Unions call for expansion of free school meals

A joint-union letter, signed by UNISON, calls on the government to take an urgent interim step and increase eligibility.

Temporary Covid vaccination exemption could save hundreds of jobs

Under pressure due to the crisis in social care, the government has announced that staff can self-certify if they believe they have a medical exemption or if they are pregnant,

Parliament approves mandatory vaccination for first time since 1853

Parliament has approved regulations that will make Covid vaccination compulsory for people who work in care homes.

Compulsory jabs is wrong approach

UNISON supports the vaccination programme, but evidence suggests persuasion is better than compulsion.

Branch asks local councillors to support pay claim

We have written to all our district and county councillors to explain our pay claim for 2021 and to ask for their support.

Supreme Court blow for care workers

Supreme Court rules that care workers who provide ‘sleep-in’ shifts are not entitled to the legal minimum wage.

Carers need support, not just applause

UNISON has welcomed the return of clap for carers this week, but we urge both the public and politicians to start focussing more on pay and practical support than applause and appreciation.

Dear Prime Minister – please don’t take our jobs off us!

The government has consulted on plans to stop care workers in nursing and residential homes from being able to have multiple jobs. Many low-paid care workers rely on multiple jobs to pay the bills. Covid has exposed the failings in our fragmented social care system which is why we need a national care service.

UNISON demo

Care workers must not pay the price

The government is proposing to ban care workers from having multiple jobs, despite many relying on second jobs due to low pay, low hours and casual contracts

Care after Covid – the time for talking is over

The time for talking is over. A national care service is the only way to prevent more deaths. We need a resilient system, like the NHS.