News Articles From October 2017

‘Now is our time to lead’ Dave Prentis tells PSI congress

Public Services International congress opens in Geneva   The work of trade unions has never been more important, Dave Prentis stressed when he opened the Public Services International (PSI) congress in Geneva last night. PSI is a federation of public … More…

College workers vote on employers’ pay offer in England

UNISON recommends rejection of pay offer of 1% or £250 from Association of Colleges in online ballot which runs until 17 November Further education college members in England are voting on their employers’ pay offer in a consultative ballot, which … More…

Why Public Services International is important to you

An international gathering of public sector workers This week, public service workers from across the world will be packing their bags and flying to Switzerland. Travelling from as far afield as Egypt, India, Niger, Jamaica, as well Germany, France, Denmark … More…

Labour would scrap flawed assessments, says shadow minister

Proper funding is essential if disabled people are not to be sidelined, conference hears A Labour government will scrap the flawed disability assessment schemes that keep disabled people out of work and in poverty. That was the pledge from Marsha … More…

President stresses the need to build Pay Up Now! campaign

UNISON disabled members’ conference hears challenge to ‘double efforts’ in the face of a chaotic and uncaring government UNISON president Margaret McKee urged members “to keep up the fight” against the pay cap, when she addressed the union’s disabled members’ conference … More…

Blog: Celebrating the life and legacy of OR Tambo

Today marks the centenary of the birth of Oliver Reginald – ‘OR’ –Tambo, the “quiet revolutionary” who led the African National Congress through the darkest days of apartheid, and laid the foundations for the liberation of South Africa. OR Tambo … More…

School support staff have borne the brunt of funding cuts

‘The Chancellor needs to stop snipping away at children’s education and properly invest in their future’ Over a thousand parents, teachers, school support staff and head teachers attended the school cuts lobby of Parliament on Tuesday, to bring the message to … More…

Consultation on political fund changes following the Trade Union Act

Second round consultation setting out the principles and propositions The Trade Union Act has significant implications for UNISON’s political fund. By making it more difficult for unions with political funds to collect contributions from members, it hopes to silence the … More…

Mass lobby of parliament against cuts to school funding

Over a thousand parents, teachers, school support staff and head teachers will be attending the School Cuts mass lobby of Parliament this Tuesday, 24 October. They will bring the message to MPs that schools are seriously underfunded, which is having … More…

UNISON calls for swift deal on Brexit transition

General secretary stresses that British workers must not be expected to pay for Brexit as they have with the financial crisis UNISON called for a swift Brexit transition deal today and pledged to continue working to protect employment rights. Speaking … More…