News Articles From March 2017

Government should listen to MPs on social care, says UNISON

A new ‘bill of rights’ recommended today (Friday) by MPs for care workers to end low pay and high job turnover rates has been welcomed by UNISON. This key reform has been proposed by the Communities and Local Government Committee … More…

Employment rights should be centre stage as Great Repeal Bill launched, says UNISON

Commenting on the publication of the Bill today (Thursday) that will see the transfer of European laws onto the the UK statute book, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The clock is ticking towards an uncertain future for anyone at work. Until … More…

UNISON calls for action to tackle stress endemic in public services

Union survey of 10,000 members shows that stress is harming staff and services – but employers rarely talk about it UNISON is stepping up its campaign on stress after a survey of 10,000 members showed that it is the top … More…

Blog: Safer workplaces – an impact that should never be understated

Today hundreds of UNISON members are meeting in Edinburgh to discuss one of the most vital issues for any union – health and safety. It’s work that’s often reviled and misunderstood, but as a union we’ve always been passionate about … More…

Blog: These negotiations will define the future of our country for generations

Article 50 is about to be triggered, and so the formal process of exiting the EU will begin. The government appears to want a quick Brexit – completed within two years – but there are many who would consider such … More…

UNISON support sees tribunal call for nurse to get her job back

Health board acted unfairly in dismissing nurse for short-term sickness absences when she was experiencing domestic abuse “I can’t find the words to thank UNISON,” member Karen Allen-Powlett declared after an industrial tribunal ordered Cardiff and Vale University Health Board … More…

DOCAS and facility time changes brought forward

New DOCAS agreements have to be in place from 10 March 2018 – new rules on recording union facility time in the public sector start on 1 April with first reports due by 31 July 2018 New rules around trade … More…

Blog: I dream in English – a German member’s thoughts on Brexit

When I read Anke Plummer’s account of feeling like a Briton, I wondered why, as another German living here for over 20 years, I do not seem to feel British at all? Well, I think that’s because it is so … More…

Unfairly treated employees should not have to pay to seek justice, says UNISON

UNISON’s legal battle to give people at work the right to access justice – without having to pay expensive fees – when employers break the law goes to the Supreme Court today (Monday). The two-day hearing is the final stage … More…

Higher education unions submit 2017-18 pay claim

Unions challenge universities to improve pay that has ‘significantly fallen behind inflation’ Higher education unions have submitted a joint pay claim for 2017-18 to the national employers’ organisation, the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA). The claim has been submitted … More…