Health and Social Care Provision for Older People Post Covid

Conference has always recognised that health and social care workers are dedicated and hard working but lowly paid with poor terms and conditions. They do their best to provide quality care but against a background of crisis within health and social care services. Even prior to the Covid crisis, research had confirmed that care for […]

Developing and expanding social partnership and fair work in Wales and across the UK

UNISON Cymru/Wales supports the principle of a �Fair Work Nation�. As the largest trade union in Wales, we speak on behalf of around 100,000 members and their families and work with 49 affiliated unions through the Wales TUC. We strongly support the aims of Welsh government�s Draft Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill which […]

Growing UNISON, Learning the Good Lessons

Conference is extremely proud of the growth in membership across the regions over the past year. This includes not only the high recruitment rate but importantly the strong retention rate as well. Whilst a significant number of these new members have joined because of the tireless work of our activists throughout the past year; while […]

Coronavirus Pandemic – the Case for Public Services

It is true to say that a government could not be faced with a much more serious situation than a global pandemic. But it is clear that the UK government could not have played its difficult hand any worse than it has done. When assessing the efficacy of the government�s response to the pandemic, Conference […]

Learning the lessons from the pandemic for safer workplaces (Theme 1)

Everyone should have the right and expectation to a safe and healthy working environment. Unfortunately, in too many workplaces throughout this pandemic this has not been the case � either because of conditions and lack of appropriate equipment in physical workplaces or because of the need to work at home without a proper workstation and/or […]

Covid Legacy

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted what�s best about local government and its workforce. Always there ready to support our communities 365 days of the year, especially during times of national crisis. It�s the same workforce who have had endure over ten years of austerity, cuts to pay and terms & conditions, but when called upon […]

Education Support Staff and the Need for Comprehensive State Education

UNISON believes in integrated free comprehensive education, which provides lifelong learning for all across the UK. Everyone should have access to an education system that best fits their own unique talents and abilities. Diversity is a strength and should be celebrated. UNISON will continue to fight for equity and equality of opportunity for people to […]

Facility Time in Schools

Conference notes that many branches are struggling to represent members in schools, particularly in those schools which have become academies. Both local authorities and the academy chains are putting restrictions on local authority employed staff representing members employed in academies. This has resulted in many reps using their own time to represent members, sometimes even […]

The Challenges and Opportunities for an Ageing Workforce in Local Government

Conference notes that older people make up a growing proportion of the population, and so make an increasing contribution to society. They are our members, volunteers, taxpayers and carers. They have also been the most at risk during the Covid-19 pandemic, sometimes risking their own health to deliver urgent public services. Over recent decades there […]

Local Government and Climate Breakdown

Conference recognises that: 1)The impacts of the climate emergency are already evident and have profoundly altered human and natural systems; 2)In the UK, we are witnessing more frequent and extreme weather events. In 2019, our communities experienced flooding and also summer heatwaves that resulted in nearly 900 excess deaths. There were more UK wildfires in […]

Standing Up to Violence, Harassment and Abuse of Local Government Staff

Conference recognises that UNISON members in local government are dedicated to improving the quality of life for the communities they work in, as shown by their incredible work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite this, many of our members are subject to an alarming increase in violence, abuse and harassment at work. After years of cuts […]

The Future of Local Government

Local councils across the UK have suffered huge funding cuts over the last decade. We have seen significant changes to the funding mechanism for local government, the functions councils carry out and thanks to devolution the actual make-up of local government. Throughout this time UNISON has sought to stop these cuts and highlighted the resulting […]

Traveller Communities

Conference notes that while local authorities are required to address the housing and development needs of Gypsies and Travellers, they are under no legal duty to provide sites for Gypsies and Travellers. This is true for councils across all four nations of the UK. In England, it has been the case since the Caravan Sites […]

Reduction in the Working Week � Campaigning Across the Sectors

Conference notes that workplace stress is a massive and growing concern in local government. As the Local Government Association states: �Research shows that work is the biggest cause of stress in people’s lives, more so than debt or financial problems. Stress can stop people performing at their best and lead to physical illness and absence.� […]

Reduction in the Working Week � Campaigning Across the Sectors

Conference notes that workplace stress is a massive and growing concern in local government. As the Local Government Association states: �Research shows that work is the biggest cause of stress in people’s lives, more so than debt or financial problems. Stress can stop people performing at their best and lead to physical illness and absence.� […]