The last Budget of this Parliament is almost upon us

A Budget that delivers for ordinary people is what we all would like to hear – unfortunately, I suspect we’re very unlikely to

Bearing the brunt of austerity

UNISON has a positive vision for the community and voluntary sector: close to our communities, innovative, high quality, and speaking out for those who are marginalised

‘We can’t afford apathy’

We are “entering a very important part of the political calendar,” UNISON assistant general secretary Karen Jennings tells union’s higher education conference

Merthyr Tydfil council bypasses unions and asks staff to agree to pay cuts

UNISON has responded angrily to Merthyr council’s decision to bypass the trade unions and contact staff directly regarding cuts to terms and conditions

UNISON highlights double whammy effect of austerity and local government reorganisation in Wales

UNISON Cymru/Wales calls for a blueprint for local government across Wales as a matter of urgency in order to guard against double whammy effect of austerity and reorganisation

UNISON supports St Mary’s College, Falls Road, Belfast

College is ‘highly valued by the students, teachers, our UNISON members working there and the people of the west of this city’

Emergency time for our public services

Dave Prentis speaking at the Northern TUC’s Public Services Alliance emergency summit in Newcastle

The damage Tory cuts are doing to the NHS

The time has come for the Tories to finally begin sorting out the underlying issues in the NHS, which include the major dispute over pay

‘We must do more to protect public services’

Austerity means Scotland’s public services are living through a lost decade, UNISON warns Scottish Parliament

Happy New Year

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Christmas and New Year message

2014 was a big year for UNISON – and 2015 looks set to be even bigger.   As we mark the Christmas holiday and the start of a new year, I can’t help reflecting on the sacrifices our members are making every day to keep vital services going in the face of cuts and pay […]

Yet more government-induced hunger pains

Earlier this year I questioned why people in the sixth richest country in the world were becoming increasingly dependant on food banks. It’s heartbreaking to be asking the same question in the lead up to Christmas

UNISON Northern Ireland alarmed by cuts and job losses in education

NISON members working in support services in education are alarmed at the statement by the Education Minister that up to 2,500 workers will have to be made redundant

Public service workers paying the price of austerity

Nothing in his statement that will support workers and the lowest-paid

UNISON General Secretary says Autumn Statement is Osborne’s last chance to ditch austerity

“I have little faith the Chancellor’s Autumn statement will bring any relief for workers.”