Mark Thomas gives the NHS a comedy check-up

Britain’s best-known political comedian considers the state of the NHS in its 70th year – and ponders its future

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Police staff members agree pay offer

The 2% pay rise in England and Wales will be backdated to 1 September 2018

NHS staffing challenges won’t be solved without money, says UNISON

Commenting today (Monday) on the government’s 10-year plan for the NHS in England, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Finding the NHS more staff, and holding on to those it already has, is key to the success of the government’s plan. “The plan is honest about the scale of the staffing challenge. But nothing […]

NHS staff must be at the heart of the government’s NHS plan, says UNISON

Commenting today (Sunday) ahead of tomorrow’s publication of the government’s 10-year plan for the NHS, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Encouraging people to take better care of themselves won’t alone solve the growing crisis in the NHS. That can only be halted with proper funding and a sensible plan to fill the huge […]

Energy unions call for talks on just transition

UNISON, Unite, GMB and Prospect call for meeting with energy secretary after releasing template for a just transition to a low-carbon economy

Blog: Let’s make 2019 our union’s best year yet

I still have big dreams for this union – and I know you do as well. Together, we can be the bridge that takes our members and our country from an imperfect present to a better future. We can grow faster, deliver more and fight even harder. It won’t be easy – it never is – but it will always be worthwhile.

Councillors urged to help end violence at work

UNISON has written to every elected councillor in the UK asking them to make the union’s End Violence at Work Charter a central part of their commissioning process

Update on FE pay in Wales

More clarification is needed before the offer can be consulted on, says UNISON

Energy merger collapse means uncertain future for staff, says UNISON

Commenting on the announcement that the proposed merger between energy firm nPower and SSE is no longer happening, UNISON national energy officer Matt Lay said: “Bringing together the parts of both companies that look after residential customers was meant to secure jobs and ensure both firms had a future. “Now the deal is off, employees […]

Austerity is still very real for local services, says UNISON

  Commenting on the publication of the government’s local government finance settlement for 2019/20, UNISON head of local government Jon Richards said: “This is another £1bn dose of austerity for councils that will lead to yet more cuts to local services. “In five years over £6bn has been slashed from central government funding for councils. […]

The government is making it harder to fight crime, says UNISON

By slashing police funding, all the government has managed to do is make it harder to fight crime effectively

Blog: This Christmas, UNISON members will be working around the clock

So whether you’re spending this festive period with family, or gritting our streets, travelling long distances to see loved ones or driving around your community caring for those who can’t care for themselves, I want to say thank you. Thank you for everything you do for all of us, now and every single day of the year. I can never say that enough – no-one ever says that to you often enough. You are the glue that holds our fractured communities together, especially at a time when cuts and austerity have caused such havoc and harm.

Learning to excel

Former UNISON president Lucia McKeever cites her union’s commitment to lifelong learning as a key reason for her unexpected rise through the ranks

That was the year that was – the year in UNISON

As 2018 draws to a close we look back on a memorable year with the UK’s biggest union

The government should lower retirement age for ambulance staff, says UNISON

Make ambulance retirement age the same as the other emergency services