UNISON welcomes new Labour leader and deputy

Commenting on the election today (Saturday) of Keir Starmer as leader of the Labour Party and Angela Rayner as its deputy, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:   “I’m so pleased Keir has been elected. He now has a clear mandate to lead Labour at this difficult time for our country. The qualities Keir embodies – public […]

Testing increase welcome, but government must be careful not to overpromise, says UNISON

Staff want to be tested but ministers must be realistic about what is possible. Commenting on the announcement by health secretary Matt Hancock today (Thursday) that the government is aiming to conduct 100,000 tests by the end of April, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Testing is key in the fight against the virus. It’s clear the […]

University agrees pay for zero-hours staff

Union pressure at City, University of London, helps protect incomes of outsourced catering staff UNISON has welcomed a move by City University – part of the University of London – instructing contracting-out firm Sodexo to pay catering staff on zero hours contracts while City’s campuses are closed for the weeks they would normally have expected […]

Care workers put at risk by lack of face masks and basic safety kit, says UNISON

Coordinated response needed to protect anxious staff  Social care workers across the country are at breaking point with many being given just plastic aprons and gloves to protect against coronavirus as they support the vulnerable and elderly, says UNISON today (Tuesday).   Care workers say some managers are either refusing to issue face masks or […]

Don’t forget to thank school support staff too, says UNISON

Tuesday 31 March 2020 Don’t forget to thank school support staff too, says UNISON The hard work of thousands of school support staff providing emergency care for key workers’ children countrywide appears to have been ignored by the government, says UNISON today (Tuesday). Education secretary Gavin Williamson has written to school leaders expressing his ‘deepest […]

UNISON postpones annual conference

The union’s annual delegate conference – together with local government, water, environment and transport, and energy conferences – won’t now happen in June as UNISON members and activists are on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis. UNISON’s annual national delegate conference (NDC), due to take place in Brighton in June, has been postponed because of […]

UNISON suspends strike action in light of Coronavirus

Tower Hamlets UNISON has suspended strike action planned tomorrow (24th March) in light of the public health emergency caused by the Coronavirus, and urges Tower Hamlets council to meet half way to end the dispute. The dispute is over council plans to sack and offer re-engagement on a disputed new contract called ‘Tower Rewards’ to […]

Coronavirus: your rights at work

Updated: 18 March 2020 at 11:50 am As the COVID-19 virus spreads, find out what your rights at work are if taking sick leave or self-isolating. Contact UNISON We have received an increasing number of enquiries on what employers – and members – should do to minimise the risk of infection at this worrying time. […]

Covid-19: Advice for branches

As you know we are in unprecedented times and the impact the Coronavirus is having on members, their families and on the services they provide is changing daily. Most universities have now moved to online lectures and tutor sessions, most councils are asking staff to work from home where they can, except for essential services […]

LGBT+ Parliamentary Event

On 25 February the Regional LGBT+ Committee were hosted by Wes Streeting MP in the Old Shadow Cabinet Room at the Palace of Westminster. This event was to celebrate LGBT History Month, and the committee were joined by Labour MPs who used the opportunity to show their support to the LGBT+ community. Wes Streeting MP […]