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FEBRUARY 14, 2020

Knife crime: Stop and search not the answer, says youth committee

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

The Youth Select Committee concludes that the knife crime epidemic is fueled by cuts to vital services.  The report highlights concern with the Government’s increasingly punitive approach to tackling knife crime stating that serious youth violence such as knife crime is a symptom of various underlying ... Read more

FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Unite ballots members at Dundee Independent Advocacy Support

IN: Campaigning, Care and Support, Fighting Back, Sector News, social care

Unite the union has today (12 February) confirmed that it will open a week long industrial action ballot involving its membership at the Dundee Independent Advocacy Support (DIAS).   Staff are being asked to vote on action in a dispute over an ... Read more

FEBRUARY 10, 2020

Are you ready for ❤️ unions week?

IN: Resources, Sector News, Unite

Union members from across the UK are taking part in the TUC's fourth annual ❤️ unions (heart unions) week this week (from the 10 to 16 February), celebrating all that is great about trade unions. This is the chance to ... Read more

FEBRUARY 10, 2020

Support Unite members at RSPCA!

IN: Animal Welfare, Campaigning, Fighting Back, Sector News

Unite members at RSPCA are currently being balloted for strike action over detrimental new contracts. No worker should be forced into signing their contractual right to sickness, holiday and maternity pay away. The CEO is refusing point blank to negotiate with our ... Read more

FEBRUARY 04, 2020

Unite members at the RSPCA are voting to protect their rights at work

IN: Animal Welfare, Campaigning, Fighting Back, Sector News

  For more information about this dispute please see Workers to be balloted over the imposition of 'bully boy' contracts  Read more

FEBRUARY 04, 2020

Second time lucky as St Mungo’s staff vote to strike

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

Unite has balloted over 500 members at the homelessness charity for a second time in less than six months in a dispute over the tearing up of the junior staffing cap agreement, which risks reinstatement of ‘race to the bottom’ terms ... Read more

JANUARY 29, 2020

RSPCA Workers to be balloted over the imposition of 'bully boy' contracts

IN: Animal Welfare, Fighting Back, Sector News

Unite will be balloting its members at the RSPCA for strike action following an overwhelming vote in a consultative ballot to reject the management’s arbitrary imposition of new ‘performance pay’ contracts. The ballot will open on Tuesday (4 February) and will close ... Read more

JANUARY 28, 2020

Appeal to St Mungo’s board to ‘help rebuild trust’ ahead of strike ballot result

IN: Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

Unite has appealed to the St Mungo's board of trustees to ‘help rebuild trust’ by persuading senior management to reconsider its position and join last-ditch talks, ahead of the strike ballot result, which is due next Monday (3 February).   Unite is ... Read more

JANUARY 21, 2020

Staff at St Mungos urged to vote YES to defend jobs, skills and quality services

IN: Campaigning, Care and Support, Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

Unite believes that its members deserve to be treated fairly and with respect and are urging members to vote for strike action as it reballots workers at St Mungos.  The decision to reballot members has been taken as St Mungos push ahead with changes ... Read more

JANUARY 13, 2020

Unite urges local authorities to bring Sanctuary Care contracts 'back in house'


Unite is urging local authorities who have contracts with Sanctuary Care to bring them ‘back in-house’ after a criminal investigation was launched into one of its care homes. The union, which has more than 100 members across the Sanctuary Group, has ... Read more

JANUARY 09, 2020

Wage theft scandal

IN: Campaigning, Economics, Equalities, Pay

One in four workers on minimum wage illegally underpaid As the government’s mandatory minimum wage is set to rise to just £8.72 an hour in April, new research by The Resolution Foundation report has revealed that an astounding 25 per cent of minimum ... Read more

JANUARY 09, 2020

Retail expert to take top job at the NCS Trust

IN: Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

Mark Gifford, Director for Shop and Trade at Waitrose will become the new chief executive of the NCS Trust in March after Michael Lynas announced that he would be stepping down last year. A novice to the voluntary sector, Gifford will ... Read more

JANUARY 06, 2020

Email blunder at St Mungo’s exposes shameful anti trade union tactics

IN: Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News, Unite, social care

Unite has called on Howard Sinclair, CEO of homelessness charity St Mungo’s, to step down immediately after a misdirected email revealed that the charity had been working with a top London PR agency on a strategy to stop people joining ... Read more

DECEMBER 03, 2019

Peabody's CEO leaves staff and residents unimpressed

IN: Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News, social care

Businesses "driven by money concerns" Last week’s column by Peabody Chief Executive, Brenden Sarsfield (Inside Housing 29/11/2019) makes the call for change many in the social housing sector would want.  But staff and residents are not impressed. Mr Sarsfield writes, “Some say we ... Read more

NOVEMBER 25, 2019

‘Devastating critique’ by Unite of RSPCA bosses over pay dispute and bullying culture

IN: Animal Welfare, Fighting Back, Sector News

Unite has published a devastating critique of the managerial style at the RSPCA with an open letter to the chief executive Chris Sherwood. In the letter, Unite said that recent talks over pay and new contracts were ‘deliberately restrictive, disingenuous and designed ... Read more

NOVEMBER 21, 2019

The Time for Change is now - Register to Vote!

IN: politics

Up to nine and a half million eligible voters in our country are not registered to vote, including almost one-third of young people. There will be a coordinated National Voter Registration Day taking place tomorrow (Friday 22nd November), which involves a ... Read more

NOVEMBER 20, 2019

Unite to undertake consultative ballot action after RSPCA move towards performance-related pay

IN: Animal Welfare, Campaigning, Pay

Unite is to undertake a consultative ballot on industrial action with its members at the RSPCA over proposed changes to pay and conditions by the charity. The consultative ballot will run until 5 December and is designed to examine the strength of feeling ... Read more

NOVEMBER 17, 2019

Peabody surplus up – but pressing ahead with brutal cuts

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Pay

Despite announcing a £14 million rise in it’s surplus in the last six months taking it to £67 million, Peabody Housing are handing down brutal cuts to vital tenant services and impossible workloads are being forced on neighbourhood managers. With no pay rise ... Read more

NOVEMBER 06, 2019

£1 million cuts plan: Peabody workers announce strike ballot

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Housing, Sector News

  Peabody housing plan £1 million cuts to housing management budgets by March 2020 with potentially devastating consequences to residents and workers. Unite members have voted overwhelmingly to start a formal strike ballot. In the spring management launched a brutal restructure and ... Read more

NOVEMBER 05, 2019

Apology from St Mungo’s after sharing rough sleeper information

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Housing

St Mungo’s Chief Executive Howard Sinclair has apologised for sharing information about migrant rough sleepers with the Home Office saying, “The executive team takes full responsibility for this and is sorry it happened.”   Despite St Mungo’s management being repeatedly warned by ... Read more

OCTOBER 24, 2019

Shadow minister criticises DCMS for withholding data on NCS Trust spending

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

Vicky Foxcroft, Labour shadow minister for civil society, has criticised the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport after it declined to reveal details of any underspend by the NCS Trust.  The NCS Trust is the royal charter body that was ... Read more

OCTOBER 24, 2019

ONS show highest year-on-year increase in homeless deaths

IN: Cuts, Equalities, Homelessness, Housing

In 2018, there were an estimated 726 deaths of homeless people in England and Wales, 129 (22%) more deaths than in 2017 when there were 597 estimated deaths. The increase is statistically significant and represents the largest year-to-year increase in ... Read more

OCTOBER 23, 2019

Greenwich housing repair workers to strike

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

About 120 housing repair workers at Greenwich council are set to strike for five days over plans to introduce a new pay structure which will see cuts in pay. Unite said its members voted by 95 per cent for strike action ... Read more

OCTOBER 22, 2019

More trouble ahead for NCS Trust

IN: Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

With The Challenge already suing the NCS trust for £22m, the DCMS has revealed that it has received a separate complaint from a small NCS delivery partner. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has revealed that it received a ... Read more

OCTOBER 22, 2019

'Taking back control' - Unite members successfully confront Brexit challenges in the workplace

IN: Fighting Back, Labour Movement, Sector News

Major new research shows that Unite members are working together to successfully confront the challenges Brexit is presenting in workplaces up and down the country. Despite widespread political and public division over the UK’s relationship with the EU, the academic research found Unite ... Read more

OCTOBER 16, 2019

Employment Tribunal finds that St Mungos victimised female worker

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Housing, Sector News

  A recent judgement from by an Employment Tribunal found that St Mungos had victimised a staff member following her submission of an equal pay questionnaire.   The HR director, Helen Giles, had told the staff member that she would never work in the ... Read more

OCTOBER 10, 2019

National Citizen Service accused of "mismanagement and failure of leadership"

IN: Labour Movement, Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

The National Citizen Service Trust is being sued by its largest provider, The Challenge, for at least £20m with claims it has breached contracts in seven regions. The Challenge, which in August lost a contract believed to be worth more than £60m a ... Read more

OCTOBER 08, 2019

Only Young Once - Labour commits to rebuilding a universal youth service

IN: #PoliticalVision, Campaigning, Children, Labour Movement, Unite, Young People, Youth Workers

Labour has unveiled its vision for a universal youth service today, as fresh research reveals that youth services have been decimated by £1bn worth of cuts. ‘Only Young Once’ sets out Labour’s plan to rebuild youth services across the country as ... Read more

OCTOBER 04, 2019

Are knife crime orders the solution to rising levels of violent crime?

IN: Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

Tough new laws to tackle knife crime could harm relationships between police and local communities and fail to properly consider the needs of vulnerable groups of young people, children's services leaders have warned. In its response to the Home Office consultation on knife crime ... Read more

OCTOBER 02, 2019

Greenwich council housing repair workers vote to strike

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Pay

About 120 housing repair workers at Greenwich council have overwhelmingly voted to strike as they are disgusted over the way they are being treated, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today. Unite said its members had voted by 95 per ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

Bombshell report launched today laying bare the misery of Universal Credit

IN: Campaigning, Care and Support, Economics, Equalities, Labour Movement, Legal Aid and Advice

A ‘bombshell’ report and survey of nearly 1,200 Universal Credit claimants by the community section of Unite lays bare the misery of the scheme’s failed introduction with evidence of people becoming suicidal, going without food, being forced into debt and unable to ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

Amnesty staff ballot for industrial action over redundancies

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, International, Sector News

Unite to ballot its members employed by Amnesty International for industrial action in a dispute over redundancies. Amnesty International announced in June that it was planning to cut 146 posts which would result in 93 job losses. While the number of job ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

World Suicide Prevention Day is on Social Media

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News, Young People

The annual world suicide prevention day, organised by the The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) takes place today (10th September) The IASP was founded by the late Professor Erwin Ringel and Dr. Norman Farberow in 1960, and now includes professionals and volunteers ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

Unite at the TUC - Lessons from Grenfell going unheeded

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

Unite delegate and brother of a fire fighter James Mitchell spoke in support of the FBU motion to TUC , Grenfell Tower - Never Again highlighting the union’s calls for an immediate ban on the use of combustible materials on high rise blocks.   In a poignant ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

Unite at the TUC - calls on the union movement to back school climate change strikes


Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner called on trade unions to back the school climate change strikes taking place on 20 September. Moving motion 2 on climate change and a just transition he also demanded that workers are up-skilled or re-skilled ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 09, 2019

Rooting Out Hate - Unite signs the Conscious Advertising Network manifesto

IN: Labour Movement, Unite

Unite became the first major union to commit to stop funding hate speech and divisive narratives through advertising spend, signing the Conscious Advertising Network (CAN) manifesto on Monday, September 9. Unite launched its campaign at the TUC conference in Brighton, at the ... Read more

AUGUST 20, 2019

Charity workers share personal experiences of racism via social media

IN: Equalities, Sector News

The hashtag #CharitySoWhite has been trending on Twitter as people in the sector share their experiences of racism and discrimination. By 5pm on Tuesday, there had been over 2,000 tweets, with many of them liked and retweeted multiple times over, and ... Read more

AUGUST 14, 2019

Government’s latest knife crime initiative “wrong.”

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

The campaign to brand chicken shop take away boxes with #knifefree has been launched by the Home Office in response to the rising levels of knife crime. The boxes will replace packaging in chains such as Morley’s, Chicken Cottage and Dixy Chicken ... Read more

AUGUST 13, 2019

Wage growth stuck in the slow lane

IN: Campaigning, Economics, Equalities, Labour Movement

British workers are set for more wage pain as figures published yesterday by the Office for National Statistics showed earnings growth slowed in the three months to April, reporting that average total wages grew by only 2.5 per cent year-on-year ... Read more

AUGUST 12, 2019

Insecure workers entitled to 28 days paid leave

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Sector News, social care

In a blow against precarious work, senior judges have ruled all workers are entitled to a minimum of 28 days paid annual leave, even if they do not get given work or are not paid for parts of the year. The ... Read more

AUGUST 05, 2019

St Mungo’s balloted amidst victimisation row

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

Unite is urging Robert Napier, the chair of the board of the homeless charity St Mungo’s, to carry out an immediate investigation into an allegation of victimisation of a lead Unite representative. The call comes in response to emails, obtained under ... Read more

AUGUST 01, 2019

400 jobs affected as largest NCS provider confirms departure from the scheme

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

The National Citizen Service Trust, the royal charter body that runs the scheme on behalf of the government, confirmed that it would no longer contract its largest provider, The Challenge, after it had been 'unable to reach an agreement on a requirement to ... Read more

JULY 31, 2019

Further calls for investment in a ‘statutory youth service’

IN: Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

The Serious Youth Violence report published by the parliamentary home affairs committee has called for local authority funding for youth services to be statutory, ring-fenced and focused on preventing young people becoming caught up in violence. The inquiry highlights the connection between deprivation ... Read more

JULY 30, 2019

Unite in St Mungo's

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Homelessness, Housing

Talks aimed at resolving a long running dispute between Unite and St Mungo's mediated by Acas have collapsed.  It is deeply disappointing that St Mungo's senior management are determined to plough ahead with changes that threaten the very integrity of our ... Read more

JULY 25, 2019

Parliamentary debate on the role and sufficiency of youth work

IN: Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

A general debate was held on the role and current sufficiency of youth services in the UK was held yesterday in the House of Commons as a response to the publication of the inquiry by the all-party parliamentary group on ... Read more

JULY 19, 2019


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

As already reported, a review of the statutory guidance for council youth service provision has been launched by Civil society minister Mims Davies saying the review would focus on services to reduce social isolation among young people. (Read more here) Announcing ... Read more

JULY 11, 2019

Review launched into statutory guidance for Local Authorities on providing youth services

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

New deal for all young people  On July 25th, Lloyd Russell Moyle MP and others will lead a three hour debate in Parliament on the findings of the report and wider issues. Anyone passionate about youth work and youth services is invited to ... Read more

JULY 01, 2019

Change is coming!

IN: Animal Welfare

Unite secures ‘historic’ changes at RSPCA’s annual general meeting After three years of active campaigning and continued pressure from Unite the union representatives and members, the governance of the world’s oldest animal charity, the Royal Society for the Prevention to ... Read more

JUNE 27, 2019

Welsh Government more than doubles youth work funding

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

The Welsh Government chose Youth Work Week to recognise the important and vital role of youth work and youth services and launched a new Youth Work Strategy and a commitment to more than double youth service funding to over £10 ... Read more

JUNE 26, 2019

NUBSLI continue to be a powerful voice

IN: Campaigning, Disability, Fighting Back, Sector News

The National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters (NUBSLI) celebrates its fifth anniversary amid renewed warnings that government cost cutting and the unethical behaviour of some interpretation and translation agencies is harming deaf people’s access to public services. NUBSLI, one the ... Read more

JUNE 04, 2019

‘Stop exploiting staff goodwill’

IN: Equalities, Health and Safety, Sector News

Our survey reveals staff in the community and voluntary sector including for big name organisations such as Save the Children, RSPCA, Friends of the Earth, Citizens Advice, Oxfam and others found that 80% have experienced workplace stress in the last year with ... Read more

MAY 30, 2019

‘Crisis in Care’

IN: Housing, Sector News, social care

The first episode of a profoundly bleak but necessary two-part Panorama, Crisis in Care (BBC One), highlighted how the adult social care system is on the brink and in dire need of reform after years of austerity. This hard hitting documentary put a human face ... Read more

MAY 29, 2019

Epidemic of mental health issues and stress for workers in our Sector

IN: Care and Support, Health and Safety, Sector News

A confidential survey of members working within the Community, Youth and Not for Profit Sector has revealed an epidemic of stress related illness and massive mental health issues with the survey finding that 80% of respondents had experienced workplace stress ... Read more

MAY 28, 2019

Tackling serious violence needs real investment in preventative services!

IN: Cuts, Homelessness, Housing, Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers, social care

Unite has submitted its response to the Home Office's draft plans for a new legal duty to support a multi-agency approach to preventing and tackling serious violence. Whilst Unite is supportive in principle with taking a public health approach to tackling serious ... Read more

MAY 23, 2019

Voices need to be heard. The young and people supporting them must be recognised.

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

For many years the government and local authorities have neglected the Youth; we’re expected to be docile, to not question their authority or our rights, and allow our futures to be decided for us or have them be destroyed. Subsequently ... Read more

MAY 17, 2019

Recognising IDAHOBIT and raising awareness

IN: Equalities, Health and Safety, Sector News

Unite the Union is proud to recognise International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia , known as IDAHOBIT for short, this date was chosen as it commemorates the date of the decision to remove homosexuality from classification as a mental illness ... Read more

MAY 16, 2019

Calls for action to build and promote positive body image

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News, Young People

The UK Youth Parliament has been campaigning to bring about social change since 1999. Each year, following the Make Your Mark ballot and a vote by Members of Youth Parliament in the House of Commons, they set about campaigning on ... Read more

MAY 15, 2019

Mental Health at Work - an issue all year round

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News

There are many ways in which work can contribute to or exacerbate poor mental health, and these can include the threat of redundancies, reorganisations, overwhelming workloads, being expected to do more with less, low paid jobs, discrimination or the uncertainty ... Read more

MAY 14, 2019

Stress and anxiety in the workplace

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News

Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity for branch reps and members to address the issue of mental health at work.  Branches are encouraged to help remove the stigma and discrimination that people living and working with a mental ... Read more

MAY 13, 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019 and this years theme is body image. The Mental Health Foundation have released a report setting out the individual, family and cultural influences that sometimes result in a debilitating sense of dissatisfaction ... Read more

MAY 08, 2019

Another APPG Report – another call for investment in youth services

IN: Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

It is not surprising that analysis by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime, a group of over 40 MPs and Peers, has found that the areas suffering the largest cuts to youth spending have seen bigger increases in ... Read more

APRIL 12, 2019

A strong case for votes at 16

IN: Labour Movement, Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers, politics

Over 1.5 million young people aged 16 and 17 years are currently denied the vote in the UK. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Votes at 16, founded in April 2018 following years of lobbying for a lower voting age ... Read more

APRIL 08, 2019

Enough is enough!

IN: Economics, Fighting Back, Housing, Pay

After successive years of under inflationary pay rises, Unite the Union says Peabody must now pay all of its hard working staff a fair pay increase in this year’s negotiations and that only a 5% pay rise across the board ... Read more

APRIL 04, 2019

There really is No Time to Waste as APPG on Youth Affairs publishes report

IN: Labour Movement, Sector News, Young People, Youth Workers

Today saw the official release of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Youth Affairs  report from its Inquiry into Youth Work. The APPG, a cross-party group chaired by Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, was established in 1998 to raise the profile of issues ... Read more

MARCH 27, 2019

Housing Association's Horrors Exposed

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Housing, Sector News

Many people viewed with horror the Channel 4 Dispatches programme on Monday night, with its images of mouldy walls, rotten windows, damp rooms, flooded light fittings, rotting floors and general disrepair. The programme, entitled ‘New Landlords from Hell’, alleged that ... Read more

MARCH 26, 2019

Nowhere to Turn

IN: Economics, Equalities, Legal Aid and Advice, Resources, Young People, politics

Research from the Children's Society reveals that thousands of families in financial crisis are missing out on vital emergency support with parents being left at risk of debt and struggling to afford basics like feeding and clothing their children and heating ... Read more

MARCH 18, 2019

Workers’ Memorial Day

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News

Workers’ Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government on 28 April each year. Safe work is a right not a privilege. Workers' Memorial Day brings together workers and their representatives from all over the ... Read more

MARCH 18, 2019

Council Cuts Have Hit The Poorest

IN: Equalities, Fighting Back, Sector News, politics

Despite talk of ‘deal dividends’ and ‘Brexit bribes’, there seems to be no end in sight for local government when it comes to austerity. As the Local Government Association (LGA) recently highlighted  “councils were at the front of the queue ... Read more

MARCH 14, 2019

Groundbreaking agreement signed with Manchester city council

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Sector News, Terms and Conditions

A groundbreaking agreement between Unite the Union and Manchester City Council requires all voluntary sector organisations operating with the support of the local authority to follow ethical employment standards. The agreement, the first of its kind in the UK, covers all ... Read more

MARCH 08, 2019

Women relying on council services face a triple whammy from central Government cuts to local government funding

IN: Equalities, Fighting Back, Labour Movement, Sector News, politics

A new report entitled ‘Triple Whammy’ has been published by the Women's Budget Group, setting out clear findings that show how women are the hardest hit by government cuts made in the name of austerity. Cuts to central government funding to local authorities have and are affecting ... Read more

MARCH 04, 2019

NCS doesn't need a revamp - it needs a total rethink

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

As the NCS Trust puts out a contract worth up to £10m to revamp its brand is this the time to think again? The Trust, - a not-for-profit organisation incorporated by Royal Charter, is initially offering a two-year contract to deliver a ... Read more

MARCH 01, 2019

London United campaign launched

IN: Campaigning, Equalities, Labour Movement

A campaign to tackle the alarming surge in far right extremism in the UK and across Europe will be launched by trade unions and party members at the London Labour regional conference this weekend (2-3 March 2019). The London region of ... Read more

MARCH 01, 2019

International Women's Day


International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March every year. It is a chance to celebrate women’s history, remember women’s struggles and to focus on women’s resistance across the world. In the last few years, women have lead inspiring movements globally ... Read more

FEBRUARY 19, 2019

Protesting the social housing sell-off

IN: Campaigning, Housing

Social Housing Action Campaign (SHAC) supporters joined housing campaigners this week to protest against the sale of social housing by Savilles. The protest was over the sale of badly needed social-rent homes by housing associations such as Peabody to private landlords, ... Read more

FEBRUARY 11, 2019

Love Unite Love Unions

IN: Campaigning

Union members from across the UK are taking part in the TUC's fourth annual ❤️ unions (heart unions) week from the 11 to 17 February, celebrating all that is great about trade unions. This is the chance to celebrate our ... Read more

FEBRUARY 08, 2019

Perverse childcare policy entrenching disadvantage

IN: Children, Equalities, Playwork, Sector News, social care

A report published by the commons Education Committee has found government early years policy is entrenching disadvantage and has called for an urgent reform of the 30 hours funded childcare offer. The Committee found that the government's "confused approach" to early ... Read more

FEBRUARY 07, 2019

Make Time To Talk TODAY!

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet lots of people are still afraid to talk about it.  Today is Time to Talk Day and Unite and other organisations are hoping to tackle the stifling silence and stigma attached to ... Read more

JANUARY 21, 2019

Housing Workers prepare for action!

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Pay

Back in 2014, staff at St Mungos who were Unite members, took industrial action and went on strike in defence of pay and decent services for clients and won! The agreement that has been place in for the last five years and that has ... Read more

JANUARY 09, 2019

Housing Sector Pay and Pensions Conference

IN: Campaigning, Housing

Following our autumn 2018 Housing Sector Pay Conference where Unite members from across Housing Associations came together to develop a joint template pay claim to use in pay campaigning our Housing Sector union reps are holding the next conference on ... Read more

DECEMBER 10, 2018

Strikes off as Shelter workers secure new pay deal!

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Sector News

Huge congratulations to housing sector members employed by housing charity Shelter, who are celebrating victory after agreeing a vastly improved pay offer. The decision to accept the new deal means that the scheduled strike due to begin tomorrow (11 December) ... Read more

DECEMBER 07, 2018

Safeguarding at work - new reps guide for international and aid workers

IN: International, Resources, Sector News

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

DECEMBER 06, 2018

Cuts have left young people feeling abandoned

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

There is no argument that can deny that the consequence of Tory austerity on young people has been devastating. As the Labour Party’s consultation into what a statutory youth service might look like ends, Cat Smith MP tells us how Labour ... Read more

DECEMBER 05, 2018

Housing workers get ready to strike following ‘derisory’ pay offer

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

Over 400 members of Unite employed by the housing and homeless charity Shelter, will take three days of strike action beginning on Tuesday 11 December in a dispute over pay. The 72 hour strike follows a ‘derisory’ pay offer of a ... Read more

DECEMBER 04, 2018

Labour vows to restore legal aid

IN: Equalities, Legal Aid and Advice, politics

Justice is the forgotten pillar of the welfare state and cuts to legal aid have left people unable to defend their most basic rights. Access to health and education are rightly recognised as the right of every citizen. Access to ... Read more

NOVEMBER 28, 2018

Management at Peter Bedford realise the error of their ways!

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Pay, Sector News

Hackney housing strike off as Unite celebrates victory in pay dispute Planned strike action at Peter Bedford Housing Association, in Hackney, involving members of Unite has been called off after management agreed to honour the pay deal they had previously failed ... Read more

NOVEMBER 27, 2018

Unite community national day of action on Universal Credit

IN: Campaigning, Cuts, Equalities, Labour Movement, Legal Aid and Advice, Sector News

This Christmas will be cancelled for thousands of families claiming the new benefit Universal Credit. Despite knowing Universal Credit causes serious problems for claimants, Theresa May's Tory government is pressing ahead and rolling it out to thousands of people who ... Read more

NOVEMBER 23, 2018

Youth volunteering charity vInspired collapses

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

The charity has helped more than a million young people volunteer since 2006, but its funding levels tumbled after the coalition government introduced the National Citizen Service in 2010 and it can no longer survive financially. The youth volunteering charity vInspired, set up under ... Read more

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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