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 […]
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 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 […]
UNISON head of health Christina McAnea comments on the publication today (Tuesday) of the Health Select Committee report on the government’s spending review.
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 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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
"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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Energy bills for millions of consumers could rise and power supplies may be more vulnerable if the UK votes to leave the EU later this week, says UNISON today (Monday). On the day of its annual energy conference taking place in Brighton, UNISON is warning that the fanciful claims made by leave campaigners, who have […]