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Tax credits u-turn will bring huge relief to nearly three million working families, says UNISON

Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the Chancellor is to reverse his planned cuts to tax credits, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Nearly three million working families countrywide have breathed a collective sigh of relief. Since the cuts were announced in the summer, parents have faced increasing anxiety over losing the tax credits […]

Tax credit cuts could cost economy £3.5bn

Almost three million working families with children across the UK who receive tax credits could between them lose around £3.5bn, according to UNISON research. This average loss per tax credit household of £1,300 could see businesses and high streets suffer as families have much less money to spend. Although last month’s vote in the House […]

National insurance increase will rob public sector workers

UNISON is today (Tuesday) warning George Osborne that scrapping tax rebates on pensions will leave more than five million public sector workers worse off. The rise in National Insurance (NI) payments will hit pay packets in April 2016. This is when the current 1.4 per cent rebate for employees and 3.4 per cent for employers […]

Campaigning to end violence against women and girls

25 November is UN day to eliminate violence against woman and girls

Police cuts threaten neighbourhood policing at time of heightened terrorist threat, says UNISON

Nearly a third (30 per cent) of police community support officers (PCSOs) in England have been cut since 2010, says UNISON today (Monday). UNISON warns that the government’s determination to rid the country of local police patrols is placing the public at risk in the light of recent events in France. The report – Neighbourhood […]

Labour must stop knocking seven bells out of one another, says UNISON’s Dave Prentis

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis points out: “The spending review is just three days away”

UNISON supports industrial action by junior doctors

UNISON is backing strike action announced today (Thursday) by junior doctors who oppose changes to their contracts being proposed by the government. It follows a ballot of more than 37,000 junior medics represented by the British Medical Association (BMA). They have voted unanimously in favour of three days of action in England next month. UNISON […]

Government plans for higher education ‘a big disappointment’ says UNISON

UNISON has today (Friday) criticised new government proposals for higher education in England for failing to tackle key issues including funding, student access and increased social mobility. Students face being burdened with even more debt under the long-awaited plans published today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, says UNISON. UNISON General Secretary Dave […]

Paediatric nurses in Antrim Area Hospital vote ‘yes’ for industrial action

Unprecedented turn out sees staff back action in dispute over safe staffing levels

Minister to address inaugural nursing conference

Health minister Mark Drakeford AM and chief nursing officer Jean White both scheduled to talk to UNISON members

UNISON welcomes government climb down over restrictions on unions’ social media activity

Welcoming the news today (Tuesday) that the government has decided to abandon plans for unions to give two weeks notice of any social media activity when involved in industrial action, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Thankfully the government has called time on its ridiculous plans to have all union social media activity related to […]

UNISON welcomes new living wage rates

Commenting on the new living wage rates announced today (Monday) by the Living Wage Foundation of £9.40 an hour in London, and £8.25 elsewhere in the UK, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today’s increase will be a welcome pay boost to many, but there are many people in work today who still earn much […]

Catholic Church and UNISON reaffirm commitment to the Living Wage in schools

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has today reiterated the Church’s commitment to the Living Wage. A growing number of Catholic schools already pay the living wage to thousands of teaching assistants, catering and school support staff. The move comes following a joint campaign with UNISON – the […]

2015-11-02. Mill Hill East, London, UK. Unison General Secretary Dave Prentis joins striking Barnet Council workers on a picket at Mill Hill Depot in north London. Barnet Council workers have set up picket lines across the borough as part of an ongoing fight against outsourcing and cuts.  // Licencing Contact: Mobile 07966 016 296

UNISON general secretary joins Barnet strikers on picket line

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis is joining Barnet strikers at the Mill Hill Depot today (Monday) at 7am. The strike is in support of the social workers, coach escorts, drivers, occupational therapists, schools catering staff, education welfare officer, library workers, children centre workers, streetcleaning and refuse workers who want to remain employees of Barnet Council […]

More than 500 UNISON members working in public services heading to Westminster for mass lobby

UNISON members working in public services will make more than half of the 1,000 strong group of workers travelling from across the UK to lobby their MPs today (Monday) at a mass lobby against the trade union bill in Westminster. Speaking at a rally outside the houses of parliament, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis will […]

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