UNISON condemns cuts to pay for teaching assistants

Threatened cuts to pay for teaching assistants in the North East have been condemned by UNISON. Staff in Durham schools could lose up to £5,000 a year under council proposals to introduce term-time only contracts from September 2016.

There must be no snap decision over bombing Syria, says UNISON

UNISON has today (Friday) urged MPs not to make any snap decisions involving the UK in action over Syria.

UNISON survey shows scrapping of student nurse bursaries will lead to major shortages

A UNISON survey shows that nine in ten (91 per cent) student nurses would not have applied for the nursing degree without access to the bursary which the government intends to scrap in 2017.

UNISON reacts to London Ambulance Service being placed into special measures

UNISON has reacted to London Ambulance Service being placed into special measures.

The spending review’s £3bn hit on local government

Cuts to local government grant and extra spending commitments for local authorities add up to a £3bn hit on councils, says UNISON today (Wednesday). UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today was a bad day for local government. The Chancellor grabbed another £1.9bn from council budgets, at a time when they needed more money, not […]

UNISON reacts to police budgets announcement in today’s spending review

UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “It would have been unthinkable to cut police budgets in light of the dreadful events in Paris. “The 25 per cent cuts that have been imposed since 2010 have decimated neighbourhood policing in many parts of the country. One in three Police Community Support Officers have already gone in […]

UNISON slams Open University decision to plough on with office and job cuts

UNISON has today (Wednesday) slammed the Open University’s decision to press ahead with office closures and job cuts, despite opposition from its own Senate. The proposed closure of seven regional offices in Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge, Gateshead, Leeds, Bristol, and London means continued uncertainty for 500 members of staff, says UNISON. UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis […]

Housing changes will not reverse previous cuts to budgets

Commenting on the changes announced to housing budgets today (Wednesday) by the Chancellor, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “The promised investment in housing and the commitment to build new housing for rent does little for the many families and individuals rapidly being priced out of our towns and cities. “The chance to buy or […]

School funding reforms could harm education

Commenting on plans to scrap the current system of school funding announced today (Wednesday) by the Chancellor, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “We believe in a fair funding formula, but our concern is vital cash could now be taken away from schools in deprived areas. “It is inner city schools which need extra support, […]

Tax credits u-turn will bring huge relief to working families

Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the Chancellor is to reverse his planned cuts to tax credits, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Nearly three million working families countrywide have breathed a collective sigh of relief. Since the cuts were announced in the summer, parents have faced increasing anxiety over losing the tax credits […]

Tax credit cuts could cost economy £3.5bn

Almost three million working families with children across the UK who receive tax credits could between them lose around £3.5bn, according to UNISON research. This average loss per tax credit household of £1,300 could see businesses and high streets suffer as families have much less money to spend. Although last month’s vote in the House […]

Members ‘disappointed and frustrated’ at OU closures decision

Open University council approves plan to close seven regional offices and put 500 staff at risk

National insurance increase will rob public sector workers

UNISON is today (Tuesday) warning George Osborne that scrapping tax rebates on pensions will leave more than five million public sector workers worse off. The rise in National Insurance (NI) payments will hit pay packets in April 2016. This is when the current 1.4 per cent rebate for employees and 3.4 per cent for employers […]

Four Seasons homes closure

UNISON informed that company plans to close seven care homes across Northern Ireland

Opposition to Trade Union Bill continues

Hyndburn council and Welsh government are latest bodies to oppose attack on rights of their workers