Blog: MPs must guarantee EU citizens the right to remain

Last week I wrote to all MPs backing EU citizens right to remain in the UK. I told them about the 67,000 UNISON members who are EU citizens working in public services, strongly urrged them to support the Lords amendment which guarantees the right to remain and to do all they can to convince the Government to change course.

UNISON wins payout for unfairly dismissed North West drug treatment staff

A group of workers supporting adults with addiction issues has won a six-figure settlement after their new employer left them jobless and without redundancy pay. The seven were recently awarded nearly £178,000 in compensation after UNISON backed their case against Arch Initiatives. UNISON took Arch to an employment tribunal for refusing to take on the […]

Blog: The WASPI campaign is a struggle for fairness

Some women have already waited years for an answer from the government – some as many as six years. That’s not fair or just, and it’s created real financial hardship, especially for those who’ve waited 14 years from the passage of legislation to being informed about the changes made. That’s 14 wasted years where different retirement plans could have been made.

Blog: Hammond’s inadequate Budget

While the Chancellor has – at long last – woken up to the reality of a situation exacerbated by his austerity government, the money announced yesterday won’t end the extreme rationing of care. In reality the government is just treading water, as it waits for a real social care plan to emerge.

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Fund care to lift women workers out of poverty, Welsh councils urged

UNISON Cymru/Wales writes to all country’s councils on International Women’s Day

UNISON’s response to the Budget

Commenting on the Spring Budget today (Wednesday) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: On pay “For almost a decade nurses, teaching assistants, town hall staff and others in the public sector have had their wages frozen or been given minuscule pay rises. “These are the people keeping the NHS, schools and local communities afloat in […]

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Do you know an outstanding healthcare assistant?

Nominations are open for the UNISON-sponsored Jean Atkinson award for outstanding healthcare assistant (closing date 21 April)

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Women pension losers to lobby MPs on International Women’s Day

Women born in the 1950s who lost out on their state pension when the government made retirement age 65 for both men and women are lobbying MPs later today (Wednesday). The changes introduced in 1995 have affected approximately 2.6m women now in their late 50s and early to mid 60s, who’ve had barely any notice […]

Blog: A rapid rise in the number of apprentices is on the way

With significant changes on the way, this week is a great opportunity to speak to UNISON members, employers and apprentices and recruit apprentices into UNISON. A rapid rise in the number of apprentices is on the way – let’s make sure they’re part of our union, and getting the best possible deal.

Time to pay NHS staff for unpaid overtime, says UNISON

Commenting on the annual staff survey published today (Tuesday) by NHS England, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “There are simply too few staff to cope with the growing demands being made on the NHS. Many regularly stay past the end of their shifts, only too aware of the effect upon patients and colleagues […]

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Plans to let councils opt out of legal duties to children dropped

UNISON welcomes government move after months of campaigning on Children and Social Work Bill (England)

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UNISON members join London march for the NHS

Now is its time of need: the NHS needs us and we cannot be found wanting, vice-president Carol Sewell tells demonstration

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Women and trade unions

Women have always been central to trade unions and the fight for a better society. To celebrate International Women’s Day we’ve put together a timeline of some of their key achievements

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Union charter to commit employers to tackle violence at work

‘Our members do not go to work to be assaulted’ community conference declares

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‘Nearly at the finish line in the race to the bottom’

Community conference vows to fight for members in ‘very challenging times for service group’