News Articles From December 2016

Toxic turkey risk over future of meat inspections, says UNISON

Christmas turkey, pigs-in-blankets and meat stuffing could become health hazards under moves to scrap independent abattoir inspectors employed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), says UNISON today (Friday). More than three in five (62%) people would be less confident their … More…

If you’re working this Christmas – thank you

At this time of year, most people are thinking about having time off with their families for Christmas. The opportunity to have time off or relaxing with friends and family without the distractions of the modern world. But many UNISON … More…

Blog: A message of solidarity to the German people

Today I sent the following message of solidarity to our friends at the German union Ver.di following yesterday’s horrific events: Dear Frank, On behalf of UNISON and trade unionists everywhere, I wanted to send a message of solidarity to Ver.di … More…

Remembering our president and friend Eric Roberts

General secretary Dave Prentis speaks at funeral, recalling Eric as ‘a man who inspired happiness, loyalty, good memories and love’ Dave Prentis joined late president Eric Roberts’ family in Stevenage today to pay tribute to Eric at a small family … More…

Blog: If the government really wanted to solve the social care crisis, they’d provide the necessary funds

UNISON has long warned of the dangerous impact of this government’s attack on social care funding. We expected the government would act during last month’s Autumn Statement, but there wasn’t a solitary mention of social care (and little in the … More…

Government refusing to take responsibility for social care crisis, says UNISON

Responding to today’s (Thursday) announcement by the government on social care funding, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Government cuts to council budgets helped cause the crisis in social care. Yet rather than own up and take responsibility, ministers are … More…

Working over Christmas? This is for you

The public have a message for those of you working over the holidays https://youtu.be/1o01KCAsWaM Members of the public have given their messages of thanks to public sector workers who keep essential services running over the Christmas holidays. “Thank you for forsaking … More…

School funding cuts could deny children a decent future says UNISON

Responding to government plans to reform school funding UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “Schools that are already underfunded will get much less than they’d hoped for. “Other highly rated schools in better resourced areas will see their budgets … More…

We must keep meat safe and hygienic

UNISON highlights importance of well trained meat inspectors and official vets as Christmas approaches As Christmas approaches, UNISON is highlighting the importance of keeping the meat we eat hygienic by making sure slaughterhouses continue to be inspected by well-trained state-employed … More…

Food banks hope to give Britain’s ‘hidden poor’ a festive Christmas

As Britain succumbs to a poverty crisis, food banks are calling on people’s support to help those less fortunate, including children, who are facing hunger Michele Lawrence, the manager of a Trussell Trust food bank in the London borough of … More…