News Articles From August 2014

Have your say on the national minimum wage

The Low Pay Commission is gathering evidence for a report to the government on the national minimum wage, which it is due to submit by February next year. As part of that process iit has set up an online survey … More…

Local government and school support workers “locked out” of recovery

A UNISON survey of 1,700 local government and school support workers has painted a picture of a demoralised workforce that feels locked out of the so-called economic recovery. The results reflect the growing anger of members who walked out last … More…

Don’t let library consultation fall on deaf ears warns UNISON

UNISON is warning Devon County Council not to let the consultation responses it received on its proposals for the future of the library service to fall on deaf ears. The union’s warning comes after the Council released figures last week … More…

Maintenance should not pay for free school meals

“Providing free school dinners or repairing old buildings or equipment should not be a choice for schools” said UNISON National Officer, Christine Lewis today (19 August). The call comes in the wake of research from the LGA showing that some … More…

MP backs UNISON’s ethical care charter

Labour MP David Crausby is championing care workers and service users by endorsing UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter. Mr Crausby, the Labour MP for Bolton North East, has added his name to a petition organised by Bolton UNISON branch asking Bolton … More…

Rise of number of self-employed shows underemployment is rife says UNISON

Commenting on today’s employment figures, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Any fall in unemployment is welcome but the rise of the number self-employed is a worrying trend.  They are likely to earn less than those in full time jobs … More…

Time to come clean on abuses in cleaning industry

Widespread abuses in the cleaning industry are to come under the spotlight with the setting up of a new taskforce by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. Commenting on the move, UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said: “UNISON is looking … More…

Government cuts plunge youth work into crisis, warns UNISON report

More than 2000 youth workers have been axed and 350 youth centres closed since 2012 as a direct result of Coalition Government cuts, a new report by UNISON has found. The study, released ahead of International Youth Day tomorrow (12 … More…

UNISON secures vital delay in academy schools privatisation

UNISON has won a significant step in the long-running campaign to stop the privatisation of frontline services at the biggest academy chain in the country. Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) announced plans in January to effectively privatise an unprecedented range of … More…