Strike suspended at Humberside Airport ahead of pay talks, says UNISON

A 48-hour strike by workers at Humberside Airport has been suspended after airport bosses agreed to a meeting, UNISON says today (Friday). Firefighters, cleaners, security and travel shop workers were among those due to walk out from 4.30am on Tuesday (31 October) in a row over pay. The union and managers will meet via arbitration […]

Formal dispute over pay launched at Wakefield College, says UNISON

Managers at Wakefield College must think again after denying staff a wage rise despite being given the funds to do so, says UNISON today (Friday). The union has launched a formal pay dispute over the college’s refusal to discuss any pay increase. UNISON says a pay rise rise is both deserved and needed as prices […]

Redundancy risk at Leeds hospitals undermines government stance on NHS funding, says UNISON

Over 150 ward environment porters employed by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have been told they could lose their jobs, UNISON says today (Thursday). The staff work in a hybrid porter/housekeeper role, solely dealing with patients. This includes moving patients between wards and departments, as well as cleaning equipment and stocking up essential medical supplies. […]

Dispute buried as gravediggers in Rotherham secure pay rise, says UNISON

Cemetery maintenance staff in Rotherham, including gravediggers, have accepted a pay offer from their employer, UNISON says today (Thursday). The workers, who are employed by private contractor Glendale Grounds Maintenance, have been involved in a long-running dispute over pay. UNISON is delighted the company has finally put forward an offer deemed acceptable by staff. The […]

RAAC closure of Wakefield school is “concerning”, says UNISON

A secondary school in Wakefield has been forced to close today (Thursday) after an in-depth survey identified reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) was present in the building, says UNISON. St Thomas a Becket Catholic Secondary School is now closed for the rest of the week and will move to online learning after half term (from Monday […]

Weekend of strikes on hold as Rotherham gravediggers consider pay offer, says UNISON

Three days of industrial action by cemetery maintenance staff in Rotherham, from this Friday to Sunday (20, 21 and 22 October), have been put on hold, says UNISON today (Thursday). The staff are employed by private contractor Glendale Grounds Maintenance, which delivers the crematoria service for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC). UNISON says the workers […]

Potential job cuts at Leeds City Council deeply concerning, says UNISON

Proposals from Leeds City Council that could see around 750 jobs cut to help address financial deficits are extremely worrying, UNISON says today (Wednesday). The local authority says it faces a funding gap of more than £160m to the end of March 2027, with a shortfall of almost £60m for the next financial year. A […]

Unions raise concerns over pay of school academy trust bosses, says UNISON

The management of Hull Collaborative Academy Trust (HCAT) must provide clarity over the high level of compensation paid to the chief executive and other senior staff, UNISON says today (Monday). The union, along with the National Education Union (NEU) and NASUWT, has written to the board of the multi-academy trust, over concerns the CEO is among […]

Potential cuts to children’s services in Kirklees would be disastrous, warns UNISON

Proposals which could see cuts to a number of children’s services at Kirklees Council would come at an immeasurable cost to young people, UNISON is warning today (Monday). The council is trying to address a funding gap of over £20m, and is already planning job cuts, and potential closure of other services including care homes. […]

First UNISON Black History Month Awards event a huge success

After 11 months of planning, the inaugural UNISON Yorkshire and Humberside Black History Month Awards event was held in Sheffield on Friday (13 October). The event was hosted by UNISON Sheffield Teaching Hospitals branch, after branch secretary John Campbell came up with the idea of recognising some of the inspirational, motivational and dedicated people and […]