News Articles From January 2013

Teaching assistants are ‘vital to schools’ say headteachers

A new survey by UNISON, the UK’s largest union, reveals that the vast majority of head teachers and school leaders believe that their school could not run without the hard work of teaching assistants (TAs). The in-depth survey reveals that … More…

Further education unions call for pay rise

The further education joint forum are calling on college employers’ body, the Association of Colleges, to recommend a 5% consolidated increase in all salaries and allowances for FE staff, with a £750 underpinning for the lower paid. The claim covers … More…

NOA report into councils

As a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) today reveals that councils are facing a growing challenge to absorb cuts and to meet their legal obligation to provide services, UNISON is warning that there is much more pain to … More…

Childcare changes could put children at risk warns UNISON

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, is today warning that government plans to increase the number of children that childminders and nurseries can look after could put children at risk. Most good providers already do better than the minimum statutory ratios … More…

Loan companies preying on public in tough times

Cuts to trading standards services are putting the public at the mercy of unscrupulous loan companies, UNISON warned today. The warning comes as a survey of trading standards officers reveal widespread concern that consumers will fall victim to illegal – … More…

Cuts in Government grant funding fuels council tax rises

As Communities Secretary Eric Pickles calls on local authorities to resist council tax rises, UNISON is warning that it is his government’s own drastic cuts that are leaving many councils with no other choice. All across the country, multi-year, multi-billion … More…

South West hails achievements of the past year

UNISON South West has just held its annual Get Active weekend in Taunton, bringing together UNISON members from across the region to learn new skills and energise them for the coming year. And the weekend also saw the region’s first … More…

Growth figures

Commenting on the growth figures released by the ONS today, Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said: “The bad news just keeps on coming. The private sector-led recovery, the government crossed its fingers and hoped for, is not happening. Any slight … More…

UNISON calls for more testing and inspection of horse meat

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, is calling for more inspection and testing of all horse meat to protect public safety. The union is particularly concerned about the prospect of Bute (Phenylbutazone) getting into the food chain. It is widely used … More…

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January 2013