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‘A defining speech, full of hope’, says UNISON

Commenting on the Leader’s speech to the Labour conference in Brighton, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today we heard a defining speech from Jeremy Corbyn, full of hope. “Labour is a government in waiting – and the next election can’t come soon enough.” Media contact: Liz Chinchen M: 07778 158175 E: media@unison.co.uk

UNISON welcomes Labour plans to tackle PFI

Commenting on the announcement from Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell that a Labour government would bring existing public finance initiative (PFI) contracts back in-house, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s good news that Labour plans to tackle the beleaguered private finance initiative. “Since PFI started, UNISON warned it would lead to long-term debt problems, a […]

It is time for real pay rises for all public service workers, says UNISON

Opening the debate on public sector pay today (Monday) at the Labour Party conference 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. “They’ve suffered years of brutal austerity and vicious attacks on public services, overseen […]

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 […]

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