Nationalise the big six and create a ‘green army’ to help the UK hit net zero, says UNISON

Nationalising the retail arms of the big six energy firms would significantly boost the UK’s bid to become carbon neutral by 2050, says UNISON in a report published today (Monday). Power to the People calls on a future government to bring into public ownership the parts of British Gas (Centrica), SSE, E.ON, EDF Energy, Npower (Innogy) […]

Delegates debate measures to support our local service champions

From campaigning around pay to fairness for apprenticeships, local government delegates discussed a wide range of issues this afternoon

Piling on the pressure

Conference calls for support for workers and activists facing mental health issues

Local government workers can’t afford to live in the towns they serve

Housing is out of reach for public service workers, declares local government conference

Neville Southall: ‘being a union rep is the best thing you can do’

Goalkeeping giant who now works with troubled youngsters addresses local government conference

Public transport funding at a 30-year low

Merseytravel chair tells conference of problems for sector – and points to the public solutions

Sheep grazing under a tree

Holding back the flood on food safety

Local government pledges continued campaign against privatisation and deregulation of meat hygiene service

From floods to food banks

Environment Agency staff take industrial action after seeing a 20% drop in pay over the last decade

‘Enough is enough’ say delegates on knife crime

Delegates welcome Labour Party commitments to reversing cuts that are adding to the problem

‘Get angry – then get organised’ to defend social care

UNISON local government conference hears rallying call in the fight to defend and promote social care

Library workers ‘put heart and soul into service’

UNISON lays down plans to protect service and workers after hearing of members burned out and facing threats and violence

College staff need training in handling weapon-related incidents

Staff and students have suffered serious injuries as a result of offensive weapons being brought into colleges, according to a UNISON survey published today (Tuesday). Machetes, hammers, metal bars and even a gun are among the items either recovered or that have been used in pupil-on-pupil assaults, gang attacks or in violent incidents against staff, […]

Another legal victory for our union – and for thousands of NHS workers

UNISON always believed that the rules around NHS pay already allowed for overtime and working beyond the end of a shift to be taken into account when calculating holiday pay. This is a victory for NHS workers who regularly go the extra mile to make sure we receive the best care possible at all times of the day and night.

Court of Appeal finds in favour of UNISON in holiday pay dispute

NHS workers who do overtime on a regular basis or frequently work beyond their normal shifts should now have these extra hours taken into account when their holiday pay is calculated, as a result of a landmark court victory by UNISON today (Monday). The Court of Appeal judgment found in favour of a paramedic and […]

Tax cut for higher earners is absurd after years of austerity

Commenting on the announcement from Conservative Party leadership contender Boris Johnson that he would cut taxes for higher earners, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Boris Johnson has confirmed he cares about the wealthy few, rather than everyone who relies on public services. A cash giveaway for the richest earners is absurd after 10 years of brutal austerity that […]