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A powerful package to rebuild the country

Commenting on the launch of the Labour Party manifesto today (Thursday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is a powerful package to rebuild the country and help millions whose lives have been ravaged by nine years of austerity. “It commits to restoring the funding snatched from public services by the Tories’ cold-hearted economic policies […]

UNISON announces health strike dates in Northern Ireland

UNISON has today (Wednesday) announced the dates for strikes and industrial action by health and social services staff in Northern Ireland. Workers represented by the union voted overwhelmingly earlier this month to take action over safe staffing levels and pay parity. Health staff in Northern Ireland are paid less than their colleagues in Britain. Waiting lists […]

Britain needs a government that invests in public services, says UNISON

Leaders’ debate shows Boris Johnson is out of touch

Public don’t want NHS staff outsourced to private companies

Workers should stay within NHS, survey shows

Frimley strike postponed as trust agrees not to continue with privatisation plans, says UNISON

Eleventh hour agreement to discuss alternative options

NHS needs investment instead of unpaid overtime

Responding to new Labour Party analysis published today (Friday) suggesting NHS staff work one million hours of unpaid overtime each week, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The NHS is running on fumes after years of underfunding. Chronic understaffing has left us with a system propped up by the goodwill of devoted health workers. “It […]

New NHS waiting times show Tories are not fit to run NHS

Responding to the latest NHS England data published today (Thursday) showing A&E waiting times are the worst ever, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Patients left in agony on trolleys for hours and poorly visitors waiting for hours in A&E, forced to sit on floors because of a lack of chairs, has become the new normal. “Years […]

Public service workers ready to learn to ease redundancy fears

A third of public service workers are worried they’ll lose their jobs due to technological innovation or government cuts, according to a UNISON survey published today (Thursday). But one in ten feel additional training has protected them from the threat of redundancy, with staff feeling more secure in their jobs because of the new skills […]

Women working in a call centre

Pay gap proposals will force bosses to act

Commenting on Labour plans published today (Wednesday) to eliminate the gender pay gap by 2030, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Public shaming hasn’t proved enough to curtail unequal pay so far. “Proper enforceable sanctions and a clear end date will force reluctant bosses to be transparent and stop the disparity. “Women have been failed in the workplace for too long so these commitments are long overdue.” Notes to […]

Labour rescue plan gives NHS hope, says UNISON

The health service would be revitalised by this major cash boost to our most cherished national institution

Northern Ireland NHS staff and social workers back strike action, says UNISON

The ballot concentrated on safe staffing levels and pay parity, as health workers in Northern Ireland are paid less than their colleagues in Britain.

More workers deserve to be paid the real living wage, says UNISON

Next government must help low-paid staff

Families will be thrown a lifeline by early-years plans

Restoring Sure Start centres is a major priority

Visas for overseas NHS staff just ‘window-dressing’, says UNISON

Hostile Tory policies have left overseas staff feeling unwanted and anxious about their futures

Labour plans will transform working lives of women

Commenting on Labour’s proposals to improve the workplace for women, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Thursday): “Balancing work with caring for children or elderly parents and running a home can be a struggle for many women. “Good employers know that paying women fairly, offering them generous maternity leave and pay packages, along with flexible […]

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