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Out-of-pocket workers to take on outsourcing giant in legal battle

Workers should not be saddled with debt for years because of the blunders of a company A major outsourcing firm is facing legal action after a contract change left some low-waged staff unable to pay their bills, says UNISON. More than 260 hospital and school workers across the country are taking ISS to an employment tribunal […]

We can’t let no-deal Brexit wreck our NHS

On staffing, on medicine and even on food, the NHS risks being pushed off the cliff edge – we can’t let Boris Johnson’s no-deal wreck it. Parliament has spoken out loudly and clearly against a disastrous no-deal Brexit, yet Boris Johnson and his government still appear determined to crash the UK out of the EU […]

Safe Staffing Saves Lives

Two of the UK’s four countries, Scotland and Wales, have now passed laws covering staffing levels in the health service. In 2016 Wales became not only the first country in UK to introduce safe staffing law but also in Europe. Under its law, adult acute medical and surgical wards are required to use a particular […]

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, […]

London march to save the arts and libraries

Hundreds of people will march from the British Library to Parliament Square on Saturday 3 November to call for an end to the cuts hitting the arts and libraries across the country. Members of UNISON, along with those from PCS and UNITE, will march past cultural landmarks in the capital in support of libraries and […]

National Disabled Members Conference report

National Disabled Members Conference 2018 was held this year in Brighton, 27th – 29th October. 34 motions were debated and voted on, covering a wide range of topics. Democracy in action. 4 Workshops on Saturday covered: Brexit and disabled people’s rights Bargaining for disability rights in the workplace Campaigning against PIP and Universal Credit Disabled […]