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UNISON urges the government to show compassion and accept more refugees

Dave Prentis, UNISON’s General Secretary has condemned the government’s insensitive attitude towards the refugee crisis in Europe and called on members to contact their MPs* to put more pressure on ministers to ensure that the UK does everything possible to help the thousands of families fleeing the violence in the Middle East and Africa. Speaking […]

Probation staff to take further strike action over pay

UNISON members working for the NPS (National Probation Service) and CRCs (Community Rehabilitation Companies) will be going out on second strike over pay for three hours on Monday 14 September. The strike will be followed by 2 ½ weeks of action short of strike with members working strictly to their contracted hours. The first UNISON […]

The right to strike is under threat. Here’s a quick video explaining why…

In a nutshell, the government’s Trade Union Bill would mean: employers were able to use agency temps to replace striking workers restrictions on pickets and protests that threaten freedom of speech attacks on union reps in the public sector more unnecessary red tape, tying up unions. Taken together, these will undermine our basic right to […]

Why you should reject the Further Education pay “offer”

Five reasons to reject the 0% “offer” Pay restraint hasn’t applied equally to all. The gap between high and low pay is rising.  The number of staff earning more than £100,000 has increased with some college principals earning footballer wages while the pay bill is shrinking. Work on the Living Wage has been sabotaged by employers […]

The Tory Trade Union Bill – Let us know what you think of it

The government’s latest attempt to prevent workers from campaigning for better pay and working conditions is set out in the recently published Trade Union Bill. Here are some of the things it will do: Impose such high turn out levels for strike ballots that if they were applied to elections would see most MPs not being […]

UNISON in schools – what we do and how to get involved

UNISON is the largest union for school support staff and local UNISON branches have been very busy this year, working hard to support members on a wide range of issues in the hundreds of schools, most of which are no longer local authority controlled.  UNISON has been supporting members involved in TUPE transfers, reorganisations as […]

Staffing numbers not unsocial hours payments are the real barrier to a seven-day NHS

A recent report has concluded that the cost of unsocial hours allowances is not a barrier to the introduction of a seven-day NHS, despite claims to the contrary by Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health) and the NHS Employers. The report from the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) and the Office of Manpower Economics […]

Beds Police branch condemns plans to close control room

Bedfordshire Police branch has condemned the decision to close the control room at Kempston next March. The closure will mean that all 999 and 101 calls made in Bedfordshire will be handled by staff in either Welwyn Garden City or Huntingdon. The branch is arguing that people in Bedfordshire will be best served by local staff and […]

Roger Poole obituary – A trade unionist with a reputation as a hugely constructive negotiator

The Guardian has published an obituary of Roger Poole, former UNISON Assistant General Secretary who died on 3 July. Described by Dave Prentis as “always a dedicated and feisty trade unionist”, Roger worked in NUPE from 1971 and then in UNISON until his early retirement.  Many people will remember his fine negotiating skills, not least […]

Benefits and ballots – Government puts the boot into workers’ rights

Not content with cutting in-work benefits for low paid workers the government has announced plans to make striking for higher pay even more difficult than it already is, if not completely impossible. The Institute for Fiscal Studies says that families with young children could be up to £1,000 a year worse off because of the […]

Injury compensation awards top £2 million in June

An injury at work can be a life-changing event and all too often can have serious financial consequences.  While financial compensation can never put right the effects of an injury at work it can assist in helping you adjust to your new situation.  As a UNISON member you are entitled to free legal advice and […]

Probation pay update – two hour strike on 14 July

UNISON will be calling all NPS and CRC members to take a two hour strike on Tuesday 14 July from 08.00 to 10.00 in support of the campaign for fair pay for all probation workers. All members are asked to observe the strike by not reporting for work until 10am on 14 July. Members in NPS and […]

National Probation Service members to switch subs payment to direct debit

As part of the Tory’s attacks on trade union organisation the Ministry of Justice has decided to stop UNISON members in the National Probation Service (NPS) from paying their monthly membership subscriptions from their salaries. UNISON is advising NPS members to set up payment by direct debit as soon as possible to ensure they remain fully […]

Probation industrial action called off to allow for further talks

UNISON’s Probation Committee has agreed to suspend the strike called for Thursday 11 June, and the action short of strike action due to have started on Friday 12 June, in order to allow further talks to take place to seek to resolve the 2014 pay dispute. This follows discussions with the employers at ACAS, the […]

Ambulance crews predict deaths and drug errors if excessive working hours aren’t ended

The East of England Ambulance branch have produced a shocking film exposing the dangers to staff and patients caused by ambulance crews being required to regularly work excessive hours. In the film paramedics talk about their fears of falling asleep at the wheel, making a drug error or having a road accident. Because crews are required […]