News Articles From April 2015

Government fails to ensure right to adequate housing, says new report

The government is failing to ensure the right to adequate housing in England, under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, says a new report. Protecting the Right to Housing in England: a context of crisis identifies two … More…

Houses simply unaffordable for first-time buyers

Housing is simply unaffordable for first-time buyers across England – particularly in London and the south – according to a new report by Shelter. The report, How much of the housing market is affordable?, says that first-time buyers are being … More…

Drastic action needed to lift five million households out of water poverty, says UNISON report

Radical action from water companies and the government is needed to lift five million households in England and Wales out of water poverty, according to a new report published this week by UNISON. The report – produced for UNISON by … More…

Survey on support for postgraduate study

The government intends to introduce a new loan system for postgraduate taught master’s students. Anyone who is under the age 30 and is English domiciled and/or an EU national will be able to access an income contingent loan of up … More…

Shared parental leave: help is at hand

Parents of children born or adopted on or after 5 April now have a right to shared parental leave. Under the new regulations, parents who have met certain eligibility qualifications mainly relating to length of service, have a right to … More…

Updated hazardous substances guidance marks International Workers Memorial Day

A recent survey of UNISON safety reps saw almost one-third of them identify chemicals and solvents, dusts, dermatitis and skin rashes and infections as each being within their top five hazards of concern at work. While incidents leading to injury … More…

Additional UNISON Pay Claim for NJC Workers for 2015-16

This circular advises branches that an additional UNISON pay claim for the 2015-16 pay round has been submitted to the Local Government Association. Please click on the links below to view the attachments. Contact: Heather Wakefield on 020 7121 5329, … More…

Last chance to make sure you can vote in the election

Monday, 20 April, is the deadline for registering to vote in the general election. And Tuesday 21 April is the deadline for receipt of postal vote forms. In the 2010, election 35% of adults in the UK – including more … More…

Election FAQs – available now

The election campaign is entering its final few weeks and UNISON activists are busy volunteering their time and energy in the run up to 7 May. Sometimes, tricky questions come up on the doorstep, at branch meetings or round the … More…

Labour’s manifesto gives voters a real choice, says UNISON

Welcoming the publication of Labour’s election manifesto today (Monday) UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “The polls may still be close, but today’s manifesto shows that there are clear differences between the two main parties. “When voters go to the … More…