Former Dynasty star highlights UNISON’s Pay Up Now! campaign

Giving public service workers a pat on the back isn’t going to put food on their table A new UNISON film, featuring former Dynasty actor Stephanie Beacham, takes a tongue-in-cheek look at why the government should give teaching assistants, paramedics, refuse collectors and other public service workers a pay rise. The two-minute satirical Pat on the Back film highlights the government’s hypocritical attitude to public servants – commending their dedication…

Rodney Bickerstaffe

Rodney Bickerstaffe A personal message from Dave Prentis Sadly, Rodney Bickerstaffe – former General Secretary of both UNISON and NUPE – died today, Tuesday 3 October 2017. Rodney, or Bick as he was known to many, was a great personal friend to many of us and a dedicated champion of all the union members he proudly represented throughout his career. He coupled a great sense of humour and love of…

UNISON calls on government to fund a proper NHS pay rise

‘NHS staff and their families need a pay award that stops the rot’ UNISON is breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK. Working with the other NHS trade unions, UNISON has written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond, urging  him to earmark funds in the November Budget for a pay rise in line with…

Joint Union Notice – NQP Fast Track Position Sept 2017

1 September 2017 Newly Qualified Paramedic Update In December 2016, employers and trade unions signed up to a new national agreement to move paramedics into Agenda for Change band 6. Part of this agreement was to create a Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) role with the implementation date retrospectively applied to all paramedics employed after 1 September 2016. UNISON, GMB and Unite have continued to engage with employers, representing the views…

How UNISON changed the law: the story behind our success

How UNISON won the most significant judicial intervention in the history of British employment law On Wednesday 26 July, a grey and rainy morning, UNISON members and staff gathered outside the Supreme Court in London, awaiting the outcome of a four-year legal battle. UNISON has been fighting the government in court over a vital component of workers’ rights and last week the Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court –…

LAS UNISON MEMBERS RECEIVE EXTRA PAY FOLLOWING UNISON VICTORY IN SUPREME COURT

LAS UNISON are pleased to confirm that colleagues in the LAS will now be receiving extra pay from July, following a successful legal fight that ended in victory for UNISON in the Supreme Court earlier this year. The Supreme Court found in the Employment Case ‘British Gas Trading Limited v Mr ZJ Lock (represented by UNISON)’, that anyone whose wages included an element of commission can no longer be paid…

UNISON’s tribunal fee verdict is a victory for everyone in work

UNISON has won a landmark court victory today (Wednesday) against the government, which means that employment tribunal fees will now be scrapped. The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has unanimously ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees four years ago. From today, anyone who has been treated illegally or unfairly at work will no longer have to pay to take…

‘Now is the time!’ Dave Prentis tells conference

General secretary tells delegates that the tide is turning and that, as the prime minister wobbles, there is hope “Now is the time to rise up – now is the time to smash the pay cap.” That was the call at the heart of a rallying, optimistic message from UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today, when he addressed the union’s national delegate conference in Brighton. Condemning the reality of the…

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