Demand Change!

Conference is concerned by the fact that enshrined within the UK’s current legislation is men’s right to buy women. This is directly contradictory to a society based on gender equality. Prostitution is not a job like any other. It is characterised by violence and abuse that has profound physical and psychological consequences for those selling […]

The Future UNISON Members

Conference notes UNISON’s commitment to supporting young people out of unemployment through campaigning for the creation of high-quality apprenticeships which do not replace existing jobs. Apprentices are not however, the only people in training; in our colleges and universities, students in nursing, social work, community and early years education are just some examples of students […]

Disabled people’s experience of targeted violence and hostility

Conference notes that a recent report entitled ‘Promoting Safety and Security of Disabled People’ published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission showed that disabled people are at greater risk of being victims of targeted violence and hostility. The report stated that disabled people are four times more likely to be a victim of crime; […]

Awareness of non apparent disabilities

Conference agrees that both the Disability Discrimination Act and the Public Sector Equality Duty have advanced the cause of reducing discrimination against disabled workers in the workplace. However, not all forms of disability are apparent to any other person except the individual directly affected. Workers with non apparent disabilities, whether mental health, physical or other […]

Rule C Membership Scope of Representation

Rule C 1.1 In the last line after “services”, insert “police and justice sectors”

National Minimum Wage

Conference believes that the National Minimum Wage has been one of the government’s most successful policies, bringing legal protection to millions of low paid workers. It has been a key weapon in the battle against exploitation at work, especially benefiting women, young people, Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) and migrant workers and other vulnerable groups. […]

Section 44 Stop and Search

UNISON has long been a champion of equality in the trade union movement and has been successful in fighting discrimination and employment cases; however, It has been reported in the media (BBC London News 6.6.09) that the Metropolitan Police Service in 2008 had stopped 170,000 people which led to only 65 arrests under the Government’s […]

Build Resistance to the Economic Crisis

The present economic crisis is a threat to the living standards, jobs and pensions of all working classes around the world. In the United Kingdom there are one million young people under the age of 25 out of work and increasing unemployment across the private sector and public sector. A major concern for Black members […]

Elder Abuse

Conference notes with concern that there is no specific law which addresses Elder Abuse and makes it an aggravated offence, as is the case with child abuse. Conference therefore calls upon the National Executive Council to work with the Trades Union Congress and appropriate organisations, to urge the legal establishments in England and Scotland and […]

Defending the Human Rights Act

Conference is appalled that the Conservatives have stated their intention to repeal the Human Rights Act (HRA). It will come as no surprise that the same intention is included in the British National Party’s (BNP) manifesto. Conference notes the important role that the HRA plays in organising, bargaining and negotiating on behalf of trade union […]

Schedule B 2.6 Death Benefit

Delete paragraph 2.6.2 Entitlement, and replace with: “2.6.2 Entitlement As from 1st July 2010 the death benefit shall be: Completed years of continued membership £ Under 5 years 110 Over 5 and less than 15 220 Over 15 and less than 25 330 Over 25 440″

Schedule B 2.7 Accident Benefit

Schedule B 2.7.2 Delete paragraph B 2.7.2 Entitlement, and replace with: “2.7.2 Entitlement £3.60per day, £18.00 per week maximum during the whole period in which the member is unable to work by reason of the accident up to a maximum of 30 days or £108.00 in any calendar year.”

Schedule B 2.8 Fatal Accident Benefit

Schedule B 2.8 Delete paragraph B 2.8.2 Entitlement, and replace with: “2.8.2 Entitlement Completed years of continued membership £ Under 5 years 1,925 Over 5 and less than 15 3,850 Over 15 and less than 25 5,775 Over 25 7,700″

Schedule B Four Week Rule

Schedule B In Schedule B, change “13 weeks” to “4 weeks” in 2.6.1, 2.7.1, 2.8.1, and 3.1.

Rule Q Reserved Low Pay Seats

Rule Q Definitions In section “Reserved low Pay Seats”, delete the third sentence “The rate is currently £7.49 (November 2008).” and insert “The rate is currently £8.75 (18 June 2010).”