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2019: The year of young workers


Millennials: Avocados, flat whites and Instagram – right? Not quite. The hipster characterisation masks a much starker reality for the houseless generation. Most young workers are contending with low wages, insecure jobs and no voice at work. They need trade unions more than ever. This is why UNISON has voted to make 2019 the year of young workers.

A new suite of resources are available to help you communicate with young workers.

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Campaign to keep Probation public

UNISON is campaigning to protect the probation service in England and Wales.

The government proposes to break up the service and privatise the essential public protection work that our members carry out. Probation must remain a public service, working with other local public sector providers and being democratically accountable to local communities.

Probation Works: 13 November 2013 Bulletin

Probation Works: 29 October 2013 Bulletin


UNISON's 'Stop Police Privatisation' Campaign
UNISON's 'Stop Police Privatisation' Campaign was launched with the publication of campaign materials and the creation of dedicated pages on the UNISON web-site giving information and advice to branches and the public.

You can see the see the campaign materials here.


Why Privatising the Police is Wrong
West Midlands and Surrey Police, under guidance from the Home Office, have advertised contracts worth £1.5 billion to run policing services in both forces. Most other forces in England and Wales have expressed an interest in the contract. This privatisation is being pushed by the coalition government on purely ideological and cost-cutting grounds. It is the people of West Midlands and Surrey who will suffer initially from the consequences of poorer services, as private companies cut-back to increase profit. And as more forces follow in their footsteps, we will all suffer.

Why privatising the police is wrong:
  • It is all about cost-cutting not improving the service to the public. The privatisation proposals for West Midlands and Surrey are driven by the government's 20% cuts to policing and will be based on even more cuts to services so the companies can make a profit.
  • There is no competent business case for the proposals. The Home Office has refused to reveal its business case for this privatisation. Why? Is this because it won't stand up to public scrutiny? In West Midlands and Surrey the two police authorities have agreed to start the competition without seeing a proper business case either and we believe that this means that they are in breach of their duty to local tax payers.
  • There is no evidence that the private sector provides value for money. None of the previous experiments with police privatisation has provided value for money; in fact, no force has yet dared to release the performance data of its private contractors. Where is the evidence that the private sector can run policing more efficiently than police forces?
  • The people of West Midlands and Surrey have not been consulted. Neither the West Midlands, nor Surrey police authority has consulted the communities they serve on whether they want this privatisation. There is no evidence that either community supports the proposals that are being rushed through before the election of police and crime commissioners in November.
  • Privatisation threatens democracy. Will a newly elected police and crime commissioner for West Midlands or Surrey be able to halt these proposals when elected in November? If the answer is no, because a private sector bidder could sue for damages for money spent on the bidding process, then the government's claim that police and crime commissioners will be all-powerful local politicians will be in tatters.
  • Police accountability will suffer. Private companies running the police are accountable to shareholders, not local citizens. Commercial decisions will over-ride community priorities. Citizens cannot complain to the Independent Police Complaints Commission about a private company in the same way they can about their police force.
  • Chief police officers will lose operational control. At the moment a chief constable has a flexible, adaptable workforce which can be mobilised at a moment's notice to deal with whatever emergency arises. If policing is privatised, what gets delivered is what's in the contract. If it's not in the contract it won't get done; or if it does, only at enormous cost.

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