Blog: Standing against hate in all its forms

At a time when our values are under fire, we must take every opportunity to oppose peddlers of bigotry, and attacks on the powerful diversity of our country – and UNISON will take a leading role in the war on hate.

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Union urges universities to ‘get houses in order’ on race

Figures show Black workers to be under-represented in higher education workforce

Police staff vote to accept contract changes, says UNISON

Unions have cut a deal to improve the work-life balance of thousands of police staff as cuts to forces mean smaller workforces, UNISON has announced today (Thursday). As a result, police support staff will be able to exercise greater control over their working lives and improve their well-being at a time of increasing job-related stress, […]

police community support officer speaking into a radio

Police staff agree to terms and conditions changes

Members in England and Wales vote in favour of changes to the Police Staff Handbook, which will come into effect on 1 April

Only Labour will fight for NHS and local services in Stoke, says UNISON

Commenting on the Stoke-on-Trent by-election tomorrow (Thursday) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Local services in Stoke are under real pressure thanks to mismanagement by the local council and the impact of government policies. “When I was in the city earlier this week local people kept telling me about how council services are on the brink and […]

People protest for NHS pay

Health secretary urged to lift NHS pay cap

UNISON writes to Jeremy Hunt to put case for ending the pay cap

Give all councils greater share of business rates to fund social care, says UNISON

All local authorities in England should be allowed to keep a greater share than they do currently of business rates so they can afford to fund social care properly, says UNISON today (Wednesday). The union is urging the government to grant councils better terms along similar lines to a deal agreed earlier this month with […]

Angela Rayner MP speaking

From a council estate to the Houses of Parliament

When Angela Rayner was growing up she went to her gran’s house for a bath on Sundays because her parents couldn’t always afford hot water.

She lived in a council estate in a home with no books and both her parents were on benefits. Now she’s shadow education secretary

Service group by-elections

Nominations will open on 28 February for by-elections in five vacant seats on three of the union’s service group executives: community, local government and police and justice

UNISON members who are citizens of other EU countries line up on Parliament Square, Westminster, with #Righttostay placards

‘People are not bargaining chips’

Hundreds of UNISON members and fellow EU citizens lobby Parliament to guarantee their right to stay in the country

Derby school support staff step up strikes as city council drags its feet, says UNISON

School support staff in Derby are to take all out strike action for five days starting next Monday (27 February) as the latest talks with the city council fail to reach an agreement, says UNISON. Next week is on top of the two days of action taking place this week (today and tomorrow), during which […]

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Sexual harassment is rife at work

UNISON women’s conference hears testimony of an issue which hasn’t gone away but got worse as women experience harassment in workplaces up and down the country

European citizens to lobby MPs over right to remain in UK post-Brexit

Nurses, social workers and teaching assistants will be among EU citizens who will today (Monday) lobby MPs over their right to remain in the UK. The lobby is aimed at urging the government to guarantee immediately that these citizens will be able to stay post-Brexit. There are more than three million EU citizens living in […]

Women’s conference condemns child marriage

Delegates debate emergency motion that triggers shocking emotional testament and call for ILO action to stop girls vanishing from child labour statistics because they are ‘married’

Blog: Heart Unions, Heart Palestinian workers’ rights

I am proud that UNISON supported WAC-MAAN to organise Palestinian workers in the illegal Israeli industrial zones, and we stood with them in their fight for justice for Hatem and the workers at the Zarfarti garage. Wins like this are rare for Palestinian workers living under occupation, so when they happen they should be celebrated. Especially in heart unions week.