Raising the State Pension Age

The government announced on 19 July that they are planning to increase the State Pension Age from 67 to 68 for people between the ages of 39 and 46. This is likely to have a direct negative impact on the Local Government Pension Scheme and all other public service schemes. Members in this age group, […]

Pay Up Now: We need all UNISON members involved

It may now be August and summer is well under way, but for our major pay campaign – Pay Up Now – it’s still full steam ahead. We’re fighting for all public sector workers to get the pay rise you need and deserve, so there won’t be any let up in the campaign until the […]

UNISON SE at the National Pensioners Convention Parliament

Sue Pitter, a member of South East Retired Members Committee, attended the NPC Pensioners’ Parliament last month in Blackpool. The Pensioners Parliament this year took a different format, having been scheduled during the hastily called General Election, which perhaps deterred interested parties not booking when the election was in full swing. The Parliament still sold […]

UNISON in Court of Appeal victory over employers who fail to consult unions

UNISON has won a landmark court victory today (Friday) that makes it much harder for employers to ignore staff when making major changes in the workplace. The Court of Appeal ruling means that for the first time employers will be obliged to consult with unions around any workplace issues that affect their members. Until now, […]

Home care: Low paid workers told to wait for back pay

Care workers owed up to six years’ back pay after being paid less than the minimum wage will have to wait until at least October for the money they are owed after a government announcement this week. UNISON Dave Prentis reacted sharply to the government ‘compromise’, calling it “a huge blow for low-paid workers”. The […]

UNISON’s tribunal fee verdict is a victory for everyone in work

UNISON has won a landmark court victory today (Wednesday) against the government, which means that employment tribunal fees will now be scrapped. The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has unanimously ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees four years ago. From today, anyone who has […]

The ABC of helping others

The Basingstoke District LG Branch held “A Bring a Can to work day” on 12th July 2017. This was in conjunction with The Basingstoke Food Bank, which comes under the Trussel Trust umbrella. A representative from the food bank joined UNISON Branch Officers at the event and spoke to staff who generously donated items. Karol […]

Care companies must pay back pay to staff who do sleep-ins, says UNISON

Charities and care companies that have paid staff one-off payments for overnight sleep-ins should not be exempt from paying the national minimum wage, says UNISON. Claims for back pay could cost the sector £400m according to Mencap. UNISON believes care workers should be paid at least the minimum wage for work they have already done […]

Help stop the sale of NHS Professionals

The government has announced plans to sell of 75% of NHS Professionals, the publicly owned NHS staffing agency, and UNISON is urging members and branches to support the campaign to stop the sale, which is being organised by the We Own It campaign group. You can help the campaign by signing the petition against the […]

Not just remembering our roots: Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival 2017

Every third weekend in July is Tolpudde Martyrs Festival. Tolpuddle, a sleepy village in Dorset, was the site of one of the most celebrated victories of the 19th century trade union movement. When farm labours from the village formed a union, they were charged with swearing an illegal oath and transported to Australia. But following […]

Unions submit pay claim on behalf of over 30,000 police staff

The UK’s three largest unions have submitted a pay claim on behalf of the 32,000 police staff they represent in England and Wales. UNISON, UNITE and GMB have put in a claim for a 5% or £1,000 increase – whichever is greater – for all police staff. It also includes a 5% increase to the […]

UNISON Sounds Warning Over Council Change Programme

UNISON representatives from Central and East Berkshire branch attended Wokingham Borough Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 11 July to raise concerns about the Council’s 21st Century Change Programme. The 21st Century Change Programme aims to modernise the way services are delivered, improve customer service and deliver savings of over £4m with a reduction of […]

Proud to be in UNISON: Delegates talk about NDC 2017

National Delegate Conference (NDC17) is UNISON’s annual ‘parliament,’ bringing together delegates from across the union to decide the union’s policies and priorities. For delegates across UNISON, it is a chance to meet like minded reps and debate the issues that matter, to get a greater understanding of the work we do and a sense of […]

Surrey Heartlands devolution plans must not be rushed through, says UNISON

Surrey Heartlands must consult openly with the public and staff over their plans to reform health and social care services, says UNISON. The NHS and council leaders in Surrey last month signed a pledge towards a health devolution deal – the second in the country of its kind after Greater Manchester. The agreement will involve greater accountability locally over how […]

Marching to end austerity

On 1 July 2017 UNISON members from across the South East – cooks, cleaners, carers, nurses, teaching assistants, housing officers, hospital porters, and many more – joined tens of thousands of others in a call to end austerity. UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis spoke to us about why he was so passionate about supporting the […]