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Zero-hours contracts foster ‘worrying level of insecurity’, says Nick Clegg

Dave Prentis, UNISONS General Secretary: “Zero-hours contracts should be outlawed entirely. They wind the clock back to the bad old days of people standing at the factory gates, waiting to be picked for a day’s work.

Victory for Lewisham Hospital campaigners

Jeremy Hunt acted unlawfully in downgrading hospital’s services

Nurses forced to ‘ration care’ on wards due to lack of time after 5,000 posts cut

Gail Adams, UNISONs head of nursing, said: “This report adds to the growing evidence that there is safety in numbers when it comes to caring for patients”.

111 helpline crisis: NHS Direct pulls out of “finacially unsuitable” service

Sara Gorton, UNISONs deputy head of health, said: “The Government rushed through the trials of 111 in its haste to increase private competition and patients are now paying the price.”

NHS funding gap must not be taken as set in stone, says UNISON in response to NHS England report

Money for the NHS can and should be raised through taxation and billions could have been saved by not bringing in the Health and Social Care Act

Local government in meltdown

Cuts are striking at the very heart of local government

Schools survey reveals shocking levels of poverty

The impact of poverty blights a child’s life even before they walk through the school gates

Spending review – UNISON reaction

The Chancellor has got it horribly wrong. The cuts and attack on public services are counterproductive

Keep police accountable to public

The public need confidence that the police service is transparent and accountable

Dave Prentis, UNISON general secretary, national delegate conference 2013

Speech from UNISON general secretary to national delegate conference in Liverpool today

Jobless forced to pay for library internet access just as more services move online

Heather Wakefield, UNISON’s head of local government: “Libraries are being turned into businesses and UNISON is calling for urgent action to protect them as a vital public service for communities now and in the future.”

15-minute care visits leave thousands facing neglect

Heather Wakefield, UNISON’s head of local government: “The government has acknowledged the damage that 15 minutes care visits can do, but it has failed to stop their use.”

Britain’s death by a thousand cuts revealed in union’s dossier of destruction

The appalling human cost of David Cameron’s savage cutbacks are revealed in a damning dossier from UNISON. Showing how the Tory-led coalition is causing misery to millions, the report also exposes the damaging legacy that will be left for communities throughout Britain.

Ofwat chairman Jonson Cox attacked over his old water company’s tax affairs

The scale of tax avoidance at many water companies will be a focus of UNISON’s water, environment and transport conference where its general secretary, Dave Prentis, will call for a national inquiry.

Local government a vital vehicle for change

Cuts to local government are not just leading to the loss of services and quality of those that remain, they are fundamentally restructuring UK society for the worse, said UNISON

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