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EU citizens: UNISON returns to Parliament to defend members

Union backing new lobby for the ‘right to remain’ for EU citizens in the UK UNISON members will join a mass lobby of Parliament on 13 September to speak up for the rights of EU nationals in the UK and … More…

Boris: Stop ignoring human rights in Turkey

Since the failed coup a year ago, Turkey has experienced an unprecedented erosion of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The ongoing state of emergency, imposed immediately following the coup, has been used by the government to silence … More…

Higher education: Government urged to get a grip on vice chancellor salaries

UNISON calls for greater transparency on how senior pay is agreed UNISON has written to universities minister Jo Johnson to call for more transparency in decision-making over pay in higher education. The letter comes after the minister today called for … More…

Pension age change another blow to public sector workers, says UNISON

Wednesday 19 July 2017 For immediate release Commenting on the government’s announcement that it plans to bring forward the rise in pension age from 67 to 68 by seven years, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This will be another … More…

Care companies must give back pay to staff who do sleep-ins, says UNISON

Charities and care companies that have paid staff one-off payments for overnight sleep-ins should not be exempt from paying the national minimum wage, says UNISON. Claims for back pay could cost the sector £400m according to Mencap. UNISON believes care … More…

Unions urge foreign secretary to help stop Saudi beheadings

Unions call on foreign secretary to help stop the imminent execution of 14 pro-democracy activists in Saudi Arabia Unions are calling on foreign secretary Boris Johnson to help stop the imminent execution of 14 pro-democracy activists in Saudi Arabia. The … More…

Government is out of step with the public mood on pay, says UNISON

Commenting on the latest inflation figures, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “With inflation much higher than wages, nurses, teaching assistants and care staff are getting poorer. “The government’s harsh approach to public sector pay is completely out of … More…

UNISON joins the carnival against the cuts

Thousands of parents, pupils, school staff and their unions demonstrated against cuts to school funding yesterday (Sunday). The campaigners marched down Whitehall to Parliament Square in London, where a series of speakers made passionate calls for increased funding for education. … More…

The Chancellor is “completely out of touch” on pay, says UNISON

Commenting on the Chancellor’s comments today (Sunday) on public sector pay, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The Chancellor’s remarks show he is completely out of touch. After seven years of a punishing pay cap, all public sector employees … More…

Blog: We must stop the government removing your rights without debate, oversight or a vote

Yesterday the government published the “Reform Bill”, which outlines how EU legislation will be converted into UK law. Like many organisations, UNISON has real concerns about the legislation, in particular that it places too much power in the hands of … More…