News Articles From 2018

Blog: A person so clearly full of compassion treated with so little compassion

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to meet Michael Braithwaite – a public servant, a Windrush child and a UNISON member. Michael has been through more in recent years than most of us can imagine, with his life … More…

Unions welcome Association of Colleges’ U-turn on pay talks

The University and College Union (UCU) and UNISON have today (Tuesday) welcomed a U-turn from the Association of Colleges (AoC) over pay talks for staff in further education. At the start of the month the AoC said that it would … More…

UNISON recommends that HE members reject employers’ pay offer

2%/£425 offer ‘falls short’ of joint unions’ pay claim Higher education members will be asked to reject the national pay offer from the University and Colleges Employers’ Association in a branch consultation due to begin in the next few weeks. … More…

It’s all about the data

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ll have heard about the new data laws – here’s what UNISON is doing As you’ll undoubtedly know from your inbox, from 25 May the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in effect. … More…

Charity’s excessive surveillance is harming care of the vulnerable, says UNISON

24 May 2018 Embargo: 00.01hrs Friday 25 May 2018 Charity’s excessive surveillance is harming care of the vulnerable, says UNISON National care charity – Community Integrated Care (CIC) – is subjecting its staff to such a degree of surveillance that … More…

Care Quality Commission give umpteenth NHS pressures warning, says UNISON

Inadequate funding means services and staff are stretched to the limit Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s report today (Thursday) on safety standards in A&E departments, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “This is the umpteenth warning that the NHS is … More…

Retired Members’ Newsletter 2018

Unison newsletter Spring 2018

NHS Staff Survey results show that woeful pay has taken its toll, says UNISON

Only 31% of NHS staff were satisfied with their level of pay in 2017 Responding to the publication today (Tuesday) of the NHS Staff Survey UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “It’s clear that wage freezes, and woeful pay rises below … More…

National Apprenticeship Week – raising the standard

It’s National Apprenticeship Week and UNISON is celebrating the good, while protecting against the bad and the ugly side of apprenticeships Apprenticeships can be a wonderful route into employment and provide the opportunity for people to earn while they learn. … More…

Schools forced to cut teachers’ and teaching assistants’ posts to make ends meet

Real-terms cuts to school funding since 2015 have led to a big reduction in the number of secondary teachers, teaching assistants and support staff in England, says research published today (Wednesday) by the School Cuts alliance of education unions. Schools … More…