Birkbeck cleaners win fight to be directly employed

Successful campaign follows others at universities in London Cleaning staff at Birkbeck, University of London have won their long-running struggle to have their jobs transferred back in-house. Yesterday was their first day of direct employment since the service was outsourced in the late 1990s. The workers will benefit from improved conditions, plus access to the […]

Low-paid UCL workers celebrate UNISON-brokered pay deal

Pay, pension and holiday rights to be upgraded Hundreds of outsourced UCL staff are celebrating after UNISON secured the same pay, pension and annual leave rights as directly employed workers doing the same jobs. From 1 December 2019 – as part of a phased retreat by UCL – porters, security and catering workers will receive […]

Health Training Conference 2019

On Friday 4th October the London region hosted the 16th Annual Health Training Conference, with over 200 delegates from health branches attending. There was a varied agenda, with speakers from Westminster council’s Integrated Gangs unit and Redthread to name but a few. (L-R) Lib Peck GLA, John Poyton CEO Redthread, Dorcas Gatwa Westminster Council’s IGU, […]

Unison Working for Library Workers in Hounslow

Unison were proud to join library workers at their staff seminar in Hounslow House, on Thursday 17th. Hounslow Unison Libraries Convenor James Marshall, and Local Organiser Ellen Murphy, spent the morning talking to Library staff about the challenges facing them with reduced staff numbers and the outsourcing of library services happening around the country, particularly […]

In Pictures: UNISON Green Week in Greater London Region

This year the union launched it’s first ever Green Week, with branches across the UK organising a week of activities calling for urgent action to tackle climate change. Here’s some pictures of what happened in the region: Students at Kings University showing their solidarity for the Climate strikers Students at City University Students at Greenwich […]

UNISON joins Mayor of London to launch London’s Good Work Standard

UNISON Greater London joined the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to launch the Good Work Standard at City Hall today. Speaking at the launch Maggi Ferncombe, Regional Secretary said: ‘UNISON is extremely proud to have worked with the Mayor on this initiative. I’m also very proud to be addressing you as a Londoner, who lives […]

REMINDER: Care Workers Seminar, Friday 5 July 2019

UNISON is holding a social care seminar for members from across the UK on Friday 5 July 2019 at the UNISON Centre in London. UNISON members delivering frontline services across the whole range of adult social care settings are invited to attend. The seminar is open to all social care members whether they work for […]

Working for UNISON – Open Taster Session

Venue: Student Central – Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY Date: Thursday 16 May 2019, 10am – 1pm Are you interested in working for a trade union? Ever wondered what the different employed roles are? Want to take a stand and make a difference for workers in the Public Sector? UNISON is the UK’s largest Trade Union with […]

Government should abandon £30,000 as a marker for ‘skilled’ work, says UNISON

Responding to the Immigration White Paper published today (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The home secretary doesn’t need to consult on his wrong-headed £30,000 salary threshold, he should abandon it. “Many of the staff who’ve come to the UK from across the world to keep our hospitals and care homes going earn much […]

UNISON celebrates becoming UK’s biggest union

Mark Thomas / UNISON UNISON is marking becoming the UK’s biggest union by launching a month of recruitment activity today (Tuesday 6 November) to reach out to every worker in the country providing public services. The union now has more than 1.3 million people in its membership who work in education, local government, the NHS, […]