old-fashioned tap with water running from it

UNISON calls on water regulator to protect customers and nature

After the water industry made headlines again this week, the union says it should be companies, not customers, footing the bill

Springing a leak

UNISON members explain the crisis that has engulfed Thames Water. Simon Jackson reports

Behind the headlines, Magazine on the Magazine site.
Flood defence works being carried out by the Environment Agency

Environment Agency workers announce industrial action dates

Action short of a strike will begin in December

Vote yes for action in the Environment Agency graphic

Working a day every week for free at the Environment Agency

UNISON members at the agency have seen pay fall since 2011, but now these vital workers are balloting for industrial action – and three explain why they’re voting ‘yes’

Vote yes for action in the Environment Agency graphic

Environment Agency condemned over pay imposition

UNISON slams the move, as the agency also announced worse terms for new employees

Polluted shore line

English water industry needs renationalising, says UNISON

Call comes as the government is forced to back down in row over sewage dumping by water companies

A woman sitting at a dining table looking concerned

‘A kick in the teeth’

There were plenty of plaudits for key workers during the pandemic, but gratitude has not extended to members’ pay packets. And their financial worries are mounting

Behind the headlines, Magazine on the Magazine site.
Single-decker bus in Manchester

Government’s new bus strategy highlights failures of deregulation

The proposals exclude the best solution, which would be to allow local authorities to operate their own services, says UNISON

The unsung key workers

The past 12 months of pandemic would have been very different without UNISON members keeping bus stations open and water in our homes

Behind the headlines, Magazine, UNISON people on the Magazine site.
old-fashioned tap with water running from it

UNISON calls for lockdown halt to non-essential water work

In a letter to the water minister, UNISON says that revised COVID-19 guidance on close contacts means the government should tell the water industry to pause some work.

UNISON sign at the union's centre in London

Get elected – and help UNISON remain relevant and effective in the 2020s

The nomination period is about to open for this year’s service group executive elections

A vote for public services?

What do you think of Labour’s manifesto? Will you be voting to protect public services on 12 December? We’d like to hear your views

Piling on the pressure

Conference calls for support for workers and activists facing mental health issues

Public transport funding at a 30-year low

Merseytravel chair tells conference of problems for sector – and points to the public solutions

From floods to food banks

Environment Agency staff take industrial action after seeing a 20% drop in pay over the last decade