News Articles From January 2014

Women face maternity care postcode lottery because of shortage of midwives

A national shortage of midwives is the reason behind a significant variability in the quality of maternity care between NHS Trusts and the persistent inequalities in the experiences of women, said UNISON the UK’s largest union today. The report by … More…

Get your MP to sign up for libraries

Want to do something to speak up for libraries ahead of National Library Day on 8 February? Get you MP to sign Alex Cunninham’s early day motion EDM1028 in support of libraries and the staff who work hard to make … More…

Unprecedented school privatisation would put profits before pupils

UNISON is warning that profits could be put before pupils, and head teachers could lose control of vital services in 80 academies across the country, as part of a proposal for an unprecedented privatisation of school services. The union, that … More…

Retired members demand dignity

UNISON retired members will be marking National Dignity Day tomorrow, alongside the National Pensioners Convention. Activities are being held all over the country. UNISON retired members and other older people will be involved in local community choirs, public meetings, leafleting … More…

Get creative in fighting racism

Show Racism the Red Card’s 2014 schools competition is now open to celebrate anti-racism work that has been developed by young people. The annual competition is open to young people of all ages and abilities, and welcomes entries in any … More…

GDP figures fail ‘feel good factor’ test

The latest GDP figures show an economy that is fragile in the extreme, said UNISON the UK’s largest union today.  The union is warning that for the vast majority of people the small amount of economic growth fails the feel … More…

UNISON lights candles for Holocaust Memorial Day

UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis is today (27 January) urging the public never to forget the victims and survivors of the Holocaust which claimed the lives of six million Jewish men, women and children. To commemorate Holocaust Memorial day, the … More…

Government claims of pay rises shrouded in myth

Commenting on the Government’s claims that most British workers have seen their take home pay increase, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Government can massage economic figures all it likes, but the real test is what working people feel … More…

Reports show the gulf between debt and dividends

As increased growth forecasts and rising employment rates spread across the headlines of the mainstream press this week, a less publicised series of announcements told a different story. They provide a stark reminder of where the main benefits of any … More…

Do not repeat the same mistakes

UNISON is calling on safety reps to remind employers of their responsibilities on 28 February, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Day. The reality of RSI means that thousands of UNISON members may be at risk of developing long-term injuries if they … More…