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Admin officer Josie Bird elected as new UNISON president

UNISON’s National Executive Council (NEC) has elected Josie Bird, a local government worker from Newcastle, as president at the union’s annual national conference in Liverpool. Josie has been an administrative officer at Newcastle City Council for 18 years and an active member of UNISON for 17 years. She has served as junior and senior vice […]

Lewisham Council commits to tackling abuses in global supply chains

Second local authority in the UK to be affiliated with Electronics Watch

Health staff are suffering serious sexual harassment at work

Survey reveals sexual harassment in the NHS.

Centrica jobs cuts are a ‘terrible blow’ but there’s a solution

Retail arms of big six energy firms should be nationalised

Crisis in social work revealed by new UNISON survey

Social workers say they are no longer able to do their jobs effectively because of years of repeated cuts

UNISON calls for a general election but demands Labour stays united

Speaking in Liverpool today (Tuesday) on the opening day of the UNISON annual conference, general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Brexit has unleashed the stench of far right extremism, both on the streets and in workplaces across the country. It’s meant a rise in anger and distrust. “Public service workers from Europe have had to suffer cheap jibes […]

UNISON launches campaign to celebrate local government workers 

New film will kickstart recognition of overlooked council staff

Care staff forced to sleep in offices and not wash

Care staff on overnight shifts are having to bed down at work in offices or on dirty mattresses

Nationalise the big six and create a ‘green army’ to help the UK hit net zero, says UNISON

Nationalising the retail arms of the big six energy firms would significantly boost the UK’s bid to become carbon neutral by 2050, says UNISON in a report published today (Monday). Power to the People calls on a future government to bring into public ownership the parts of British Gas (Centrica), SSE, E.ON, EDF Energy, Npower (Innogy) […]

College staff need training in handling weapon-related incidents

Staff and students have suffered serious injuries as a result of offensive weapons being brought into colleges, according to a UNISON survey published today (Tuesday). Machetes, hammers, metal bars and even a gun are among the items either recovered or that have been used in pupil-on-pupil assaults, gang attacks or in violent incidents against staff, […]

Court of Appeal finds in favour of UNISON in holiday pay dispute

NHS workers who do overtime on a regular basis or frequently work beyond their normal shifts should now have these extra hours taken into account when their holiday pay is calculated, as a result of a landmark court victory by UNISON today (Monday). The Court of Appeal judgment found in favour of a paramedic and […]

Tax cut for higher earners is absurd after years of austerity

Commenting on the announcement from Conservative Party leadership contender Boris Johnson that he would cut taxes for higher earners, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Boris Johnson has confirmed he cares about the wealthy few, rather than everyone who relies on public services. A cash giveaway for the richest earners is absurd after 10 years of brutal austerity that […]

Cleaners at Essex hospital call off strike as Trust agrees to their demands

Domestic cleaners at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow have today (Wednesday) called off six days of planned strikes after their employer dropped plans to outsource their jobs. The Trust had been market testing its cleaning and catering services with the aim of putting them out to tender, claiming just last week that it would wait […]

Government must reject US corporate predators eyeing-up the NHS

Reacting to Donald Trump’s supposed NHS U-turn, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Donald Trump has shown he is willing to play games with the future of the NHS and the government’s weakness means he thinks he can call the shots. “The UK desperately needs strong government that will stand up for the NHS […]

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