News Articles From May 2015

New ‘right to buy’ will worsen housing crisis

Extending the ‘right to buy’ to housing association tenants, outlined in yesterday’s queen’s speech, will mean a worse housing crisis with less social housing available, warns UNISON. “Solving the housing crisis requires a significant increase in all types of housing … More…

UNISON comments on Queen’s Speech

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “The UK already has tough laws on strikes – there is no need to make them stricter still. “Democracy won’t be enhanced by raising thresholds but by bringing balloting … More…

Make your voice heard on TTIP

UNISON is uring members to write to their MEPs before the European Parliament votes on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) early next month. The union is warning that the proposed deal between the EU and US threatens … More…

How the new government can fix the housing crisis

UNISON is backing an alternative Queen’s Speech that outline proposals on how the new government can fix the housing crisis and give people a fair housing deal. Families are still struggling to find anywhere decent and affordable to live, due … More…

UNISON highlights the urgent need for more homes

UNISON is calling on the government to start an urgent programme of building more affordable homes and social housing that people on low incomes can afford. A recent survey by the Halifax showed that house prices rose 1.6% in March … More…

Higher ed members consulted on pay offer

UNISON members in higher education will be consulted on the employer’s ‘full and final’ pay offer of a 1% pay rise for 2015/16, with higher increases for lower paid staff. That means increases of between 1.1% and 2.6% for points … More…

There for you in financial difficulty

UNISON’s welfare charity There for You responded to more than 4,000 requests for help from union members last year. The charity was set up to help members and their families in financial difficulties. This help includes: small grants – every … More…

UNISON supports Nepal appeal

UNISON has made a donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal in the wake of the two earthquakes that have hit Nepal and also joined calls for Gulf states to ease restrictions and allow migrant Nepalese workers to return … More…

Government must do more to help school support staff deal with difficult behaviour and violent attacks, says UNISON

With challenging behaviour from pupils on the increase, UNISON is today (Friday) urging the government to better protect school caretakers, cleaners, dinner ladies, classroom assistants and other support staff from violent attacks. At its annual school support staff conference in … More…

Higher education employers make final pay offer

UNISON has received a “full and final” pay offer from higher education employers, which the union’s higher education service group executive will discuss on Monday 18 May. The offer for 2015-16 follows pay talks between the employers and joint higher … More…