UNISON’s tribunal fee verdict is a victory for everyone in work

UNISON has won a landmark court victory today (Wednesday) against the government, which means that employment tribunal fees will now be scrapped. The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has unanimously ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees four years ago. From today, anyone who has […]

The ABC of helping others

The Basingstoke District LG Branch held “A Bring a Can to work day” on 12th July 2017. This was in conjunction with The Basingstoke Food Bank, which comes under the Trussel Trust umbrella. A representative from the food bank joined UNISON Branch Officers at the event and spoke to staff who generously donated items. Karol […]

Care companies must pay back pay to staff who do sleep-ins, says UNISON

Charities and care companies that have paid staff one-off payments for overnight sleep-ins should not be exempt from paying the national minimum wage, says UNISON. Claims for back pay could cost the sector £400m according to Mencap. UNISON believes care workers should be paid at least the minimum wage for work they have already done […]

Help stop the sale of NHS Professionals

The government has announced plans to sell of 75% of NHS Professionals, the publicly owned NHS staffing agency, and UNISON is urging members and branches to support the campaign to stop the sale, which is being organised by the We Own It campaign group. You can help the campaign by signing the petition against the […]

Not just remembering our roots: Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival 2017

Every third weekend in July is Tolpudde Martyrs Festival. Tolpuddle, a sleepy village in Dorset, was the site of one of the most celebrated victories of the 19th century trade union movement. When farm labours from the village formed a union, they were charged with swearing an illegal oath and transported to Australia. But following […]

Unions submit pay claim on behalf of over 30,000 police staff

The UK’s three largest unions have submitted a pay claim on behalf of the 32,000 police staff they represent in England and Wales. UNISON, UNITE and GMB have put in a claim for a 5% or £1,000 increase – whichever is greater – for all police staff. It also includes a 5% increase to the […]

UNISON Sounds Warning Over Council Change Programme

UNISON representatives from Central and East Berkshire branch attended Wokingham Borough Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 11 July to raise concerns about the Council’s 21st Century Change Programme. The 21st Century Change Programme aims to modernise the way services are delivered, improve customer service and deliver savings of over £4m with a reduction of […]

Proud to be in UNISON: Delegates talk about NDC 2017

National Delegate Conference (NDC17) is UNISON’s annual ‘parliament,’ bringing together delegates from across the union to decide the union’s policies and priorities. For delegates across UNISON, it is a chance to meet like minded reps and debate the issues that matter, to get a greater understanding of the work we do and a sense of […]

Surrey Heartlands devolution plans must not be rushed through, says UNISON

Surrey Heartlands must consult openly with the public and staff over their plans to reform health and social care services, says UNISON. The NHS and council leaders in Surrey last month signed a pledge towards a health devolution deal – the second in the country of its kind after Greater Manchester. The agreement will involve greater accountability locally over how […]

Marching to end austerity

On 1 July 2017 UNISON members from across the South East – cooks, cleaners, carers, nurses, teaching assistants, housing officers, hospital porters, and many more – joined tens of thousands of others in a call to end austerity. UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis spoke to us about why he was so passionate about supporting the […]

Union gears up for a summer of campaigning

UNISON’s new national executive council lost no time in outlining plans for a hot summer of campaigning when it held its first business meeting in London today. General secretary Dave Prentis reminded the meeting that public services and public-service workers  are in the limelight. He noted “all the accounts on TV about how public service […]

The Big NHS Birthday Bash!

The NHS is 69 years old this week, but with a number of threats – budget cuts, increasing numbers of clinical vacancies, and privatisation – the NHS as we know it is in danger of not making it to 70. By far the biggest threat to our NHS are Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). Find […]

Raise your voices for public services on Saturday

General secretary Dave Prentis is urging as many UNISON members as possible to join the national demonstration in London this Saturday, 1 July, against Theresa May’s government. Organised by the the People’s Assembly, hundreds of thousands are expected to take to the streets to call for an end to the government’s ongoing austerity agenda and […]

Remarkable progress for the Labour Party across the South East

Commenting today (Thursday) on the results of the 2017 general election, UNISON South East regional secretary Maggi Ferncombe said:   “The result of the general election shows remarkable progress for the Labour Party across the South East.   “On Thursday last week, the number of seats held by Labour doubled. At the same time, the winning majorities […]

Unions call for a long overdue pay rise for hard-pressed council employees

Three unions representing more than 1.6 million local government employees in schools and councils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have submitted a pay claim that attempts to narrow the growing gap between declining wages and the rising cost of living. The claim for the year from next April seeks to move the lowest paid […]