Money for public services would mean a quicker recovery

Proper investment would power a return to a more prosperous time. Responding to the summer economic statement yesterday (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Chancellor has firmly closed the door on the damaging austerity of the past decade. “But while there’s much for young people, the energy sector and UK businesses to celebrate, there’s […]

Showing appreciation and support for Key Workers and the NHS

People around the UK are being urged to celebrate and commemorate health, care and other essential workers this weekend to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS, says UNISON today (Thursday). It will culminate in what is hoped to be the biggest ever clap for carers on Sunday (5 July) as the country shows its […]

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We need a National Care Service

Fundamental reform is needed to create a system fit for the future. The pandemic has exposed the fault lines in the social care system, which requires substantial reform if its many structural, financial and operational weaknesses are to be tackled, says UNISON in a new strategy document released today (Wednesday). Care After Covid: A Vision […]

Disability Rights UK Shielding Survey

Disability Rights UK completed a shielding survey,  which revealed a huge sense of lack of safety and neglect for disabled people during this pandemic. “Eighty-five per cent of people shielding feel unsafe going outside since the relaxing of lockdown rules on 1 June, according to a new survey by DR UK. Only two-fifths of people […]

What will be the impact of easing lockdown on BAME Communities?

Stand Up To Racism are delighted to announce that MPs Diane Abbott and Bell Ribeiro-Addy will be joining their meeting on 19 May 2020 –What will be the impact of easing lockdown on BAME communities? Streamed live on Facebook & Youtube at 7pm. Since the start of the pandemic, Diane & Bell have been unrelenting […]

Free Courses Available

There are a new range of online courses that are available for UNISON members have been created by The Skills Academy. It gives UNISON members access to over 550 free, fully CPD certified courses – there is a wide range of courses, on a multitude of subjects: HR Sales/Marketing Medical related courses (such as ADHD […]

Education Update – Coronavirus

UNISON has agreed a further joint statement from the TUC education unions. Together we are calling on the government to hold off on increasing the number of pupils in schools and nurseries in England on 1 June. We all agree we need a joint plan with the government for a safe increase in pupil numbers. UNISON is a […]

Can you refuse to work because of Coronavirus?

Information from the TUC, published 11th May 2020. What are your rights if you refuse to work because of safety concerns over coronavirus at your workplace? Last night, the prime minister encouraged workers who can’t work from home and who don’t work in industries that are closed down to return to work. This announcement took unions and […]

Has the Government Failed the NHS?

This heart wrenching Panorama episode looks at whether our government has let down health workers who are leading the fight against Covid-19. Reporter Richard Bilton investigates the delays and mistakes that may have put the lives of NHS staff at risk. The PPE that the NHS desperately needs to keep its staff safe has not […]

International Workers Memorial Day

International Workers Memorial Day takes place every 28th April, commemorating those killed and injured by work. This year all the usual hazards have been added to by Covid19, so IWMD in 2020 will be a perfect opportunity to raise relevant current issues and get the word out as widely as possible. Please do as much […]