Twenty of the biggest school catering companies are not giving full sick pay to staff, meaning that some of the lowest-paid staff in schools cannot afford to self-isolate because they’re being forced to rely on statutory sick pay (SSP).
The government can no longer stand idly by and watch as the UK’s energy sector implodes, says UNISON, as it reacts to the news that 1,700 jobs are to go at energy giant Ovo.
The announcement by Somerset County Council and the NHS of a joint £4.8m investment to increase pay and recognise the hard work and vital contributions of carers in the county, has been welcomed by UNISON.
Throughout the course of the event, delegates spoke time and again of how important UNISON had been over the past two years
Commenting on data published today (Thursday) by NHS England showing that NHS waiting lists are at a record high and targets for 999 response times are being missed, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The NHS has been experiencing winter-style pressures for months now. There are real fears that staff and services will be unable […]
Today is the day that the average disabled worker stops getting paid for the rest of the year compared to the average non-disabled worker. According to TUC research, the disability pay gap, or the amount that the average non-disabled worker earns more than an average disabled worker, is £3,500. This means that non-disabled workers earn […]
Commenting on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) annual assessment of the state of health and social care in England, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Friday): “This report makes it crystal clear that the care sector is on the precipice due to the catastrophic staffing crisis. “Care homes are closing because they can’t recruit, putting unbearable […]
Cornwall Council has, this week, announced it needs to save £18million against its current wage bill by March 2022. The council has commenced work on plans to reduce the workforce but, at this stage, are unable to commit to what the budget reduction looks like in terms of staff numbers. UNISON South West regional organiser […]
Over a year after the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK, we are all aware of the impact that the disease, and the measures introduced to deal with it, have had on our mental health. Regardless of whether our own personal experience has been one of stress, uncertainty, grief, isolation, or even boredom, few of us […]
UNISON’s NJC Committee, representing 400,000 members in local government in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, today agreed to ballot members for industrial action over pay. UNISON members in local government were asked to vote on the employers’ pay offer of 1.75%, and 79% voted to reject it. Work will now begin on preparing for an […]
Calling for ministers to intervene in the UK’s continuing fuel crisis, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The government has to take control. It’s no good ministers wasting time on a pointless blame game or pretending there’s no problem. “Essential staff must be able to get to their jobs so they can continue to provide the services […]
Health workers in England – angry that rising costs have already wiped out their recent pay rise – have voted to oppose the government over the 3% increase, says UNISON today (Monday). Publishing the results of a consultation exercise that ran over the summer, UNISON says the overwhelming majority (80%) of health workers are not happy with the […]
“The key to convincing hesitant staff is persuasion, not force.”
UNISON has written to ambulance service chiefs calling for urgent support for staff as services face unprecedented 999 call volumes and unsustainable demand from the public. The letter to Daren Mochrie, chair of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE), says employers must act now tolimit the impact on the wellbeing and morale of staff, […]
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 […]