News Articles From March 2016

What schools need is stability, not constant faddish upheaval

What do parents want from their children’s schools? Quality teaching and a nurturing environment would probably be on most people’s lists. Hiring lawyers and accountants to manage a transfer of land and buildings probably isn’t. Yet by dogmatically pursuing a … More…

Teaching assistant wins prestigious award

Award celebrates activist who has made greatest contribution to Gateshead branch and its members Karen Jackson, a higher level teaching assistant at Thomas Hepburn Community Academy, has been awarded the prestigious Clare Tierney Memorial Award at her local UNISON AGM. Clare … More…

When a government’s response to debt is austerity, the impact is devastating

Today, I’m speaking at a conference examining the impact of sovereign debt crises on public sector workers. As UNISON members know, when a government’s response to debt is austerity, the impact is devastating. That road leads to a bonfire of public … More…

Opposition to forced academisation increases

Government plans to forces 17,000 schools in England to become academies opposed by unions, educators and politicians, including leading Conservative voices Forcing 17,000 schools in England to become academies over the next six years will mean schools having to hire … More…

Across our country those who the vulnerable rely upon are being let down

It’s nearly twenty years since the National Minimum Wage Act was passed. It was a tough fight, but even those who fought hard against this most basic of protections now accept that a minimum wage is a good and necessary … More…

Care workers continue to be denied the minimum wage

MPs praise UNISON’s campaign to support care workers who are “illegally” under-paid Employers are continuing to illegally pay home care workers below the national minimum wage, as was outlined in a parliamentary debate on the scandal on Wednesday. UNISON was … More…

UNISON teams with young people to fight cuts to youth services

Union is seeking to protect youth services ‘for the long term’ On 6 April dozens of Camden council workers and young people from the London borough will be demonstrating outside Camden Town Hall against potentially devastating cuts to youth services. … More…

Higher education unions reject initial pay offer for 2016-17

Employers’ initial offer to higher education unions does not include the living wage The five higher education trade unions have rejected an initial pay offer from the employers and urged them to improve it before the next meeting. The unions met … More…

Workers’ rights at risk from Brexit

The TUC has published a report that sets out which workers’ rights in the UK are underpinned by EU rules – and would therefore be at risk if the UK votes to leave the EU. UK Employment Rights and the … More…

UNISON calls for action to end the homecare wages scandal

Tens of thousands of care workers across England and Wales are still being paid less than the minimum wage because councils are not insisting that homecare companies pay staff their travel time, a UNISON report is warning today (Wednesday). More … More…