News Articles From September 2014

Hands off universal benefits, say pensioners

The National Pensioners Convention (NPC) is marking the UN Older People’s Day today with a call to maintain universal pensioner benefits, such as the winter fuel allowance and free bus pass. The NPC’s Hands Off campaign is supported by UNISON. … More…

LGA urged to reconsider on pay proposals

UNISON is calling on local government employers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to “reconsider” their current pay proposals and come forward with “improved ones which begin to tackle the hardship facing all of our members.” The call comes in … More…

Prentis speaks up for public service workers

Dave Prentis had a message for “David Cameron and his cronies” as the Tory conference got under way in Birmingham at the weekend. “You have 220 days until the general election,” the UNISON general secretary warned: “Make the most of … More…

Are there stars in your school?

We know it takes a whole team to make a school a safe and happy place for children to learn, but support staff are often tucked away behind the scenes: the unsung heroes of our children’s education. UNISON speaks out … More…

Vigil reveals true cost of asbestos

 The true cost of asbestos was highlighted at the Labour Party conference in Manchester this week when victim support groups held a vigil outside the conference centre. The vigil, which called on the government to fund research into mesothelioma through … More…

Finding flexibility for parents of disabled children

Are you or any of your colleagues parents of disabled children? Then make sure you take part in the Working Families’ 2014 Finding Felxibility survey. The last survey in 2012 highlighted a number of barriers to employment faced by parents … More…

UNISON calls for outsourcing inquiry after new research

UNISON is backing a call for an independent inquiry on the impact of outsourcing public services after new research showed that low-paid workers are bearing the brunt as their pay and conditions get worse. According to the Smith Institute research, … More…

UNISON leading the global fight against privatisation

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has been leading the international trade union response to the threats posed by trade and investment agreements this week. In his role as President of Public Services International (PSI), the international public service union body, … More…

New living wage agreement with academy trust

UNISON has secured an agreement to implement the living wage in one of the country’s largest academy trusts. From this month, Oasis Community Learning (OCL) will ensure that the lowest paid staff employed in its 43 schools across England receive … More…

Less than a week to go in academies pay ballot

UNISON is calling on branches and workplace reps to join one last push to get as many members as possible to vote in the NJC academies ballot. The union is currently balloting members who work in academy schools that apply … More…