Laying bare the experiences of UNISON members working in councils and schools, delivering the local services we all rely on.
UNISON’s recent survey of over 2,200 members working in a range of local government occupations reveals a shocking picture of what life is like for those delivering the services we all rely on.
Teaching assistants, social workers, librarians, carers, professionals and youth workers all say the...Read more
Union launches protest after council announces merger plan that will see two thirds of centres closed
UNISON is leading the campaign to stop the closure of children’s services across Bolton, after the council unveiled plans to slash the number of centres in the town by two thirds.
If passed, the plan would mean 13 buildings no longer operate a children’s centre.
More and more councils are seeing funds squeezed to such...Read more
New UNISON briefing warns that 2016 act will hit housing provision hard in England
UNISON has published a new briefing on the 2016 Housing and Planning Act, warning that it will have a severe impact on the provision of housing in England.
The union warns that the act’s focus on home ownership will reduce the amount of social and affordable housing available to ordinary working people, hitting general housing provision.
Many public service...Read more
An estimated £387m has been axed in just six years from youth services across the UK, says a report from UNISON published today (Friday).
The report – A Future at Risk: Cuts in Youth Services – reveals that more than nine out of ten (93%) youth workers say their local authority employer has cut services since 2010. In the last year alone, more than half (55%) of councils reduced spending on youth services...Read more
Westminster’s Labour Councillors have called on the City Council to lead and coordinate a humanitarian campaign to enable Westminster to take its fair share of refugees to help them escape from the current human misery being suffered by so many in the Mediterranean and across Europe, the scale of which has not been seen since World War 2.
Councillors ...Read more
On 2nd November, the TUC and other trade unions will be meeting to lobby against the Trade Union Bill which is currently been discussed in parliament.
The proposed bill would threaten workers’ rights to strike, leading to worse public services.
Updates to follow, but please put the date in your diary!
On the 4th October, the Conservative Party conference will be meeting in Manchester and we are encouraging members to head up to Manchester and demonstrate against the Conservative Government’s austerity agenda.
For more information, please contact us or visit the TUC website
In June 2014, local government workers were balloted on the proposal of a 1% pay rise, which in real terms actually equates to a 20% pay reduction.
As a union we decided this was NOT acceptable. Not only do we work tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of the country, we are the people most adversely affected by the economic crisis. We will not stand by and watch...Read more