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Policing by numbers

The number of police officers on our streets – so called bobbies on the beat – are frequently covered in the media. But we hear less about how many police staff those officers have working with them.

Local government workers consulted over pay

Members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have their say on claim, while Scottish council workers vote on action over employers’ offer

Higher education pay offer is ‘best to be achieved through negotiation’

UNISON’s higher education service group met yesterday to discuss the higher education employers’ full and final offer on pay for 2017-18.

Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary signs recognition agreement with Chief Exec of UK's biggest housing association, Clarion

New staff agreement at the UK’s largest housing association

An agreement has been signed today (Thursday) by Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest housing association and UNISON, the UK’s largest union. It will allow the union to negotiate over pay and other benefits on behalf of staff. The agreement, which was signed by UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis and Clarion chief executive officer Keith […]

Unions issue final warning to school academy chain over cutbacks

An academy chain with schools in the East Midlands and Yorkshire & Humberside is facing possible action from eight education unions over plans to axe support staff. The unions – representing headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants and school support staff – have issued the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) with a final warning after the failure […]

A 'school' road sign against a wall

Apprenticeships – coming soon to a school near you

Schools across the UK see an increase in apprentices after the government introduced new schemes, and a levy to fund them, which came into effect last month

Blog: Power, wealth and opportunity in the hands of the many, not the few

After years of government failure, our country is crying out for a different and better approach – strengthening rights at work, making sure new jobs are good jobs, and ending the race to the bottom in pay, conditions and job security. It’s time to rebalance our economy in favour of the many, put a stop to the fall in living standards and put more money in people’s pockets.

Labour’s plan promises to transform workplace rights, says UNISON

Commenting on the Labour Party’s 20-point plan for the workplace, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Labour’s plan promises to transform employees’ rights. These proposals will change the lives of millions of working people for thebetter. “Ending the one per cent pay cap would make such a hugedifference to the lives of thousands of nurses, […]

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Higher education pay – employers make final offer

Higher education employers have made a full and final offer on pay for 2017-18, following the conclusion of pay negotiations

Blog: As we remember the dead and injured, we reaffirm our demand for safe and healthy work for all

Each year on or near 28 April, UNISON joins people around the world to celebrate International Workers’ Memorial Day

Government guarantees might help reassure NHS and care workforces, says UNISON

Commenting on the report published today (Friday) by the Health Select Committee into the impact of Brexit upon health and social care in the UK, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Brexit vote has plunged the NHS and social care into deeply uncertain times. The government’s reluctance to grant EU nationals working in our […]

Shifting the balance of power

Devolution is finally reaching the English regions – on 4 May, voters get to elect the first batch of ‘metro mayors’

UNISON calling on Lords to protect NHS bursaries for student nurses

Today’s debate in the House of Lords is the last chance to ensure the NHS can continue to support and recruit student nurses. UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “Thousands of current senior NHS nurses have benefitted from the NHS bursary and the risk of losing it would simply end up costing lives. Many […]

Blog: We should remember all that they fought for, and be spurred on by their example in the years ahead

In recent days we have lost two people who meant so much to our union, and who were a huge part of making UNISON strong. Brenda Hudson and Danny Gillespie were both people I was proud to know, and whose lives were dedicated to supporting public services and everyone who works in them.

UNISON and Swansea Labour group leader sign the charter in front of a UNISON Cymru / Wales banner

Swansea signs up to ethical care

Council’s ruling Labour group pledges to introduce UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter after May’s council elections