British Steel collapse will devastate affected communities

Commenting on the news that British Steel has been placed in compulsory  liquidation today (Wednesday) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The collapse of British Steel and the threat of thousands of job losses is devastating news. “It’s not just those working for British Steel who will be affected, public services workers need a buoyant […]

Bradford hospital workers balloted over strike action to fight ‘backdoor privatisation’

Staff at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will vote on whether to take industrial action after the announcement of the privatisation of some of its services. The UNISON ballot opens today (Monday) and comes after the Trust said hospital staff, including porters and domestic assistants, will be outsourced to a separate company to cut costs […]

Probation given some vital medicine – but it’s not cured yet

The government’s admission that privatisation of the probation service has failed is welcome, but it doesn’t go far enough

FE pay ballot results

UNISON members working in 13 further education colleges in England have voted in a ballot for a pay rise. Although they voted in favour of strike action in nine of these colleges, turnout was not enough to meet the threshold for strikes set out in the 2017 Trade Union Act. UNISON’s further education and sixth […]

More hospital staff in Liverpool set to take action over unfair pay

Staff at Royal and Broad Green hospitals to take action following success at Liverpool’s Women’s Hospital and the Walton Centre

Blog: These victories show that this is a union on the march

Victories like these for Birmingham care workers and probation services being brought back in-house, show what UNISON can achieve

Probation return to public control is welcome but must be administered locally, says UNISON

Grayling’s botched reforms have finally been abandoned

Birmingham care workers celebrate momentous victory

Long-running strike looks to be over

Supreme Court ruling will add to child poverty, says UNISON

Vulnerable families could see living standards fall

Vote in the European elections on 23 May

“Vote for candidates who will stand up for public services and defend our welfare state.”

Blog: This is a fight that I know we can and will win

These workers are united and their strike action is strong. Now it’s up to AFG to pay them what they’re owed.

Domestics vote overwhelmingly for strike action to halt privatisation at the Princess Alexandra

Cleaners at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow have today (Friday) voted almost unanimously in favour of strike action against plans to outsource cleaning services. UNISON members voted 99% in favour of industrial action on an 84% turnout. The 220 staff that provide cleaning and domestic services warn that if jobs are transferred to the […]

Love your library? Tell us about it

UNISON survey of library workers will look at the effects of austerity cuts on the service

Time to nominate your health hero

UNISON-sponsored awards for health and care support workers are being held for the fourth time

UNISON recommends higher education staff reject ‘inadequate’ pay offer

A pay offer to higher education staff falls far short of the annual rise they deserve as university bosses have seen their salaries soar, says UNISON. The union’s higher education executive has now agreed unanimously to recommend the “inadequate” 2019/20 pay offer from UCEA higher education national employers should be rejected. UNISON will now undertake […]