News Articles From May 2016

Calais Convoy – Practical, immediate steps to help those in need today

By now many of you will have seen the images of a boat tipped over with its hull in the air. Designed for fishing it had been repurposed by smugglers to deliver an altogether different cargo. Hundreds of people fleeing … More…

Union backs 18 June convoy in solidarity with refugees

Union calls on members to take part in or donate goods to convoy travelling to refugee camp in Calais The news that the Italian navy rescued almost 600 refugees when a trawler capsized in the Mediterranean off the coast of … More…

Spending Cuts for LGBT People and Services

UNISON has commissioned NatCen Social Research to investigate the implications of public spending cuts for LGBT people and services. We ask you to complete an online survey of six questions – how long it takes depends on how much you … More…

UNISON’s legal team wins prestigious employment law award

UNISON’s legal team has won the inaugural Solicitors Journal award for employment team of the year, against stiff competition from private sector law firms. The awards panel was impressed by the team’s excellent ongoing casework. They singled out UNISON v … More…

Higher education members to be consulted on ‘meagre’ pay offer

UNISON members in higher education are to be consulted on the employer’s pay offer of 1.1% for the majority of staff, with the removal of the bottom pay point from the national pay scale and tapered increases from 3.1% on … More…

Farewell to an old friend

One of the great joys of being a lifelong trade unionist is the people you meet and the comrades you fight alongside. One of the great difficulties of a life in a trade union is losing special people when they … More…

Are we making a difference for equality in your workplace?

Can you spare five minutes to help UNISON win equality in the workplace? How successful is UNISON when it comes to promoting and winning equality in the workplace? That is the question the union’s 2016 online equality survey aims to … More…

Tax avoidance – there are few battles that matter more

Tackling tax avoidance is something that I’ve always been passionate about. Avoiding tax is morally wrong, and pulls vital funds away from public services under pressure – not just at home but around the world. I’ve spoken out before on … More…

Queen’s Speech fails to tackle the real problems Britain faces, says UNISON

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today the government has announced another set of plans that fail to tackle the real problems Britain faces. “Ministers are keen to sell today’s plans as a wide-ranging set … More…

Queen’s Speech: A failure to tackle the real problems Britain faces

Today we saw another Queen’s Speech from this government – and yet another set of plans that don’t tackle the real problems Britain faces. What we have instead is a Conservative Party at war with itself, already out of ideas … More…