Yorkshire and East Midlands academy job cuts mean more pressure on classroom staff, unions warn

An academy chain with schools in the East Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside has announced today (Thursday) that as many as 40 support staff could face redundancy over plans to cut budgets. The David Ross Education Trust launched a consultation exercise earlier today over proposals to cut nearly £1m in funding from its 32 primary […]

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 now many of the laws that protect employees from unfair or unsafe treatment at the […]

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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

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

Thanks to the work of UNISON’s health and safety reps, public sector employees are less likely to suffer injury in the workplace. Tens of thousands of UK workers die every year because of their work and many more are injured. But thanks to the efforts of more than 6,000 safety reps and branch officers, UNISON members are safer.

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

There is a great deal on the line, and these negotiations will define the future of our country for generations. Yet we still know far too little about what the government’s red lines are – and whether ministers plan on selling the British people down the river.

NHS staff are giving 100%, but getting just 1% in return, says UNISON

Commenting on the announcement from the NHS pay review body (PRB) today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Health service employees go above and beyond caring for patients and keeping the health service running – often in very challenging circumstances. “The government insists it values them, but after endless pay freezes and wage caps, […]

Latest NHS pay award is ‘derisory’, say health unions

Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) from the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) of its proposals for 2017/18, Christina McAnea, the spokesperson for unions representing staff working in the NHS, and head of health at UNISON, said: “This deal amounts to less than five pounds a week for most midwives, nurses, cleaners, paramedics, radiographers and other healthcare staff. “It’s […]

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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

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DOCAS and facility time changes brought forward

New DOCAS agreements have to be in place from 10 March 2018 to ensure a “reasonable fee” is paid to public sector employers who deduct union subs directly from members’ wages

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

‘Mostly, I speak and think and dream in English; you could say that I am English even in my sleep’

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 of UNISON’s legal campaign against the introduction of employment tribunal fees, which began back in […]

Higher education unions submit 2017-18 pay claim

Unions challenge universities to improve pay that has ‘significantly fallen behind inflation’

Cuts forcing social workers to ‘brink of burnout’, says UNISON

Social workers are struggling with heavy caseloads, working longer hours and going without lunch breaks, according to a survey by UNISON and Community Care magazine. Nearly half (48%) of respondents said the volume of cases they were responsible for left them feeling ‘over the limit,’ and more than half (56%) blamed staff shortages for their […]

We are fortunate to be surrounded by those who greeted an act of inhumanity with humanity

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the those killed in Westminster yesterday, those injured by this barbaric act and their families, friends and loved ones. At times like these, when those who wish to spread hate attempt to divide us, we must remember those who run towards scenes of danger – brave members of […]

Blog: Work in local government in Scotland? Vote to reject this pay deal

If you work in local government in Scotland, have your say and vote to reject this pay deal via unison.org.uk/lgscot17. And stand up for better wages for vital public services.