National News

June 19th, 2018

High rental costs mean many public service employees in England are spending more than a third of their wages on rent, according to research published today (Tuesday) by UNISON.

Hospital porters are struggling the most, with rents effectively unaffordable for them in all nine English...

June 18th, 2018

Speakers at the local government conference today called for a boycott of the government’s controversial plan to introduce an accreditation system for children and family social workers.

Malcolm Jarvis of Salford moved a motion to “Say no to National Assessment and Accreditation”, telling...

June 18th, 2018

Local authorities are not doing enough to protect workers’ rights globally, according to research published today (Monday) by UNISON.

According to the report Ethical Procurement in UK Local Authorities, produced by People & Planet on behalf of UNISON, only eight of the 190...

June 18th, 2018

Members in the energy sector are facing job losses, attacks on their terms and conditions and uncertainty about the future in what is “a turbulent time for the energy industry”, said Jenny Middleton, chair of the energy service group executive (SGE) opening the group’s conference today (Monday...

June 18th, 2018

“Human beings need culture: libraries, museums, parks, open spaces…” Margaret Gallagher of South Lanarkshire UNISON told the union’s local government conference this morning.

But with the cuts to library provision across the UK, she said, “the government is closing a gate that should be...

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