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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 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

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 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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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