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UNISON has begun balloting more than a third of a million council and school staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for strike action over their “inadequate” pay offer. The union is recommending employees – including refuse collectors, teaching assistants and social workers – vote ‘Yes’ to st...
The RCM has published new guidance saying many sudden deaths of babies could potentially be avoided with more support for parents to ensure a safer sleep environment for their babies.  The union recognises that co-sleeping in any situation can potentially be dangerous for the baby if parents do not...
GMB members at Sandwell vote to accept deal that also sees an assurance that bullying and harassment will not be tolerated...
Unions have criticised the government’s ten-year social care plan. Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid yesterday announced plans to spend £1bn on improving housing and taking advantage of technology to help those receiving care and caregivers TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady sai...
Community members vote to accept a new deal after two-month strike in Somerset...
Union's NEC believes the government is breaching its members' human rights by banning strikes ...
Unite general secretary calls on British Steel to end the long-running dispute...
Health unions have responded to the news there is to be no new money for NHS workers.  Health secretary Sajid Javid yesterday wrote to the chair of the NHS Pay Review Body to say: “As the NHS budget has already been set until 2024 to 2025, it is vital that planned workforce growth is affordab...
UCU members at 58 universities today start three days’ strike action over pension cuts or falling pay and worsening working conditions. After notifying vice chancellors that staff would take strike action unless they saw movement, UCU continued to meet with employer representatives Universiti...
Unions and politicians will this morning hold a “hugely important” Save London’s Public Transport demonstration outside Parliament about the future funding of Transport for London (TfL). ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite will be making their voices heard at 11am at Old Palace Yard, London SW1P 3JY,...
The tour comes amid increasing reports from foodbanks that they cannot meet demand and with the country in the grip of a cost of living crisis that has seen energy and other prices climb...
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham has criticised Sadiq Khan for “attacking” trade unions. London’s mayor had tweeted his disappointment at the RMT’s Night Tube strikes, saying the union had refused to attend talks to resolve the issue. The RMT has strongly refuted the claim, saying it is a “com...
The PCS has joined Care4Calais in their legal fight to prevent Home Secretary Priti Patel from pushing back migrant Channel boats.  Following the tragic deaths of 27 people in the Channel this week, pressure has mounted on the government to reverse its intention to make Border Force staff prevent b...
The RMT has written to Sadiq Khan after London’s mayor yesterday accused the union of refusing to attend talks to avoid strike action on the Night Tube. The letter expresses the union’s deep disappointment at ‘incorrect statements’ the Mayor  made on Twitter. The unions says his statement is “a tot...
Union joined by other campaign organisations to raise concerns about workers' rights in Amazon warehouses...
Usdaw general secretary Paddy Lillis has called for people to ‘keep their cool’ today, Black Friday, as millions of shoppers are set to take advantage of what is now described as the biggest discounting day of the retail year. Black Friday events in 2013 and 2014 saw a two-thirds increase in incide...
Mark Serwotka says the government suggesting turning boats back is "morally reprehensible" ...
The RMT has confirmed that strike action goes ahead by tube drivers today over the ripping up of existing agreements and working arrangements  in advance of the Night Tube reopening. The union says the new arrangements will wreck work life balance by bulldozing through additional night and weekend...
Jo Grady warns as many as 100 institutions may be affected in the disputes over pensions and pay & conditions...
Unite members driving lorries for Sainsbury’s across South West England have secured an inflation-beating 14% pay increase. The 140 drivers began balloting for industrial action earlier this month after receiving a totally unacceptable pay offer. However, once DHL was notified of the planned...
Graduates have reveal the financial and psychological burden of student loan debt, saying it “makes you feel sick and horrible”. The revelations come in the Higher Education Policy Institute’s report on graduate views of student debt, published today. In response, UCU general secretary...
Staff at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are to be balloted ​over possible strike action after being given no pay rise this year ​despite the significant rise in the cost of living. The workers provide an essential public service ensuring health and ​social care ​organisations in England meet saf...
Trade union law firm hopes to inspire the next generation of activists and charity initiatives...
The Teacher Wellbeing Index 2021, published today by the charity Education Support Network, shows teachers’ mental health is getting worse – not better – in several areas, compared to a year ago at the height of the COVID pandemic. Commenting on the survey, NASUWT general secretary Dr Patrick Roach...
Prospect members to begin action in the New Year ...
Unite members employed by Altrad at the Mitsubishi Chemicals plant will benefit from a pay deal worth at least 10% over two and a half years...
Biomedical scientists at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust are to ballot for further strike action in a dispute over unpaid wages. The NHS workers have already been on strike in two periods this year between May 31 and July 28 and between August 20 and November 11. But the Trust could avoid the p...
The GMB has accused South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) of  putting staff and patients’ safety at risk with bargain basement vehicles. The union says Fiat vehicles – which Seccamb operates alongside its traditional fleet – have a significant safety flaw; the seat position has been moved so...
POA urges 'Yes' vote over government's "outrageous" pay award ...
Nearly a third (31%) of care staff say staffing levels are dangerously low, getting worse and negatively affecting the care provided, says a UNISON survey published today. The findings are based on responses from more than 1,600 care employees and reveal some dying residents are being denied a dign...
Unite members to receive a minimum 8.5% rise over the next ten months ...