News Articles From September 2015

The Trade Union Bill and my job: Alyson’s story

My name is Alyson and I’m a midday assistant in a special school. “My job involves looking after and feeding children with special needs at lunchtime for an hour and a half in term time.” “I love this kind of … More…

Caerphilly council condemns the trade union bill

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has congratulated Caerphilly County Borough Council in passing a motion to oppose the UK government’s Trade Union Bill, at a special council meeting this evening (Tuesday 29 September). The motion states that the Trade Union … More…

Co-op Bank: important notice for branches

Branches will be aware that the partnership between the Co-operative Bank and UNISON as part of our UNISONplus membership benefits package ends on 30 September 2015. There will be a period of six months to facilitate the closure and migration of accounts. … More…

Trade Union Bill survey – your right to support at work is being attacked

The government is pushing through a Trade Union Bill that will severely restrict working people’s ability to organise to defend their jobs and pay and to campaign for a fairer society in England, Scotland and Wales. UNISON is campaigning against … More…

Labour’s new kinder way will help to win people back to the party

Labour’s new kinder way will help to win people back to the party, says UNISON Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to the Labour party conference in Brighton today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Jeremy showed today that politics … More…

Facility time pays dividends for employers and staff

UNISON is urging all activists and members to get involved in its campaign to get the government to drop the Trade Union Bill and protect facility time – the time UNISON volunteers use to do their union-related work. All UNISON activists know … More…

Black History Month – a time to organise

If it’s October, it’s Black History Month: a time to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of Black people throughout history. Black history, and Black British history in particular, is often marginalised: for some people October may be the only time they … More…

UNISON comments on job cuts at Redcar steel plant

Commenting on the news that 1,700 people are facing redundancy after SSI UK announced it is ‘mothballing’ its steel plant in Redcar, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government needs to take direct action to secure 170 years of steelmaking on … More…

UNISON welcomes an end to speculation that free school meals face the axe

UNISON has welcomed the pledge from the Prime Minister that free school meals will not be axed. Commenting on remarks made by David Cameron on Monday, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “With the government promising to slash billions more … More…

New range of materials available to promote Stars in our Schools campaign

A new range of branded materials is now available to promote the Stars in our Schools celebration day on 27 November. Stars in our Schools aims to highlight the work of school support staff, the unsung heroes of education. Canvas … More…