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March 16th, 2018

York council has agreed to adopt stages one and two of UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter.

The decision came last night at a meeting of the City of York Council’s executive, after a passionate speech from UNISON convenor and branch secretary Andrea Dudding (pictured).


March 16th, 2018

Carers in Manchester are set to get a £1 an hour pay rise, the city council has announced.

The move means that home care assistants – who are often some of the lowest-paid people in the city – will see their wage rise to £8.75 an hour, which is the Manchester living wage.

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March 16th, 2018

An increasing number of local authority schools in England are spending more than they get from the government to educate our children, and UNISON has called on the government to “stop denying the fact” and “give more money to schools now”.

A new report from the Education Policy Institute...

March 16th, 2018

Today, UNISON members at United Utilities are on strike to defend their right to a fair pension. It’s not a decision they’ve taken lightly, but the staff of the UK’s largest listed water company face being hammered by pension proposals that could leave some as much as £10,000 a year worse off....

March 15th, 2018
Elizabeth Bayliss and Kareema McCarthy. Pictures: Marcus Rose

ALTHOUGH Elizabeth Bayliss and Kareema McCarthy work at the same hospital, Kettering General in the East Midlands, they have only recently become friends – not on the wards, but at university.

That’s because the pair,...