Farepak: The Forgotten Victims Speak Out

Victims of the Farepak collapse are demanding compensation, better regulation and for key figures in Farepak to be held to account for their actions, according to new research to be launched in Parliament later today. Some 150,000 savers lost an estimated £50 million when the Christmas hamper scheme collapsed in October 2006.

UNISON Calls for Cap on Private Health Sector

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, is today calling for a cap on the use of the private sector in the NHS, to be included in the NHS Constitution. The call comes following news that the Government is calling a halt to six planned Independent Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC) schemes and the scrapping of the expensive, underperforming West Midlands project. However, the go ahead has been given to a number of new private sector operations, renewing fears of more money going into private companies at the expense of the NHS.

Stop Wasting Tax Payers’ Money and Pay Women Their Dues

Almost 1500 female low paid UNISON members in Cumbria are today celebrating the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision to uphold their pay discrimination claim and reject the Council’s appeal

UNISON Calls for National Register of Assaults on NHS Staff


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UK’s largest Health Union Calls for NHS Cleaner Recruitment Targets

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, is today calling on the Government to set recruitment targets for NHS cleaners to help eradicate the spread of killer hospital acquired infections including MRSA and C Difficile. The union says that there is a direct and irrefutable correlation between the dramatic rise in the number of people suffering and dying from hospital superbugs in the past 20 years and the declining number of NHS cleaners, which have almost halved during the same period.

Local Government Workers Put Bosses in ‘Last Chance Saloon’ Over Pay

Local Government workers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have slammed this year

Celebs Sign-Up to Support NHS Together ‘I Love NHS’ March and Rally 3 November

The ‘I Love NHS’ march and rally is attracting widespread celebrity support from the world of music, sport, TV, comedy and literature. The rally in Trafalgar Square on 3 November is being organised by NHS Together* a unique alliance of 14 health unions and organisations set up to support and protect the NHS.

Healthcare Commission Performance Ratings – UNISON Reaction

Commenting on the NHS Performance Ratings 2007 released by the Healthcare Commission today (18 October), Karen Jennings, Head of Health for UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, said:

It’s Your NHS Says UNISON – Support the ‘I LOVE NHS’ March and Rally

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, today issued a challenge to all NHS workers, patients and supporters to make the ‘I LOVE NHS’ march and rally on November 3, the biggest London event of the year.


Council Tax Benefit is not reaching millions of low-income households across the UK, according to a Parliamentary committee report.

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Chancellor’s Statement – UNISON Reaction

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Statement Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest public sector union, said:

Take Pressure Off Public Sector Pay Warns UNISON Chief

Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest public service union, is today calling on the Chancellor to release his stranglehold on public sector pay, in order to see reform flourish, ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review tomorrow (9 October).