News Articles From April 2016

UNISON marks International Workers’ Memorial Day

Workers around the globe call for ‘strong laws, strong enforcement, strong unions’ UNISON members and staff yesterday joined colleagues across the UK and around the globe in one of the most successful International Workers’ Memorial Days to date. The focus … More…

UNISON to consider national employer’s final pay offer 2016/17 for higher education

Employers also offer further joint work on gender pay and casualisation University employers have made a final offer of 1.1% increase on all points from 1 August 2016, with additional payments at the lower end of the pay spine. This … More…

The Trade Union Bill – how we campaigned for key changes

UNISON members across the UK played a part in protecting their trade union rights This week the Trade Union Bill went back to the House of Commons. We didn’t manage to defeat the entire bill, but we did manage to … More…

As we condemn the Trade Union Bill we shouldn’t overlook what our campaigning has achieved

For months our union—including tens of thousands of our members—has fought the government’s unnecessary and restrictive Trade Union Bill. Despite several significant u-turns, and the watering down of aspects of the legislation, that is still the case. This is a … More…

Further education workers demand a decent pay rise

Joint unions submit claim for £1 an hour pay rise and the living wage as a minimum in England Further education workers in England are calling for a pay rise of £1 an hour, together with a minimum rate in line … More…

“My employer ‘gave’ me to someone else”

Through its International Development Fund, UNISON is supporting efforts to protect Indian workers from exploitation when migrating to the Gulf Hopeful migrant workers receive training on their rights, prior to departure for construction industry jobs in the Middle East (credit: … More…

In 2016 we should be able to design workplaces where no-one has to die as a result of their job

Remember the dead and fight for the living: that’s what we say each year on International Workers’ Memorial Day, and we will say it again today – but sentiment alone is insufficient Remember the dead and fight for the living. … More…

UNISON welcomes government’s change of heart on Trade Union Bill proposals

Commenting on the debate today (Wednesday) in the Commons that has seen the government accept many of the Trade Union Bill amendments made last week in the Lords, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Without these significant changes, unions representing … More…

UNISON to accept local government pay offer

Following a meeting of local government representatives from across UNISON, the union has decided today (Wednesday) to accept the pay offer from the employers. Head of local government Heather Wakefield said: “Having talked to members in local government across England, … More…

Responding to the announcement of the Hillsborough inquest verdict

Responding to the announcement of the Hillsborough inquest verdict, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “After 27 years of lies and cover-ups, the families of the 96 finally have justice. This has been a struggle that united a city and … More…