On 17 October UNISON members travlelled to Westminster to make their voices heard.
November is young workers’ month! We will be aiming to raise the profile of young workers and young UNISON members by recruiting and organising them to help us win better working conditions and build an even stronger union.
In July 2017, the Department published four research reports relating to SEND. Three of these come from the DfE-funded ‘What Works’ project, which looked at SEN support for pupils in mainstream schools and colleges. The fourth looks at the wellbeing of secondary school pupils with SEN. The reports can be downloaded at the links below: […]
School Funding England The Department for Education (DfE) has announced the outcome of their consultation of the future of school funding in England. There are some significant changes from the original proposals announced earlier in the year. They have stated that there will be an additional £1.3 billion pounds for school funding over the next […]
The Abortion Act became law 50 years ago this week on 27 October 1967
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, […]
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 […]
You call 999, you’re put through to someone, the police arrive… But of course, it’s never as simple as that. UNISON members at Leicestershire Police take us behind the scenes
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 […]
Council brings safeguarding jobs back in house, citing fears that children are at risk because privatised contract delivers too few assessments
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]