News Articles From June 2014

General secretary’s call to action for 10 July strike

Dave Prentis has delivered a strong call to action to UNISON activists to make sure next week’s local government and school support staff strike is successful. Local government and school workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland voted for strike … More…

UNISON Legal Services named Employment Law Team of the Year

UNISON Legal Services has been named Employment Law Team of the Year at the prestigious Lawyer Awards. The annual award, adjudicated by an independent panel, recognised the union’s ongoing campaign to challenge the Government’s decision to introduce a fees regime … More…

Government leaves backdoor route into child protection for profit making companies

UNISON warns that so-called u-turn is not what it seems. Child protection services in the UK are still at risk of being takenover by profit making companies, despite Government claims to the contrary, warned UNISON, the UK’s largest union. Revised … More…

UNISON fights on as Council rules it cannot give evidence at care home meeting

UNISON is appalled that the ruling Conservative administration will not allow it to give evidence at Devon County Council’s scrutiny meeting on the decision to close 20 residential care homes and 17 day care centres. However, the public sector union … More…

Angry UNISON members to lobby Council meeting over care homes closures

Angry UNISON members are to lobby Devon County Council’s scrutiny meeting on 26 June to oppose the council’s decision to close 20 residential homes. UNISON Devon County Branch, which represents the county’s public service workers, has also been invited to … More…

Rise in union grants to public services workers facing hardship

UNISON warns of a growing working poverty crisis among low-paid public service workers as the union ballots members for strike action over pay row with Government. Every week, UNISON’s welfare charity There for You gives out more than £13,000 helping … More…

Conference stresses importance of political education

UNISON’s national delegate conference this morning called on the NEC to promote and develop political education, as they are “central to engaging people in union activity”. Chris Tansley for the executive said that “we wouldn’t have wiped out the BNP … More…

Get the votes out – or face the music

If the Tories win the next election, their theme tune will be “you ain’t seen nothing yet”, LGBT delegate Deirdre Costigan told conference. Speaking on the last day of conference she said that marginalised groups will suffer even more than … More…

Conference says we shall overcome politics of hate

‘We shall overcome’ racism and the divisive and destructive politics of hate. That was the message from UNISON’s national delegate conference in Brighton this morning – a message that it ultimately delivered in song. Claire Williams from the Northern region … More…

UNISON fears council’s library proposals will spell closures, cuts and job losses

UNISON fears Devon County Council’s proposals on the future of the library service will spell closures, cuts in opening hours and job losses. UNISON Devon County Branch, which represent the county’s public service workers, is urging both its members and … More…