News Articles From October 2012

UNISON sends Halloween message to pay cartel

UNISON members in Taunton and Poole took a Halloween message to the south west pay cartel today. Members at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and at the Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust sent the chilling message to the South West … More…

UNISON calls for inquiry as another PFI hosptial runs out of cash

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, is calling for a full inquiry into the disastrous decision by the Board of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust to sign up to a costly Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme that has brought the … More…

UNISON condemns return to ‘Dickensian’ times

“Without the disability living allowance, I wouldn’t be able to afford to drive my car,” Kevin Rodgers of Stevenage local government branch told UNISON’s disabled members’ conference this morning. He was speaking out against the government’s plans to replace the … More…

Don’t stigmatise disabled people

We must not let the government “create a major divide between disabled people,” said UNISON assistant general secretary Karen Jennings, addressing the union’s disabled members’ conference in Brighton today. They want to put paralympians on a pedestal while stigmatising those … More…

‘Two-faced, money-grubbing, callous, ignorant ATOS’

UNISON president Chris Tansley, speaking at the union’s disabled members’ conference in Brighton today, condemned the “extraordinary hypocrisy” of the government for praising the Paralympics and its athletes, while allowing the “two-faced, money-grubbing, callous, ignorant ATOS,” to act as an … More…

Public services should ‘benefit society’ not ‘make a profit’

Delegates at UNISON’s disabled members’ conference today spoke out against the acceleration of outsourcing, procurement and shared services in public services. It risks making it difficult for disabled people to get to work, is often implemented without proper consultation and … More…

‘Disability hate crime is real’

“People tied me up on a lamp-post. The street warden came round and said ‘are you alright?’ and cut me free. “Another time a bike came towards me with no lights on: I moved out of the way in time. … More…

Workplace matters

UNISON reps have the skills to “act as advocates” for disabled members in workplace assessments who “need support and assistance,” said Nicky Sutton from the national young members’ forum. She was calling for workplace assessment consultations to include the option … More…

EDF price rise forcing choice of heat or eat – UNISON

Plans by energy giant EDF to increase gas and electricity prices by more than 10% is a reckless, dangerous move that will put the lives of vulnerable people at risk this winter, UNISON said today. The union warned that, combined … More…

Pension-funded house building scheme ‘would expect legal challenge’ – UNISON

Any plans to use local government pension funds to pay for housing projects would be open to a legal challenge, UNISON warned today. As a report from The Future Homes Commission suggested today that pension funds could be used to … More…