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

Dave Prentis | Posted 25.09.2015 | 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 17.09.2015 | 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 04.09.2015 | 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...

Labour Show Signs of Nerves Over 'Safe' Seat of Croydon North as By-election Draws Nearer

Richard Sudan | Posted 23.11.2012 | UK Politics
Richard Sudan

It is hard to imagine people turning out to vote for Labour at the by-election, the way they once did to support Malcolm Wicks - not with the legacy of New Labour fresh in people's minds.

Future Of Libraries 'Drastic' Says Union

PA | Posted 12.11.2012 | Home

The future of libraries in the UK is in jeopardy because of "drastic" cuts and the "looming threat" of privatisation, a leading union warned today. ...

The Wage of Dave

Dannie Grufferty | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dannie Grufferty

We can bemoan the privatisation agenda all we like, but it exists nonetheless, and I'd rather spend my time supporting students to work with other workers and unions to negotiate better conditions, including a living wage.

'We Will See Off The Tory Right'

PA | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK

The Government is on a fresh collision course with millions of workers after warnings of mass strikes in protest at pay freezes, job losses and other ...

Is A Public Sectior Regional Pay Deal Fair?

Posted 05.09.2012 | UK Politics

Earlier this week, the right-wing thinktank Policy Exchange published a new report calling for regional pay to replace national pay in the public sect...

Together We're Stronger: Unison And GMB Form Alliance

PA | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK

Two of the country's biggest trade unions have formed an alliance to campaign against the Government's austerity measures. Unison and the GMB, whic...

'We Will Smash The Pay Freeze'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2012 | UK

A leading union is to turn up the heat on the government's public sector pay policy by smashing up a giant block of ice in the shape of a pound sign a...

NH$: Profit Deal Revealed At Privately Run Hospital

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.05.2012 | UK

Bosses at the UK's first privately-run NHS general hospital have insisted they will improve standards despite claims that they will need to make "eye-...

NHS Reform: Union Attacks Region Pay Rates As 'Divisive Nightmare'

PA | Posted 22.06.2012 | UK Politics

Changing the pay rates of public sector workers, including NHS staff, to reflect regional differences would be an "unworkable, divisive nightmare", un...

Public Sector Workers To Hold National Strike

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK

A national strike will be held by civil servants and other public sector workers on 10 May, followed by another at the end of June over pensions, the ...