News Articles From July 2016

A fairer national minimum wage remains an ‘urgent need’

UNISON reasserts the ‘ultimate goal’ for UK minimum wage policy, in its submission to the Low Pay Commission There remains an “urgent need” to raise the national minimum wage to the level of a “proper living wage”, UNISON said today, … More…

Homecare workers, illegal payments and when the sums just don’t add up

It used to take Judith Montgomery three and a half hours to earn two hours’ pay. That’s because Judith was a homecare worker, and her employer had decided not to pay her for the time she spent travelling between her … More…

UNISON urges government to end national scandal over homecare minimum wage cheats

Failure to honour the minimum wage is endemic across the care sector as many homecare workers are unpaid for the time they travel between home visits – which can be up to a fifth of their working day, says UNISON … More…

Labour leadership – consultation

We are canvassing views from all UNISON members opted into the UNISON Affiliated Political Fund (APF) In early August, the UNISON Labour Link committee will be meeting to discuss their nomination for leader of the Labour Party. In past leadership … More…

Time to turn the tide on hatred

Summer should be a time of warmth and light, but weather aside, there seems precious little of either quality around at the moment. In post-referendum, pre-Brexit politics; kindness, tolerance and respect seem to be in short supply. While Germany has … More…

Academy chiefs helping themselves?

Leaders of academy schools are spending taxpayers’ money on luxury hotels, top-end restaurants, first-class travel, private health care and executive cars at a time when schools are struggling with finances, a joint investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches and the Observer … More…

UNISON seeking legal advice for EU migrant members

In the wake of the Brexit vote last month, many EU migrant workers are worried about their status in the UK. UNISON is currently seeking advice from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) on what steps EU … More…

Time to debate LGPS changes as petition hits 100,000 signatures, says UNISON

Government proposals to force the 89 local government pension funds to invest in infrastructure projects have prompted over 100,000 people to sign a petition calling for a debate in Parliament, says UNISON today (Friday). The proposals are part of the … More…

‘We will not see another Davey Hopper – he was a one off’

Ten days ago I was stood alongside my friend Davey Hopper on the balcony of the County Hotel at the Durham Big Meeting. He was that day the same as he was throughout the decades we knew each other – … More…

The Higher Education and Research Bill will inhibit the life chances of a generation

UNISON has written to MPs to express deep concern about the Higher Education and Research Bill being debated in Parliament today (Tuesday). The Bill, currently in its second reading, is explicitly focused on driving up competition and choice in Higher … More…