National News

February 7th, 2018

Real-terms cuts to school funding since 2015 have led to a big reduction in the number of secondary teachers, teaching assistants and support staff in England, says research published today (Wednesday) by the School Cuts alliance of education unions.

Schools have been doing all they can...

February 7th, 2018

UNISON members in Harrogate have rejected the local NHS trust’s plans to transfer them to a private company – which would still be owned by the trust.

The Harrogate District foundation trust announced plans to set up a wholly-owned subsidiary to manage its estates and facilities in...

February 7th, 2018

Last year UNISON won a court case against the government over employment tribunal fees.

These fees were brought in on 29 July 2013 and they meant that overnight anyone who had a problem at work – who felt they had been unfairly dismissed, for example, or faced discrimination at work – who...

February 7th, 2018
Alaa Shehada, Mark Thomas and Faisal Abu Alhayjaa. All images © Lesley Martin 2017.

In 2010 Mark Thomas, Britain’s best-known political comedian, was walking the length of Israel’s controversial separation wall, the illegal barrier that cuts an oppressive swathe through the West Bank,...

February 7th, 2018

Commenting on the government’s response to the Taylor Review published today (Wednesday) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government’s good work plan looks set to fall at the first hurdle. It’s no good, it won’t work and it isn’t a plan.

“Britain’s worst...