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Dying to Work

UNISON was delighted to attend along with FBU and TUC representatives to sign the Dying to Work Charter with Cleveland Fire Brigade. The charter sets out an agreed way in which workers will be supported, protected and guided throughout their employment should they suffer the misfortune of receiving a terminal diagnosis. Councillor Jan Brunton-Dobson, Chairperson […]

Apprentices in UNISON with Redcar and Cleveland Council

The North East has been hit hard by austerity cuts and closures of traditional industries such as the Redcar Steelworks. As a result, working people have found it much harder to find decent, well-paid jobs with a guarantee of ongoing training and career development. UNISON has, therefore, been delighted to sign a Local Apprenticeship Agreement […]

Carillion’s collapse is terrible for staff and the taxpayer, says UNISON

Responding to today’s (Monday) news that Carillion has gone into liquidation, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is a terrible time for the thousands of people employed under Carillion contracts right across the public sector. “Staff need assurances about whether they have a job, who will pay their wages, and what’s going to happen to their […]

Huntercombe Pay & Grading Ballot Result

UNISON members have voted to accept the Huntercombe 2017 Pay and grading scheme. Voting in the ballot was as follows: Voting to Accept 63.4% Voting to Reject 36.6% Members in GMB and RCN have also voted in favour of the new pay and grading scheme and Huntercombe management have been notified that the joint trade […]

Lobby the Chancellor to fund a decent pay rise

We want members to urgently email the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, and call on him to use the local government finance settlement – likely to be this Thursday – to stop the cuts and fund local government adequately, so that councils can fund the LGA’s offer and protect jobs and services.  The £632 million cost of the pay […]

Chair of UNISON Northern women’s network elected as chair of  Northern TUC women’s group;

Congratulations to Pat Heron the Northern region women’s network chair who was elected as the Northern TUC women’s group Chair. Pat is an avid spokesperson for women and will do an excellent job at ensuring Northern women in the trade union movement and UNISON women’s voice’s are heard and represented Well done Pat!

Organising Apprentices in UNISON

UNISON Northern Region was very pleased to host training and a planning workshop on the topic of the Apprenticeship Levy. Any employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year must pay the apprenticeship levy which is calculated at 0.5% of the annual pay bill. Employers can use this levy to fund apprenticeships and […]

Do you deserve a pat on the back?

A new UNISON film, featuring former Dynasty actor Stephanie Beacham, takes a tongue-in-cheek look at why the government should give teaching assistants, paramedics, refuse collectors and other public service workers a pay rise.  The two-minute satirical Pat on the Back film highlights the government’s hypocritical attitude to public servants – commending their dedication and hard work, yet refusing […]

Save South Tyneside Hospital march

Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign Update

On Saturday October 14, 2017 South Shields saw hundreds of South Tyneside and Sunderland residents take to the streets against the downgrading of acute services at South Tyneside District Hospital

Durham teaching assistants accept new pay offer

Teaching assistants in Durham represented by UNISON, have today (Monday) overwhelmingly voted to accept the final offer made by the County Council to end the long-running dispute. The improved offer, put forward last month, is the result of lengthy negotiations with the Council, which involved teaching assistants themselves. It is significantly different from the initial […]