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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 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

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

'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 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 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 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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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 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 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

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

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

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 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

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 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 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

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 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 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 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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