Supporting members with mental health problems

Conference is aware of the increasing need to support members who are experiencing either short or long-term mental health conditions. Despite the good work already being done by branches in enacting conference policies – such as encouraging employers to sign up to Time to Change, or become Mindful employers – there is a great deal […]

Higher Education Service Group Executive Pay Motion 2019/20

The continuing erosion of the pay of higher education support staff is a stain on the sector and flies in the face of assurances by employers that they value their workers. It is scandalous that the Government’s national living wage is approaching the bottom of the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (JNCHES) pay […]

Campaigning Against the Marketisation of Higher Education in England

Higher education as a public service has been and is increasingly under threat from profit-driven vultures encouraged by an ideological obsession that dictates that private interests should always triumph over common ownership and cooperation. Attempts by the current and previous governments to introduce market forces and competition into the public services is nothing new to […]

Outsourced Workers in Higher Education Institutions

Conference notes that outsourcing in universities and higher education institutions is on the rise. While some see this as a money saving exercise, it is not. It is unethical, promotes bad and unfair working practices. Some research has shown that outsourcing can push up student fees, making it unfair on staff and students. The aim […]

Sexual Harassment in the Police Service

Following the publication of the London School of Economics report on Sexual Harassment in the police service (Time to Stamp out Sexual Harassment) 16th August 2018), this conference notes with concern that the research shows clearly that: 1)Those experiencing sexual harassment amongst police staff are greater than in other sectors; 2) Operational police staff are […]

Suffolk PCSOs

This conference is appalled by the decision of Suffolk Police in removing over 50% of its PCSO workforce. PCSOs are the visible face of policing in the community dealing with more than just Anti-Social Behaviour and low level crime. PCSOs are vital to providing much needed intelligence that may not be forthcoming if they are […]

The privatisation experiment has failed….now what?

Conference will be aware that from the very beginnings of the Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) experiment, we have warned against the dangers of introducing a privatised model into Probation delivery services. It is now absolutely clear that this model has failed and has resulted in a diminished service for both our service users and for our […]

Achieving pay equality for women in the police service

Conference welcomes the start of Part 2 of the Police Staff Council (PSC) Pay and Reward Review Part 2 which will look at how police staff basic pay is determined by forces in England and Wales and whether such arrangements remain fit for purpose. The review will look at job evaluation and pay and grading […]

Police Staff PSC Pay award 2017

Police staff have faced an exceptional delay in receiving their pay award from 2017. For many this has created additional hardship. Whilst it is recognised that the employers side of the Police Service Commission (PSC) may be in no hurry to finalise the annual pay award, the union needs to be doing everything in its […]

Formalising the link between UNISON and the LGBT police network

UNISON has always appreciated and worked with allies, whether individuals, or organisations, but most of these have been external to members’ places of work. The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Police Network started from the Gay Police Association, and for over 30 years has worked with forces to encourage diversity and to fight […]

Failure of the Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) Reforms

Conference notes that communities, service users and probation staff are all being put at risk because of the systemic failure of the Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) reforms. Conference further notes the reports over the last 24 months by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP), and the experience of our members who work for the Community Rehabilitation […]

Recruiting and representing disabled members in the Police and Justice Service Group

Conference notes that recruiting new members is a priority for UNISON. Increasing our density in the Police and Justice Service Group will increase our bargaining power with management and help us get the best deal for our members at the negotiating table. Challenges in the Police and Justice Service Group, such as threats of redundancy, […]

The Need for Pay Reform in Police and Probation

Conference notes that work has begun in both the police and probation sectors to examine the case for pay reform. Conference welcomes this work, because many police force pay and grading systems, and the sector wide pay and grading system for both the National Probation Service and the 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies, have not been […]

The Future for Probation After Transforming Rehabilitation

Conference recognises that the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms to the Probation Service have failed and that plans need to be put in place now to design a local, sustainable and democratically accountable service going forward. Conference notes successive reports over the course of 2017/18 by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation, the Public Accounts Committee, the […]

SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSFORMATION PLANS (STPs) AND CONSULTATION WITH REPRESENTATIVE ORGANISATIONS OF OLDER PEOPLE

This Conference notes that the consultation process involving STPs and representative organisations for older people is, to say the least, patchy. In some areas of the country STPs are failing to consult or engage with organisations that represent older people and crucial services are either being introduced or withdrawn without due process taking place. Needs […]