National News

June 11th, 2020

Commenting on Centrica’s plans announced today (Thursday) to cut 5,000 jobs in the UK, UNISON national energy officer Matt Lay said:

“This shock announcement has left employees reeling. Throughout the lockdown staff have been working incredibly hard keeping services...

June 10th, 2020

Four health and care organisations – including UNISON – have today (Wednesday) written to the Prime Minister seeking confirmation that all international health and care staff, and their spouses and dependants, will no longer need to pay the immigration health surcharge (IHS).

The charge,...

June 10th, 2020

The murder of George Floyd in the US and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities in the UK have focused attention on the everyday inequalities faced by Black people.

UNISON head of equality Gloria Mills provides some context on racism in the UK and...

June 9th, 2020

Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) that primary schools in England will not have to open up to more pupils before the end of the summer term, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said:

“This was the right thing to do. As important as it is...

June 9th, 2020

Today I wrote to the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, to urge him to take immediate steps to oppose the Israeli government’s illegal plans to annex huge swathes of Palestinian land in the West Bank to Israel from 1 July.

These dangerous proposals, which are supported by US President...