‘UNISON is the UK’s biggest public service trade union. It represents 1.3 million members who deliver essential services to the public. These are services that protect, enrich and change lives. Its members work in all areas of public service – hospitals, town halls, universities, colleges, schools, social services and clinics.’ (www.businesscasestudies.co.uk)
A range of teachers unions including Universities and Colleges Union (UCU), Unite and Unison have been organising strikes over what they deem is a ‘real-terms drop in pay’.
Students from Bristol University have held a demonstration in order to support a proposed strike by lecturers over pay issues, outside the Wills Memorial building on Park Street, Bristol. The demonstration was organised by the student union, urging students to stand up and support their teachers’ boycott of marking papers. (Bristol Post, 29th April 2014)
For more on how Unison provides a variety of support, check out their case study, Providing support through the stages of the business cycle.