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This Living Wage Week, Think Of The Millions Of Britons Still Working For Poverty Wages

Dave Prentis | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

This year it's more important than ever to make a noise about the real living wage - a wage people can actually afford to live on - and calling on the government to put their money where their legislation is on low pay. Let's see the National Living Wage match the real Living Wage in the years ahead, rather than trying to legislatively undercut the work of campaigners.

'I Shook His Hand': Corbyn's Rapturous Salford Reception

Sam Harrison | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

Corbyn simply embodies a Labour Party which, to them, is finally doing what a left-wing party ought to do. Perhaps some less ideologically-driven Labour members will have peeled off from Corbyn simply in the hope of ending the chaos. But in Salford on Saturday, Corbynmania was alive and well.

Teaching Assistants' Pay: Why It's Anything But Fair

Anna-Christina Connelly | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Anna-Christina Connelly

I've been thinking a lot about teaching assistants this week. As my Twitter followers might know, I've been tweeting about the Durham TAs and following the striking Derby TAs and generally, reflecting upon how badly we treat our school support staff. As a former teaching assistant myself, they have my total support.

Young People Must Make Their Voices Heard in the EU Referendum Debate

Andrew Anderson | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Anderson

This is a decision of a lifetime - and the consequences will affect us FOR a lifetime. It is vital young people should use this opportunity to make their voice heard - and most importantly, to vote decisively to continue to be part of the EU. No one is saying Europe is perfect but it is better to stay in and campaign for change than shouting from the sidelines to little effect.

Our Union Is Far From Pro-EU, But We Will Campaign to Stay In and Reform It for Working People

Dave Prentis | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

I will be voting to remain in Europe, and Unison will be encouraging its 1.3million members to do the same, following a comprehensive survey involving 60,000 of them... That position is something of a change of direction. Our union is not and has never been pro-EU. On the contrary, we've opposed decades of EU treaties - from Maastricht to Lisbon to the EU constitution - and have repeatedly warned against the slow drift towards dogmatic austerity across the continent. We'll continue to make these arguments.

How Many of Us Rely on Others to Care for Our Loved Ones?

Dave Prentis | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Dave Prentis

The work that our care workers do, even in these impossible circumstances, is incredible. But it's impossible to read these stories and not wish for a proper solution to our care crisis. That will require money and political will to achieve. I hope that these are not in too short a supply to help a generation of people to whom we owe so much.

How Osborne's Fake 'Living Wage' Could Trap Many in Poverty

Dave Prentis | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

Last summer George Osborne stood up in Parliament and said - echoing an argument we've made so many times before - that Britain needs a pay rise. We will hold him to that, because it can't be acceptable to create a system where so many of the young are locked into poverty, where low-paid workers are told they're earning a 'living wage' when they're still unable to make ends meet, and where contractors paid for out of our taxes use government spin to justify low pay for our people.

Instead of Investing in the NHS, Jeremy Hunt Thinks He Can Offer Patients More By Offering Workers Less

Dave Prentis | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

The government keeps saying that any change to a seven-day NHS should be 'cost neutral'. But if Jeremy Hunt wants more services to run over seven days, with more staff working unsocial hours, the only way this can happen is to cut unsocial hours payments for existing staff. Junior doctors clearly don't feel terribly 'neutral' about this, nor I suspect will other NHS staff.

Instead of Investing in the NHS, Jeremy Hunt Thinks He Can Offer Patients More By Offering Workers Less

Dave Prentis | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

The government keeps saying that any change to a seven-day NHS should be 'cost neutral'. But if Jeremy Hunt wants more services to run over seven days, with more staff working unsocial hours, the only way this can happen is to cut unsocial hours payments for existing staff. Junior doctors clearly don't feel terribly 'neutral' about this, nor I suspect will other NHS staff.

Instead of Investing in the NHS, Jeremy Hunt Thinks He Can Offer Patients More By Offering Workers Less

Dave Prentis | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

The government keeps saying that any change to a seven-day NHS should be 'cost neutral'. But if Jeremy Hunt wants more services to run over seven days, with more staff working unsocial hours, the only way this can happen is to cut unsocial hours payments for existing staff. Junior doctors clearly don't feel terribly 'neutral' about this, nor I suspect will other NHS staff.

Tax Credit Cuts Are Just the Start of the Austerity Damage Being Done

Dave Prentis | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

Speaking after the election, David Cameron told the nation that his government would be on the side of those 'who work hard.' But six months on a very different story is emerging. And it is the incomes of hard-working families that are to be hit once again. Next April, three million low to middle income households face a savage cut to their incomes - the equivalent in some cases of more than 10% of their take home pay. A contract cleaner recently burst into tears when she realised what the changes meant for her family, and I am sadly not short of other heartbreaking stories.

Tory Trade Union Meddling Is An Assault On All Of Our Rights

Rob McDowall | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

It was with absolute despair that I witnessed the Tory assault on trade unions being sanctioned by parliament as the Trade Union Bill completed its se...

Are the Conservatives Really the Party of Working People? Don't Believe It for a Second

Dave Prentis | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

If ministers are really concerned about low pay, they should start by announcing that all government departments are to become living wage employers, and encourage other employers to follow suit. They must also fund local councils properly so that the introduction of the living wage does not bankrupt the social care sector. The government should also back UNISON's Ethical Care Charter and help address the endemic levels of non-compliance in the care sector by ensuring that all care workers are paid for their travel time.

Everyone Concerned About the Future of Policing Should Fight Theresa May's Cuts

Rob Flello | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Flello

Theresa May's thinly-disguised efforts to portray herself as the next prime minister must stick in the throats of Bbobbies on the Staffordshire beat.

This Is Not a Fight of Our Choosing

Christina McAnea | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
Christina McAnea

NHS workers in England - including those at the top of the pay band- will be on the same rate of pay in April 2016 as they were on in April 2013... As unions, we have deliberately tried to take action that would minimise the impact on patients by only having a four- hour stoppage. Yet the underlying message we are getting from the Government's refusal to negotiate a settlement is that when, and until, it impacts on patients they won't take it seriously. So where does this leave us? Do they want us to escalate the action and cause real harm or will they talk to us about a reasonable settlement?

The Rate Is Up, But Far Too Few Are Being Paid the Living Wage

Dave Prentis | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

Employers who do not pay at least the Living Wage, especially those who are turning a decent profit, need to wake up to the growing public outrage that so many among our workforce are expected to exist on poverty pay.

Unions In Uproar As Hunt Mulls Privatising Another NHS Service

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt has been accused of having "no interest" in the National Health Service's future amid reports that his department may sell off its main su...

LIVESTREAM: The Immigration Generation Gap

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK

From 6.30pm watch 'The Immigration Generation Gap' debate, live here on The Huffington Post UK Young people have the most positive views on immigra...

Beyond the Tube Strike

Grainne Gillis | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Grainne Gillis

The type of politics that has been practised over the last four years is that of the smoke-and-mirrors variety; divert the public's attention to one over-inflated issue/persona while deflecting from what the core truth of the matter actually is...

Most Of Us Stay Trapped On Low Pay For YEARS

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK

Nearly three out of four workers stayed trapped on low pay over the last decade, a new study by the Resolution Foundation has found. Of the 4.7 mil...

In Support of Our Striking Staff

Jamie England | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie England

In effect, students are being asked to contribute more towards our tuition fees without seeing anything in return. The money isn't trickling all the way down the institutional hierarchy; it is stopping at the pockets of the most senior members.

Students Prepare to Support Education Strikes and Fight Austerity

Matt Stanley | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Stanley

We've got plenty to fight against. In recent months the Tories have been very keen to talk up the so-called 'economic recovery'. George Osbourne claims that the minimal growth showing in recent figures vindicates his austerity policies. In reality, not only has the British economy barely moved from stationary to first gear.

Why the Days of Page 3 Are Numbered

Victoria Sadler | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Sadler

The Sun cannot possibly continue for much longer against this groundswell of opinion. But given its stringent, seemingly intractable, position of defending Page 3, it seems that it has boxed itself in. There are rumours that News International has created a task force to look at how Page 3 could be revamped and modernised. Yet how to do this without losing face?

The Founding Principle of the NHS Is That It Is Free at the Point of Need

Christina McAnea | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK
Christina McAnea

The founding principle of the NHS is that it is free at the point of need. Can the new system in England sustain this? Will healthcare be free for long-term conditions such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis etc probably yes - even this right wing market driven government may not go so far as to change that.

Pregnant Kate Middleton Compared To 'Young Women Who Have Babies To Get State Handouts'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK

The Duchess of Cambridge has been compared to “young women having babies to get state handouts” by the general secretary of one of Labour’s bigg...