Press releases

UNISON launches consultation over NHS rise that meets neither expectations nor real living wage

The government has failed to honour its own ‘levelling up’ promises with the disappointing 3% pay rise for NHS workers in England, says UNISON. The award announced last week doesn’t meet the real living wage of £9.50 per hour for the lowest paid health service workers and widens the gap between those at the top […]

Tower Hamlets dispute continues as council staff set to be balloted for further strike action

Monday 28 June 2021 For immediate release Tower Hamlets dispute continues as council staff set to be balloted for further strike action Reablement workers, environmental health officers and social workers will be among Tower Hamlets council staff set to be balloted for further industrial action as the ‘Tower Rewards’ dispute continues​, says UNISON. The Labour​-run […]

City University must bring catering and cleaning contracts back in-house, says UNISON  

Thursday 3 June 2021 For immediate release City University must bring catering and cleaning contracts back in-house, says UNISON One hundred and fifty cleaning and catering staff who work at City, University of London handed in a petition yesterday (Wednesday) calling for better wages, annual leave, and sick pay. They’re among nearly 2,000 people who’ve signed the document urging the […]

Christina McAnea elected to lead UNISON, the UK’s largest union 

Monday 11 January 2021 For immediate release Christina McAnea elected to lead UNISON, the UK’s largest union  Christina McAnea has today (Monday) been elected as the new general secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union. She replaces Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years as general secretary. Voting in the ballot was as follows […]

Mayor is right to declare major incident, says UNISON 

Friday 8 January 2021 For immediate release Mayor is right to declare major incident, says UNISON  UNISON, the UK’s largest health union has backed Mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision to declare a major incident in London today (​Friday). NHS staff are under enormous pressure and their capacity to provide care is close to breaking point after battling wave after wave […]

Londoners should exercise ‘common sense’ when dialling 999, says UNISON 

Friday 8 January 2021 For immediate release Londoners should exercise ‘common sense’ when dialling 999, says UNISON  London ambulance workers are concerned the service faces breaking point amid increasing 999 calls and numbers of staff hit by ​Covid, says UNISON today (​Friday). The London Ambulance Service (LAS) is now urging the public to ring 999 only for life-threatening emergencies, says UNISON, which represents paramedics and call […]

UNISON supports mayor’s call for all schools in the capital to close from tomorrow

Monday 14 December 2020 For immediate release UNISON supports mayor’s call for all schools in the capital to close from tomorrow Responding to Greenwich council’s decision to close schools after today due to rising coronavirus outbreaks amongst school age children, UNISON regional head of local government Helen Reynolds said today (Monday): “As well as pupils, […]

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 […]