North East Devolution Deal Update

Following the decision of the North East Combined Authority (NECA) not to consult on the governance scheme for a Mayoral Combined Authority, it seems the current devolution deal on offer to the North East from the Government will not proceed. The deal has been a significant area of engagement and campaigning for UNISON Northern Region […]

Higher Education Pay Ballot for Strike Action

Why Universities in the North East can afford and should pay their staff more Since 2008 Higher education staff pay has failed to keep up with the cost of living. So, while your council tax, transport costs, water bills and car parking costs have all gone up, your pay hasn’t kept up – which over […]

Community Picnic celebrates what we have in common

A Community Picnic, organised by the organisation ‘Hope Not Hate’ and supported by the North’s largest trade union, UNISON,  will be  held this Saturday (3rd September) between 12pm and 2pm in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park.   The event is part of a national day of events which ‘Hope Not Hate’ are organising in memory of Jo […]

How much have Higher Education Workers lost?

UNISON launches ‘salary loss calculator’ for UK university staff ahead of September’s industrial action ballot. Just how much have workers in higher education lost through years of no or very low pay rises? A new online calculator now means UNISON members in universities and other higher education institutions across the UK can find out exactly […]