News Articles From March 2015

New law bans ‘revenge’ evictions

UNISON has welcomed a new law which aims to protect renters in England against retaliatory evictions by preventing landlords from evicting tenants who have complained about the poor condition of their homes. The law which was passed earlier this month … More…

Branch supporting Exeter Pluss members at risk of redundancy

UNISON is supporting members at Exeter’s Pluss factory after it was announced around 30 workers are expected to be made redundant following Devon County Council’s decision to withdraw its funding. Steve Ryles, Branch Secretary at UNISON Devon County Branch, which … More…

Local government delegates agree to continue campaign for fair pay

UNISON local government delegates from across the UK met at a special conference in London to debate the lessons of the recent pay campaign and agree a set of strong proposals to increase member engagement and democratic participation in every … More…

New research: what do healthcare assistants think about 12-hour shifts?

Are you a HCA and do you, or have you ever, worked 12-hour shifts? UNISON believes that this is an important issue where members have a range of opinions and experiences. Many factors can affect whether 12-hour shifts are positive … More…

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Bulletin Newsletter
March 2015

More pain and little gain for workers in Budget

Commenting on today’s Budget, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “For five years of pain, there appears to be very little gain on offer today for ordinary workers. “With more money than expected at his disposal, the Chancellor could have … More…

Populist proposal could become the next pensions nightmare, says UNISON

Commenting on the Budget proposals that will give pensioners with annuities the right to cash them in, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Being able to cash in low-performing annuities might seem like a good idea now, but it’s a … More…

UNISON on unemployment figures

Commenting on today’s unemployment figures, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government’s attack on public sector workers has been unprecedented. The huge drop in spending has seen the axing of thousands of jobs and the cuts in real pay … More…

Wage increase welcome but government could have gone for a higher increase, says UNISON

Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) that the minimum wage is to rise to £6.70 this October, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “More than a million low-paid workers who are still finding life particularly tough will welcome the extra … More…

UNISON criticises delayed government report into asbestos in schools

UNISON has today (Monday) criticised the ongoing delay of a government report into asbestos in schools that was due to be released last spring, warning that the delay could place pupils and staff at risk. The union, which represents more … More…