Low paid cleaners to be outsourced by Middlesbrough Council

Cleaners working for Middlesbrough Council say councillors are planning to outsource their jobs simply to save money and are worried the move will see them earning lower wages and suffering cuts to their pensions in future. The 140 workers – who are among the lowest paid at the local authority – have been told their jobs are to […]

Blog: UNISON – Biggest, Boldest, Best

UNISON has shown the true value of union membership through the campaigning and representation of our members. Last year we celebrated 25 years of UNISON and we announced that not only are we the biggest public sector trade union – but the biggest overall union in the UK. We worked hard to recruit new members […]

UNISON and Darlington Council sign new apprenticeship agreement

With the squeeze on access to education and the scarcity of secure employment, 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 with Darlington Borough Council which recognises the high quality apprenticeship […]

Hartlepool Academies working in partnership with trade unions

Workplace relations entered a new era in Hartlepool when three academy trusts signed a historic recognition agreement with leading Hartlepool trade unions. Academies are schools which have moved out of the local authority family of schools and now act as employers in their own right. As independent employers, the academies have freedom to implement their […]

Durham Teaching Assistants Rally!

UNISON is leading the fight for teaching assistants currently under threat of dismissal and re-engagement by Durham County Council. Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, has given a personal commitment to UNISON members to support them all in the face of this attack. Dave will be speaking at a rally which is taking place on: […]