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 Turing] was and is a hero of all time…a man who is a gay icon, who didn’t deny his nature, his being, and for that he suffered. … This is a story that celebrates him, that celebrates outsiders; it celebrates anybody who’s ever felt different and ostracized and ever suffered prejudice.”

East Surrey Hospital- Car Parking Charges

UNISON believes introducing the increase in charges with such a short notice period does not give members and staff ample time to prepare for such a rise.

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

“I ask those [homosexuals] to show their thanks by comporting themselves quietly… any form of public flaunting would be utterly distasteful… [And] make the sponsors of this bill regret that they had done what they had done” – Lord Arran (quoted during Royal Assent of the bill by The Times newspaper on 28 July 1967)

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 […]

Support EU citizens’ right to remain day of action

Join UNISON, in co-ordination with the New Europeans and the3million’s in the EU Right to Remain day of action.

UNISON South East 2016 Annual Report

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.

LGBT History Month: Lesbians and Gays support the miners

As featured in the film Pride (2014)

LGBT History Month 2017

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 […]

Why I became active – Emma (ITE Senior Administrator)

Why did you become a steward? What made you take this step? I became a steward out of frustration! I walked into a UNISON meeting in our workplace (arranged by a local organiser), I was a little late following a disagreement with my line manager; the organiser turned to me as I walked through the door and […]

Why I became active – Chris

Why did you become a steward? What made you take this step?  As soon as I became a member I asked other members if I could become a steward and they all said this was great as we’ve not had one for nearly a decade and It would be great as being so far away from [the […]

How safe is the staffing in your hospital?

UNISON will run its sixth annual safe NHS staffing levels survey on 7 February and is asking all members in the nursing family to take part

Patients’ lives at risk over ambulance call-outs, warns UNISON

Ambulance crews are having to ignore call-outs for heart-attack and stroke patients because emergency vehicles are too busy queuing outside a Portsmouth hospital, UNISON said. Fifty people including seriously ill patients were left without an ambulance on Monday 2 January this year despite calling South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), according to new data. The figures […]

End-of-year accounts for 2016 – branch audits

Information for honorary branch auditors from UNISON head of audit John Nagle