News Articles From July 2014

Unions to escalate pay strike action in October

Unions representing over a million local government workers – GMB, UNISON and Unite – have agreed to escalate their dispute over pay with a campaign running into the autumn. The three unions have agreed that their members will run a … More…

School asbestos audit urged

UNISON has called on the Labour party to commit itself to carrying out a full audit of asbestos in schools if it forms the next government. We will be lobbying to make sure that the health and safety of workers … More…

Tribunal orders council to compensate workers offered cash to sign away rights

Bromley Council has been ordered to pay more than £64,000 in compensation to 18 of its staff, after an employment tribunal ruled it had offered employees cash incentives to sign new contracts that took them out of existing collective bargaining … More…

Help save our safety net

UNISON is urging members and activists to support the TUC Saving Our Safety Net campaign  to defend the welfare state from attacks. A decent social security system provides help to those who need it, when they need it. The campaign … More…

The scandal of profits before food safety

Meat inspectors and official vets feel abandoned by the Food Standards Agency and the government, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis writes in today’s Guardian. And the public is being put at risk “simply to increase the profits in the meat … More…

Local government and school support workers to strike again

UNISON’s local government and school support workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are set to hold a second day of strike action on Tuesday 30 September. The announcement follows the strike on 10 July, which saw around a million … More…

UNISON wins support at Labour policy forum

UNISON has negotiated a series of amendments on key policy issues at the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum. These agreements, and others supported by the union, will now shape Labour’s general election manifesto and programme in government. Agreements include: repeal … More…

Meat hygiene ballot – background

UNISON members in the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are set to ballot for industrial action on pay in the coming weeks, after the employer forced a 0.75% pay rise on them earlier this year. The agency harmonised pay out of … More…

Unemployment figures mask concern over quality of jobs

Commenting on today’s employment figures, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Any fall in unemployment is welcome but the headline figures mask growing concern over the quality of jobs being created. The reality is that today’s workforce is increasingly made … More…

Meat hygiene inspectors to be balloted for strike action

Meat hygiene inspectors, vets and support staff employed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are set to be balloted for strike action over an imposed pay offer of 0.75%. Ballot papers are due to be sent out next week to … More…