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 […]

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 […]

Invitation to Join AWAZ to Mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

January 27th each year is Holocaust Memorial Day, when we remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed in Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.  On HMD we can honour the survivors of these regimes of hatred and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform […]

Reclaim Tax on Your UNISON Subscriptions, Professional Body Registration & Uniform Laundry

If you wear a uniform at work, and have to wash, repair or replace it yourself, you may be able to reclaim £100’s of tax for up to five years of expenses. To be able to claim tax relief, ALL of the following must apply: You wear a recognisable uniform that shows you’ve got a […]

Celebrating 100 Years of The Fire Brigades Union

In 1918, a small group of Firefighters, disillusioned with poor treatment at the hands of those who oversaw their service, set up the “Firemen’s Trade Union” with the founding aim of “a means to re-organise the conditions of their labours and thus bring more happiness into the lives of its members.”  Soon renamed the “Fire […]