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 […]

Jeremy Corbyn is right to say that all public sector workers need a pay rise

Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to the 149th TUC in Brighton, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Jeremy Corbyn delivered a powerful speech that showed why he is such a great friend of working people. He is right to say that all public sector workers need a real pay rise. It’s time for Theresa May […]

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 […]

All public sector staff need and deserve a decent pay rise now, says UNISON

Opening the public sector pay debate at the 149th Trades Union Congress in Brighton, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “For millions of public service workers struggling to survive, there is no more pressing issue than lifting the pay cap. “We’ve seen years of brutal austerity and vicious attacks on public services, overseen by an […]

The Chancellor is “completely out of touch” on pay, says UNISON

Commenting on the Chancellor’s comments today (Sunday) on public sector pay, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The Chancellor’s remarks show he is completely out of touch. After seven years of a punishing pay cap, all public sector employees need a pay rise. “The care worker hurrying from house to house doesn’t feel overpaid, […]

Raise your voices for public services on Saturday

People’s Assembly-organised march will take place as the Conservative government pledges extra money to Northern Ireland to gain DUP support

Government must scrap the pay cap says UNISON, as survey shows employees are struggling

Staff providing public services are being forced to cut back on groceries, borrow money from friends or family, and even go without meals to feed their children because the government has capped their pay, according to a survey today (Tuesday) from UNISON. The survey is released to coincide with the first day of UNISON’s national […]

General election – three things you can do right now

There’s a lot at stake on 8 June – and here’s how you can get involved

All eyes on the metro mayors

UNISON wants to see public services at the top of the agenda during the metro mayor elections

Brexit must mean real investment in public services says UNISON

Responding to Theresa May’s speech on Brexit, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “People know we’re leaving Europe, but are worried about what Brexit means. “The Prime Minister says she wants to reassure people working in our public services and will protect employment rights that started out in Europe – but without the detail many […]

Public services campaign making its mark, NEC hears

Executive agrees report on campaign speaking up for members and public services ‘in the worst of political circumstances’

UNISON wins Mumsnet

We’re big fans of Mumsnet at UNISON, and following a discussion thread about our public service champions campaign last week, we’re even bigger fans.

Labour must be electable to protect public services and win for working people, says UNISON

Labour can only win for working people and protect public services by being in government — and putting an end to the infighting that has plagued the party in recent months, says UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today (Monday). Speaking in the public services debate at the annual Labour Party conference in Liverpool today (Monday), […]

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 […]

Jobs and services at risk in Hull

UNISON branch warns about future of services as council seeks voluntary redundancies in face of government cuts