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Probation plans ‘breach labour law’

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The ILO Forced Labour Convention is very clear that community payback orders must be supervised by the public sector, and the Government’s privatisation proposals will breach this. “In fact, the UK Government first breached the Convention over 12 months ago when they put Serco in charge of community payback […]

Austerity off the agenda at Barclays

A tax on bankers’ bonuses could be used to boost the numbers of nurses, teaching assistants, PCSOs, paramedics and care assistants making a difference to millions, not just an over-privileged few

Trade unions challenge coalition sell-off of Britain’s probation service

Dave Prentis, the UNISON general secretary, said the ILO forced labour convention was very clear that the community payback orders must be supervised by the public sector, and that the government’s privatisation proposals would breach this..

Government plans to privatise probation breach forced labour regulations

UNISON, NAPO and GMB Unions report UK to ILO for breach of Forced Labour Convention.

Hospitals charge visitors £170 a week to be with sick loved ones

Christina McAnea of Unison said: “It’s a disgrace that private companies are making a profit out of patients. It’s high time this were investigated.”

A&E treatment for teeth soars by 400% in just TWO years ‘because patients can’t afford dentists’

The union’s Head of Health, Christina McAnea, said: ‘Things are bad when people start neglecting their oral health for money reasons. ‘Some people suffer for hours, sometimes days, with severe tooth pain and find themselves with no other option but to go to A&E as they can’t afford to pay the dentist. ‘Families are struggling […]

Women face maternity care postcode lottery because of shortage of midwives

Workload increase and their pay package reduced. All this is putting the profession at risk as more midwives are saying enough is enough

Emergency dental treatment at A&E on the rise as cash-strapped Brits can’t afford dentist bills

Unison’s head of health Christina McAnea said trips to the dentist had become a luxury for many thanks to soaring bills and the Tory-led Coalition’s austerity measures. She said: “Things are bad when people neglect oral health for money reasons. This is the early sign of a major problem.” Dentistry is one of the few […]

Flood-hit residents slam Environment Secretary Owen Paterson over ‘publicity stunt’ visit

Matthew Lay, national officer of UNISON, said: “Far from offering any comfort to residents affected by flooding, Owen Patterson is a major part of the problem. “He is overseeing massive cuts to the Environment Agency despite all the scientific evidence showing that climate change is a major reason for a rise in the number of […]

Public being sidelined in NHS Commissioning Plans

The decision by NHS England to reverse plans for a national public consultation is hasty warned UNISON

Financial pressure showing with NHS waiting times slipping

These referral figures shine a spotlight on the financial pressures being felt across the NHS, leading to a backward step in patient care

Higher education workers to walk out for third day over pay

UNISON members are angry that cash-rich universities are ignoring the financial hardship that they and their families are facing, and they are not prepared to accept the crumbs off the high table

Sickener for patients and visitors as NHS hospital charges minimum £4 for parking

Unison General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Public service workers have been hard hit by the Government’s freeze and squeeze on their pay.”

Christmas debt will last all year for UK’s low paid workers – shocking survey reveals

The finding came in a survey by public service union UNISON, which also showed seven in 10 members had already cut back on groceries and gifts. Unison General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Public service workers have been hard hit by the Government’s freeze and squeeze on their pay.”

UNISON calls for more power for PCSOs

A new UNISON survey of 2,700 Police Community Support Officers reveals today that eight in ten (81%) say they need additional powers to do their jobs effectively.

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