Press releases

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 […]

Immigration changes “a disastrous mistake”, says UNISON

Monday 13 July 2020 For immediate release Immigration changes “a disastrous mistake”, says UNISON Responding to planned changes to the immigration system announced today (Monday), UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “​Social care was in crisis long before the pandemic. Refusing to include care workers in the ​new NHS visa is a disastrous mistake that will make […]

Dave Prentis to stand down as UNISON general secretary

Monday 13 July 2020 For immediate release Dave Prentis to stand down as UNISON general secretary The leader of the UK’s largest union has announced that he is to stand down at the end of the year, says UNISON today (Monday). Dave Prentis, who has been general secretary of UNISON since 2001, is to retire […]

An early pay rise would help NHS conquer the Covid backlog, says UNISON 

Thursday 9 July 2020 For immediate release An early pay rise would help NHS conquer the Covid backlog, says UNISON  Commenting on the latest figures today (Thursday) from NHS England, which show there are now almost 1.45 million people in England waiting more than 18 weeks for hospital treatment, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “There’s […]