News Articles From December 2014

Government changes to wage claims will hit low paid workers hardest

Commenting on the announcement from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills that from 1 July 2015 the government will limit claims for unlawful deductions of wages to a period of two years, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “This … More…

Social work and family court transparency

UNISON has launched a survey of social work members to gather information on their experiences of court work, how well prepared, trained and supported they are by their employers, and their opinions on the impact of naming social workers when … More…

UNISON to have school support staff workload discussions

The department for education has confirmed in writing that they are prepared to have ‘discussions’ with the support staff unions. For some time now the department for education (England) has been saying it wants to address the problems of excessive … More…

UNISON to appeal High Court decision over tribunal fees

UNISON has today been granted permission to appeal the High Court’s decision turning down the union’s second Judicial Review application over the government’s decision to introduce employment tribunal fees. The Court of Appeal has already agreed to hear UNISON’s appeal of the earlier … More…

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Bulletin Newsletter
December 2014

UNISON slams NHS England over secretive sale of £1bn NHS contract

UNISON has slammed NHS England’s decision to keep secret the final list of private companies bidding for a £1bn NHS contract. Despite agreements to share information with stakeholders*, staff and UNISON, NHS England has confirmed today that following legal advice … More…

Support the abolition of the ‘bedroom tax’ by Christmas

Tomorrow (17 December) there will be a vote in Parliament to scrap the so-called bedroom tax. The bedroom tax hits around half a million low-income households. Two thirds of the households affected include a person with a disability, while the … More…

Help illegally-underpaid care workers

It’s Decent Jobs Week this week and, organised by the TUC, it aims to shine a light on our growing job crisis – the millions trapped in low-paid, insecure, zero-hours contracts. UNISON is using the week to focus attention on … More…

Unions team up to support west Africa

UNISON has joined a number of international unions in funding a new project aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak in west Africa – and to help prevent a similar human disaster in the future. Up to the beginning of December, … More…

Helping tackle ebola in west Africa

“This is what our union does – we support public services and people in difficulty,” general secretary Dave Prentis declared as the union agreed to support a project aimed at helping tackle ebola in west Africa. The union’s national executive … More…