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UNISON calls for council oversight of academy school finances

Friday 26 August 2016 For immediate release Responding to the Local Government Association call for councils to have oversight of academy school finances, UNISON national secretary for education Jon Richards said: “UNISON has raised cases of suspected financial irregularity with the Department for Education, Education Funding Agency and the National Audit Office, all of which […]

Millions axed from youth service spending, says UNISON

At least half of councils have cut youth service spending in the past year as amount cut from service over the past six years hits £387m

Labour leadership 2016

Jeremy Corbyn nominated by UNISON Labour Link committee

The committee decision follows discussions at regional and national level, and a consultation of UNISON members who are affiliated to the Labour party

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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 […]

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