News Articles From April 2013

UNISON hits out at parking firm takeover from South West Ambulance Service

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, has today hit out at the privatisation of huge chucks of the patient transport service (PTS) in Cornwall, Somerset and Devon, calling it a “bad deal and sad day for patients in the South … More…

UNISON condemns immoral NPower

UNISON has today reacted angrily to news that NPower has deliberately dodged tax by using an offshore tax base, calling the practice “immoral”. The company that sells energy to UK customers has managed to pay no corporation tax because it … More…

New safety in numbers campaign launched

On 28 April UNISON will launch its Safety in Numbers campaign to increase the number of health and safety reps we have in the workplace. The launch coincides with International Workers’ Memorial Day, the day when UNISON joins trade unionists … More…

Union to consider new LG pay offer

UNISON’s key negotiating committee for local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will meet in early May to consider the union’s response to the latest pay offer from employers. The meeting of the union’s local government service group … More…

FE unions say pay offer is unacceptable

Unions representing staff in English further education colleges have said that a 0.5% pay offer made at the first round of pay negotiations earlier this week was not acceptable. UNISON and the University and College Union (UCU) added that, while … More…

UNISON calls for safer workplaces on International Workers’ Memorial Day

“The tragic loss of life and injuries in the collapsed building in Bangladesh is a terrible reminder of the constant need to fight for strong health and safety regulations at work” said Karen Jennings, UNISON Assistant General Secretary today – … More…

New safety in numbers campaign launched

On 28 April UNISON will launch its Safety in Numbers campaign to increase the number of health and safety reps we have in the workplace. The launch coincides with International Workers’ Memorial Day, the day when UNISON joins trade unionists … More…

University employers offer staff fourth pay cut in as many years

Unions representing university workers* today (25 April) rejected a ‘disappointing’ 0.5% offer and called on the employers to come back with a more serious suggestion. The unions said the offer, coupled with a refusal to bring in the Living Wage … More…

Show some backbone and stop NHS privatisation

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, has called on the Lords to “show some backbone and vote down pro-privatisation section 75 of NHS regulations” being debated in the Lords today (24 April). Christina McAnea, UNISON Head of Health, said: “Section 75 … More…

Local government employers make an improved offer on pay

Commenting on the improved offer (1%) made to local government workers, Heather Wakefield, UNISON head of local government, said: “Local government workers have seen a 16% decline in the value of their pay in the last three years, coupled with … More…