News Articles From June 2015

The threats and opportunities of devolution

As UNISON’s national delegate conference is in Glasgow this year, it was fitting that a large part of this afternoon was spent discussing devolution. Not just the result of the Scottish referenedum last year or the SNP gains on 7 … More…

The relentless race to the bottom in pensions

The pension changes introduced in April this year were routinely attacked on the conference floor at UNISON’s national delegate conference with one speaker describing them as a “relentless race to the bottom in pension provision”. The changes allow the over … More…

Court cases trauma for stressed social workers – UNISON report

Heavy workloads are leaving more than nine in ten (90 per cent) social workers without enough time to prepare for court cases involving vulnerable children and families, a new report from UNISON reveals today (Wednesday). Half the social workers questioned … More…

Gap between rich and poor ‘widening on a daily basis’

UNISON delegates in Glasgow today committed the union to keeping inequality at the forefront of political and economic debate. Clare Williams of Northern region told the hall that the government’s austerity policies were affecting the most vulnerable in society – … More…

‘Activists are the beating heart of UNISON’

UNISON delegates in Glasgow today agreed urgent plans to improve its organising in the shadow of the election result and the Tories intensification of their austerity agenda and targeting of trade unions. With its new majority, the government is expected … More…

Maintenance grant cuts will hit poorest students

UNISON has condemned suggestions that the government could hit grant funding for students from low income households. Earlier this month, Chancellor George Osborne announced that the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Education faced cuts … More…

UNISON expresses serious concern over the ‘unjustified’ transfer of 438 staff at RNIB

UNISON has today expressed serious concerns over the ‘unjustified’ transfer of 438 staff in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from the Royal Institute for the Blind (RNIB) to Action for Blind People. The union has been in talks with RNIB … More…

‘If we decide to fight, no-one can stop us’

Dave Prentis told UNISON delegates in Glasgow today that the union was ready, willing and able to face the “storm to come” following the shock result of the general election. “We are under attack from a vicious, vindictive Tory government … More…

‘Rescue our care from sharks and thieves’

“It is impossible for people to live the sort of life we want them to live with just 15 minutes of care,” said retired member David Kippest, debating the care of older people at the union’s national delegate conference in … More…

UNISON president opens conference

UNISON president Lucia McKeever opened the union’s conference this morning in Glasgow, praising the tremendous resolve of the union and decrying the Tories’ “shameless attempt to drive us back to Victorian times.” Remarking that chancellor George Osbourne has declared the … More…