Adult Education Needs Investment

This conference knows the importance of lifelong learning. Education does not end once we hit 18, in fact learning has barely begun. Further education colleges, at the heart of their local community, are the key to ensuring that adults have opportunities to learn and develop throughout their lives. The UK faces many challenges in the […]

Food Standards Agency � Pay, Terms & Conditions

Conference notes that our members employed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) work tirelessly to make sure the public eat safe and clean meat, dairy and seafood. Their pay, terms and conditions need urgent improvement to reward that commitment. Environmental health and trading standards officers also deserve a decent pay rise. During the Covid-19 pandemic, […]

Food Standards Agency � Pay, Terms & Conditions

Conference notes that our members employed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) work tirelessly to make sure the public eat safe and clean meat, dairy and seafood. Their pay, terms and conditions need urgent improvement to reward that commitment. Environmental health and trading standards officers also deserve a decent pay rise. During the Covid-19 pandemic, […]

The Future of Youth Services

Conference notes that youth services play crucial positive and preventative roles across the UK, and the work youth workers and youth support workers do provides huge value to the lives of young people. Youth services help young people into employment, training or education; they help with potential mental health issues; and they help prevent alcohol […]

Work Related Stress in Local Government

Conference notes the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) definition that �Work-related stress is the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work�, recognises that stress is closely related to excessive anxiety and depression, that 600,000 workers suffer from these conditions due to work and, and as […]

Unity Against Public Sector Pay Freeze

This Local Government Service Group Conference notes with deep concern the government�s intention to impose some form of pay freeze or pay restraint on public sector workers. While individual pay claims and campaigns remain the responsibility of the various sector committees, the Local Government Service Group Executive has a role in wider public sector pay […]

Creating Fairer Workplaces for the post-lockdown w

Conference notes that poor quality jobs, lack of respect for the workforce, attacks on employment and trade union rights, unfairness and discrimination are all too familiar features of the world of work across the UK. These problems have been both highlighted and added to by Covid-19. The pandemic has shown the need for fairer workplaces […]

SOCIAL CARE

Conference acknowledges the importance of responding to the devastating impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the social care sector and welcomes wholeheartedly the campaign to deliver a national care service. Conference notes that the coronavirus pandemic has had tragic consequences for thousands of people in the UK and particularly in adult social care. […]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING AND FIGHTING CUTS

Conference notes that since 2010, local government has experienced a decade of austerity. The post-Brexit political situation merely heightened the constitutional debate in a �disunited kingdom� of growing civic nationalism and regionalisation, the unsettled will for political change and the growing plurality of politics, which will have long-lasting implications for government and governance. Meanwhile, the […]

A PAY STRATEGY FOR ORGANISING AND INDUSTRIAL ACTIO

Conference recognises the efforts made by the sector committees and branches in pursuing the union�s ‘Pay Up Now!’ campaign in recent years, even during the Covid-19 pandemic. Covid has highlighted the need for a new approach to pay in local government. Throughout the pandemic, local government workers proved themselves to be indispensable � keeping our […]

Stop First Homes Proposals

Conference notes the government consultation which opened on the 7th February 2020 over the new First Homes housing policy. This proposal seeks to divert section 106 funds away from the provision of affordable homes and instead use it to offer discounts on new properties for purchase in England. Conference notes that opposition to these proposals […]

Promoting the EU Settlement Scheme to Community members

Conference notes the outcome of the General Election on December 12th 2019 which resulted in the re-election of a Conservative government. The �Skills for Care� workforce development charity that operates as a delivery partner for the Department of Health and Social Care estimates that there; 1. are 1.52 million social care jobs within local authorities, […]

GENDER PAY GAP

2020 is the 50th Anniversary of the introduction of The Equal Pay ActConference celebrates the successes of UNISON in using the legislation to achieve equal pay for large numbers of its low paid women members, in particular those in local government. Conference welcomes that in 2017 the Government introduced compulsory gender pay gap reporting for […]

MENOPAUSE

Roughly half of UK workers are women, all of whom will experience the menopause in some form. Conference notes that the definition of menopause is a lack of menstruation for one full year. It usually begins between the ages of 45 and 55 but it can develop before or after this age range.In the UK, […]

National standards for social care � protecting disabled workers

Conference notes that many of our community members work in social care where they provide care services to older and disabled people. This includes members employed as personal assistants (PAs) via personal payments budgets. Additionally, some of our disabled members in Community are also recipients of social care which allows them to overcome barriers they […]