News Articles From November 2013

UNISON marks progress on world AIDS day

This year has seen has two UNISON successes in the battle to get better protection for workers from exposure to blood-borne viruses such as HIV, while at the same time reducing the irrational fears and often homophobic prejudices that surrounds … More…

Low pay ghetto a sign of divided nation

New statistics showing a staggering 3.5 million workers have been stuck on low pay for more than a decade solidly reinforces the picture of how divided our nation has become, said UNISON, the UK’s largest union today (27 November). The … More…

Donate a tweet and celebrate teaching assistants

UNISON is using a new way to make a noise on social media on 29 November to celebrate our teaching and classroom assistants. If you use social media, you can donate a tweet or a facebook post to spread the … More…

UNISON responds to CIPD report into zero hour contracts

UNISON today insisted that huge numbers of zero hours contract (ZHC) jobs are unjustified and unsuitable for many public services, despite a report* from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development claiming many workers are happy with them. The union says … More…

UNISON responds to new FOI on use of taxis and police cars to pick up patients

New findings show taxis and police cars are increasingly being sent to 999 emergency calls instead of ambulances to pick up patients. UNISON national officer, Hope Daley, said:  “It is totally unacceptable that ambulance trusts are using taxis and the … More…

Cold weather deaths a disgrace

The Government must take urgent action to prevent a repetition of the 31,000 deaths linked to cold weather last winter, warned UNISON, the UK’s largest union today (26 November). As new figures show that the “excess winter deaths” in England … More…

Probation talks break down

Talks between the National Negotiating Committee (that negotiates terms and conditions for members working in probation) broke down on 20 November after the Ministry of Justice announced it wanted to withdraw all the gains that had been previously negotiated. It … More…

ILGA sends rallying call to UNISON LGBT conference

UNISON’s LGBT conference got under way in Liverpool this morning, with a rallying call from the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA(. Noting that the “outrageous calls for ‘permanent austerity’ add insult to the injuries suffered by a growing number … More…

Stephen Twigg pays tribute to UNISON

Stephen Twigg MP paid tribute to UNISON for its work on and commitment to equalities, including LGBT equality, when he addressed the union’s LGBT conference in Liverpool today. He told delegates that we can be proud of the “massive progress” … More…

HE meeting provides no immediate resolution

An extraordinary meeting with higher education employers today, failed to immediately resolve the dispute between UNISON, UCU, Unite and EIS and the university employers over pay. But both sides have agreed to maintain channels of communication and will explore further … More…