School dinner ladies win a living wage

Hundreds of the lowest-paid workers in school kitchens across the north London borough of Camden will be paid an extra £2.55 an hour, following a four-month UNISON-led campaign. Around 300 dinner ladies at 51 schools will be paid the London Living Wage of £9.15 from September, thanks to the campaign which saw Camden Council and […]

Council fined for putting employees at asbestos risk

Waltham Forest council has been fined for failing to manage asbestos and exposing employees and contractors to the potentially lethal substance. The hazardous material was identified in a survey commissioned by the council in 2002. But Southwark Crown Court found it failed to take adequate action to act on the findings and put effective controls in […]

UNISON members at London Met set to strike over job cuts

More than 250 UNISON members working at London Metropolitan University are set to take part in a one-day strike this Thursday after the university’s continuing financial issues have left many facing the threat of redundancy. They will be joined by members of UCU, who will be taking a second day of strike action. Course administrators and […]

Filipino nurses call for apology

Filipino nurses – including many UNISON members – protested outside the offices of the Daily Mail at the weekend to demand an apology over its Why are the NHS still hiring Filipino nurses? article in the wake of the Victoriano Chua murder conviction. He was convicted of murdering two patients and poisoning 18 others, and […]

Barnet members stage second strike

UNISON members working for Barnet council in north London started their second 48-hour strike against outsourcing today. The dispute involves coach escorts, drivers, social workers, occupational therapists, schools catering staff, education welfare officers, library workers, children centre workers, street cleaning and refuse workers, who still work for the council and have made it clear that […]

London Labour Link consultation – Selection of Labour’s Mayoral candidate

Following the recent General Election the focus will now turn to the 2016 Mayoral and GLA elections. The first stage in this process is for Labour to select a candidate to stand for election as London Mayor.  UNISON is eligible to make a nomination and is seeking the views of APF payers. In accordance with […]

UNISON calls for action as newspaper reveals scale of London ‘social cleansing’

UNISON is calling for action to help people in rented accommodation, as research reveals the scale of the impact of welfare reforms and rising rents on those in London in particular. The Independent has published research showing that these things have made it harder for those on low incomes to afford housing in London – […]

Barnet Council workers on strike over outsourcing threat

Over 600 UNISON members working for Barnet Council are in the middle of a 48-hour strike in an increasingly bitter row over the outsourcing of local council services. Child social workers, staff in stand-alone children’s centres, together with those working in libraries, refuse collection, street cleaning and school meals are among those who walked out on yesterday […]

Help choose the Labour London mayoral candidate

London Labour will select their candidate for London Mayor in July. Anyone who supports Labour’s aims and values is entitled to vote in the selection process. UNISON is encouraging all members who are Labour supporters – you don’t have to be a Labour Party member – to register as a UNISON Labour affiliated supporter which […]

Camden Council adopts Ethical Care Charter

Camden council in north London is the latest local authority to adopt UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter. The move will help both the people in the borough who receive home care services as well as the 860-strong home care workforce. The charter sets minimum standards to protect the dignity and quality of life for people who […]