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Exit payment cap will hit middle earners, not just the highly paid, warns UNISON

For immediate release Reacting to government plans to cap all public sector exit payments at £95,000, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said today: “The government might claim its cap on redundancy payouts will only affect those at the top of the public sector, but the reality is that many middle-income earners – like nurses and librarians […]

Labour must be electable to protect public services and win for working people, says UNISON

Labour can only win for working people and protect public services by being in government — and putting an end to the infighting that has plagued the party in recent months, says UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today (Monday). Speaking in the public services debate at the annual Labour Party conference in Liverpool today (Monday), […]

UNISON launches UK-wide campaign to celebrate public service champions

A UK-wide campaign aimed at reminding the public of the importance of public services –and those that provide them – is to be launched later today (Monday) in Liverpool. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis will launch the campaign – Public Service Champions – at a fringe at the Labour party conference. It invites people to […]

Labour must come together and convince voters it can govern, says UNISON

Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election today (Saturday) as the leader of the Labour party, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Jeremy Corbyn has won because he’s captured the imagination of party members. I’m proud that our union nominated Jeremy for leader. “People are inspired by his promises to end austerity, fix our broken public services and build a […]

Health care assistants being used as ‘nurses on the cheap’ says UNISON

Healthcare assistants (HCAs) working in the NHS are doing the jobs of nurses without the equivalent pay or education, says a report from UNISON published today (Friday). Two in five (39%) say they have not received the training necessary to provide the care expected of them such as looking after dementia patients, according to the […]

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UNISON’s biggest ever homecare legal case over workers paid as little as £3.27 an hour

Seventeen homecare workers employed across the London Borough of Haringey are taking care company Sevacare and the council to court.

Teaching assistants’ pay should be set the same way as teachers, says UNISON

The pay of teaching assistants should be agreed nationally like that of teachers, then local councils would not be able to undermine their earnings and working conditions, says UNISON today (Wednesday). Unlike teachers, many teaching assistants now get paid only during term time. Government spending cuts have forced cash-strapped local authorities to move them to […]

We can’t turn the clock back on Brexit, but let’s use the negotiations to build a better future, says UNISON’s Dave Prentis

Sunday 11 September 2016 For immediate release The government must use the Brexit negotiations to build a new, fairer Britain, and should start by throwing off the shackles of austerity, says UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today (Sunday). Speaking in the debate on the impact of the EU referendum vote upon the UK economy and […]

Herts NHS cash-for-pensions deal is ‘morally wrong’ and ‘legally suspect’, says UNISON

12 September 2016 Unions will today (Monday) be protesting outside Lister Hospital in Stevenage against an offer of cash incentives by East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust to nurses who opt out of the NHS pension scheme. The trust is offering higher salaries to new starters and existing staff in a bid to fill 200 nursing […]

Grammar schools belong in the past, says UNISON

Friday 9 September 2016 For immediate release Commenting on the prime minister’s speech about grammar schools today (Friday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The country may be under new management, but the Conservative Party’s obsession with grammar schools remains the same. “Grammar schools are outdated relics, removed in most parts of the country for very good reason […]

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 […]

Wages standstill sees over a million low-income families struggle with extreme debt, says TUC

More than a million families with a household income below £30,000 are in extreme debt, and ongoing wage stagnation is making the problem worse, according to a new report published today (Tuesday) by the TUC and UNISON. The report, Britain in the Red, finds that total unsecured debt (which excludes mortgages) for UK households rose […]

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 […]

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