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‘Disgrace’ as MPs claim £200k to pay for second homes’ energy bills

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said: “It’s disgraceful that well-paid MPs should claim expenses for heating costs at the same time that thousands of families are struggling to pay to turn the oven on.

Does your MP claim energy bills on expences?

Unison chief Mr Prentis said: “If 310 MPs did the right thing by choosing not to claim expenses for fuel bills, why did the other 340 think they were entitled to free fuel?”

Strike over ‘phantom pay rise’ leaves universities and colleges resembling ghost towns

Many universities and colleges across the country resemble ghost towns with UNISON members in Higher Education staging a one day walkout in a protest over a phantom pay rise.

Historic UK wide strike to hit universities

The UK wide strike is to go ahead after university employers ignored calls to make a last minute improved offer to defuse tensions and avoid disruption to students

UNISON brands axing of 1,500 Environment Agency jobs ‘potentially catastrophic’

The storms this week should act as a warning to the Environment Agency and the public that making these cuts is not only dangerous but potentially catastrophic

CQC report should ring alarm bells in Government

Christina McAnea, head of health at the Unison union, said the figures were a “shocking indictment of this Government’s management of the NHS”.

UNISON condemns NHS Direct closure as a waste of jobs and money

Taxpayers will lose 20 million pounds

CQC report should ring alarm bells in Government

CQC report shows shocking indictment of this governments management of the NHS

UNISON responds to appointment of Simon Stevens as NHS chief executive

The new chief executive of the NHS must respect and share the values of our health service – universal healthcare that is free at the point of need.

Council funding cuts force care firms to pay less than the minimum wage

Heather Wakefield, Unison’s head of local government, said: “The government have made such swingeing cuts to council grants that forces social care providers into cutting pay and conditions…

BBC News captures UNISON Cameron challenge

UNISON’s Steve Akers challenges Prime Minister David Cameron over plans to close the ACE Children’s Centre in Chipping Norton

UNISON welcomes new guidance on school medicines

UNISON is pleased that the Department for Education has listened to concerns from the union and other campaigners, by proposing an amendment to introduce statutory guidance on pupil health needs and the administration of medicine.

Time for action on ambulance dispute

UNISON, the UK’s largest ambulance union, today called on ambulance trusts across England to act now to head-off strike action in the service.

Homecare workers lose out on travel time pay

Study shows that one third of care workers are not being paid for travel time between clients and earn less than minimum wage

Rise in 15 minute care slots is a disgrace

The rise in the use of 15-minute home care slots is a disgraceful situation, fuelled by the Government’s heartless cuts” said Heather Wakefield, UNISON Head of Local Government today.

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