Low income workers urged to claim tax credits now

Across the country the one million people in low-paid jobs who have yet to apply for tax credits should hurry up and do so before it’s too late and universal credit arrives in their area, say UNISON and benefit experts Entitledto today (Monday). The two organisations have issued this urgent appeal to low-income workers because […]

Bristol libraries staff strike over shift patterns

Bristol libraries staff vote to strike over antisocial shift patterns Library assistants working for Bristol City council have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action if the cabinet does not reconsider its decision to keep all their libraries open but reduce the opening hours. Coupled with a decision to open many more libraries on Saturdays, library […]

Don’t miss out – UNISON EU consultation ends Tuesday

Spring is here! I hope you all had a relaxing Easter and even managed a few minutes of sunshine too. Across UNISON our internal consultation on the EU referendum is nearing its close. There are only a few days left for you to get your voice heard. Many of you will have had emails or […]

Tourism out of control?

A lot of people have genuine fears about immigration and especially that we have ‘lost control’ of our borders. Those who want Britain to leave the EU argue this is the only way to ‘regain control’. Most migrants to the UK are not from Europe and must comply with strict rules under the Points Based […]

Have you had your say yet?

Campaigning for the EU referendum is well and truly underway. Media coverage all seems to be all about politicians pulling stunts to outdo each other in their chance to appear on the evening news. In UNISON South West we believe that our members deserve better than theatricals. Whether the UK ends up staying in Europe […]

OSJCT derecognition battle reaches final stages

Councillors back UNISON against Order of St John Care Trust as de-recognition battle reaches final stages UNISON’s fight to stop the Order of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) from kicking it out of Gloucestershire care homes has been boosted by the support of councillors across the county. Despite campaigning by care staff in Gloucestershire, OSJCT […]

Looking forward to your Bank Holiday?

It could be less secure than you think… If you’re one of the people lucky enough to get all four days off this Easter bank holiday, you’re probably looking forward to time with family and friends, recharging and maybe knocking a few items off the DIY to-do list. Of course, we mustn’t forget the thousands […]

EU consultation resources

To get the voices of public service workers heard, we need to get educated and organised! Check out the resources below and contact your branch to see what they have planned during the consultation. Here’s the full UNISON consultation document – but feel free to start with the pamphlets we have produced regionally. Check out […]

♥unions week of action celebrates our fight for fairness

UNISON South West leads ♥unions week of action celebrating Trade Union achievements Trade unions across the South West are this week (8-14 Feb) running over thirty events as part of the TUC’s ♥union week to challenge negative perceptions of trade unions. Hospitals, high streets, town halls and more will see stalls and drop in sessions […]

Why we ♥ unions

The ♥unions week of action celebrates the great work done by union reps and members in our workplaces and in society. We’re proud of our unions and reject the government’s attempts to damage them with the Trade Union Bill. From 8 – 14 February, members of UNISON will be out and about in hospitals, high […]