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Homecare in crisis

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Three quarters of councils continue to insist on 15-minute homecare visits for elderly and disabled people, UNISON reveals

The life and times of a low-pay parent

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With the chancellor’s U-turn on tax credits, single mum Kati Conway says she can sleep again at night – for now

 

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Young people change history – here’s how

The history of young people and social movements

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The Trade Union Bill – how we campaigned for key changes

UNISON members across the UK played a part in protecting their trade union rights

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“My employer ‘gave’ me to someone else”

Through its International Development Fund, UNISON is supporting efforts to protect Indian workers from exploitation when migrating to the Gulf

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‘An inconsequential little protest’

Graeme Ellis didn’t expect that a very personal gesture of protest would help pave the way for the government’s budget U-turn on cuts to disabled people

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Keeping the home fires burning

All in a day’s work for the National Grid shift control engineer

Celebrating our health heroes

National Skills Academy for Health director Candace Miller explains how it supports and celebrates healthcare support workers

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Beat the bullies

As a UNISON survey reveals rampant bullying in the police service, Maureen Le Marinel explains how she got through her own ‘awful’ experience

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The truth about the cuts

UNISON members describe how cuts to services are affecting both themselves and the people in their care

♡ UNISON: the union launched me on a learning journey

Louise Evans says the first step is the hardest, but the climb gets a little easier with each step you take

♡ UNISON: it’s helping me to help others

Jane Collier is an occupational therapist and branch education officer at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

Women and trade unions

Women have always been central to trade unions and the fight for a better society. To celebrate International Women’s Day we’ve put together a timeline of some of their key achievements

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♡ UNISON: the union has empowered me to speak up

Polly Smith is a homecare worker

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The Elaines: speaking up for local libraries

Friends and fellow UNISON members Elaine Brooks and Elaine Cotterell have worked in libraries all their lives. They travelled to London to defend their passion

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‘Why I ♡ UNISON? It saved me from losing my job, my home, my whole way of life’

The issue of losing my tax credits was keeping me awake at night: as a single mum I didn’t know how I was going to provide for my family

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Striking makes a difference

During Heart UNISON week it’s worth remembering that while taking strike action is never easy, the results can make a huge difference to people’s lives