Reserved (low pay) seat threshold for 2016/17

UNISON’s principles of proportionality and fair representation means that some seats on elected bodies are reserved for low-paid members

Our social care services are facing a daily crisis – the government must fund them properly

As long as social care is so cruelly underfunded, problems will persist and will only be exacerbated by an ageing population. That means real and lasting impacts for the care worker and the cared for.

On strike

Government sets out who will be covered by 40% strike threshold

Threshold for ‘important public services’ takes effect on 1 March; political fund opt-in rules transition period starts on same day

Durham teaching assistants strike suspended to allow time for talks

Three days strike action this week (6 – 8 December) by Durham teaching assistants have been called off to allow time for further talks aimed at settling the dispute, says UNISON. The union is keen for urgent progress to end the long-running dispute with the county council over the proposed move to term-time contracts. But […]

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Wonderful workers at Waverley school – a day in pictures

UNISON has members working throughout the education system – from primary schools to higher education – but some of the schools our members work in are unique

Mark White receives his OBE from the Queen

Mark White OBE – member’s services to education recognised

‘I started my working life on 26 August 1982 and joined our union the same day’


You’ve been thanked!

The general public thanks public service workers as part of UNISON’s Public Service Champions campaign

NHS reforms will fail without more money and staff involvement

New NHS plans for health and care services are doomed unless the government invests more cash and listens to staff and patients, says UNISON. The details of nearly all 44 NHS sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have now been published. But the government and NHS England have failed to consult properly with the public and […]


Beating the Big C – cancer, and the council

For many people, working outdoors in the sun is a blessing. But for refuse loader David Lewis, living in the shadow of skin cancer, it became a curse


Nottinghamshire County Council signs up to Ethical Care Charter

Council becomes the latest to commit itself to UNISON’s standards for homecare, carers and those needing care

What do members in senior roles think about pay and training in local government?

Survey of local government chief officers and senior managers in England and Wales closes on 20 December

UNISON suspends today’s teaching assistants’ strike action

Strike action involving teaching assistants that was due to affect schools across County Durham today (Thursday) has been called off

An important step in the fight to protect Durham teaching assistants

There’s still plenty of work to do in the weeks ahead to make sure teaching assistants don’t lose out – but we’re pleased that Durham council has heard the voices of TAs and parents alike


Our Health Heroes awards – the night in pictures

Check out the pictures from the Our Health Heroes awards


Our Health Heroes

Last night the winners of the inaugural Our Health Heroes were announced at a glamorous event in London