Coming general election must be about the future of our public services, says UNISON

Commenting on the PM’s decision to call an election for June, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Theresa May promised repeatedly there’d be no general election before 2020. Here’s further proof no-one should trust a word the Prime Minister says. This is something people should bear in mind every time she makes a promise during […]

This election will be about the future of our public services

As Britain prepares to leave the EU, this election will be about the future of our public services, and the austerity agenda that the Tory Party has unleashed upon those services for the past seven years. They cannot and must not be given a renewed mandate for further cuts and axing our rights at work.


‘Together we are stronger’ NEC hears after Derby success

School support staff congratulated after for successful dispute; Syria statement; conference preparations

UNISON sign at the union's centre in London

UNISON NEC statement on Syria

UNISON condemns ‘horrific chemical attack’ and ‘any bombing raids by foreign governments which could exacerbate and prolong the conflict’

Public sector staff still bear the brunt of low pay rises, says UNISON

Responding to government figures released today (Wednesday) that show average earnings have increased by 2.2%, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Public sector staff have certainly not seen their earnings increase in many years. “Instead, their pay keeps falling behind inflation meaning nurses, care workers and town hall staff are suffering real financial hardship. It’s […]

Cancer care tender collapse highlights costly and inefficient process, says UNISON

Responding to the collapse of plans to hand a £687m contract for cancer services in Staffordshire to private companies, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The failure of this tender highlights yet again that using complicated processes to award contracts is a costly and inefficient way of delivering essential NHS services. “The time and […]

Blog: The scandal of 15-minute social care visits must end

One of the tests of a decent society is how we treat those who cannot care for themselves. Every day that we allow 15 minute care visits to continue is a day that we fail that test.

Statement on the closure of NHS Protect

Responding to the news that NHS Protect has been closed, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “Assaults on NHS staff are growing. That’s why it’s so worrying that the body looking after them and prosecuting offenders – NHS Protect – has been closed, and its staff diverted to counter fraud and protect property. “Stopping fraud […]

15 minute care makeover

Fifteen minute care makeover from hell

Claire Sweeney stars in our new short film with a difference


There for members – how our charity helped this winter

More than 600 UNISON members struggling to pay for their heating, have been awarded over £30,000 thanks to UNISON’s dedicated welfare charity, There For You.


Get ready for Public Service Champions part two

This month and next will be busy months for UNISON’s Public Service Champions campaign.

Satirical film starring Claire Sweeney highlights ‘absurdity’ of 15-minute care visits

Satirical film starring Claire Sweeney highlights ‘absurdity’ of 15-minute care visits Former Brookside actress and 60 Minute Makeover presenter Claire Sweeney features in a satire – commissioned by UNISON – highlighting the indignity suffered by thousands of elderly people because of 15-minute care visits. The two-minute video has been made to show how cutbacks are […]

Blog: A phenomenal campaign, made possible by inspirational branch leadership

School support staff can go into work with their heads held high, knowing that the value of the work they do for children and schools has been recognised. But they will never forget the way that they, their branch and their whole union came together and won a better deal – and neither will I.

Photograph of higher education workers holding placards reading "speaking up for a living wage"

Unions call on university employers to improve their pay offer

Latest offer ‘does not meet members’ expectations’ and needs to be improved, joint unions tell UCEA at most recent talks

Urban park

Haggerston Park, Hackney, London

Parks are for us all

With parks and open spaces coming under increased threat due to cuts, readers have been telling us what’s happening in their areas