Housing changes will not reverse previous cuts to budgets

Commenting on the changes announced to housing budgets today (Wednesday) by the Chancellor, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “The promised investment in housing and the commitment to build new housing for rent does little for the many families and individuals rapidly being priced out of our towns and cities. “The chance to buy or […]

School funding reforms could harm education

UNISON comment on decision to scrap current system of school funding, announced in the Chancellor’s spending review

Tax credits u-turn will bring huge relief to working families

Commenting on the announcement in today’s (Wednesday’s) spending review that the Chancellor is to reverse his planned cuts to tax credits, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Nearly three million working families countrywide have breathed a collective sigh of relief. Since the cuts were announced in the summer, parents have faced increasing anxiety over losing […]

Tax credit cuts could cost economy £3.5bn

Almost three million working families with children across the UK who receive tax credits could between them lose around £3.5bn, according to UNISON research. This average loss per tax credit household of £1,300 could see businesses and high streets suffer as families have much less money to spend. Although last month’s vote in the House […]

National insurance increase will rob public sector workers

UNISON is today (Tuesday) warning George Osborne that scrapping tax rebates on pensions will leave more than five million public sector workers worse off. The rise in National Insurance (NI) payments will hit pay packets in April 2016. This is when the current 1.4 per cent rebate for employees and 3.4 per cent for employers […]

Labour must stop knocking seven bells out of one another, says UNISON’s Dave Prentis

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis points out: “The spending review is just three days away”

Standing with our LGBT members

From criminalisation to celebration, it’s quite a journey – and there’s still a long way to go

UNISON supports industrial action by junior doctors

UNISON is backing strike action announced today (Thursday) by junior doctors who oppose changes to their contracts being proposed by the government. It follows a ballot of more than 37,000 junior medics represented by the British Medical Association (BMA). They have voted unanimously in favour of three days of action in England next month. UNISON […]

‘Our hearts go out to Paris’: message to French unions

“We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers,” says message to French unions

Prentis urges LGBT delegates to continue fight against TU Bill

General secretary highlights ‘vicious, vindictive’ nature of government attack on unions, as he addresses LGBT conference

We’ll support the police staff who keep our homes safe

Experience after experience has shown that privatisation is a false economy

Ending check-off would make absolutely no sense

Ending union members’ right to have their subs deducted from wages would be disruptive, centralist and make absolutely no sense

More than 500 UNISON members working in public services heading to Westminster for mass lobby

UNISON members working in public services will make more than half of the 1,000 strong group of workers travelling from across the UK to lobby their MPs today (Monday) at a mass lobby against the trade union bill in Westminster. Speaking at a rally outside the houses of parliament, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis will […]

Tricks but no treats

Join us on Monday to stop this nightmare that is the Trade Union Bill

London members mark Black History Month

Tackling racism ‘is one of our most urgent tasks – we cannot let it slide off our agenda,’ general secretary tells London celebration