News Articles From November 2015

UNISON condemns cuts to pay for teaching assistants

Threatened cuts to pay for teaching assistants in the North East have been condemned by UNISON. Staff in Durham schools could lose up to £5,000 a year under council proposals to introduce term-time only contracts from September 2016. Sign the … More…

There must be no snap decision over bombing Syria, says UNISON

UNISON has today (Friday) urged MPs not to make any snap decisions involving the UK in action over Syria. UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Prime Minister and MPs from all the parties at Westminster should tread carefully. There … More…

The spending review’s £3bn hit on local government

Cuts to local government grant and extra spending commitments for local authorities add up to a £3bn hit on councils, says UNISON today (Wednesday). UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today was a bad day for local government. The Chancellor … More…

Housing changes will not reverse previous cuts to budgets

Commenting on the changes announced to housing budgets today (Wednesday) by the Chancellor, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “The promised investment in housing and the commitment to build new housing for rent does little for the many families and … More…

School funding reforms could harm education

Commenting on plans to scrap the current system of school funding announced today (Wednesday) by the Chancellor, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “We believe in a fair funding formula, but our concern is vital cash could now be taken … More…

Tax credits u-turn will bring huge relief to over 215,000 working families, says UNISON

UNISON South West Press Release Regional Secretary:  Joanne Kaye Tax credits u-turn will bring huge relief to over 215,000 working families, says UNISON  Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the Chancellor is to reverse hisplanned cuts to tax credits, … More…

UK economy could lose £3.5bn a year under Chancellor’s planned tax credit cuts, says UNISON

The UK economy could be hit to the tune of around £3.5bn a year if the Chancellor confirms later today (Wednesday), in the spending review, that he is to continue with cuts to tax credits announced in the summer, says … More…

UNISON says national insurance increase will rob public sector workers

UNISON is today (Tuesday) warning George Osborne that scrapping tax rebates on pensions will leave more than five million public sector workers worse off. The rise in National Insurance (NI) payments will hit pay packets in April 2016. This is … More…

Opposition to Trade Union Bill continues

Hyndburn council in Lancashire has become the latest employer to register its opposition to the government’s Trade Union Bill. A motion adopted by the Accrington based council at the end of last week says it “welcomes the positive benefits that … More…

Members ‘disappointed and frustrated’ at OU closures decision

UNISON members are left “disappointed and frustrated” after the Open University confirmed plans to close seven regional offices, putting 500 staff at risk. The union was told late yesterday that the university council had approved the closure plans, despite opposition … More…