News Articles From January 2016

FE members vote for action on pay

Industrial action ballot sees 2-1 vote for strike and 4-1 for other action in English further education colleges. UNISON members at further education colleges in England have voted for strike action over pay by two-to-one and in favour of action … More…

Councils still insisting on 15 minute homecare visits

UNISON has revealed today that 74% of local authorities in England are still limiting homecare visits for their elderly, ill and disabled residents to just 15 minutes. The report – Suffering Alone at Home – is based on an online survey … More…

Councils still insisting on 15 minute homecare visits

Three quarters (74 per cent) of local authorities in England are still limiting homecare visits for their elderly, ill and disabled residents to just 15 minutes, says UNISON in a report. The report – entitled Suffering Alone at Home – is based … More…

Victories like this give us hope that the tide can turn

Education and learning has always been at the heart of our movement. From the early trade unionists – many of them self taught – to the generations of students educated through institutions like Ruskin College, we all know how important … More…

Union campaign saves local libraries

Neath Port Talbot reverses plans to close libraries, mobile library service and museum after UNISON-organised petition. Concerted lobbying efforts by UNISON Neath Port Talbot County branch have safeguarded the future of local libraries across the region. Skewen and Baglan libraries … More…

Pension funds, not ministers should decide where to invest their members’ money

Local government pension funds must be able to decide where to invest their money in the best interests of present and future pensioners, and should not have their investment decisions dictated by the government, says UNISON today (Thursday). Ministers have … More…

UNISON bursaries for activists

Activists can apply for substantial financial help for trade union and labour studies and women’s studies courses. UNISON is able to offer bursaries for union activists studying trade union and labour studies or women’s studies at certificate, diploma or degree … More…

How Osborne’s Fake ‘Living Wage’ Could Trap Many in Poverty

When George Osborne stood up in the House of Commons last year and announced that there would be a ‘national living wage’, many people initially applauded. Yet there was much to be wary of as the Chancellor pulled this rabbit … More…

Remembering the Holocaust

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day – UNISON members will be among people around the globe remembering the millions who died in the worst human atrocity ever committed. UNISON has long campaigned to end racism and prejudice in society. The union supports its very diverse … More…

End-of-year accounts: branch audits

Information for honorary branch auditors from UNISON head of audit John Nagle. Branch secretaries have received notification of the procedures to apply on the closedown of the on line branch accounts package (OLBA) for 2015. The branch authorisation sheet which … More…