scheme (LGPS) consultative ballot is now available. UNISON members eligible for the scheme in England and Wales were balloted over proposed changes to the scheme and voted 90.2% in favour of accepting … More…

UNISON written warning to coalition leaders

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, has today written to Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, urging them to think again about stopping council tax benefits. The union is warning that many low earners will be hit … More…

Regional pay ‘ruse to drive down pay’ – UNISON

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, branded new justifications for regional public sector pay a ‘transparent ruse from the Tories to justify driving down pay.’ Professor Carol Propper’s research for the University of Bristol calls for national pay in the public … More…

UNISON members vote to accept changes to Local Government Pension Scheme

UNISON members across England and Wales have voted 90.2% in favour of accepting the proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). UNISON is the largest public service union and its members in the Local Government Pension Scheme span … More…

Green light for strike ballot in Higher Education

UNISON members working in higher education (HE) are to be balloted on industrial action after ACAS talks broke down following the employers’ refusal to make an appropriate offer. The UK’s largest UNION is asking for a pay increase that matches … More…

Unions join forces in legal action to protect school staff facing axe

In an unprecedented move UNISON and the NUT have joined forces to take legal action to protect school staff whose continued employment has been refused by the controversial, newly-formed Hawthorne’s Free School. The action has been sparked by the formation … More…

Audit Commission report peddling dangerous myth – UNISON

A report from the Audit Commission that suggests councils can save money on care assessments by replacing qualified social workers with non-qualified staff is peddling a dangerous myth which will damage care standards and lead to longer term costs, UNISON … More…

Rise in youth unemployment is fuelling a lost generation

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, is calling on the Government to take urgent, coordinated action to tackle the scandal of rising youth unemployment. “It is disgrace” said the union that the number of young people not in education, employment or … More…

New UNISON research ‘final nail in the coffin for regional pay’

New research commissioned by UNISON has found the government’s arguments for regional pay in the public sector to be ‘deeply flawed’ and based on a false premise. The research, carried out by Incomes Data Services (IDS) on behalf of the … More…