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UNISON responds to CIPD report into zero hours contracts

UNISON today insisted that huge numbers of zero hours contract jobs are unjustified and unsuitable for many public services, despite new CIPD report.

UNISON slams bosses who cheat workers on minimum wage

UNISON criticised bosses in privately run firms caring for the elderly for cheating their workers out of decent pay.

G4S and SERCO “tip of the iceberg”

G4S and SERCO are the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to government contractors failing woefully and wasting millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money

Education welfare officers key to keeping children in schools

The growth in free schools and academies, together with cuts in the number of education welfare officers (EWOs) are critical factors behind children missing out on education.

Government response to Francis falls short for patients and staff

The Government response to Francis doesn’t go far enough in getting to the heart of the issues in Mid Staffs – staffing levels, culture and engagement

Cavendish calls for “strong statement” in support of healthcare workers

Camilla Cavendish has told a UNISON conference that the Government must make a “strong statement” in support of Healthcare Assistants

UNISON welcomes Monitor decision on Colchester Hospital

UNISON today welcomed the decision by health regulator Monitor to take Colchester Hospital into special measures

UNISON responds to new plans for A&E wards

The proposed government shake up of accident and emergency services fails to address the fundamental problem facing the overwhelming majority – a basic lack of funding

Unemployment figures – UNISON response

Today’s unemployment figures must be seen for what they really are, says General Secretary Dave Prentis

Healthcare assistants call for better training

UNISON Healthcare Assistants have called on Health Education England to replace online courses with practical training as part of the new statutory certificate of care

University staff announce 3 December for second date of strike action

University staff across the UK will walk out for a second day of strike action on Tuesday 3 December, announced trade unions representing university staff today

Government cuts, violence at work may force health workers out of NHS

Government cuts to the NHS leading to a drop in staffing levels, low morale and insufficient training, coupled with continuing reports of violence against staff, are causing many healthcare workers to consider leaving the NHS.

UNISON backs charter to stop the payday loan rip-off

UNISON backs Charter to Stop the Payday Loan Rip-Off and renews its call to the Financial Conduct Authority to clamp down on payday sharks

Caring for carers is an investment for future

Good support from social services is an absolutely necessary investment because without it carers cannot keep going

Top marks for board of schools cooperative society backing the living wage

The board of schools cooperative society is urging all its 600 member schools to consider implementing the living wage, following a joint agreement with the largest UK union, UNISON

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