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Our NHS at 70 – time to celebrate and defend

Birthdays are special. This year the NHS is 70 years old and we think that’s something worth celebrating. We are celebrating the anniversary of the creation of the NHS, the single most loved organisation in the UK and the envy of nations around the world. We are also celebrating the staff who work for the […]

‘Reckless, hubris, greedy’ – the sorry tale of Carillion’s collapse

Carillion directors have today been slammed by MPs for a culture of ‘Recklessness, hubris and greed’. UNISON South East Regional Secretary Steve Torrance was highly critical of the culture which led to the collapse of Carillion saying: “It will come as no surprise to UNISON members that Carillion has been so heavily criticised today. Our members […]

Feeding fat cats – the government wants to penalise the innocent

The government has recently introduced a Civil Liability Bill into parliament which will deny access to justice to hundreds of thousands of people injured at work or on the roads every year. Currently, anyone who is injured in a workplace accident or on the road can claim back the cost of getting legal help to […]

Remembering Stephen Lawrence

It is widely regarded that the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the subsequent family oriented campaign triggered a sea change in attitudes over race in the UK. Sir William Macpherson’s Inquiry examined the circumstances of Stephen’s murder, on April 22 1993, as well as the litany of police failures, and took credit for overhauling Britain’s […]

UNISON steps up for public services

We came in tens of thousands, UNISON members from all across the country, to defy the wet weather and step up for public services as part of the national TUC march and rally on 12 May. UNISON South East members were out in force, joined by a samba band, a giant flag, maracas and vuvuzelas, […]

School Support Staff Seminar a roaring success

On 24 April, well over a hundred UNISON activists from across Britain came together in Brighton for a terrific day that not even the persistent drizzle could spoil. The Schools Support Staff Seminar is a mixture of workshops and talks, with this year’s special guest being Angela Rayner, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education: […]

Multi-Academy Trust Schools Slammed by MP’s

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has issued a damning report on the issue of Multi-Academy Trust schools (MATs). The report – produced by a cross section of MPs – is highly critical of the MATs model, particularly in regard to the ‘unjustifiably high salaries’ of many senior staff. More than 100 trustees currently earn salaries […]

Your School In Focus: Wallace Fields Infant

Welcome to our new regular column where we’ll be interviewing members from schools across the South East to find out more about you and where you work. If you’d like to be featured in a future edition, drop me a line at p.young@unison.co.uk. 1. Name: Karen Lyons 2. How long have you worked in your […]

Southampton City Council Commits to UNISON Care Charter

The council’s Labour team pledge to sign UNISON’s Ethical and residential care charters on May 7th Announcement made in Labour’s manifesto pledges for upcoming election Council will be first in country to sign up to Residential Care Charter   Southampton City Council will join local authorities nationwide in signing up to UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter, […]

Bringing UNISON’s Pay Up Now! message into the birthplace of our democracy

They came to call for a decent pay rise for public service workers, a minimum wage of £10 per hour for all, and an end to cuts and austerity. Coordinated by Surrey County branch, on 7 April 2018, UNISON members and supporters marched and rallied in Runnymede: the constituency of Chancellor Philip Hammond and the […]

Surrey schools in danger of closure

There’s worrying news for staff, parents and pupils at schools in Godalming and Ripley in Surrey as two primary schools remain in danger of closure. Green Oak Primary and Ripley CofE were mandated to become academies by the Department for Education after failing their respective Ofsted reports, but at the time of writing, there are […]

External Women’s History Events

There are a number of events and exhibitions being run by external organisations to celebrate Women’s History Month in 2018. Here’s a selection which you may be interested in with links to find out more. Information about the various talks and guided tours around Westminster throughout the year to celebrate 100 Years of the Vote […]

Guest blog from Women’s Committee chair Serena Powis

Learning to ride a motorcycle was probably the best decision I ever made – it has taken me all over Europe and allowed me to make friends all over the world. Choosing Moto Guzzi as my preferred ride and joining the Moto Guzzi Club of Great Britain put the icing on my motorcycling cake – […]

There for You needs you!

Apply now to be a trustee of UNISON’s own charity. Being a trustee of There for you (working name of UNISON Welfare) is a challenging but highly rewarding role. Trustees are responsible for directing the charity in line with our mission and ensuring the organisation is managed effectively. We are now looking for members with […]

UNISON Southampton District branch tackles violence in schools

In early 2017, Southampton District branch employed Ben Martin as an organiser to work in schools and the care sector. This is a guest blog from Ben about how his project is progressing and how the branch has worked to tackle the issue of staff facing violence in schools. In early spring 2017, I started […]