UNISON’s spring offensive on pay for local government workers

Over 55 per cent of local government workers earn less than the average allowance paid to councillors – £12,500 – leaving them among the poorest paid workers in the public sector.

UNISON rejects local government pay offer of 2.5 per cent

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today rejected a 2.5 per cent pay offer by local government employers at the end of the first round of pay talks.

Right to Care campaign wins backing from MPs

The Right to Care campaign received a welcome boost today when it revealed that over 100 MPs, from all parties, have signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) urging the Government to stop the unfair charging of older or disabled people for essential personal care.

“Government sees sense over drafting in private managers to NHS” says UNISON

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, today expressed delight and pledged their full support for Government plans to drops proposals to draft in private managers to run so called failing hospitals.

UNISON calls for gas shippers’ levy to fund research

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, has called on the Government to introduce a levy on gas shippers to fund research work into safety and environmental improvement.

Blair public services speech – UNISON reaction

UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said:

“The Prime Minister has come a long way since the ‘scars on my back speech’.

“Good news for nurses” says UNISON after dangerous chemical withdrawn

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, today welcomed the withdrawal of the

disinfecting agent Cidex from hospitals, hailing the move as very good news

for nurses’ health and the NHS.

NHS patients going abroad – UNISON reaction

“Stop-gap measures” and “a drop in the waiting list ocean” that is how

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, today described the first NHS

patients travelling to Lille for operations.

London nurse knife attacker in court

A patient who attacked a nurse at St George’s hospital, South London this

week (Tuesday 8th January) is to appear in court in Wandsworth today on

three counts of GBH.

Electricity customers still get raw deal

Commenting on the report from a committee of MP’s today on the results of deregulating the electricity industry, UNISON’s Head of Business and

Environment, Mike Jeram, said:

NHS plan annual report

The progress report from the NHS Modernisation Board published today underlines the amount of progress being made in reforming the NHS.

Social care staff code of conduct

UNISON, the UK’s largest union representing social care staff, today welcomed the draft codes of conduct for nationally agreed standards for social care workers calling them a “step in the right direction”.

100 MPs sign up to Public Services Day

An early day motion on public services has received backing from nearly 100

MP’s since it opened and more are expected to sign-up in the next few days.