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UNISON response to Manchester Arena atrocity

Responding to the terror attack at Manchester Arena, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This was a despicable act designed to cause maximum pain and suffering. It’s barbaric beyond words that this happened at a concert attended by so many children and young people. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected including the […]

Manchester bombing

To All Manchester UNISON Members Everyone will be shocked and appalled by the atrocity of last night targeted at young people. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed and injured. We are grateful for the tremendous response from our emergency services, hospital staff and council officers for doing all they could […]

Manchester Branch Nominates John Burgess for General Secretary

Our Branch Executive Committee has met to decide who we should nominate for General Secretary. During the discussion members expressed the need for change within our union and a desire to see a lay member as General Secretary. With that in mind, the committee agreed with the recommendation of the Branch Officers and voted overwhelmingly […]

UNISON supports Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership race

UNISON decided to nominate Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership contest and Yvette Cooper as its second choice at the union’s National Labour Link committee. UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Jeremy Corbyn’s message has resonated with public sector workers who have suffered years of pay freezes, redundancies with too many having to work […]

Motions we want to be heard at our National Delegate Conference 2015

As we get ready for UNISON’s National Delegate Conference on Tuesday the union is starting the process of reprioritising the motions. Even over four days there isn’t enough time to hear every motion. So this is a last chance to move issues that are important to us up the agenda and hopefully have chance to […]

The Tory Anti-Trade Union Bill – Desperation and Hypocrisy

The new Tory Government is starting off quick, trying to push through their more dispicable legislation as fast as they can. This is being dressed up a kind of dynamism. The American stylings of doing things in “the first hundred days” are commonplace. But it isn’t really dynamism. It’s desperation. While the Tories are making […]

What We Believe: Local Government Special Conference

Today UNISON branches from across the country are meeting to find a new way forward and a new agreement on pay. This is what we are hoping to achieve: 1: We believe that lay officials, members of UNISON elected by us, should be able to take part in negotiations with our employers on our pay. […]

Our View on Composite Motion C: A Decent Pay Increase For Local Government Members.

We are moving this composite because recent pay negotiations have left us looking timid. Left us looking weak. In our country, with a Tory Government, with a Tory dominated Local Government Association and with a Tory loving press, looking weak is a dangerous thing to do. The Tories are like sharks who smell blood in […]

A Different View on Composite Motion A: NJC Pay Campaign 2016 Moving Forward

By now we have all had chance to read and digest the report ‘NJC Pay – Progressing Conference Motions’ which was sent to branches. In many ways we welcome this kind of document. It is good to see the work that is being done on our behalf nationally and to know what is being planned […]

Our View on Motion 18 to the Special Local Government Conference: The 2014 – 16 Pay Proposals

We have submitted this motion because we believe that it is important that we are straight with our members. Since 2004 our pay has fallen in real terms continuously. We are all worse off. But over years of campaigning there have been so many sets of statistics and figures produced that it is difficult to […]

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