News Articles From April 2014

Union condemns slave labour community scheme

UNISON has joined a number of charities to condemn the government community work placements in its new Help to Work scheme, which began this week. The new rules makes it compulsory for a long-term claimant to either do “intensive” coaching, … More…

ONS figures on number of zero-hours contracts

Commenting on the latest ONS figure on the number of employee contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary said: “The huge rise in these risky employment contracts shows how weak and precarious … More…

Pupils and staff benefit from new rules helping children with medical needs

UNISON, the UK’s largest education union, today welcomed the introduction of clearer legal guidance designed to help pupils with long-term medical conditions and the staff who support them. The union has campaigned long and hard to address inconsistencies in the … More…

Time to fill in our social work survey

Today is Social Work Watch Day and UNISON has teamed up with Community Care – the leading website for people working in social care – to ask you to shine a light on a typical working day in social work. … More…

Recruitment: Making May matter

UNISON branches and regions are set to Make May Matter starting from this week with a tide of recruitment events in workplaces across the UK. This organising drive is supported by a further round of television advertising which will run … More…

Local government strike ballot will start on 23 May

UNISON’s local government industrial action ballot in England, Wales and Northern Ireland  will start on 23 May after members overwhelmingly rejected the employers’ 1% pay offer. The ballot will last four weeks, ending on 23 June. Members will be asked … More…

600,000 local government members to be balloted for strike action over pay

UNISON today decided to ballot 600,000 local government and school members in England for strike action after 70% of members rejected this year’s pay offer in a consultative ballot. The pay offer would mean around 50,000 of the lowest paid … More…

Recruitment: 7 things to do this week

UNISON hits the airwaves again from Thursday this week with an updated version of our TV advert aimed at recruiting new members to the union. The TV ad marks the latest recruitment blitz when every part of the union will … More…

HE employers offer 2% and living wage

Higher education employers have made a “full and final” pay offer of 2%, with a minimum pay point equal to the living wage, following pay talks with the unions. UNISON’s higher education service group executive will meet on 23 April … More…

Canal and River Trust unions submit claim

UNISON and Unite have submitted a claim to the Canal & River Trust national joint forum for staff in England and Wales. The trade union side claim for 2014/15 calls for: a 4.75% increase on salary bands and allowances; an … More…