News Articles From February 2017

Supreme Court ends British Gas holiday pay challenge

Thousands of working people – whose wages include an element of commission – will now be quids in following the Supreme Court decision today (Tuesday) to refuse British Gas the right to appeal in the Joe Lock holiday pay case, … More…

Blog: If the government wants to tackle low pay, glossy adverts aren’t the answer

The current government likes to talk up its action on pay – especially low pay – when the reality is its record is shameful. Recently research has proven, once again, that real wages have fallen since the financial crisis. And … More…

Government needs to get tougher with the minimum wage cheats, says UNISON

Commenting today (Monday) on the government’s new advertising campaign to raise awareness of the minimum wage among low-paid workers, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The minimum wage was introduced nearly two decades ago but still there are employers who … More…

Ordinary people need a Labour government, says UNISON

Commenting on the results of the Copeland and Stoke by-elections, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “No-one objective could argue last night’s by-election results were good for Labour. “While it was pleasing to see UKIP put in its place, Stoke … More…

Blog: Standing against hate in all its forms

Our union has always stood against hate in all its forms, but it’s difficult to remember a time when the forces of division have been so ascendant. Earlier this week, UNISON took part in three campaigning events that reinforced the … More…

Union urges universities to ‘get houses in order’ on race

Figures show Black workers to be under-represented in higher education workforce University employers need to “get their houses in order” and do more to make sure the higher education workforce properly reflects society, says UNISON. The call comes after the … More…

Give all councils greater share of business rates to fund social care, says UNISON

All local authorities in England should be allowed to keep a greater share than they do currently of business rates so they can afford to fund social care properly, says UNISON today (Wednesday). The union is urging the government to … More…

From a council estate to the Houses of Parliament

A UNISON member’s extraordinary journey into politics When Angela Rayner was growing up she went to her gran’s house for a bath on Sundays because her parents couldn’t always afford hot water. She lived in a council estate in a … More…

Service group by-elections

Nominations will open on 28 February for by-elections in five vacant seats on three of the union’s service group executives: community, local government and police and justice By-elections are being held for five vacant seats on three of the union’s … More…

‘People are not bargaining chips’

Hundreds of UNISON members and fellow EU citizens lobby Parliament to guarantee their right to stay in the country People are not bargaining chips – that was the simple statement running through today’s mass lobby of Parliament calling on the … More…