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Spring Statement leaves public services in a dark place, says UNISON

UNISON responds to the Chancellor’s Spring Statement

UNISON reacts to latest A&E figures

Commenting on the latest statistics for A&E attendances and admissions for February, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The latest data shows just how punishing the winter months are proving for the NHS. Last month was the worst on record. Yet the figures don’t include the added difficulties staff faced when freezing conditions began […]

Underfunding of schools resulting in increased class sizes for secondary schools in England

New research by the School Cuts coalition of unions (NEU, NAHT, ASCL, UNISON, GMB and Unite) shows that class sizes are rising in the majority of secondary schools in England as a result of the Government’s underfunding of  education. There is a particular problem in secondary schools because of a shortfall of £500m a year […]

NHS Staff Survey results show that woeful pay has taken its toll, says UNISON

Only 31% of NHS staff were satisfied with their level of pay in 2017

Privatising overnight supervision in probation hostels risks public safety

With this dangerous experiment, ministers are gambling with public safety

UNISON launches new mobile face-to-face advice service for workers in Edinburgh and the Lothians

UNISON is today (Friday) launching a new face-to-face advice service for employees working in care homes, GP practices or out in the community. The mobile advice unit – a custom-made vehicle with an office and internet access – will cover workplaces in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The mobile unit is expected to help thousands of workers […]

Public sector staff are overstretched and under-appreciated, says UNISON

Commenting on the TUC’s new analysis of unpaid overtime in the UK, released today (Friday) to coincide with the 14th annual Work Your Proper Hours Day. UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Public sector staff regularly work through their breaks and go home late, because they’re dedicated to the patients, students and local people who rely on […]

Staff yet again paying the price as British Gas profits fall, says UNISON

British Gas staff shouldn’t be feeling the heat today. It should be Centrica chief executive Iain Conn

More meat inspectors are needed following Russell Hume scandal, says UNISON

The FSA must act now and take on more directly-employed meat inspectors

Time for a windfall tax on the PFI profiteers, says UNISON

The enormous profits being racked up by Private Finance Initiative (PFI) companies should be subject to a new windfall tax, so much-needed resources can be put back into the UK’s cash-strapped public services, says UNISON today (Monday). Such a tax could be introduced if two amendments to the Finance Bill, which have been tabled by […]

UNISON to negotiate pay and conditions for staff at one of the UK’s largest housing associations

The agreement means staff will have a voice that is heard and respected in the workplace

Government pay policies are pushing children into poverty, says TUC

“Poor pay has left many public sector families desperately watching the pennies,” comments UNISON

Damning NAO report ‘exposes government’s lamentable approach to social care’

Responding to the National Audit Office (NAO) report on the social care workforce published today (Thursday), UNISON’s assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “This damning report exposes the government’s lamentable approach to social care, which is letting down elderly and disabled people, as well as the dedicated staff looking after them. “Years of underfunding mean local councils […]

UNISON calls for a new set of principles for public service contracts

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has written to the Minister for the Cabinet Office calling for a new public service ethos to underpin the delivery of services

UNISON’s women’s conference opens in Liverpool

Speaking at the annual women’s conference in Liverpool today (Friday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “In recent months a lid has been lifted on a sordid and seedy world, one we hoped we’d left behind. A world where rich and powerful men see women as objects, play things, and pawns in their quest for control.”

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