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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 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

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 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 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 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 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

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

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 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

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

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 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 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

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

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 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

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

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 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 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 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

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

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

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 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 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 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

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

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

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 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 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

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 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

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 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

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 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

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