Why public service employers should Pay Up Now!

The first two weeks of October saw UNISON branches across the region organise events to promote the work they do locally and to call for an end to the government’s pay cap. This cap means that the average public sector worker has seen a pay increase of just 4.4% between 2010-2016 – in real terms, […]

Cuts to mental health leave staff facing violence and aggression says UNISON

Reduced funding to mental health services across the UK and in the South East is leaving staff vulnerable to violence and aggression from patients, and means they cannot provide the level of care needed, says UNISON. The report, Struggling to Cope, paints a bleak picture of the country’s mental health services – for both staff […]

The timeline of a crime

You call 999, you’re put through to someone, the police arrive. If you’ve ever had to report a crime, those may be the only stages you’re aware of. But behind the scenes a whole machine is working to address the situation, keep you safe and investigate. Though police officers are the face of that machine, […]

Pay cap must be lifted for police staff too, say unions

The government needs to come up with the cash to fund a decent pay rise for police staff this year or jobs and services will be cut, the GMB, UNISON and Unite have warned today (Monday). Police employers have said that without extra money from the Home Office, they are not in a position to make […]

UNISON welcomes West Sussex jobs move

UNISON has welcomed the decision to “insource” admin jobs at the West Sussex multi-agency safeguarding hub that deals with children and young people. Administration at the hub is currently covered by a county council contract with Capita. But now the council says it is bringing the admin jobs under direct management because “vulnerable children are […]

Sign. Share. Scrap.

UNISON’s petition calling on the government to scrap the pay cap is getting close to the 100,000-signature mark. Over 73,000 people have signed the petition on the government website in less than two weeks; if it reaches the 100,000-mark the government will be under significant pressure to debate the issue and scrap the cap. UNISON […]

It is time for real pay rises for all public service workers, says UNISON

Opening the debate on public sector pay today (Monday) at the Labour Party conference 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. “They’ve suffered years of brutal austerity and vicious attacks on public services, overseen […]

New stewards receive a surprise visitor at their training

Newly trained stewards who attended a networking and training event on the 20th September at UNISON Centre were treated to a surprise visitor partway through the morning. The Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, stopped in with Dave Prentis to say hello and talk about the value and importance of stewards. Mr Corbyn spoke […]

UNISON disappointed by pay offer for colleges in England

UNISON has today (Wednesday) expressed disappointment at the pay offer put forward by the Association of Colleges. The union believes the offer of a one per cent increase or £250, whichever is greater, will plunge college staff further into poverty. UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “This offer is hugely disappointing. It will do little […]

UNISON welcomes government’s U-turn on selling off NHS Professionals

The government has announced a U-turn on plans to sell off the publicly owned NHS staffing agency in England, NHS Professionals (NHSP). Over the summer UNISON combined with the We Own It campaign group to petition and lobby MPs, civil servants and the National Audit Office. We undertook this campaign because we believe that NHS Professionals is […]

Heartfelt thanks from Milton Keynes Food Bank and UNISON

A big thank you to everyone at Milton Keynes Area branch who came along to UNISON’s information stall and contributed to the collections for the MK Food Bank during our ‘Bring a can to work’ days on 30th and 31th August. The collection at MK Civic Offices raised over 42kg of food and toiletries whilst […]

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, […]