Press releases

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 […]

Staff vote to strike after threat to change work contracts, says UNISON

Thousands of Tower Hamlets Council staff have voted to take industrial action to stop managers forcing through contract changes, says UNISON today (Tuesday). Council employees decided overwhelmingly to walk out over changes due to take effect in mid-April. UNISON is now working with staff to determine the timing and scale of their action. Council staff […]

UNISON-brokered deal ends outsourcing at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

A thousand low-paid porters, cleaners and catering staff at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London are today (Thursday) celebrating after winning the right to be directly managed by the NHS, says UNISON. From 1 April the staff – who work in the trust’s five hospitals across the capital – will no longer be employed […]

Mismanagement by academy trust leaves vulnerable students and staff facing huge cuts

Large cuts are looming at the TBAP multi-academy trust, which runs schools in London, Essex, Cambridgeshire and the North West, following accusations of financial mismanagement. Large cuts are looming at the TBAP multi-academy trust, which runs schools in London, Essex, Cambridgeshire and the North West, following accusations of financial mismanagement, say education unions today (Friday). […]

UNISON responds to new health secretary’s plans for NHS

Commenting on Matt Hancock’s first speech as health secretary today (Friday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Hardworking health staff will be heartened by the government’s new focus on the NHS workforce, and its commitment to tackling the issues that have such an impact on how they do their jobs. “It’s reassuring that the […]

UNISON reacts to London Ambulance Service being placed into special measures

Commenting on the CQC report that placed London Ambulance Service into special measures, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is a shocking indictment of the lack of funding that has gone to the ambulance service over the last five years. This is a particular problem in London where demand has soared in recent years. […]