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April 12th, 2018

Today we celebrated the life of a comrade and a friend – Rodney Bickerstaffe.

It was a huge honour to be part of a very special celebration of the life of a very special man – a huge gathering of so many people joining with all of us in his UNISON family and his own family.


April 12th, 2018

Our union is strong as we approach our 25th anniversary, general secretary Dave Prentis told UNISON’s national executive council at its meeting in London.

“The Trade Union Act was designed to break us, but we haven’t allowed that to happen,” he said.

The union has now...

April 12th, 2018

The life of Rodney Bickerstaffe – former general secretary of both UNISON and NUPE – will be celebrated at a memorial service today (Thursday) at Central Hall, Westminster.

Speakers who are expected to pay tribute include former deputy prime minister John Prescott; UNISON president...

April 9th, 2018

UNISON has accepted the Local Government Association’s two-year pay offer, covering the period April 2018 – March 2020.

The key features of the pay offer are:
  • A 16% pay increase for those currently on the lowest scale point (SCP) 6, over two years.
  • A pay increase of...
April 9th, 2018

Many branches still have the old membership application forms on their branch websites as PDF downloads.

These are no longer compliant with law. Under the Trade Union Act, a complaint about our practices can come from any member of the public and trigger an investigation by the...