News Articles From February 2014

Local government employers warned on pay

A 1% pay offer for local government workers in Engalnd, Wales and Northern Ireland is “uneacceptable” and makes industrial action “invevitable” joint unions warned this week. The joint unions – who include UNISON, Unite and the GMB – met on … More…

Government failing young people over careers advice

UNISON, the UK’s largest union today challenged the Government to eradicate the postcode lottery in careers guidance by giving schools the financial support they need to deliver a quality service. Commenting on Nick Clegg’s call for tougher sanctions on schools … More…

UNISON attacks government obsession with sickness absence

UNISON has attacked the government’s obsession with sickness rates, after figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that days lost due to sickness absence fell from 178 million in 1993 to 131 million in 2013. The figures … More…

UNISON supports review into asbestos management in schools

The Department of Education has launched a policy review on the asbestos management in schools, after it was discovered that children are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of asbestos. The move is also the result of extensive lobbying by the … More…

Minimum wage recommendation

UNISON, the UKs largest union, today welcomed the recommendation from the Low Pay Commission for a 3% increase in the national minimum wage, calling it “a move in the right direction”. Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON went on to … More…

Government declares face-to-face careers advice outmoded

The government has revealed that it considers face-to-face careers advice for young people as “outmoded” – despite widespread condemnation of the current situation in schools. In the House of Lords yesterday, the government was asked what progress had been made … More…

UNISON to consult on PTE pay offer

The passenger transport executive (PTE) employers have made an early offer in the 2014 pay round. UNISON is to consult members on the terms. The secretary of the employers’ side said:  “I have consulted with the PTEs that participate in … More…

Response to domestic violence only effective if right support in place

Commenting on NICE’s latest call for greater awareness about domestic violence and abuse UNISON says the right support needs to be in place. UNISON Assistant General Secretary Karen Jennings said: “Domestic violence by definition often happens behind closed doors and … More…

Members back National Grid offer

UNISON members have backed the new pay and pensions offer from National Grid. The offer that was presented to members had been substantially improved during months of negotiations between the trade unions and the company. The key points include: a … More…

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February 2014