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‘Empty nest’ couples and people without children robbed of benefit boost, says UNISON

Low-paid working couples who receive benefits and whose children have left home will be denied a pay boost by the Chancellor, UNISON said today (Wednesday). Childless people on universal credit will be losers too despite the increase announced in yesterday’s … More…

Blog: What this budget proved is that austerity is far from over

Over the past decade, austerity has caused untold damage to our communities and our public services. Our union has fought austerity every step of the way, using every weapon at our disposal. We’ve now won the public debate on austerity … More…

PFI abolition pledge doesn’t help public services with contracts

The Chancellor’s promise that there’ll be no more PFI contracts signed is welcome Commenting on the Chancellor’s pledge that the government is to abolish the use of new private finance contracts (PFI), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Public services … More…

Kick it out

To mark the 25-year fight against racism in football, we spoke with two former players who experienced racism first hand – but are now helping to educate players and fans alike to accept diversity Goodison Park, 21 February 1988. Everton … More…

UNISON calls for new government inquiry into academy chain accused of misusing public funds

Ministers seem to have allowed a situation to develop where commercial interests overrode taxpayers’ interests and the public good. Pupils, parents and the public purse have all paid the price. The government must launch a fresh inquiry into Bright Tribe … More…

Home ownership now little more than a pipe dream for public sector workers

Owning a home has become virtually impossible for many public sector workers across Britain, according to research published today (Sunday)   Owning a home has become virtually impossible for many public sector workers across Britain, according to research published today … More…

Blog: You can attack us all you want – we aren’t going anywhere

Public services have been put through the wringer thanks to austerity, but despite everything we’ve had thrown as us, we are still standing. Still defending rights at work. Still fighting for better pay and better conditions. We won’t be chased … More…

Coming soon: service group executive by-elections

Ballots will be held to fill 59 seats on the union’s service group executives – nominations will open in September By-elections are due to be held for 59 seats on the union’s service group executives or SGEs. The nomination period … More…

Pension costs – are they transparent enough?

UNISON urges members to fill in questionnaire to help gather evidence for parliamentary inquiry, ending on 6 September MPs are looking into pension fund costs and charges, and UNISON is asking members to fill in a survey on their pensions. … More…

Have your say on private tenancies

Members urged to join UNISON in responding to government consultation on proposals for longer private rent tenancies in England, by 26 August Do you have any views on how to make longer tenancies easier in England’s privately rented housing sector? … More…