UNISON’s tribunal fee verdict is a victory for everyone in work

UNISON has won a landmark court victory today (Wednesday) against the government, which means that employment tribunal fees will now be scrapped. The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has unanimously ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees four years ago. From today, anyone who has been treated illegally or unfairly at work will no longer have to pay to take…

‘Now is the time!’ Dave Prentis tells conference

General secretary tells delegates that the tide is turning and that, as the prime minister wobbles, there is hope “Now is the time to rise up – now is the time to smash the pay cap.” That was the call at the heart of a rallying, optimistic message from UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today, when he addressed the union’s national delegate conference in Brighton. Condemning the reality of the…

Pay Consultation

The SGE’s Agenda for Change group has considered the results of the pay consultation. Across the UK, most branches and regions responding were in favour of Option A – the earnings maximisation strategy Where branches recommended moving to a pay ballot this was based on very low turnout Health conference in April 2017 endorsed the earnings maximisation strategy. Given the results, UNISON will be working with regions and branches to…

Trade Union Act 2016 – New regulations

New regulations on facility time and ‘check-off’ were introduced to the Westminster Parliament in March 2017. They require employers to calculate spending on facility time from 1 April 2017, and to report it publicly. Employers are not required to report on the individual unions involved nor on a breakdown of different trade union activities, and they should not name individual reps. However, the Trade Union Act still contains a „reserve‟…

NEC ELECTIONS

Dear London Ambulance UNISON Branch Members Ballot papers for this very important election should be sent to your homes address from Monday 3rd April. All branch members can vote for Community, Black, Young, Disabled and Greater London seats. Please take part in the internal democracy of your union. Your branch executive nominated the following candidates:- Community Female Seat Denise CHARLES Female Seat Black Members Kebba MANNEH Male Seat Elizabeth CAMERON…

Pay Award Announced

The government has today (28 March) announced that NHS staff in England will receive a consolidated pay increase of 1% from 1 April. The Welsh and Scottish governments have also awarded 1% while continuing to pay the Living Wage as a minimum. In Scotland there is also a £400 minimum pay rise for staff earning less than £22,000. There is no response to the pay recommendation yet in Northern Ireland. This…

Remembering Eric – A UNISON celebration of the life of Eric Roberts

The life of Eric Roberts, a lifelong servant of our union and of those in greatest need, will be celebrated at a UNISON event on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Our Branch Secretary and UNISON President, who passed away at the end of November, worked for the London Ambulance Service for 42 years and was the first UNISON member from the ambulance service to be elected as UNISON President. Eric was…

Eric Roberts – Plans for memorial tribute

Following the sad and untimely death of UNISON’s president and LAS UNISON Branch Secretary, Eric Roberts, the General Secretary and the Presidential Team have proposed that UNISON should host an event in Eric’s memory as a tribute to his life and work. The NEC suggested that the event should be held on the 8th February, possibly in the afternoon in central London. This is a tentative date at this stage…

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