News Articles From January 2017

The government should admit employment tribunal fees were a mistake and scrap them

The government’s decision to demand a fee from anyone taking their employer to court was ill-judged, has failed to save the taxpayer money, and prevented thousands of badly treated workers from getting justice, says UNISON. The government’s long-awaited review of … More…

English sixth form workers accept pay offer

New agreement sees 1% pay rise backdated to September and abolition of three lowest pay rates from 1 January this year Members working in English sixth form colleges have voted to accept a pay offer which gives them a 1% … More…

Careers guidance needs professional staff and recognition

Government needs to ‘properly recognise the value of careers professionals’ says UNISON after minister’s speech on service strategy for England The government needs to “properly recognise the value of careers advice and the careers professionals who deliver it,” UNISON said … More…

Agency workers and others – MPs want to hear from you

Have your say as Commons committee calls for public contributions to its inquiry into ‘the future world of work and workers’ rights’ Are you an agency worker, self-employed, or working casual hours? If so, Parliament wants to hear from you … More…

Blog: Our union remembers the victims of the Holocaust

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, a day when our union – and the whole world – remembers the millions of victims who were systematically murdered during the Holocaust. It’s when we mark our respect for those who experienced and survived … More…

It’s down to Parliament to ensure Brexit is in the interests of ordinary people, says UNISON

Commenting on today’s Article 50 ruling by the Supreme Court, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government has been thwarted in its plans to rush the UK into a hard Brexit. It’s now down to Parliament to ensure that … More…

Vice president pledges to continue the fight against intolerance

Carol Sewell also pays tribute to president Eric Roberts as she addresses Black members’ conference UNISON vice president Carol Sewell addressed conference this morning, opening with a tribute to Eric Roberts, the union’s president, who died suddenly in November. “He should … More…

Black members’ conference tackles a range of issues

Busy morning looks at impact of Brexit, mental health issues, immigration and austerity, London mayoral election and Black representation Black members’ conference opened this morning with a farewell speech from co-chair of the national Black members’ committee, Margaret Greer, who becomes … More…

Violence and abuse top the agenda at Black members’ conference

Busy afternoon covers police brutality, domestic violence, abuse in daily life and much more A busy afternoon at UNISON’s Black members’ conference began with Tania Ebosi McKee, for the national Black members’ committee, introducing a motion on #BlackLivesMatter – solidarity to … More…

‘It’s impossible? No it’s not!’

Dawn Butler MP addresses Black members’ conference and encourages delegates to put themselves forward as leaders “It’s impossible?” No it’s not – “I am possible!” That was the message from Labour MP Dawn Butler to UNISON Black members’ committee in … More…