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UNISON welcomes tariff moves at E.ON

Commenting on the announcement today (Thursday) that energy company E.ON is to phase out standard variable tariffs for its customers, UNISON national energy officer Matt Lay said: “This could be a game-changer, and is good news for E.ON customers and employees alike. It should mean cheaper bills for households, and greater stability for the workforce, at a time of much […]

Protecting Haringey home care workers with new charter

Care workers in the London borough of Haringey are to be given the time and support they need to do their work, through a new ethical charter. Haringey Council has signed up to UNISON’s ethical care charter, which sets out a series of commitments to protect the rights of home care workers’ and give them […]

UNISON disappointed by pay offer for colleges in England

UNISON has today (Wednesday) expressed disappointment at the pay offer put forward by the Association of Colleges. The union believes the offer of a one per cent increase or £250, whichever is greater, will plunge college staff further into poverty. UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “This offer is hugely disappointing. It will do […]

All NHS staff need a pay rise that’s above inflation, say health unions

NHS unions are today (Friday) breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK. In a letter to the Chancellor, 14 health unions including UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, […]

Conservatives have ‘lost the argument’ on public sector pay, says UNISON

Commenting on the news that the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) could support a Labour motion calling for an end to the public sector pay cap in the NHS, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is even more evidence that the Conservatives have lost the argument on public sector pay. Ministers must know they’re in […]

Jeremy Corbyn is right to say that all public sector workers need a pay rise

Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to the 149th TUC in Brighton, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Jeremy Corbyn delivered a powerful speech that showed why he is such a great friend of working people. He is right to say that all public sector workers need a real pay rise. It’s time for Theresa May […]

Today’s pay move is not nearly enough, says UNISON

Commenting on the news of pay awards for police and prison officers today (Tuesday) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s a tiny step in the right direction but not nearly enough. “For seven long years the government’s harsh pay cap has been hurting public sector workers, their families and the services they provide. “There […]

All public sector staff need and deserve a decent pay rise now, says UNISON

Opening the public sector pay debate at the 149th Trades Union Congress in Brighton, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “For millions of public service workers struggling to survive, there is no more pressing issue than lifting the pay cap. “We’ve seen years of brutal austerity and vicious attacks on public services, overseen by an […]

Lift the pay cap now, says Dave Prentis

The government must bring to an end the damaging era of public sector job losses and squeezed services – and scrap the punishing pay cap for everyone once and for all, says UNISON today (Sunday). At the start of the annual Trades Union Congress in Brighton, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government is […]

Pay cap forces public service staff into debt, says UNISON

  Staff providing vital public services are being forced into debt, into cutting back on groceries, having to go without heating and even a daily meal, because of the government’s pay cap, according to research by UNISON.   The findings released today (Sunday) will increase pressure on ministers to give all public service employees a proper pay rise ahead […]

UNISON welcomes government’s U-turn on selling off NHS Professionals

Commenting on the news that the government has backtracked over the selling off of NHS Professionals, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The government has at last seen sense. NHS Professionals is an organisation that saves the health service money and ensures there are enough staff on wards. “But despite many warnings, ministers have once again […]

All public sector employees need a decent pay rise, says UNISON

Midwives, healthcare assistants and hospital porters who belong to UNISON are joining their nursing colleagues demonstrating in Parliament Square today (Wednesday) over the government’s refusal to lift the pay cap. Commenting on the Royal College of Nursing’s protest UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Faced with an exodus of staff across the NHS, ministers’ justification for […]

UNISON calls on PM to follow Scotland and lift the pay cap

Commenting on confirmation from the First Minister that the Scottish government is to lift the public sector pay cap, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s high time the Prime Minister followed suit and scrapped the cap for all public sector employees – no matter where in the UK they work or what job they do. “By […]

Patients and staff ‘paying the price’ for Theresa May’s premiership, says UNISON

Commenting on NHS England statistics covering Theresa May’s first year as Prime Minister, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today (Thursday) said: “Patients are clearly paying the price for Theresa May’s time in Downing Street. Staff too are struggling to cope, delivering more with less while their pay lags ever further behind inflation. “It’s no surprise […]

UNISON comments on government NHS staffing plan

Responding to government plans to provide an extra 10,000 training places for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “These new posts are nowhere near enough to make up for the number of UK and EU nurses and midwives leaving the NHS. “Staff shortages, huge workloads, the withdrawal of the nursing bursary and the […]

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