British and Irish trade unions condemn Colombian state violence

Letter notes human rights abuses on a ‘massive scale’, with up to 37 people reported killed UNISON has joined a number of British and Irish trade unions in condemning the latest human rights abuses, including the killing of protestors, by state forces in Colombia. General secretary Christina McAnea and TUC president Frances O’Grady are among […]

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021: A Briefing for Trade Unionists

This briefing has been compiled by the Stop the Police Bill organising group – a network of trade unionists, MPs, climate activists, anti-racist groups and lawyers committed to campaigning against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. What is the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and why does it matter? The right to protest […]

Joint Letter to Secretary of State for Education On Masks in Schools

A joint letter from UNISON, GMB, Unite, NEU, NASUWT, scientists, public health professionals, other organisations, parents and young people has been sent to Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education regarding reports that the government plans to stop requiring children to wear face coverings in secondary school classrooms from 17th May in England. We […]

Farewell from Donald McCombie, Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Sadly, I have to say farewell as the Branch Lifelong Learning Coordinator. The Tory Government has ended the Union Learning Fund (ULF). The ULF was created in 1998 by the then Labour Government and has provided workplace learning to thousands of workers on hundreds of subjects. This is a blatantly political attack on union learning […]

UNISON campaign urging voters to show support for Public Service Staff

Voters are being reminded that thousands of public sector staff face a government pay freeze in a campaign launched Monday (26th April 2021) by UNISON ahead of the local elections next week. Care home staff, hospital porters and teaching assistants are among key workers featured in a series of hard-hitting films that show them carrying out […]

Local Government Workers deserve a pay rise – here’s how you can help

With the upcoming elections and Local Government Pay rise, we would like to hear from you, the members on: Why you deserve a decent pay rise of 10% so what we need is:  a paragraph saying why a picture of you to go with your quote or a short video of you saying why We […]

UNISON responds to George Floyd’s murder case

“Others who abuse their power must be held to account before the law” Derek Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer, has been found guilty of murdering George Floyd in May 2020. After a landmark 15-day trial involving 44 witnesses, Chauvin is believed to be the second Minneapolis police officer to be convicted of murder, […]

The Latest on Schools

On Monday 19th April the majority of schools across the country welcomed students back to school after the Easter break. This is what the Government Education in the Media blog has to say on schools returning:  While there have been a lot of changes and challenges over the past year, we remain committed to ensuring […]

The Importance of Trade Unions for Disabled Workers

We have been going through an unprecedented time, where we have been tested on many levels. Beliefs and values have been tested along with relationships in our lives. One belief that is unwavering though is that disabled people should have fair treatment in society and in work. If the systems we live with in the […]

Petition – Remove Oswald Mosley Photo From Birmingham Town Hall

“Many supporters of Birmingham’s fine Town Hall have been looking forward to the opening up of the as lockdown is lifted.  However, we are aware that the basement bar of the Town Hall features a photograph of Oswald Mosley — the Leader of the British Union of Fascists. It seems to us that to have […]