News Articles From February 2016

Community activists set out plans to tackle common problems

Low pay and attacks on terms and conditions following on from underfunding mean ‘a broken system held together by compassion and dedication of exploited workforce’ Housing workers or care workers, staff at small or large charities: whatever part of UNISON’s … More…

UNISON calls for overhaul of the guarding of crime scenes

Vital evidence risks being destroyed because police forces are failing to properly train and protect the support staff who regularly guard crime scenes, says a UNISON report today (Saturday). The report – Out of Sight and Out of Mind – … More…

Violence isn’t part of the job, community delegates agree

Delegates declare its time to act as charity, care and housing workers experience assaults “A colleague had a microwave thrown at him. He was told by his manager that it was something to be expected.” That was just one example … More…

Charity trustees need to be transparent, community conference declares

UNISON calls for protection for members and transparency from trustees in the wake of high-profile charity collapses Imagine getting up, getting dressed, going to work … only to be told to go home again because you no longer have a … More…

‘Your role, your voice, has never been more valuable’

Community, voluntary and housing activists hear shadow minister Anna Turley say: ‘We need to work together,’ at service group conference in Souhtport “Your role has never been more valuable; your voice has never been more valuable,” Labour shadow civic society … More…

The values I grew up with are the same as those at the heart of this great union

It’s aways good to go home – even if only for a few hours – so it was great to be back in Leeds yesterday, the city where I was born, and speak to staff in our Yorkshire and Humberside … More…

Have you worked more hours than you’re paid for?

Do you often work more hours than you’re paid for? If so, you’re not alone. Each year more than five million people – including many dedicated public servants – work an average of almost eight hours a week in unpaid … More…

UNISON’s battle to scrap employment tribunal fees set to continue

UNISON has welcomed today’s (Friday) Supreme Court decision granting the union permission to continue its legal challenge against employment tribunal fees. Ever since the government introduced tribunal fees three years ago, the number of claims has plummeted as workers have … More…

Higher ed conference backs campaign to keep NHS bursaries

‘Students are being asked to work without pay – something we’ve outlawed for interns’ Higher education workers in UNISON agreed to lobby and campaign against Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to end the NHS bursary in England. The union’s higher education … More…

UNISON launches higher education pay campaign

Higher education conference backs campaign for 5% or £1,000 pay rise. UNISON launched a national pay campaign for higher education workers today, when the union’s higher ed service group conference called for a pay claim for 5% or £1,000, whichever … More…