Join us for ‘A Greener Future for West Cumbria

You are warmly invited by Climate Emergency West Cumbria and West Cumbria and North Lakes Friends of the Earth to ‘A Greener Future for West Cumbria’ on Tuesday 21 September. For our local contribution to the UK-wide Great Big Green Week, we’re holding a free event to celebrate the forthcoming COP26 climate conference. ‘A Greener […]

Education unions call for urgent action by the Department for Education to invest in ventilation measures in schools

Education unions, together with Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP, have today [Tuesday] written to Gavin Williamson urging the government to take firm action to improve ventilation in schools to reduce further Covid disruption.

A message from Barry Gardiner – Stop Fire and Rehire

Millions of hard-working, loyal staff, have been caught by the nasty practice of fire and rehire.
Barry Gardiner’s Private Members Bill is going through Parliament and is supported by over 20 trades unions, the TUC and The Institute of Employment Rights, as well as the Labour Party.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes: operational guidance

The Government has finally published guidance in relation to the mandatory vaccination of staff working in CQC-registered care homes. In response, we have been able to publish our own union guidance and advice. Please find relevant links below:   Government Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination of people working or deployed in care  Guidance for UNISON Members: […]

Coronavirus Q&A’s

As the COVID-19 virus spreads, find out what your rights at work are Important update: New government guidance released on 23 March advises that everyone should stay at home and only go to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home. For key workers who cannot work from home, issues and risks will vary […]

UNISON’s Award Winning Legal Team

UNISON is proud to have an award winning legal team fighting for our Members and are proud that our Legal Officer, Shantha David has been named one of the Lawyer Hot 100 Lawyers of the Year 2020. The Lawyer Hot 100 recognises the most daring, innovative and creative lawyers from in-house, private practice and the […]

Zero Hours Doesn’t Mean Zero Rights

Zero hours doesn’t mean zero rights – that’s the message from Britain’s biggest Trade Union to Cumbrian workers. With increasing numbers of staff in our care homes, hospitals and social care facing a casualisation of hours after almost a decade of cuts, public service union UNISON are calling on ‘as and when’ workers to get […]

National Minimum Wage Increase

Minimum Wage Rate Up to 31 March 2019 From 1 April 2019 National Living Wage £7.83 £8.21 21-24 Year Olds £7.38 £7.70 18-20 Year Olds £5.90 £6.15 16-17 Year Olds £4.20 £4.35 Apprentices £3.70 £3.90 The new national minimum wage rates take effect from Monday 1 April 2019, two decades after UNISON helped create the […]

Lone Working – A Guide For UNISON Members

Lone working can be dangerous and employers need to take precautions to protect their workers, with 66% of isolated workers reporting that they had experienced violence and aggression from the public. The shocking figure came at UNISON’s biennial health and safety seminar earlier this week, when Saskia Garnier of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust delivered a […]

Violence at Work

Aggression or violence towards those delivering public services is a problem which is getting worse. UNISON defines violence at work as: “any incident in which an employee is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work”. UNISON expects employers to put in place a basic level of monitoring, support, safeguards and training. Most […]