Goodbye to a truly inspirational activist

Last weekend I heard the news that Denise Knutsen had sadly passed away. Denise was a truly inspirational activist, dedicated, hard working and with a heart of solid gold. I first got to know Denise during the groundbreaking teaching assistants strike in Brighton. Denise led that dispute with energy, determination and her legendary humour, roping […]

Cutting Suffolk’s police community support officers risks public safety, says UNISON

Plans announced today (Tuesday) to axe more than half of Suffolk’s police community support officers (PCSOs) would put public safety at risk, says UNISON. The proposed cuts by Suffolk Constabulary would see a 78% reduction in the number of PCSOs in the county since 2010, says the union*. UNISON national officer for police and justice […]

Older workers deserve access to training, says UNISON

Responding to the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee report on the weak enforcement of age discrimination law published today (Tuesday), UNISON head of learning and organising services Teresa Donegan said: “It’s unacceptable that any worker would be discriminated against because of their age, but without a mandatory reporting system this will continue to be a […]

Plans to cut care workers’ pay on hold

Strike action on hold pending further talks

Blog: Thank you school support staff – without you schools couldn’t function

On behalf of UNISON’s 1.3 million members, I want to take this opportunity to thank school support staff for everything you’ve done for our nation’s children this year.

When I went to Parliament and spoke up for care workers

UNISON member and care worker Nicole Stanfield Caile went to Parliament recently to put the case for care workers

Strike action called off in East Dunbartonshire

Talks between unions and the council due to continue this week

Just how much public service workers are spending on rent

In most parts of the UK, the price of renting a home has risen steadily, while public sector salaries… well, they haven’t. Find out how much NHS porters, nurses, PCSOs and more are spending on rent

Sleep-in shifts judgment is a huge mistake

The legal decision today (Friday) not to count sleep-in shifts as working time is wrong, and is at odds with legal precedents and a common sense understanding of what counts as work, says UNISON. Today’s Court of Appeal judgment in favour of Mencap overturns a previous ruling at an employment appeal tribunal in April 2017. […]

A time to celebrate

ON UNISON’s 25th birthday, general secretary Dave Prentis takes stock of the union’s achievements and of what lies in store in the future

Blog: A Labour government is within our grasp

A Labour government – it’s been too long. We have a real chance to change that, and elect a Labour government with a conscience, a heart, Socialism at its core – and UNISON at its heart.

Hospital trust drops plans to outsource NHS staff to private company

  Friday 6 July 2018 For immediate release Hospital trust drops plans to outsource NHS staff to private company  A hospital trust has reversed its decision to outsource NHS staff to a subsidiary – or ‘subco’ – company, UNISON has announced today (Friday). Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust (WWLNHS) has agreed to drop plans to transfer more than […]

Social workers are overworked but the data is hiding it

“Children and family social work has always been a challenging and busy field, however after 20 years I feel I can say that I have never seen things this bad.”

Happy Birthday to our NHS – the greatest achievement of our movement

The NHS saved my life – that’s a debt I can never repay. But today, and everyday, I will fight to protect this most special institution and the people working within it. I know that you will all do the same.

Hollywood star Michael Sheen surprises the first person born in the NHS

To celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday, UNISON set up a very special meeting