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NOVEMBER 13, 2018

NUBSLI raise concerns over the conduct of Language Empire

IN: Campaigning, Disability, Equalities, Fighting Back, Sector News

The National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters (NUBSLI), which is part of Unite the union, is writing to NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCG) in the north west of England after the interpreting provider Language Empire was ordered to pay ... Read more

NOVEMBER 12, 2018

Labour consultation on Building a Statutory Youth Service

IN: Campaigning, Labour Movement, Sector News, Youth Workers

As the leading trade union for community, youth and playworkers, with thousands of members across the United Kingdom, and a specialist section for Community, Youth and Playworkers (CYPW), we work tirelessly to campaign for an end to the destruction of community, youth ... Read more

NOVEMBER 05, 2018

It's Youth Work Week 18 and Youth Work Works!

IN: Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

Happy Youth Work Week. A key part of the National Youth Agency’s (NYA) celebrations this year is asking the sector to create and share short videos celebrating and emphasising the amazing impact youth work can have in the wide variety of ... Read more

OCTOBER 31, 2018

Youth Work Inquiry Reports Back!

IN: Campaigning, Children, Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers, education

The all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on youth affairs, a cross party committee headed up by Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP and with input from the National Youth Agency (NYA), has released its initial recommendations and a summary of its findings and has called on ... Read more

OCTOBER 30, 2018

The Time for Change is now!

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Legal Aid and Advice

The Government is reviewing access to legal aid and is considering changes to the legal aid system. Lots of people rely on legal aid to deal with issues around housing and family matters. But under the current system, many people in ... Read more

OCTOBER 25, 2018

Amnesty International must improve staff wellbeing and management accountability

IN: Health and Safety, International, Sector News

Following the tragic death of Gaëtan Mootoo, Unite seeks commitment from Amnesty International to take concrete steps in improving staff wellbeing and management accountability.  Without this, it is impossible to create a safe and healthy workplace where employee ill-treatment is never ... Read more

OCTOBER 24, 2018

RSPCA commit to tackling organisational bullying and harassment

IN: Charities, Fighting Back, Health and Safety, Stories

Unite, which represents workers throughout the charity sector, has welcomed a commitment by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (RSPCA) new chief executive Chris Sherwood to tackle his organisation’s culture of bullying and harassment, which was ... Read more

OCTOBER 22, 2018

Housing Workers Conference - It's time to win our fair share!

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Pay

The strength of the housing sector lies in the commitment, belief and motivation of its workforce. As housing workers, we work in our job because we care. We support our organisation’s aims of social housing and support for the vulnerable, above ... Read more

OCTOBER 21, 2018

Save our libraries demo

IN: Campaigning, Cuts, Fighting Back

On Saturday 3 November Unite, Unison and PCS are holding a joint demonstration and family-friendly rally in support of libraries, museums and cultural services. If you love libraries and museums, galleries and theatres – beware, they’re under attack, facing cuts on ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018


IN: Pay, Sector News, Youth Workers

Youth and community workers, members of Unite, along with staff side unions have voted to accept a two year pay deal starting from September 2018. Unite members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the two year JNC (Joint Negotiating Committee), pink book ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

Theresa May: no solution to housing crisis

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Sector News

Housing association chiefs gave Theresa May a standing ovation for her speech to the National Housing Federation on Wednesday.  There can’t be many audiences in the UK where she could expect that.  Not many tenants feel they have anything to stand ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

'Telling it like it is'

IN: Campaigning, Faith Workers, Fighting Back, Labour Movement

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby became only the third serving archbishop to address the TUC this year at its 150th anniversary on Wednesday (September 13). In Welby’s stirring speech, he launched a withering attack on big corporations such as Amazon and on ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 06, 2018


IN: Campaigning, Housing, Sector News

While Chief Executives receive year on year inflation busting average pay increases housing sector staff are expected to work harder for less pay and reduced pension provision. Despite the gross value of housing association properties now approaching £1.5 billion and the sector ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 05, 2018

Government must get a grip on the social care crisis!

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, social care

We do not need to wait for the government to publish its long-delayed green paper on social care for older people in England to know that years of significant underfunding of councils, coupled with rising demand and costs for care ... Read more

AUGUST 22, 2018

Unite National Women's Week

IN: Equalities

This key National Equalities Education event for Unite women is taking place on Sunday 18th - Friday 23rd November 2018 and will be held at the View Hotel in Eastbourne.   This annual Equalities Education event is aimed at all women workplace reps/ ... Read more

AUGUST 17, 2018

Housing Green Paper 'pitiful'

IN: Campaigning, Housing

No new money Faced with public outrage following the deaths at Grenfell tower, a deep housing crisis with unaffordable homes and rising numbers sleeping rough the government promised a “fundamental rethink of social housing in this country”.  But neither Tuesdays Green Paper on ... Read more

AUGUST 10, 2018

Cash boost for youth services vital, says Unite


The government has announced that it will undertake a review of statutory guidance that requires local authorities to provide youth services under plans outlined in its new Civil Society Strategy which will provide "greater clarity" on what youth services the ... Read more

JULY 18, 2018

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

IN: Campaigning, Labour Movement

Friday 20 July 2018 - Sunday 22 July 2018 at 08:00-20:00 In the 1830s life in villages like Tolpuddle was hard and getting worse. Farm workers could not bear more cuts to their pay and some fought back by smashing the ... Read more

JULY 04, 2018

JNC Employers meet with unions on Monday to put forward pay offer

IN: Campaigning, Pay, Sector News, Terms and Conditions, Youth Workers

JNC Staff Side unions will meet employers on Monday (9th July) to see if they are ready to #PayUp for youth work.  The joint unions representing thousands of Youth and Community Workers across England and Wales in Local Government and the community, ... Read more

JULY 04, 2018

Unite continues the call for a statutory youth service in its response to the Parliamentary Inquiry on the role and sufficiency of youth work

IN: Campaigning, Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

The Parliamentary Inquiry on the role and sufficiency of youth work is part of the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs (APPG) which is a cross party group established in 1998 to raise the profile of issues ... Read more

JUNE 01, 2018

Call for investment in youth work and youth services on International Children’s day

IN: Campaigning, Cuts, Fighting Back, Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

The destruction of the youth services and de-professionalisation of youth work shows youth worker morale at rock bottom. Unite the Union, the leading trade union voice for youth and community workers in the UK, is calling for a substantial increase in ... Read more

MAY 17, 2018

Manifesto for culture change in the international development sector

IN: Campaigning, International, Pay, Sector News

Recent press interest has once again revealed the failings of the leadership of international development organisations to address sexual exploitation and abuse issues that we, as workers, have been highlighting for many years. This has brought a renewed commitment to ... Read more

MAY 11, 2018

Trade Unions demand that employers and the Government pay up for youth work and youth services

IN: Campaigning, Pay, Sector News, Terms and Conditions, Youth Workers

Joint pay claim from Unite, Unison, NEU and UCU asks for a £1000 or 5% pay increase for youth and community workers on the JNC Pink Book after almost a decade of pay restraint. The four unions representing thousands of Youth ... Read more

MAY 09, 2018

Youth Work: Professionals Valued


A research report on the future of the JNC collective bargaining agreement for youth and community workers by Unite the Union. Unite is proud to lead the campaign to protect our youth and community services. They play a vital role in supporting ... Read more

APRIL 26, 2018

Housing workers prepare for strike action

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Sector News

Unite members employed at Helena Partnerships Limited, Golden Gates Housing Trust and Torus 62 Limited, who undertake housing maintenance on social housing in Warrington and St Helens, are preparing to ballot for industrial action after their parent company (Torus Group) ... Read more

APRIL 18, 2018

Justice system in crisis!

IN: Campaigning, Legal Aid and Advice, Sector News

Workers in legal aid and advice organisations are at breaking point according to a survey undertaken by their union Unite. The survey was released yesterday in advance of today's Vigil for Justice, organised by the Justice Alliance and supported by Unite, which will be ... Read more

MARCH 27, 2018

Social cleansing of city centres

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Sector News

Members of the Unite LE Housing Branch 1111 stood alongside tenants yesterday opposed to ‘the social cleansing of city centres’ by the same housing associations that are derecognising unions and cutting staff and who are also alienating residents and anyone ... Read more

MARCH 22, 2018

Creating a Statutory Youth Service!

IN: Campaigning, Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

ChooseYouth are holding a roundtable event in Westminster on April 23rd, 4-6pm, and invite those with an interest in protecting, resourcing and delivering a statutory youth service to get involved. This event follows the successful parliamentary event held earlier this year. Youth ... Read more

MARCH 16, 2018

Rough sleeping uncovered?

IN: Housing, Sector News

In a TV programme screened last night, Conservative MP Adam Holloway spent a week sleeping rough in London.  His written report on The Daily Telegraph website gives some insights into what it is like sleeping rough but avoids the causes ... Read more

MARCH 08, 2018

International Women's Day 2018 and Women's Pay Day for many!

IN: Equalities, Fighting Back, Pay, Sector News

It’s International Women’s Day today - a day to celebrate the many achievements of women as well as highlight the inequalities women continue to face in the workplace and society. Nearly 50 years since the Ford machinists went on strike ... Read more

MARCH 08, 2018

International Women's Day - be inspired by women like Betty

IN: Equalities

In 1932, 14-year-old Betty turned up on the first day of her job at the East Lancashire Paper Mill. When she discovered that boys got 13 shillings while girls barely made 9, she was furious. She immediately joined the National ... Read more

MARCH 08, 2018

Women in the Workplace: Thoughts for International Women’s Day

IN: Equalities, Labour Movement, Pay, Sector News

The TUC Women’s Conference, the democratic voice of women at work, is convening this International Women’s Day at Congress House to discuss the issues of low pay, pay restraint and the yawning gender pay gap. How can we best support ... Read more

MARCH 05, 2018

Government plans to transform children and young people’s mental health provision lack boldness

IN: Children, Sector News, Young People

The government’s green paper on transforming children and young people’s mental health provision in England lacks the boldness and scope needed to address the ‘burning injustice’ of young people’s mental ill health says Britain’s largest union Unite. In its response to ... Read more

FEBRUARY 23, 2018

Labour pledges for a statutory youth service

IN: #PoliticalVision, Campaigning, Fighting Back, Playwork, Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

Labour's shadow chancellor has said he wants to include a commitment to making youth services statutory in the party's manifesto for the next general election. In a video address to the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU), John McDonnell said he ... Read more

FEBRUARY 15, 2018

London Mayor to invest in youth services

IN: Campaigning, Cuts, Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced plans to invest £45m in youth services over the next three years in a bid to divert young people in London away from crime. With youth centres, outreach and after-school activities not a ... Read more

FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Love your union!

IN: Campaigning, Labour Movement, Sector News

#HeartUnions week is back and union members from across the UK are taking part in the TUC's third annual heart unions week from the 12 to 18 February, celebrating all that is great about trade unions.   ❤Unions Week gives us all ... Read more

FEBRUARY 13, 2018

Unite statement on Oxfam

IN: Charities, Sector News

Unite, the UK’s largest union, which represents staff at Oxfam, is seeking an urgent meeting with the organisation’s management in order to get reassurances, following the recent adverse publicity the charity has received. Unite represents around 300 Oxfam staff at the ... Read more

FEBRUARY 05, 2018

It’s all about #BeingOurselves!

IN: Campaigning, Children, Disability, Equalities, Sector News, Stories, Young People

Child Mental Health Week was given a royal seal of approval by the Duchess of Cambridge who recorded a video message of support for charity Place2Be's campaign encouraging children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness. The theme this year ... Read more

FEBRUARY 01, 2018

Get ready for ♥UNIONS 2018

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Labour Movement, Resources, Sector News

HeartUnions week 2018 will be taking place from 12 to 18 February. It's a week of activity throughout England and Wales that highlights the good work that unions do everyday to offer everyone a voice at work. This year the campaign will ... Read more

JANUARY 24, 2018

Unite responds to Presidents Club sexual harassment expose

IN: Equalities, Fighting Back, Sector News

Responding to the shocking revelations of organised sexual harassment that occurred last week at the Presidents Club charity dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, Unite national officer Siobhan Endean said: “The sleazy and disgraceful events that occurred last week at the Presidents ... Read more

JANUARY 23, 2018

It’s about time we gave 16 and 17 year olds a vote

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

The arguments for and against continue but this week sees the news of two academics who will be conducting research into the issue of whether 16 year olds should be able to vote ( The research is being carried out ... Read more

JANUARY 22, 2018

4.5% pay boost at Peter Bedford Housing Association

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Pay, Sector News

Unite members at the small north east London supported housing organisation Peter Bedford Housing Association (PBHA) have agreed a pay deal which conjoins them to the nationally agreed local government scales. The result of this is that in future, members ... Read more

JANUARY 10, 2018


IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Fighting Back, Sector News

Unite National Officer, Siobhan Endean appeared on Radio 5 live this morning talking about parliamentary staff and the work our union reps are doing to support dignity at work. Siobhan emphasised the need for the voice of staff to be amplified in ... Read more

DECEMBER 21, 2017

Homelessness is a crisis!

IN: Campaigning, Cuts, Equalities, Housing, Legal Aid and Advice

This week, newspapers reported a homeless man's dead body being found outside a restaurant in central Birmingham in freezing temperatures after passers-by thought he was asleep. The 38-year-old homeless man was called Paul Williams and this was not the first ... Read more

DECEMBER 19, 2017

The Dan Baird "stop knife crime" Campaign

IN: Campaigning, Sector News

Daniel Baird was just 26 years of age when he was fatally stabbed in the early hours of 8th July 2017, outside The Forge Tavern, Digbeth in Birmingham following a night out with friends. Dan died shortly after arriving at ... Read more

DECEMBER 12, 2017

Work Voice Pay - 3% for Friends of the Earth!

IN: Campaigning, Pay, Sector News

Workers at Friends of the Earth (FoE) are celebrating as their pay negotiations have resulted in a 3% increase on all staff basic salaries (including a 3% increase in London weighting) - all backdated to the 1 June 2017.   Aaron, Connor, Laura and Rose, Unite ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

Advice Workers Survey - Your chance to tell Unite!

IN: Care and Support, Legal Aid and Advice

Unite the Union have launched a new survey, asking their members in the advice sector to feedback about the day to day realities of funding cuts and worsening pay and conditions alongside a heightened demand from the public for services. Unite ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

The housing crisis - keenly debated at TUC Congress

IN: Housing, Sector News

Protecting workers' jobs and rights in Brexit Britain and an economy built on decent jobs with an active industrial strategy at its heart were among the key issues for Britain's largest union, Unite, at this year's TUC Congress in Brighton. With ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

Celebrate Youth Work - Rebuild the Youth Service

IN: Campaigning, Young People, Youth Workers

ChooseYouth the national campaigning organisation representing all of the main youth and youth service organisations, is organising a drop in evening for MPs and Lords on November 6th, 2016, between 4 and 6.00pm. Come along and help us to celebrate ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 01, 2017

Invitation to the 2nd Unite Social Care Forum, Birmingham

IN: Sector News

Unite Social Care Forum - Unite the Union, Thursday 28 September 2017, 6 Holt Court North, Heneage Street West, Birmingham, B7 4AX Following the first Unite Social Care Forum in London in March, Birmingham will host the 2ndSocial Care Forum to ... Read more

AUGUST 04, 2017

Just give us a fair days pay!

IN: Campaigning, Labour Movement

The first strike by Bank of England workers in more than 50 years went ahead this week after last-ditch talks broke down. Unite members at the Bank of England began a three day strike. All they are asking for is fair ... Read more

AUGUST 04, 2017

A win for NUBSLI!

IN: Campaigning, Care and Support, Disability, Equalities, Sector News, Terms and Conditions

In their first decisive action, NUBSLI (the National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters) have won a victory over fees, terms and conditions with LanguageLine Solutions who hold one of the large government framework contracts. Under the National framework agreement interpreters' ... Read more

AUGUST 04, 2017

Help us celebrate [email protected]

IN: Campaigning, Health and Safety, Labour Movement, Sector News

It is 40 years since the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 created the role of trade union safety representatives to improve health and safety in the workplace and what a difference this has made to workplaces up and ... Read more

JULY 27, 2017

Playday - an opportunity to campaign on issues affecting children’s play

IN: Campaigning, Children, Playwork, Sector News, Youth Workers

August 2nd is Playday and is the biggest play sector event in the UK, and possibly Europe! As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. ... Read more

JULY 26, 2017

Unite celebrates court victory as historic win for working people

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Sector News, Stories

The Supreme Court has quashed the government’s system of fees for employment tribunals following a four-year fight and is a victory for everyone in work . Responding to the decision today by the Supreme Court that the government was wrong to ... Read more

JULY 26, 2017

Unions victorious and another major blow for Theresa May’s weak and wobbly government

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Fighting Back, Sector News, Stories

In yet another major blow for Theresa May's weak and unstable government and further evidence of how the Tories treat their own workforce and other public servants with contempt, the High Court has ruled that it was unlawful for the ... Read more

JULY 24, 2017

Another £1.5b confidence and supply agreement?

IN: Campaigning, Sector News, Volunteers, Young People, Youth Workers

The Scout Association has entered into a three-year partnership with the National Citizen Service in a deal that is expected to be worth about £1.5m. The two organisations said they hoped the ‘arrangement’ would enable them to support more young people ... Read more

JULY 17, 2017

Launch of Proof, issue three - Life in the Justice Gap: legal aid matters

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Legal Aid and Advice, Sector News

Issue three of Proof magazine, A Time To Rethink - Life in the Justice Gap: legal aid matters will be launched on Tuesday 18th July in Parliament with speakers including Ruth Hayes, Chair of CYNfP Sector Ruth Hayes and Richard ... Read more

JULY 14, 2017

Don’t cut our Human Rights!

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Fighting Back

Unite the Union and PCS have launched a joint campaign to highlight the huge budget cuts of 25% over the next four years facing the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) which will result in nearly 30 members of staff ... Read more

JUNE 28, 2017

Grenfell Towers - Unite appeal

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Legal Aid and Advice, Sector News

The full horror of the fire at the Grenfell Tower is yet to unfold but we do know that there has been many fatalities, serious injuries and hundreds of people have been left destitute and in despair. There are very many ... Read more

JUNE 07, 2017

Political consensus for the sake of children and young people

IN: #PoliticalVision, Young People, Youth Workers

Whatever the politics, Unite believes that children and young people must have access to the services that enable them to become successful and rounded adults, and these services must be sufficiently resourced and delivered by qualified practitioners. A statutory youth service Unite ... Read more

MAY 31, 2017

The Great Get Together - In memory of Jo Cox

IN: Equalities, Sector News, Stories

The Great Get Together is a campaign of the Jo Cox Foundation in memory of Jo, who was killed on 16 June last year. Jo's family believe there is a groundswell of people who reject divisive politics and simply want ... Read more

MAY 18, 2017

Thirteen Group concede and agreement is reached

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Pay, Sector News

In the period leading up to Christmas 2015 Vela and Fabrick Housing groups were in the process of merging to become Thirteen Group and negotiations were taking place regarding group wide terms and conditions plus an annual pay rise. Included ... Read more

MAY 10, 2017

Low paid workers offered counselling

IN: Health and Safety, Housing, Pay

Mental health issues affect around two thirds of the population, with many suffering in silence. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year's theme is ‘surviving to thriving'. This gives us the chance to highlight how issues around ... Read more

MAY 03, 2017

A vote is more than a cross on a piece of paper

IN: Labour Movement, Sector News

There are lots of elections being held tomorrow across 27 English County Councils, 7 other English authorities, in all Welsh and Scottish Councils as well as elections for Mayors of 6 Combined Authorities. Some people don't think they need to ... Read more

APRIL 24, 2017

IWMD 2017: An organised workplace is a safe workplace

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News

The 28th April is International Workers’ Memorial Day the day each year when workers come together and remember those who have been killed and injured at work. The slogan for the day is “remember the dead – fight for the ... Read more

APRIL 24, 2017

The draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Employer Debt) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

IN: Care and Support, Sector News

The Government has after long delay published a response to the consultation on employer debt in relation to non-associated multi-employer pension schemes and in doing so is now consulting on specific proposed change in the law. The proposal is that, subject ... Read more

APRIL 12, 2017

Rapport - for Community, Youth and Playworkers (April)

IN: Children, Playwork, Resources, Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

Regular electronic newsletter for Youth Workers, Community Workers and Playworkers We want to make sure that Branch Rapport is a monthly bulletin that hits your email boxes with information that is of interest and touches on subjects that concern you in ... Read more

APRIL 03, 2017

Unite supports calls to Scrap the Frameworks!

IN: Equalities, Fighting Back, Sector News

When NUBSLI first set up their #ScrapTheFramework campaign, raising issues around sustainability and the use of framework agreements, some felt that they were scaremongering. But a recently leaked insolvency document by Pearl Linguistics, the company that went into liquidation several weeks ... Read more

MARCH 29, 2017

California Playworking

IN: Sector News, Young People

In the UK we have been reeling from cuts, and playwork has been particularly affected. In North America they are growing playwork as a profession, and experimenting with different ways of offering it. I flew to California in February to speak ... Read more

MARCH 27, 2017

Department’s three-month extension for fixed-contract Youth Workers welcomed

IN: Fighting Back, Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

Department of Education confirms more than one hundred fixed-term youth workers will have their contracts extended to the end of June 2017. Political parties now need to agree re-establishment of a functioning Executive to secure vital public services. Unite Regional Officer, ... Read more

MARCH 21, 2017

A call to end buck-passing and safeguard Youth Service

IN: Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland must intervene to end buck-passing and safeguard Youth Service jobs Unite Regional Secretary writes to James Brokenshire MP to request intervention to secure future of youth service jobs More than one hundred youth workers face redundancy ... Read more

MARCH 16, 2017

Rapport - Electronic Newsletter for Community, Youth and Playworkers

IN: Sector News, Stories, Young People, Youth Workers

Regular electronic newsletter for Youth Workers, Community Workers and Playworkers       We want to make sure that Branch Rapport is a monthly bulletin that hits your email boxes with information that is of interest and touches on subjects that concern you in your working ... Read more

MARCH 10, 2017

Housing workers welcome Clarion climb down on sick pay

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

Clarion had proposed to deny full sick pay for the first three days of any illness under new contracts at the giant housing group. Housing workers were celebrating today after it was learnt that Clarion had backtracked over its decision to ... Read more

MARCH 09, 2017

Rough sleeper immigration raids and homelessness charities

IN: Housing, Sector News, Stories, Terms and Conditions

Homelessness agencies accused of being complicit in coercive deportations This blog was written by Paul Kershaw, Chair of the Unite Housing Branch LE1111 and was first published on the branch website on 8/3/17. Homelessness agencies including St Mungos are identified as complicit ... Read more

MARCH 07, 2017

4% for all Unite housing workers - pay up 2017

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

Unite's housing workers demand a minimum 4% pay rise for 2017 Unite Housing Workers demand a minimum 4% pay rise in 2017 and this is why! The cost of living is rising! Inflation is expected to be over 3% from April 2017 Housing ... Read more

MARCH 02, 2017

Final Call! Let’s show how much we love our NHS

IN: Campaigning, Cuts, Fighting Back, Labour Movement, Sector News

Let’s show we value and cherish our NHS and reject attack on the quality of our health services! Join us on Saturday March 4th in London. I am stilling reeling from result of the Copeland by election last week in Cumbria.  ... Read more

FEBRUARY 22, 2017

Unite member in the Charities Sector?

IN: Sector News

Charities Sector Briefing Day 1st March 2017 1100 – 1500 Unite House 128 Theobald's Road London WC1X 8TN This event offers a great opportunity for Unite reps working across the charities sector to meet with other reps and help build a ... Read more

FEBRUARY 21, 2017

Government fail to act on gender pay gap

IN: Equalities, Sector News

MPs on a select committee have attacked the government for failing to implement reforms aimed at eliminating the gender pay gap. The Women and Equalities Committee have said the government have failed to act on its recommendations on tackling the structural ... Read more

FEBRUARY 20, 2017

Work Your Proper Hours Day

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News, Stories

Work Your Proper Hours Day, Friday 24th Feb 2017, is the day when the average person who does unpaid overtime finishes the unpaid days they do every year, and starts earning for themselves. We think that's a day worth celebrating. Over ... Read more

FEBRUARY 14, 2017

Unite Social Care Forum

IN: Sector News

Unite believes in an integrated health and social care system, but demands minimum commissioning standards on both cost and staffing levels that would enable employers to retain experienced employees with decent wages and conditions, fair and reasonable working patterns, job ... Read more

FEBRUARY 08, 2017

Supporting HEARTUNIONS week

IN: Campaigning, Sector News

This is our chance to celebrate our successes and share the stories of Unite members, reps and activists and the amazing work that they do in workplaces and communities up and down the country. We want your stories to inspire a ... Read more

FEBRUARY 06, 2017

Are you ready for heartunions week?

IN: Campaigning, Sector News

Following the popularity of the ♥unions campaign week last year the TUC family of unions has agreed to run the campaign again, this time 8 – 14 February 2017. Heartunions week is all about building a stronger movement after the trade ... Read more

JANUARY 24, 2017

Executive parties must commit to long-term funding for vital Youth Services

IN: Cuts, Fighting Back, Young People, Youth Workers

Staff left anxious for future after receipt of protective notice letters from Education Authority Unite Regional Officer, Taryn Trainor, who represents the union’s membership in the Youth Service sector called for all Assembly parties to commit themselves to the long-term funding ... Read more

JANUARY 20, 2017

Youth Workers Breakthrough on Work Life Balance and Flexible Working

IN: Health and Safety, Housing, Sector News, Terms and Conditions, Young People

Youth and Community workers have reached a significant agreement with Local Government employers group the LGA (Local Government Association) on flexible working and work life balance arrangements which could affect thousands of people working with Children and Young people in ... Read more

DECEMBER 15, 2016

Housing Workers fightback against a continued attack to working rights and conditions

IN: Campaigning, Cuts, Housing, Terms and Conditions

Wishaw housing dispute - Strike fund launched and board member resigns following criticism of the handling by Chief Executive of the long running dispute. Eddie Mullen, the former vice-chair of Wishaw & District Housing Association has resigned, criticising the way its ... Read more

DECEMBER 13, 2016

Clarion threatens to withdraw from union recognition

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

New housing association Clarion, created through a merger of Affinity Sutton and Circle Housing, has angered union members by threatening to withdraw union recognition from a section of our members. Unite members took part in a lobby of Clarion’s launch event, ... Read more

DECEMBER 01, 2016

Running Towards Trouble

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Sector News

In a sector which prides itself on helping others, fighting for equality, diversity and well-being, do international development and humanitarian organisations practice what they preach? International Development and Humanitarian Aid Workers need protection at work just like everyone else – ... Read more

NOVEMBER 24, 2016

Please support the call to stop the salary slashing of supported living workers

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Pay, Sector News

Supported Living (SSL) Workers at Sanctuary staff have received letters from their employer threatening a possible dismissal and re-engagement if they do not agree to huge pay cuts, even though the project makes an annual surplus. The SSL project contributes ... Read more

NOVEMBER 22, 2016

Unite Community in ‘We are all Daniel Blake’ protest against benefit sanctions and cuts

IN: #Workfare, Campaigning, Cuts, Disability, Economics, Equalities, Fighting Back, Labour Movement, Legal Aid and Advice

Members of Unite Community's West London branch will stage a ‘We are all Daniel Blake' protest outside four west London job centres on Wednesday 23 November from 11:00, as part of a day of action against benefit sanctions and welfare ... Read more

NOVEMBER 02, 2016

National demonstration in support of our libraries, museums and galleries

IN: Campaigning, Cuts, Fighting Back, Labour Movement

Union members from Unite, Unison and PCS will join librarians and campaigners in a joint march on Saturday 5th November against cuts to libraries, museums and galleries. The London march sees campaigners assemble at 12 noon outside the British Library, Euston ... Read more

OCTOBER 28, 2016

No Salary Slashing at Sanctuary!

IN: Campaigning, Cuts, Fighting Back, Pay, Sector News

Unite members demonstrated outside Sanctuary Group's headquarters in Worcester yesterday in protest over proposed cuts to pay conditions. Members of the Unite union highlighted to members of the public the difference between CEO David Bennett’s £320,000 salary and the £8,000 pay ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

We are all Daniel Blake!

IN: Economics, Equalities, Fighting Back, Homelessness, Housing, Pay

Exactly half a century after the iconic television play Cathy Come Home sparked a national conversation about homelessness, another Ken Loach production will be released in cinemas nationally on October 21, is getting people talking – this time about our ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

The greatest wealth is health

IN: Care and Support, Disability, Economics, Equalities, Labour Movement

Danby Health Shop is what a social enterprise is all about, with plans to employ and support members of the community with learning difficulties, and with a concern for the environment existing at the heart of the company's outlook. It has ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016

Pressure mounts on EHRC Board to stop cuts!

IN: Campaigning, Disability, Equalities, Fighting Back

The joint campaign launched to highlight the huge budget cuts facing the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has received support from Birmingham MP Jack Dromey who has committed to raising the issue in Parliament. In a letter written to Chair ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 01, 2016

National charity folds due to funding pressures

IN: Campaigning, Children, Cuts, Playwork, Youth Workers

National charity 4Children closes due to funding pressures, with Action for Children taking on the vast majority of its existing work. Earlier this week the charity 4Children, which delivers childcare, family support and youth services, announced it would close due to ... Read more

AUGUST 23, 2016

Unite serves notice on London’s ‘unethical’ hotel sector

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Pay, Sector News

Global hotel chains stand accused of making London one of the most ‘unethical' tourist destinations in the world by its own workforce in a hard hitting report launched by Unite, Britain's biggest union. Unethical London, written by Unite, exposes the low ... Read more

AUGUST 09, 2016

Drop the Debt

IN: Campaigning, Cuts

Unite is calling on the Scottish Parliament to back a debt amnesty to help protect cash-starved council services. As part of its Drop the Debt campaign, the union has written to the Parliament’s local government and communities committee, calling for an ... Read more

JULY 21, 2016

The government wants to make it cheaper to sack you!

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back

The Tories' plan to cap public sector exit payments, such as redundancy schemes and early retirement. These changes are being pushed through in preparation for huge cuts to the public sector meaning many thousands of jobs will be lost. These changes ... Read more

JUNE 22, 2016

Michelle’s story: I don’t want to risk losing pregnancy, maternity and family leave rights

IN: #VoteRemain, Sector News

Rights to paid time off for antenatal appointments and strong duties on employers to protect pregnant women were introduced in the UK as a result of EU law. Read more

JUNE 20, 2016

Maurice's story: Bad bosses will exploit workers' if we leave the EU

IN: #VoteRemain, Sector News

Maurice works in an office. His new boss was going to make him work longer hours for less pay - which is illegal under EU law. Maurice is protected under EU law, that's why he's voting to remain. Read more

JUNE 14, 2016

Brexit would hit low-paid women hardest, says TUC

IN: #VoteRemain, Equalities

The TUC has issued a stark warning today that a Leave vote could jeopardise the pay and conditions of a million people a year, if EU rules on transferring workers to different companies are torn up after Brexit. The union confederation ... Read more

JUNE 14, 2016

Unions standing up the youth workers of today

IN: Fighting Back, Pay, Young People, Youth Workers

Unions representing youth and community workers across England and Wales have called for an end to the fall in youth worker pay, after years of real terms pay cuts sees wages shrink by 17% in six years. The NUT, UCU, Unite ... Read more

JUNE 14, 2016

Tracey's story: Don't risk our flexible working by leaving the EU

IN: #VoteRemain, Equalities

Tracey is a part-time working mum. Thanks to the EU, Tracey has flexible working - by voting to leave we risk losing this right. Read more

JUNE 07, 2016

Alison reinstated!

IN: Fighting Back, Health and Safety, Legal Aid and Advice, Sector News

We have heard today the great news that the campaign to reinstate Alison Morris has been successful! "Following lengthy negotiations I can confirm that Alison Morris has been reinstated by CGL. Both Unite and CGL have committed to work together to ... Read more

JUNE 06, 2016

EU Referendum - Last chance to register to vote!

IN: Sector News, Stories

Good jobs, rights at work. The Trades Union Congress believe there's a huge amount at stake for working people in this referendum and believe a vote for Brexit could see huge damage to our industrial base and the good jobs ... Read more

MAY 24, 2016

Why are women voting to stay in the EU?

IN: #VoteRemain, Terms and Conditions

Being in Europe means that the UK is bound by common rules which seek to ensure protections for women in the workplace, tackle gender discrimination and fight against income inequality. If you are not registered to vote then you won't get ... Read more

MAY 19, 2016

Vote Remain!

IN: Sector News

On June 23rd Unite is asking you to vote for the UK to remain in the European Union. This is the biggest decision facing the people of the UK for generations. Voting to remain is a vote for jobs; employment rights; ... Read more

MAY 17, 2016

Access to Justice: Exposing the Myths

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Resources

A new publication from the Institute of Employment Rights demolishes the saloon bar myths disseminated by neoliberal politicians, employers' organisations, and the right-wing press on workers' access to justice. It shows that the system stacks the odds in favour of ... Read more

MAY 13, 2016

Pay up for HCA!

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

Unite members working at the HCA will be on strike on Thursday 19th May! Unite members at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) are taking industrial action after rejecting a pay offer from the agency this week. In February, the HCA offered to ... Read more

MAY 11, 2016

Support our Safety Rep - Alison Morris

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back

3,000 emails in support of Birmingham health & safety rep over sacking by drug charity in ‘fire alarm' row The campaign to reinstate a drug and alcohol worker and health and safety rep sacked for raising concerns with her service manager ... Read more

APRIL 27, 2016

Give Alison her job back!

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Health and Safety, Sector News

Alison Morris, Team Leader with years of exemplary experience in the field of substance misuse treatment, was summarily dismissed from her job at Reach Out Recovery on 11th April 2016. Alison, an accredited Health and Safety Rep for Unite the Union, ... Read more

APRIL 27, 2016

Workers' Memorial Day 2016

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don't die of mystery ailments, or in tragic "accidents". They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn't that important a priority. Workers' Memorial Day (WMD) commemorates ... Read more

APRIL 21, 2016

Industrial Action at Catalyst Housing

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

Plan to halve the number of neighbourhood managers Catalyst Housing plan to halve the number of Neighbourhood Managers it employs.  Unite members at Catalyst say this will result in a drastic decline in service.  Staff say that the workload of neighbourhood ... Read more

APRIL 21, 2016

More cuts for young people as Regional Youth Work Unit closes

IN: Cuts, Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

Cuts blamed as Learning South-West, which houses the Regional Youth Work Unit, closes in dramatic fashion with eight staff being made redundant. The Regional Youth Work Unit supports young people and the youth sector to have a voice in decisions ... Read more

MARCH 21, 2016

RSPCA management being ‘dragged kicking and screaming into 21st century’

IN: Campaigning, Sector News

Moves to bring the top management of the RSPCA, the world’s oldest animal welfare organisation, ‘kicking and screaming into the 21st century’ have received a cautious welcome from Unite, the country’s largest union. Unite has been pushing for an external ... Read more

MARCH 02, 2016

JNC to be retained in Warrington following fightback campaign

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Youth Workers

A landmark agreement has been achieved with Warrington Borough Council that will see youth and community workers retain their specialist terms and conditions. Warrington Borough Council were proposing to scrap the JNC moving us onto NJC at much lower pay scales ... Read more

FEBRUARY 17, 2016

What now for children services and early intervention in Oxfordshire?

IN: Campaigning, Children, Cuts, Young People, Youth Workers

An emotionally-charged meeting of Oxfordshire County Council saw councillors stop midway through to hammer out a compromise on how they would make more than £69m of savings after a series of impassioned speeches from the public. Unite members from the South ... Read more

FEBRUARY 16, 2016

Action for Children staff vote overwhelmingly for industrial action!

IN: Campaigning, Children, Pay

Senior executives at Action for Children are being urged to go to ACAS to resolve a long-running pay dispute as members overwhelmingly vote for strike action. 71% of Unite members taking part in the ballot voted yes to strike action, while ... Read more

FEBRUARY 15, 2016

Youth Workers Lobby to protect their terms and conditions!

IN: Campaigning, Terms and Conditions, Youth Workers

The Local Government Association (LGA) employers’ side has issued an open attack on the Youth and Community Workers profession with their intention to assimilate JNC Pink book pay, terms and conditions into the NJC Green book. Youth and Community workers ... Read more

FEBRUARY 10, 2016


IN: Sector News, Stories

The government announcement of an anti-advocacy clause being put into charities’ grant agreements is an unwelcome development for the voluntary sector. It builds on a clause implemented by DCLG last year and one that has already received criticism from the ... Read more

FEBRUARY 08, 2016

Members in Oxfordshire County Council vote for strike action!

IN: Campaigning, Cuts, Fighting Back, Young People, Youth Workers

Unite members are taking strike action with a 83% mandate from the membership of the South East 6272 Community Youth Workers and Not for Profit Branch. Action will take place for 24 hours from midnight 15th February to midnight 16th ... Read more

JANUARY 24, 2016

Listen up Cameron!

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back

Our 2016 New Year's resolution was to continue to fight for the community and voluntary sector. We asked our members to tell us what they wanted the government to do for our sector in 2016. Last year was a tough year ... Read more

JANUARY 22, 2016

'Action for Children' unions ballot for industrial action in pay dispute

IN: Campaigning, Children

High-handed action by bosses over pay at the charity Action for Children has prompted Unite and UNISON to ballot their members for industrial action. The dispute is over management offering no cost of living rise for 40% of the staff and ... Read more

JANUARY 07, 2016

Attack on JNC Youth & Community Workers Pay and Conditions

IN: Fighting Back, Young People, Youth Workers

This briefing paper has been written by Unite the Union in response to LGA Employer's JNC Side letter -8 December 2015 and sent to all Local Authority Councillors To All England, Northern Ireland and Wales Unite the Union Local Authority Councillors The ... Read more

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