News Articles From August 2016

Higher Education – time for the sector to fight back

I’ve said it many times before, but it’s worth repeating – nobody goes on strike on a whim. Nobody takes industrial action without a great deal of thought. Nobody loses pay and takes on their employers without good cause. That’s … More…

Higher education members vote on strike action over pay

Higher education members are beginning a ballot for strike action after the employers failed to improve a 1.1% pay offer for the majority of staff. UNISON’s higher education service group executive is recommending that members vote ‘yes’ for strike action in the … More…

UNISON prepares to make its mark at TUC Congress

Key issues will feature in debate and congress will recognise ork of activists Darren Barber and Margaret McKee UNISON will be making its mark on the 148th TUC Congress in Brighton next month (11-14 September) with a number of key campaigning … More…

Don’t scrap the Human Rights Act

Last week Justice Secretary Liz Truss announced the government’s intention to scrap the Human Rights Act. Such an announcement – in August – suggests both that the government plan on making changes imminently and hope they won’t be scrutinised or … More…

School stars are rising

The build-up to this year’s Stars in Our Schools celebration is under way November? That’s months away, right? After all, the summer holidays have barely ended and the evenings have hardly started drawing in. But there’s not long until UNISON’s … More…

NEC by-election result for Wales female seat

Angela Roberts has been elected to the UNISON national executive council and takes office immediately Angela Roberts has been elected to the UNISON national executive council in a by-elections for the Wales female seat. She takes office immediately. Any query … More…

Service group executive by-elections

By-elections are to be held for vacant seats on all seven of the union’s service group executives, with nominations opening on 6 September By-elections are to be held for vacant seats on all seven of the union’s service group executives: … More…

UNISON calls for council oversight of academy school finances

Friday 26 August 2016 For immediate release Responding to the Local Government Association call for councils to have oversight of academy school finances, UNISON national secretary for education Jon Richards said: “UNISON has raised cases of suspected financial irregularity with … More…

Colombia still needs human rights monitoring despite peace deal

UNISON calls for renewed pressure on right-wing paramilitary groups, as the peace process moves towards a referendum UNISON has welcomed the peace agreement in Colombia as “a major achievement that could lead to real, lasting progress for ordinary Colombians”. But … More…

There must be a level playing field for career and pay progression

The last thing that should happen in the modern workplace is women being penalised for having children. Yet a report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) suggests that’s exactly what’s happening. Women returning to work after having a baby … More…