All in a day’s work for… the jetty engineer

Pete Read
National Grid
LNG Terminal

Peter Read may have one of the most unusual jobs of any UNISON member. Peter is a jetty engineer for National Grid at its Isle of Grain terminal on the Thames Estuary, the UK’s leading importation terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Making ends meet: a homecare support worker

a young white woman against a wall

The sun hasn’t risen over Scunthorpe, but there’s no such lie in for Fay Hart. With 28 years in school catering under her belt, and school cook at Priory Lane Community School for the past 18, Fay is already bustling around her realm, with dinner for a hundred or more pupils to prepare, plus breakfast club for some of the children. And it’s barely even gone 7am.


Margaret McKee from Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital

Why did I get involved?

Unpaid, risking trouble at work and not always thanked – why do UNISON’s 40,000 activists do it?

Three school support staff at Cleves primary school in East London

Stars in our schools

Join UNISON’s search for the unsung heroes of our schools

Photos: Marcus Rose

Banging the drum over pay

This year Glasgow’s homelessness caseworkers decided to go on strike. This is their story

photo: Marcus Rose

Putting the ‘T’ into LGBT

UNISON offers transgender members invaluable support in the difficult journey to become themselves

Ashington shop

Setting up shop

A new kind of UNISON office is adding an extra dimension to the union’s organising

Melanie Heitkamp

Small start, big finish: progressing your career with UNISON learning

‘Too small’ to be a nurse in her native South Africa, one member now finds herself in South Wales embarking on a nursing degree

Gita’s story

Gita Paul was born in Lithuania and came to the UK in 2005 as a 20-year-old looking for work.

Getting Hyndburn online

Hyndburn Local Government Branch’s Digital Inclusion project is taking learning out into the community.

UNISON members react to the budget

UNISON members react to the budget – a Storify.

There for You: at a time for grieving

UNISON took away some financial pressure after a member’s partner died of cancer

Pete Read
National Grid
LNG Terminal

All in a day’s work for… the jetty engineer

260,000 tonnes of frozen gas, 1.5 miles of pipes and tanks the size of the Royal Albert Hall…

Life of Scavenger (Managua, Nicaragua)

A view of the world: Nicaragua

Despite poverty, Nicaraguans are no longer down in the dumps

Problems at work: chef wins compensation after fall at work

Chef left permanently injured after fall at work

NHS: Voices of Sheffield steel

We went to Sheffield to speak to UNISON members about life in today’s NHS

Photo credit: Adrian Don

The crisis in care

A care worker speaks about the terrible reality of the government’s attacks on homecare