News Articles From June 2013

Children in schools at risk of exposure to asbestos

The government’s advisory committee on carcinogenicity (COC) published their final statement (7 June) that concludes children are more vulnerable to exposure to asbestos than adults – the younger the child the greater the risk. With over 75 per cent of … More…

TUC austerity bus heads to the south west

The TUC’s austerity bus has been on the road this week – and tomorrow it’s in Weston-Super-Mare to help the fight to save the local hospital. The event will be taking place at the town’s football club on Winterstoke Road, … More…

Schools survey reveals shocking levels of poverty

A survey of nearly 3,000 school support staff* reveals the shocking impact of poverty on the children in their schools. The survey by UNISON, the UK’s largest union, covered all areas of the UK and shows that: 87% say children … More…

Spending review – UNISON reaction

Commenting on the spending review, Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, said: “Today’s spending review reveals the true extent of the Government’s failure.  The Chancellor has got it horribly wrong – despite all the promises, the austerity measures and cuts, … More…

Spending review – block on incremental pay progression

“The Chancellor has demonstrated yet again, that he has no idea how pay progression works in practice” said Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, following the Spending Review today. And he accused the Chancellor of making Local Government the whipping … More…

UNISON wins historic equal pay case worth millions of pounds for members

Nearly two thousand women members of UNISON are celebrating a historic equal pay victory today.   They have finally demolished the long-running defence by Scottish councils of paying men discriminatory bonuses that are denied to women. The UNISON members can … More…

Support needed for Rochdale rally on Saturday

Striking members in Rochdale will hold a march and rally on Saturday 29 June to protest against pay cuts and slashed terms and conditions. UNISON’s National Delegate Conference last week passed an Emergency Motion calling on branches to support our … More…

New UNISON presidential team announced

Maureen Le Marinel has been elected president of UNISON for the next 12 months. She was elected at the first meeting of the union’s national executive council after last week’s national delegate conference. Ms Le Marinel is branch secretary of … More…

UNISON condemns ‘shocking and horrific’ murder of soldier Lee Rigby

UNISON’s national delegate conference condemned the brutal murder of Lee Rigby, a serving soldier, in Woolwich on 22 May. An event that Margaret Greer from Hammersmith and Fulham described as “shocking and horrific,” and that had “left the nation numb … More…

Conference slates Iain Duncan Smith over attack on welfare

“Prejudice and dogma, drip-fed through friendly media, that don’t let facts get in the way”. That was how Jane Carolan for the NEC described the actions of Iain Duncan Smith in attacking the welfare system, as UNISON’s national delegate conference … More…