New Year, Same Low Pay

The UNISON New Year begins in spring, with AGM season offering an opportunity to reflect on the previous year. But in many ways, any break is artificial. Many of the battles, concerns and issues that our union holds are long standing; in many places, such as Hampshire Health branch, work begun in 2016 will continue […]

Women pension losers to lobby MPs on International Women’s Day, says UNISON

Women born in the 1950s who lost out on their state pension when the government made retirement age 65 for both men and women are lobbying MPs later today (Wednesday). The changes introduced in 1995 have affected approximately 2.6m women now in their late 50s and early to mid 60s, who’ve had barely any notice […]

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. 1908 Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. From the mid-eighteen hundreds onwards, women’s oppression and inequality was spurring women […]

Women’s History Month: Elizabeth Garret Anderson

In 1860 she resolved to study medicine, an almost unheard-of thing for a woman at that time, and regarded by some as almost indecent. Having obtained some more or less irregular instruction at the Middlesex Hospital, London, she was refused admission as a full student both there and at many other medical schools to which […]

Give all councils greater share of business rates to fund social care, says UNISON

All local authorities in England should be allowed to keep a greater share than they do currently of business rates so they can afford to fund social care properly, says UNISON today (Wednesday). The union is urging the government to grant councils better terms along similar lines to a deal agreed earlier this month with […]

Jo Wagstaffe: Young members active in UNISON

Jo is a young member from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Justice branch. She is a member of the South East Young Members’ Forum and also sits on National Young Members’ Forum.

Dave Prentis tells conference ‘we will campaign against Trump’

Dave Prentis announced UNISON’s official support for Stop Trump UK at the union’s women’s conference in Brighton today, talking about the dangerous times, “times of Brexit and Trump, and the threat to workers’ rights.” But UNISON will always campaign for equality and as part of that, said the union’s general secretary, the union will donate £10,000 to the […]

European citizens to lobby MPs over right to remain in UK post-Brexit

Nurses, social workers and teaching assistants will be among EU citizens who will today (Monday) lobby MPs over their right to remain in the UK. The lobby is aimed at urging the government to guarantee immediately that these citizens will be able to stay post-Brexit. There are more than three million EU citizens living in […]

Big changes at the 2017 Regional Council AGM

Big changes were agreed at the region’s Annual General Meeting on 4 February, which this year took place at Friends House in Euston. Delegates from across the South East came to the AGM to debate policy and the region’s priorities for the year ahead. UNISON members also joined their voices with people around the world in opposition to the policies […]

Care firms shamed are just the tip of the iceberg, says UNISON

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today (Wednesday) named 360 businesses who underpaid 15,520 workers a total of £995,233, with employers in the hairdressing, hospitality and retail sectors the most prolific offenders. As well as recovering arrears for some of the UK’s lowest paid workers, HMRC issued penalties worth around £800,000. For the […]

LGBT History Month: Remembering the gay man who saved 17 million lives

Alan Mathison Turing was a pioneering computer scientist, and he served as a mid-20th century British mathematician, logician, and cryptanalyst who, working during World War II at England’s Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, succeeded with his team of scientists and linguists in cracking the “Enigma code” used by the Nazi command to conduct […]

East Surrey Hospital- Car Parking Charges

As many of you are now aware, the trust decided to increase staff car parking charges at the end of January 2017. UNISON believes that the charge should not be introduced (if at all) until the new financial year in April. This has not been accepted and as such we are consulting your views on […]

One Day Without Us

On Monday February 20, to coincide with UN World Day of Social Justice, a migrant group call “One Day without Us” is inviting for 24 hours migrants from inside and outside the European Union, and everyone who supports them, to celebrate the contribution that migrants make to British Society. They are not asking people to […]

LGBT History Month: 50th Anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act

By Lucy Power, Kent Police and Justice Branch It took almost 500 years from the passing of the buggery act, which made homosexuality punishable by death, to reach partial decriminalisation.  As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, it would serve us well to recognise how far we’ve come, and yet how […]

The government should admit tribunal fees were a mistake, says UNISON

The government’s decision to demand a fee from anyone taking their employer to court was ill-judged, has failed to save the taxpayer money, and prevented thousands of badly treated workers from getting justice, says UNISON. The government’s long-awaited review of the impact of fees has been published, and shows a 70% drop in the number of cases taken […]