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UNISON urges government to end national scandal over homecare minimum wage cheats

Failure to honour the minimum wage is endemic across the care sector as many homecare workers are unpaid for the time they travel between home visits – which can be up to a fifth of their working day, says UNISON today (Thursday). The union is urging the government to end the systematic underpayment that it […]

Time to debate LGPS changes as petition hits 100,000 signatures, says UNISON

Government proposals to force the 89 local government pension funds to invest in infrastructure projects have prompted over 100,000 people to sign a petition calling for a debate in Parliament, says UNISON today (Friday). The proposals are part of the government’s attempt to create six new multi-billion pound British wealth funds. UNISON is concerned that […]

Government to press on with decision to land student nurses with debts of more than £50,000

Responding to the announcement today (Thursday) that the government is to plough ahead with scrapping nursing bursaries and replacing them with loans and fees, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “It was clear from the start that this consultation was a sham. Ministers have simply not listened. They seem not to care that in […]

UNISON calls for end to NHS privatisation after consultancy failures

UNISON has today (Thursday) welcomed the decision by NHS England to shut the Strategic Projects Team (SPT) consultancy. The union has called on the government to learn from mistakes made by the consultants in the past, and reverse the trend towards NHS privatisation. UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The SPT has been associated […]

Government must solve NHS cash crisis, says UNISON

UNISON head of health Christina McAnea comments on the publication today (Tuesday) of the Health Select Committee report on the government’s spending review.

Invest in society, not Trident, says UNISON

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis comments on today’s vote on the renewal of Trident.

Government must do more to reassure EU health workers post-Brexit, says UNISON

Government must do more to reassure EU health workers post-Brexit, says UNISON EU health staff employed in the UK need guarantees from the government that their jobs and futures are not under threat, UNISON said today (Tuesday). The referendum result has triggered huge uncertainty among the tens of thousands of workers from Europe who make […]

Study shows the public wants the government to pay for the training of student nurses, says UNISON

The government should continue to pay for the training of student nurses and midwives, and not force NHS trainees to fund their degrees with loans, according to a new survey published today (Friday) by UNISON. More than three-quarters (77%) of voters who took part in the YouGov survey believe the government must carry on paying […]

Joint trade union statement on the Labour Party

The current crisis within the Parliamentary Labour Party is deeply regrettable and unnecessary.  Last week’s vote to leave the European Union presents the entire labour movement with unprecedented challenges.  Above all, we need to be fighting to preserve our members’ jobs, already under threat in several industries and across the public sector as a consequence.  […]

UNISON statement on the Labour Party

Monday 27 June 2016 Speaking today (Monday) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Last summer, our union nominated Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader, and a great number of our members voted for him in the Labour leadership contest. “Support for Jeremy remains the position of this union, as determined by our members through our democratic […]

Local government staff at breaking point and cutbacks to blame, says UNISON

Local government workers are experiencing unprecedented pressure and stress in the workplace – and government cuts are to blame, says a report from UNISON published today (Wednesday). ­­­­The report – Under Pressure, Underfunded and Undervalued ­­­­– is based on a survey of more than 2,000 local council staff, including teaching assistants, social workers, librarians and […]

Huge pay divide between those at top and bottom in water industry, warns UNISON

An analysis of pay at the UK’s 19 water companies has revealed a chasm between those at the top and those at the bottom of the wages league, says UNISON today (Tuesday). The union has been pushing for a living wage to be paid across the entire UK water industry through its Making Waves for […]

We are just two days from a generation-defining vote, says UNISON

"A defining time in our politics – a dark shadow has been cast” | @DavePrentis on #JoCoxMP at #undc16 #MoreInCommon pic.twitter.com/IADvjj3zM6 — UNISON – the union (@unisontweets) June 21, 2016 Speaking at UNISON’s annual conference in Brighton today (Tuesday) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:  “We are just two days away from a generation-defining vote, […]

Justice Select Committee reveals flaws in employment tribunal fees, says UNISON

Responding to the report released today (Monday) by the Justice Select Committee, which says the introduction of employment tribunal fees has reduced ordinary people’s chances of getting justice, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Over the last three years tribunal fees have prevented many people who have been wronged at work from taking their employers to court. “Unscrupulous bosses can hardly believe their luck. They can […]

School support staff facing high levels of violence and abuse, says UNISON

More than half of classroom or teaching assistants (53%) across the UK have experienced physical violence at school in the past year, according to new figures published by UNISON today (Tuesday). In addition, three-quarters (76%) of the teaching assistants who took part in a survey for the public service union said they had witnessed violence at […]

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