National News

August 2nd, 2016

UNISON has submitted three motions to the upcoming TUC Congress, all seeking to avoid the potentially damaging repercussions of Brexit.

The trade unions share numerous concerns relating to the UK’s exit from the European Union, including the effect on worker and union rights, and the...

August 1st, 2016

Poverty is now costing the government £78bn a year, according to new research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

And that’s just the financial cost that can be estimated. Across all government departments, we are paying out large sums to alleviate growing poverty levels, including:

July 29th, 2016

There remains an “urgent need” to raise the national minimum wage to the level of a “proper living wage”, UNISON said today, as it made its annual submission to the Low Pay Commission.

In its evidence, UNISON calls on the commission to honour its 2014 commitment to seek “significantly...

July 28th, 2016

It used to take Judith Montgomery three and a half hours to earn two hours’ pay.

That’s because Judith was a homecare worker, and her employer had decided not to pay her for the time she spent travelling between her visits to elderly and disabled people.

Judith is one...

July 28th, 2016

Failure to honour the minimum wage is endemic across the care sector as many homecare workers are unpaid for the time they travel between home visits – which can be up to a fifth of their working day, says UNISON today (Thursday).

The union is urging the government to end the systematic...