Government care plans set to ignore the views of 1.4m care workers

Government plans to reform social care will fall short and won’t get to grips with the huge problems affecting the sector, if the work to shape next year’s green paper fails to involve the views of the UK’s million strong workforce, says UNISON. The Cabinet Office has today announced that the government is to engage […]

UNISON comments on latest inflation figures

The government needs to take action in next week’s budget

Former Dynasty star highlights UNISON’s Pay Up Now! campaign

Giving public service workers a pat on the back isn’t going to put food on their table

NHS Providers’ report ‘hits the nail on the head’, says UNISON

Commenting on the NHS Providers’ report, There For You: A Better Future for the NHS Workforce, published today (Tuesday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “This report hits the nail on the head. The NHS finds itself at the heart of a vicious circle. As demands on the health service grow, and pay continues to dive as prices soar, staff are understandably […]

Tax avoidance and tax havens must be tackled

Those with the most at their disposal should be making the biggest contribution to our public services

One in 10 council workers paid below the living wage, says UNISON​

One in ten council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are paid below the living wage, according to an analysis from UNISON released today (Friday). Ahead of the Living Wage Foundation’s living wage week, UNISON is calling on the government to fund councils so they can become living wage employers. If it did, it […]

Further education bodies call for Budget investment

In a joint letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ten bodies representing further education staff, students and providers have called for extra funding to ensure a “stable and well-resourced further education sector” which can meet different needs and ambitions. The letter, sent ahead of the Budget on 22 November, warns that cuts have reduced […]

Interest rates rise is the last thing public servants need

Rate rise adds insult to injury for public service employees suffering from years of wage freezes and limits on their pay

Conservatives have ‘lost the argument’ on public sector pay, says UNISON

Commenting on the news that the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) could support a Labour motion calling for an end to the public sector pay cap in the NHS, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is even more evidence that the Conservatives have lost the argument on public sector pay. Ministers must know they’re in […]

Today’s pay move is not nearly enough, says UNISON

Commenting on the news of pay awards for police and prison officers today (Tuesday) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s a tiny step in the right direction but not nearly enough. “For seven long years the government’s harsh pay cap has been hurting public sector workers, their families and the services they provide. “There […]

Government must commit to ending pay cap now, says UNISON 

Responding to government plans to review the one per cent public sector pay cap, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This review is a step in the right direction. “But the government has to commit to ending the pay cap and not use the review as a stalling tactic. “Ministers must also recognise the impact […]

Chancellor should use £2.4bn in unallocated business rates to ease the care funding crisis, says UNISON

The government could ease the social care crisis by handing councils back billions in surplus cash raised from business rates, says a report published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. The government expects to receive a £2.4bn windfall from business taxes next year, and for the two subsequent years. This is because it now receives more in […]

UNISON launches UK-wide campaign to celebrate public service champions

A UK-wide campaign aimed at reminding the public of the importance of public services –and those that provide them – is to be launched later today (Monday) in Liverpool. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis will launch the campaign – Public Service Champions – at a fringe at the Labour party conference. It invites people to […]

Queen’s Speech: A failure to tackle the real problems Britain faces

A Conservative Party at war with itself, already out of ideas little over a year on from election day and a Prime Minister so afraid of his own shadow that he’s abandoned any semblance of a serious legislative agenda.

Low-income workers urged to claim tax credits before universal credit arrives

https://twitter.com/unisontweets/status/719469133398732800 Across the country the one million people in low-paid jobs who have yet to apply for tax credits should hurry up and do so before it’s too late and universal credit arrives in their area, say UNISON and benefit experts Entitledto today (Monday). The two organisations have issued this urgent appeal to low-income workers […]