News Articles From September 2015

Councils condemn trade union bill

Employers delivering public services across the country are joining unions in condemning the government’s Trade Union Bill. Caerphilly council in Wales is in line to become just the latest council to register its opposition to the bill when it debates … More…

UNISON relaunches stress survey

UNISON is calling on the union’s safety reps to get organised – and members to get involved -in this year’s European Health and Safety week. We want safety reps to ask members and non-members to identify the different ways in which work … More…

Get your nominations in for UNISON’s top H&S rep

Will our health and safety rep of the year be you?  We all expect our workplaces to be as safe and healthy as possible, but this doesn’t happen by chance. It happens as a result of the hard work and dedication of … More…

Council pension funds would like to go green, but doing so now would cost them dear, says UNISON

Calls from campaigners that the UK’s 101 local government pension funds should stop investing in fossil fuels are admirable, but over-simplify the huge task that disinvestment would mean, says UNISON today (Friday). UNISON would like to see Local Government Pension … More…

Government cuts make a mockery of new NICE homecare guidelines, says UNISON

New guidance from government advisors the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) could see a real improvement in the standard of homecare delivered across the UK, but longer visits to people’s homes will be impossible while the government … More…

New career framework for TAs – but professional standards still delayed by DfE

A new career development framework for teaching assistants is available from UNISON and NET – the National Education Trust, but the union has expressed it’s dismay at the government’s continued delay in publishing matching professional standards. Those standards had been … More…

UNISON ‘deplores’ attack on FOI in letter to PM

UNISON is one of some 140 organisations warning against plans to weaken the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act in a letter to the prime minister. The letter to David Cameron was signed by general secretary Dave Prentis on behalf of … More…

‘UNISON has always stood up for women’

UNISON president Wendy Nichols has written to the Guardian to rebut claims made in an article printed in the paper that the union’s “upper echelons continue to be dominated by men.” Her letter was in response to a comment piece … More…

Honorary degree for UNISON’s Dave Prentis

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today (Friday) received an honorary degree from the Open University, marking his “commitment to lifelong, life-changing learning” in public services. At the ceremony in London’s Barbican Centre, the citation for Dave Prentis honoured his belief … More…

Two week warning campaign highlights absurdity of Trade Union Bill’s social media proposals, says UNISON

UNISON has today (Friday) launched #TwoWeekWarning – an online campaign against proposed restrictions that could require unions to report planned social media activity to employers two weeks before any strike. Under the proposals associated with the Trade Union Bill, unions … More…