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Levelling up won’t mean anything without decent public services

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech today (Tuesday) UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: Levelling up “Hope and prosperity won’t come to forgotten communities without proper investment in public services. Years of scant resources have made it much harder for local councils to provide support to vulnerable families. “The government must mend the damage from a decade […]

Government must act over minimum wage laws affecting care workers, say UNISON and Mencap 

UNISON and Mencap have written jointly to the Prime Minister today (T​uesday) calling for immediate reform of minimum wage laws affecting thousands of care workers. The letter to Boris Johnson says “action is needed urgently” to amend current rules so sleep-in shifts – where staff have to stay overnight away from home – are defined as […]

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UNISON to step up campaigns on pay and social care reform

NEC agrees to ‘turn the temperature up on pay’, focus on public services in the lead up to the 6 May elections and maintain an international outlook

Decision to keep face coverings is the right move

Commenting on the government’s decision yesterday to extend the use of face coverings in secondary schools, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “It’s the right decision to continue. Ministers have sensibly listened to school staff – the people who know what it’s really like to be around classrooms and corridors during the pandemic. “Wearing […]

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Supreme Court sleep-in appeal decision is blow for ​everyone in social care

Today’s ruling marks the end of a long-running UNISON-backed case taken on behalf of care worker Clare Tomlinson-Blake against her now former employer Mencap.

Guest blog: The demands of being a Social Worker during the pandemic – Guest Post by Juliet Giddins

The need to reach out and to encourage isolated workers to join UNISON and even become a UNISON rep to support their colleagues has never been more vital.

Public shows support for NHS staff over pay

Thousands of households have demonstrated their support for health workers this evening (Thursday) by taking part in a nationwide slow handclap protest against the government’s stance on NHS pay. UNISON, alongside other health unions and the TUC, organised the event so the public could show the chancellor and prime minister they back a fair deal […]

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At least £54.7m needed by councils in the North East to deliver basic public services    

Councils in the North East have a funding shortfall of at least £54.7m between them for this financial year, putting services at risk

Unions dismayed by delays on pay rise decision for council and school workers

The three main local government unions have ​today (Friday)​ called on employers to speed up the pay offer process, so council and school staff don’t have to wait months for the wage rise due in the spring. UNISON, GMB and Unite​ – which between them represent 1.4 million council and school employees – have called for a […]

NHS staff ​across the North East urge the chancellor to do the right thing and fund a pay rise, says UNISON 

NHS workers ​in the North East have asked the chancellor to recognise the work they’ve done to protect lives and fund a decent pay rise in next week’s Budget, says UNISON today (Monday). More than 60,000 health care assistants, porters, operating theatre staff, nurses, caterers, ambulance staff, cleaners and members of the public across the UK have signed a letter to Rishi […]