Axing student bursaries will deter many from careers in nursing

Hundreds of student nurses are expected at a UNISON-supported protest outside the Department of Health later today (Wednesday) against government plans to axe the NHS bursary for nursing degrees.

The spending review’s £3bn hit on local government

Cuts to local government grant and extra spending commitments for local authorities add up to a £3bn hit on councils

UNISON slams Open University decision to plough on with office and job cuts

UNISON has today (Wednesday) slammed the Open University’s decision to press ahead with office closures and job cuts, despite opposition from its own Senate. The proposed closure of seven regional offices in Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge, Gateshead, Leeds, Bristol, and London means continued uncertainty for 500 members of staff, says UNISON. UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis […]

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