Press releases

UNISON staff to strike after Tower Hamlets Council contract talks collapse  

Tuesday 30 June 2020 For immediate release UNISON staff to strike after Tower Hamlets Council contract talks collapse    Thousands of Tower Hamlets Council staff are to strike next month after managers vowed to push ahead with a plan to sack and re-employ staff on inferior contracts , says UNISON today (Tuesday).  Strikes opposing the council’s Tower Rewards Package, which could see 4,000 workers potentially worse off as a result of plans which include cuts to travel allowances and out of hours payments, will take place on Friday 3, Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 […]

Mayor introduces risk assessments for Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff as part of efforts to tackle Covid-19 inequality

Mayor introduces risk assessments for Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff as part of efforts to tackle Covid-19 inequality Risk assessments consider physical and mental health of vulnerable staff, with support for BAME employees, those with pre-existing health conditions and older workers Part of a series of measures across the GLA family to help those […]

Homerton University Hospital trust condemns ‘NHS heroes’ to five years of poverty pay, says UNISON

Friday 29 May 2020 For immediate release  Homerton University Hospital trust condemns ‘NHS heroes’ to five years of poverty pay, says UNISON  Low-paid staff at Homerton University Hospital – employed by private company ISS – face five years of poverty wages after the trust controversially extended the firm’s contract, says UNISON.  The workers –  including cleaners, porters, security and catering staff – are paid less than NHS […]

New agreement to ensure NHS staff in England are paid properly for every working hour

Unions agree measures to be applied locally Health workers across England should now be paid properly for every hour they’re at work during the pandemic, following an agreement reached between health unions and NHS employers today (Friday).   Since March staff have been working flat out, treating and caring for patients, and keeping the NHS running under […]

Support staff losing sleep and suffering anxiety ahead of return to school in England, says UNISON

Thursday 28 May 2020 For immediate release Support staff losing sleep and suffering anxiety ahead of return to school in England, says UNISON Anxiety is widespread among school workers about their safety, their families’ and that of pupils ahead of a return to the classroom across England, says UNISON today (Thursday). On the day unions […]

New care home death figures show government claims of protecting the sector ​ring hollow, says UNISON

Tuesday 26 May 2020 For immediate release New care home death figures show government claims of protecting the sector ​ring hollow, says UNISON Responding to figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics showing more than half of all deaths linked to coronavirus occurred in care homes, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “It’s shameful that […]

Ministers mustn’t forget important workers delivering essential services, says UNISON

The government must do more to help thousands of “hidden workers” who are being put under extra pressure or are seeing their health put at risk as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, says UNISON today (Tuesday). Alongside the frontline health and care staff, there are people around the UK keeping essential services going, who […]

Government should listen to independent scientists and pull back from 1 June start date

Reopening must wait until it’s safer Commenting on the report on school safety from the committee of independent scientists chaired by Sir David King published today (Friday), UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “This is the evidence school staff and parents have been waiting for. Not only do these scientists say the government’s plans for schools […]

Unions urge immediate protection of Black probation workers from COVID-19

UNISON and sister probation unions tell National Probation Service there is no time to waste in safeguarding their Black/BAME members UNISON is calling on the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies to proactively reduce risk for Black probation staff. NHS England confirmed on 7 May 2020 that members of Black communities are at a […]

Health unions publish blueprint for the safe opening up of the NHS

UNISON and other health unions say NHS must continue to operate a safety-first approach Fast, comprehensive and accessible testing, and the ongoing, ample supply of protective kit are among measures that must be in place for the NHS to be opened up safely as the UK begins to ease the lockdown, say health unions today […]