Press releases

Pay restraint is a ‘cruel blow’ for those working tirelessly in the pandemic, says UNISON

Responding to reports the chancellor of the exchequer is preparing to impose a pay cap on most public sector workers, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said today (Friday): “Key workers across ​all public services remain at the heart of the fight against Covid. “​Reports of pay ​restraint ​for all but frontline NHS staff would be a ​cruel body blow to ​other health, care and public service employees working tirelessly […]

Health workers in London urge local MPs to back early pay rise for exhausted staff and to protect the NHS 

Thursday 5 November 2020 For immediate release Health workers in London urge local MPs to back early pay rise for exhausted staff and to protect the NHS  Hundreds of health staff across London – including nurses, paramedics, cleaners, domestics and porters – are writing to the region’s 73 MPs asking them to back UNISON’s call for NHS staff to get an […]

UNISON calls on the government to rethink its new TfL funding proposal

Friday 23 October 2020 For immediate release UNISON calls on the government to rethink its new TfL funding proposal Public service workers delivering essential services will be hit hard unless the government rethinks its new Transport for London funding proposal, says UNISON. The current plan to make up a funding shortfall would see Londoners hit […]

UNISON secures victory as SOAS backs down over job cuts

Friday 18 September 2020 For immediate release UNISON secures victory as SOAS backs down over job cuts Catering, cleaning, security and support staff at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) are celebrating after the university reversed plans to axe jobs, UNISON said today (Friday). Following negotiations with UNISON, the school will not push ahead with […]

SOAS staff to strike against university plans to cut jobs, says UNISON

Monday 14 September 2020 For immediate release SOAS staff to strike against university plans to cut jobs, says UNISON Catering, cleaning, security, and student support workers at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) have voted overwhelmingly to strike to save jobs, says UNISON today (Monday). The decision is in response to SOAS’ plans to make […]

Give all NHS staff a wage rise immediately of at least £2k, says UNISON

Staff deserve immediate wage lift from government A pay claim submitted by UNISON to the government today (Friday) would see every NHS employee receive an increase of at least £2,000 by the end of this year. UNISON – which is the UK’s biggest union and represents NHS staff including healthcare assistants, radiographers, porters, midwives and paramedics – says this rise is […]

School staff should be allowed to wear face coverings, says UNISON

Wednesday 26 August 2020 For immediate release School staff should be allowed to wear face coverings, says UNISON Commenting on the government’s decision to allow secondary pupils to wear face coverings in school corridors in local lockdown areas of England, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said today (Wednesday): “This is a welcome step forward but still leaves […]

Council plans could see hundreds of jobs lost and local services slashed, says UNISON

Monday 17 August 2020 For immediate release Council plans could see hundreds of jobs lost and local services slashed, says UNISON  Croydon ​Council staff are to protest tomorrow over cost cutting plans by the local authority ​that puts over 400 posts at risk and will see vital services reduced, says UNISON today (Monday). The demonstration is […]

Tower Hamlets council staff set to strike again from tomorrow in long-running pay dispute, says UNISON

Wednesday 12 August 2020 For immediate release Tower Hamlets council staff set to strike again from tomorrow in long-running pay dispute, says UNISON Tower Hamlets council staff, including social workers and environmental health staff, are to take a further three days of action in a long-running dispute over the ​local authority’s decision to sack and re-employ them on inferior contracts​, says UNISON […]

Health secretary must intervene at Homerton Hospital to halt “outrageous” outsourcing deal, says UNISON

Friday 17 July 2020 For immediate release Health secretary must intervene at Homerton Hospital to halt “outrageous” outsourcing deal, says UNISON The secretary of state for health and social care Matt Hancock must intervene to stop a controversial new outsourcing deal at London’s Homerton Hospital, says UNISON in a letter sent today (Friday). Last month, the […]