UNISON responds to inflation rate high

 Commenting today (Tuesday 13th June 2017) on inflation hitting its highest level in nearly four years, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

"The soaring cost of living is hitting public sector workers hardest."

"Thousands, including nurses and teaching assistants, are struggling on low wages. The government must end the public sector pay cap now"

- The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said the Consumer Price Index (CPI) measure of inflation reached 2.9% last month, up from 2.7% in April. This is the highest level since June 2013 when the CPI also reached 2.9%.

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Surgery Days gives the member an opportunity to have a 30 minute complimentary consultation with a financial adviser. 

We can arrange for an advisor to be in the workplace or branch for the day and the members can book their complimentary 1-2-1 with the advisor.

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  • Savings and Investments
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  • Mortgages

This surgery is free to UNISON members. To take advantage of this invaluable opportunity and book your initial 30 minute consultation with an adviser please contact:

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UNISON comments on unemployment figures

 Commenting on the latest unemployment and earnings figures, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

"Demand for public services continues to rise, but these figures confirm that the workforce is still being cut."


"Services are being starved of funds and staff shortages mean nurses, paramedics, teaching assistants and council employees are having to work even harder, but for less money". 


"Public sector workers have not had a proper pay rise since 2011. It is no wonder they feel so undervalued. The public sector pay cap must go"

Get help staying warm this winter

With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills.
Help is on hand “There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of up to £50. To apply and download the application form visit unison.org.uk/thereforyou or simply contact your UNISON branch office.

NJC Pay Claim and consultation (02/05/2017)

The proposed claim was discussed and agreed by the UNISON NJC Committee on 27 April 2017. The claim is for a 5% increase on all NJC pay points and deletion of NJC pay points scp 6-9. 

Branches were asked to consult members as widely as possible on the proposed claim and submit responses to their Regional Head of Local Government by 12 noon on Friday 26 May 2017.

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There For You: School Uniform Grant

Members on low pay can get help with school uniform costs this summer form UNISON's own welfare arm 'There for you'.

The link can be found here:

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Unions call for a long overdue pay rise for hard-pressed council employees

srtike dayThree unions representing more than 1.6 million local government employees in schools and councils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have today (Wednesday) submitted a pay claim that attempts to narrow the growing gap between declining wages and the rising cost of living.

The claim for the year from next April seeks to move the lowest paid staff onto the real living wage of £8.45 an hour (£9.75 in London). In addition the unions want all employees to receive a five per cent pay rise.

The claim follows eight years of government-imposed pay restraint, which has seen wages either frozen or held to a one per cent increase.

UNISON, Unite and the GMB say that school and council employees’ living standards have plummeted as their wages have fallen way behind inflation.

Read more here

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The combined deficit of UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes has hit £900bn following Britain's historic decision to leave the EU.
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Shares in housebuilders and banks suffered further losses on Monday as the economic and political ramifications of the Brexit vote continued to weigh on markets.
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APSE – the Association of Public Service Excellence – is carrying out a survey of ‘insourcing’ by local authorities and would really welcome the participation of UNISON branches. ‘Insourcing’ means councils bringing services back in-house from the private or voluntary sectors and directly providing them themselves.

Link to the survey below:


Unison MoneyTalk


Act by 5 April to improve your finances

The current tax year ends on 5 April 2015. You might think that this doesn’t affect you, but it probably does, no matter what your income is or how old (or young) you are.

In this issue of UNISON MoneyTalk we look at ways you may be able to improve your finances by taking action by 5 April 2015.

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