News Articles From February 2013

Beware ‘pension liberation fraud’

UNISON is warning members to beware of ‘pension liberation fraud’. “Our members needs to be aware of companies singling out pension savers and claiming that they can help cash in their pension early – even before the age of 55 … More…

Rise in fuel poverty linked to higher prices

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today accused the government of doing “precious little” to help the millions of people trapped by fuel poverty. On the day that Centrica announced a rise in profits to £606m for its residential arm, the … More…

Deregulation not an option for meat industry

A presentation at the FSA to explore ways to ‘tackle the burden’ of EU legislation is wholly inappropriate in the wake of the meat crisis, UNISON said today. The UK’s largest union said that stronger, tighter regulation was needed to … More…

Public sector pay a ‘smokescreen’

Comparing public and private sector wages creates the false impression of a two-tiered system – according to a new report from Incomes Date Services. The report – ‘Public Sector Pay Premium – Fact of Fiction’ – makes two key points: … More…

Rise in fuel poverty linked to higher prices

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today accused the government of doing “precious little” to help the millions of people trapped by fuel poverty. On the day that Centrica announced a rise in profits to £606m for its residential arm, the … More…

Deregulation not an option for meat industry

A presentation at the FSA to explore ways to ‘tackle the burden’ of EU legislation is wholly inappropriate in the wake of the meat crisis, UNISON said today. The UK’s largest union said that stronger, tighter regulation was needed to … More…

UNISON cheif calls for unity across NHS on staff pay and conditions

UNISON chief, Dave Prentis, has called on Trusts across the country to work together with health unions to ensure the smooth implementation of changes to NHS staff pay, terms and conditions. The call comes in the wake of a meeting … More…

All employers should stick to the national agreement

UNISON is today (26 February) calling on all NHS employers to stick to the new Agenda for Change agreement. National changes, agreed today by the NHS Staff Council, are the best way of preserving national terms and conditions said the … More…

Local government pay offer

Local government employers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland came forward with two ‘options’ for a pay offer when they met the joint unions yesterday. Their preferred option was for 1% on all pay points, with changes to terms and … More…

Hospital food – UNISON response

Commenting on a report on hospital food* released today (22 Feb), Christina McAnea, UNISON head of health, said: “Healthy, appetising food is vital to a speedy recovery and long-lasting health. When patients are poorly, it can be difficult to stimulate … More…