News Articles From December 2013

UNISON says government hitting wrong mark on zero hour contracts

UNISON has criticised plans by the Government to open consultation on measures  around exclusivity and transparency in zero hour contracts following an informal review. UNISON has been calling for an official investigation to confirm the true scale of the problem … More…

Councils rely on tip-offs to catch children buying alcohol

Central government cuts to council budgets are forcing local authorities to rely on tip-offs from the public to combat alcohol being sold to children, UNISON has warned. In the run-up to the Christmas party season, the public service union has … More…

Striking a chord for pay across England and Wales

UNISON and Unite held ‘Strike a Chord’ events across the country today, with festive choirs singing well-known Christmas carols with amended lyrics to highlight the state of council pay. From Northumberland to Liverpool, Swansea to Birmingham, Norfolk to London and … More…

UNISON responds to unemployment figures

Responding to today’s unemployment figures, UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said: “While any small rise in the number of people working is welcome, there are still major problems with the sort of jobs that are on offer and the underlying … More…

Treasury to benefit from paying local government workers living wage, says report

More than half the cost of meeting UNISON’s £1.20 pay claim for local government and school support workers would be offset by workers paying higher tax and national insurance contributions and receiving less in tax credits and benefits, according to … More…

UNISON says inflation figure hardly encouraging

New figures show inflation fell to a four-year low of 2.1% in November but UNISON members are hardly feeling any improvement. A fall in inflation is only positive news if earnings increase. UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said: “The new … More…

Durham university accused of hypocrisy

Durham university has been condemned for not paying its staff a living wage – despite spending less that its budget on staff, paying its vice chancellor £232,000 and having published a report calling on universities to lead by example on … More…

UNISON launches fight against Scrooge employer

UNISON has launched a campaign against Hampshire and Dorset-based ‘Scrooge employer’ Apex Care, which is refusing to pay the national minimum wage. The company has also imposed punitive charges and sanctions on its hardworking, low-paid female staff who are delivering … More…

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Bulletin Newsletter
December 2013

UNISON says inflation figure hardly encouraging

New figures show inflation fell to a four-year low of 2.1% in November but UNISON members are hardly feeling any improvement. A fall in inflation is only positive news if earnings increase. UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said: “The new … More…