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Government pay policies are pushing children into poverty, says TUC

“Poor pay has left many public sector families desperately watching the pennies,” comments UNISON

Damning NAO report ‘exposes government’s lamentable approach to social care’

Responding to the National Audit Office (NAO) report on the social care workforce published today (Thursday), UNISON’s assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “This damning report exposes the government’s lamentable approach to social care, which is letting down elderly and disabled people, as well as the dedicated staff looking after them. “Years of underfunding mean local councils […]

UNISON calls for a new set of principles for public service contracts

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has written to the Minister for the Cabinet Office calling for a new public service ethos to underpin the delivery of services

UNISON’s women’s conference opens in Liverpool

Speaking at the annual women’s conference in Liverpool today (Friday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “In recent months a lid has been lifted on a sordid and seedy world, one we hoped we’d left behind. A world where rich and powerful men see women as objects, play things, and pawns in their quest for control.”

NAO report is a scathing indictment of PFI, says UNISON

The National Audit Office (NAO) report on the public finance initiative provides a scathing indictment of PFI and PF2, and confirms many of the fears UNISON has been raising for more than 20 years, the union said today (Thursday). The NAO says there are currently 700 PFI and PF2 deals in operation, and if no […]

UNISON comments on rising number of nurses leaving the NHS

It’s highly damaging that so many nurses are leaving the NHS so soon after qualifying.

Christmas deaths in Eastern England reveal true extent of winter crisis

Twenty grieving families will now, quite rightly, be demanding answers

Carillion’s collapse is terrible for staff and the taxpayer, says UNISON 

The government needs to safeguard services and protect staff

Proposed pension changes will hit lowest paid university staff

In recent years they’ve seen the value of their pay fall, now the university wants to cut their income in retirement too

LGA survey shows social workers are struggling to cope

The government must give councils the cash they need to recruit more child protection staff and keep all children safe

Flu jab is important but not the real threat to the NHS, says UNISON

Shortage of staff and lack of funding is the real threat to the NHS

The letters from NHS doctors and NHS Providers should be a wake-up call for the government

The NHS is under unsustainable pressure and the government needs to take action

UNISON launches campaign to divest pensions from carbon

Guide will help members of local government pension schemes push for changes in the investment of their funds

Living on a knife-edge – survey reveals what a pay rise would mean to NHS employees

Being able to feed their families, afford dental treatment, repair their cars or pay off debts are some of the things that health workers could afford if the government gave them a decent pay rise, according to a survey released today (Sunday) by UNISON. UNISON says the findings expose the financial hardship suffered by NHS […]

Health unions react to NHS workforce strategy draft plans

Health unions are today (Wednesday) renewing their call for a coherent strategy to improve recruitment and retention, equality and diversity, workloads, well-being and career prospects as the government publishes its workforce plans.  Over the last three years unions representing cleaners, nurses, doctors, radiographers, pharmacists, midwives, medical secretaries, paramedics, caterers, dental technicians, as well as porters, managers, […]

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