Derbyshire’s financial crisis is Westminster’s fault

We are calling on the Westminster government to urgently address the ‘broken’ local government funding system that has led Derbyshire County Council, like many others, to enter financial crisis. Yesterday, Derbyshire’s councillors met to agree freezes on recruitment and other so-called ‘non-essential’ spending to try and patch a £46 million hole in the budget. The […]

UNISON in British Gas pay survey

UNISON is in the process of drafting its pay claim on behalf of staff members in the Customer Experience & Sales and the Support & Function Collectives. In order to do this with your input (which is vital as this is your pay claim) we would ask that members complete this short pay survey using […]

UNISON in Cadent Pension Response

UNISON represents approximately 20,000 members who work in the energy industry including within Cadent Gas. It is very disappointing that Cadent have taken the decision to propose closure of its defined benefit pension scheme. In doing so Cadent are reneging on past promises repeatedly made to preserve the Defined Benefit (DB) scheme for existing members. […]

Derby Homes sign up to ground-breaking learning agreement

The organisation that manages and maintains Derby City Council’s social housing has signed UNISON’s Learning Charter in a bustling event at their London Road HQ. By signing up to the initiative, Derby Homes has committed to supporting all staff to achieve a level 2 qualification in Maths and English, as well as encouraging further professional […]

Workers speak out about mileage rates

Last month, The RAC Foundation, a transport policy and research organisation, announced that frontline workers who use their car for work are out of pocket by an average of £6,000 a year due to out-of-date mileage rates. Since then, the union has heard from numerous members about their experiences. Roger Lewis said: “It’s an outrageous scandal that […]

UNISON Power at Glastonbury 2023

UNISON Power were back at Glastonbury Festival this year, volunteering behind the bar, and raising money for the branch in the process. Over £1,000 will be added to the branch coffers, which will be used for recruitment and organising activities. The team worked four six-hour shifts on the Village Inn Bar, which was in close proximity to the Pyramid stage, so […]

UNISON in Cadent Pension Update

Cadent Gas are likely to begin a formal 60-day consultation with some workers in the Defined Benefit Pension Scheme, announcing its proposed closure. Please read the below briefing from the joint trade unions below. UNISON in Cadent Pension Update

NHS 75 celebrations

The National Health Service began on July 5, 1948. Some of those who arrived on the SS Windrush went on to work in the health service, and their ongoing legacy is here to be seen today, writes Gilly Anglin-Jarrett. Between 1948 and 1971, people from the Caribbean, Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan came […]

30 years of UNISON

Founded on July 1, 1993, UNISON is turning 30! The union was formed when three public sector trade unions, the National and Local Government Officers Association (NALGO), the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) and the Confederation of Health Service Employees (COHSE) merged. UNISON’s first general secretary was Alan Jinkinson, who we sadly lost in […]

UNISON in Cadent Pension Update

UNISON has had two further meetings with the business regarding the Defined Benefit Pension review that Cadent is currently undertaking. The last two meetings have been more informative on the challenges faced and have helped shape what the trade union concerns are, and that our principle ask is to retain a defined benefit scheme for […]