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Energy merger collapse means uncertain future for staff, says UNISON

Commenting on the announcement that the proposed merger between energy firm nPower and SSE is no longer happening, UNISON national energy officer Matt Lay said: “Bringing together the parts of both companies that look after residential customers was meant to secure jobs and ensure both firms had a future. “Now the deal is off, employees […]

Austerity is still very real for local services, says UNISON

  Commenting on the publication of the government’s local government finance settlement for 2019/20, UNISON head of local government Jon Richards said: “This is another £1bn dose of austerity for councils that will lead to yet more cuts to local services. “In five years over £6bn has been slashed from central government funding for councils. […]

The government is making it harder to fight crime, says UNISON

By slashing police funding, all the government has managed to do is make it harder to fight crime effectively

The government should lower retirement age for ambulance staff, says UNISON

Make ambulance retirement age the same as the other emergency services

Volunteers taking on police roles as cuts continue to bite

Cash-strapped police forces are filling some key job vacancies with unpaid volunteers amid ongoing cutbacks, says a report published today (Friday) by UNISON. The number of police support volunteers (PSVs) being used across England and Wales has soared to more than 6,000 – the equivalent of a 15% rise – in just four years from […]

There must be no blurred lines between volunteers and NHS staff

Volunteers shouldn’t take the place of paid employees in the NHS

Axing millions from youth work puts futures at risk, says UNISON

£13.3m gone from youth services in just three years

UNISON comments on new guidance for creation of NHS subsidiary companies

UNISON will be making full use of this guidance in our scrutiny of any future trust plans to set up subsidiaries

UNISON comments on Ailsa hospital attack

Serious assault on health worker

Pay staff fairly to solve the crisis in care, says new report

The crisis in care can no longer be ignored

Cuts to school support staff could leave vulnerable children at risk

School support staff are true stars in our schools

Government must give bold hydrogen scheme the go-ahead, says UNISON

Reduce carbon emissions and create thousands of jobs

Government ‘short-changing’ nurses on education and training, says UNISON ahead of Westminster debate

UNISON is urging MPs to highlight the urgent need for substantial investment in education and training for nurses and other healthcare staff.   The call comes ahead of a special debate later today (Wednesday) in Parliament on the future of nurse education funding that, the union says, has been severely hit by cuts.   The […]

UNISON comments on health think-tank joint briefing into staffing shortfall in the NHS

Instead of investing in staffing, ministers introduced restrictive immigration policies and cut training budgets, all of which end up costing the NHS more than necessary in the long term

UNISON reacts to Brexit draft deal between the UK and the EU

Any deal that fails to protect public services, defend rights at work and avoid a hard border in Ireland is a deal that’s bad for all of us

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