Raise your voices for public services on Saturday

General secretary Dave Prentis is urging as many UNISON members as possible to join the national demonstration in London this Saturday, 1 July, against Theresa May’s government. Organised by the the People’s Assembly, hundreds of thousands are expected to take to the streets to call for an end to the government’s ongoing austerity agenda and […]

Remarkable progress for the Labour Party across the South East

Commenting today (Thursday) on the results of the 2017 general election, UNISON South East regional secretary Maggi Ferncombe said:   “The result of the general election shows remarkable progress for the Labour Party across the South East.   “On Thursday last week, the number of seats held by Labour doubled. At the same time, the winning majorities […]

Unions call for a long overdue pay rise for hard-pressed council employees

Three unions representing more than 1.6 million local government employees in schools and councils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have submitted a pay claim that attempts to narrow the growing gap between declining wages and the rising cost of living. The claim for the year from next April seeks to move the lowest paid […]

NHS Sites For Sale In Your Area

The government has announced that it intends to implement the provisions of the Naylor Report.  This was commissioned by Jeremy Hunt to look into NHS Property and Estates and means the next stage of the great NHS Sell Off will result in the sale of the actual bricks and mortar of our NHS. The Report […]

Meet Frimley Health UNISON Steward and Branch Secretary – Deborah Foster

How long have you been a member of UNISON? “I’ve been a member for 13 years.” How long have you been a steward? “About 5 years.” Why did you become a steward? What made you take this step? “I had a bad experience at work after coming back from long term sick leave and didn’t […]

Meet Andover, Basingstoke & Winchester Branch Secretary & Steward – Marion Meredith

How long have you been a member of UNISON? “I’ve been a member for over 14 years, nearly as long as I’ve been with the TRUST.” How long have you been a steward? “About 7 years.” Why did you become a steward? What made you take this step? “I was asked to be a steward and […]

South East Region LGBT affiliates to ILGA Europe

The South East Region LGBT Group met on Saturday 20th May at UNISON Centre in London. Dr Jasna Magic from ILGA – Europe spoke about the challenges facing many LGBT people across Europe including the appalling situation facing LGBT people in Chechnya. ILGA-Europe – the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and […]

Worried about the costs of sending children to school?

As we move into summer, the new school year starts to loom, and with it, worries over the cost of new school uniforms – but UNISON can help. If you’re a member and need help with the costs of new school uniforms, you can apply for a grant from our welfare arm There for You […]

UNISON response to Manchester Arena atrocity

Responding to the terror attack at Manchester Arena, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This was a despicable act designed to cause maximum pain and suffering. It’s barbaric beyond words that this happened at a concert attended by so many children and young people. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected including the […]

TUC photography project

The TUC will be re-branding in the autumn and the new brand is set to be unveiled at the TUC Congress A part of this project is to build a library of photos of workers in their workplaces – not single individuals, but duos, trios or groups. Can you help – would your workplace like to […]

New staff agreement at the UK’s largest housing association

An agreement has been signed by Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest housing association and UNISON, the UK’s largest union. It will allow the union to negotiate over pay and other benefits on behalf of staff. The agreement, which was signed by UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis and Clarion chief executive officer Keith Exford, will […]

Thompsons’ Solicitors- Workers’ Memorial Day Photography Competition

Thompsons have launched a campaign to highlight the importance of health and safety in the workplace through a photography competition. The competition will be open to all with entrants being asked to submit a photograph which shows the human side of why health and safety is important. Thompsons’ want to encourage members to submit photos that illustrate […]

UNISON launches ad campaign to promote public services champions

UNISON has today (Wednesday) launched an advertising campaign to show the positive impact of public sector workers, while also highlighting their struggles as a result of cuts to public spending. The campaign, called Public Service Champions, was developed by the Good Agency and is made of a series of six adverts showing an employee and […]

UNISON responds to Labour’s pledge for NHS staff

Responding to Labour’s NHS election pledge, to be announced by shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth today in Liverpool -at UNISON’s annual health conference – UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “NHS staff give one hundred per cent day in, day out with many doing life-saving work. Yet they’re struggling to get by on below-inflation wages. “Lifting the […]

Hospital staff paying ‘extortionate’ charges to park at work, says UNISON

Some hospitals are charging NHS staff, including low-waged nurses and porters, ‘extortionate’ fees of nearly £100 a month to park, says UNISON today (Wednesday). The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the top chargers with full-time staff paying £85.38 a month to park at the Royal Free Hospital site. Others include the […]