Media centre

Food prices rising four times faster than wages while youth and long-term unemployment soaring

Dave Prentis, general secretary of the Unison union, said the figures “mask the damaging growth of under-employment plaguing the country and stifling economic recovery. “A toxic combination of part-time, minimum wage, zero-hours working is spreading across the country, as decently paid, full-time opportunities become increasingly rare.”

‘Can’t wait!!’ Real life David Brent signs off redundancies email with details of his holiday plans

Senior union boss Kevan Nelson, Unison’s north west secretary, said: “It is a bit David Brent. He probably meant it well but has underestimated the impact of these changes on his staff. “I recognise there is a style of management where you don’t want to appear overly-autocratic, but talking about your plans when people’s livelihoods […]

Terry Dunn’s David Brent moment that riled staff facing sack

Kevan Nelson, Unison’s North-west secretary, said: “This is a bit David Brent. He probably meant well but he has underestimated the impact of these changes on his staff. “Talking about your leisure plans when people’s livelihoods are in the balance is not a good idea.”

‘Two weeks in Fuerteventura!! Can’t wait’: Real-life ‘David Brent’ boss signs off email revealing dozens of council redundancies… by sharing his summer holiday plans

Union boss Kevan Nelson, Unison’s north west secretary, agreed the email was ‘inappropriate’. ‘It is a bit David Brent,’ Mr Nelson said. ‘He probably meant it well but has underestimated the impact of these changes on his staff. ‘I recognise there is a style of management where you don’t want to appear overly-autocratic, but talking […]

Go home vans should be driven off our streets

Banning the ads would be the right thing to do, but the fact that the Home Office think that this type of advertising is acceptable, shows how low this Government is prepared to stoop

Bedroom tax leaves 20 families competing for every ONE smaller home in Salford

Unison said: “The Government would have known of the homes shortage. It added: “The real purpose of the tax is to force the vulnerable to pay for the deficit”.

Zero-hours contracts cover more than 1m UK workers

Dave Prentis, general secretary of the trade union Unison, said: “The vast majority of workers are only on these contracts because they have no choice. They may give flexibility to a few, but the balance of power favours the employers and makes it hard for workers to complain.”

Zero-hours contracts: One million British workers could be affected UNISONs General secretary, Dave Prentis, said: “The vast majority of workers are only on these contracts because they have no choice. They may give flexibility to a few, but the balance of power favours the employers and makes it hard for workers to complain. Not knowing […]

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

Contact information

National media team
press@unison.co.uk