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 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 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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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’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 […]
On Monday 20 February, UNISON members can meet their MP and ask them to support the following pledge: “I call on Theresa May to guarantee unilaterally the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.” To register: Step 1 – Register to attend the mass lobby on Eventbrite Step 2 – Once you have registered […]
Ahead of the 2017 Regional Council AGM on Saturday 4 February, the region has published it’s 2016 Annual Report. Click the image below to read the full report.
Gethin Roberts spoke at the South East LGBT AGM, following the release of the film Pride, in which his character featured. The film explores the events following the 1984 Lesbian and Gay march, in which money and awareness was raised to support the miners in the UK. The film follows the relationship that developed between […]
LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. Currently, LGBT History Month is a month-long celebration that is specific to the United States and the United Kingdom. LGBT History Month was initiated in the UK by Sue […]