Covid inquiry needed to ​learn lessons and prevent ​future worker ​deaths

On the anniversary of the first UK lockdown, the UK’s largest union calls for a full public inquiry into the response to the Covid-19 pandemic

More support needed for Slough Borough Council, says UNISON

Ministers need to urgently agree a package of support for Slough and all local authorities

An early wage rise for health workers in the South East would improve morale

UNISON is again calling for an early and significant wage increase for all NHS workers of at least £2,000

Pay rise immediately would reassure undervalued staff to stay in NHS

Government’s approach to NHS pay is forcing workers to question their future

Opening nurseries to all is a threat to safety, says UNISON

Ministers must reverse the decision to keep early-years establishments open​ to all children if infection rates ​are to fall and staff ​be better protected, says UNISON today (Wednesday). Only vulnerable children and those of key workers should be allowed to attend nurseries during the pandemic, as is the case ​with primary and secondary schools, says UNISON. Nursery staff are […]

In a year like no other, thank you!

South East regional secretary Steve Torrance gives his thanks to everyone working over Christmas and the reps who’ve supported UNISON members in 2020

Care workers in the South East  still not getting regular Covid tests, says UNISON

Care home staff in the South East are still not receiving weekly Covid tests despite government promises, according to a survey published by UNISON.      ​Almost one in ten (8%) ​of employees in residential care, who look after people aged over 65 and those with dementia, say they’ve not had regular swab checks.       This fails to fulfil a government pledge that these staff would be tested every seven days for the virus.      […]

‘One job’ rule without pay pledge could plunge care staff into poverty

Government must guarantee staff can work additional hours or get compensation for lost wages

Divide and rule won’t help the economic recovery, says UNISON 

Chancellor’s plan is austerity plain and simple

Pay restraint is a ‘slap in the face’ for everyone that made sacrifices in the pandemic

Staff need pay rise to maintain morale, says UNISON

Cummings and goings

In normal circumstances, the political turmoil of a government and their advisors would not be ‘breaking news’, and I wouldn’t feel any compulsion to discuss it. Not so the case of Dominic Cummings. There has never been a more divisive special adviser to the Prime Minister than him.  From the lies that helped achieve the ‘leave’ vote in the 2016 EU referendum, to flouting the Covid national lockdown rules set by […]

Asked to give so much, on behalf of so many

As we head into the second lockdown, I have nothing but admiration and absolute pride in UNISON members

During the biggest economic and employment crisis in a generation, we must save union learning

With redundancies rising, the need to retrain and upskill has never been greater

Surviving the pandemic and shielding my family

We meet Georgie, a 27 year old Support Worker who had to move out of her home to protect her family during the first wave of the pandemic

Covid vaccine roll-out must not involve private firms

There must be no repeat of test and trace foul-ups