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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Standing up to the Empire

Standing Up to the Empire – Opposing Trump’s Regime Change in Venezuela and Latin America – 11th March, 7pm, Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, Manchester. This event is being jointly organised by the North West Region and the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, to which the union is affiliated.    Speakers include:  Her Excellency Rocio Maneiro, Venezuelan Ambassador […]

Speak Up For Your School Consultative Ballot

UNISON’s Consultative Ballot for our Members in Schools is now open and will run until 5 March. UNISON is the biggest Union in the UK for School Support Staff with over 250,000 Members and is asking all members working in England in publicly funded schools. This includes academies, multi academy trusts, free schools, studio schools, universities, technical […]