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4 December 2019
About 150 social workers lobbied Hull City Council on 21 November. They were campaigning for a more reasonable workload and an end to bullying by management, writes Mick Whale, president, Hull trade union council.
27 June 2018
In Sheffield 'money-saving changes' the Blairite council is making are like a wrecking ball destroying a building when none of the occupants have been evacuated
11 April 2018
"My children have grey skin, poor teeth, poor hair, poor nails. They are thinner... when you see them with children of the same age who are from an affluent area, they just look tiny."
14 February 2018
Organising works, we won and all members have received their full backdated pay
15 November 2017
Universal Credit benefit changes will cause untold misery for thousands in Carlisle when they are fully rolled out in April next year
26 July 2017
It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including bosses' profit, unpaid overtime, shrinking retail products and life expectancy.
8 May 2017
Tenants refuse to pay outrageous 40% rent increase
27 January 2016
I work in an office for my local council supporting social workers. I have left work many times in tears from feeling very overwhelmed. At times my depression has been greatly heightened due to being in the workplace.
4 November 2015
Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Strike at Barnet council, strike planned at secure hospital, strike ballot at Manchester University.
20 November 2013
Birmingham city council's Children's Services Department faces the real threat of being taken over and possibly privatised by the hated government education minister Michel Gove if the upcoming Ofsted inspection fails to find significant improvements
27 June 2012
After the 1950s, a network of child and adolescent services, staffed by highly trained, skilful social workers, specialist teachers, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and psychologists, was gradually established in specialist centres, writes Jane Ellwood.
3 August 2011
TUC must call action: "We can't afford a pay cut or losing our increments. People are beginning to see what they've lost and for some its £1,000.... The Tories are living on another planet and Labour are no different. The country is crying out for change”, said refuse workers back out on strike in Southampton
7 October 2009
Cuts, outsourcing and privatisation mean vulnerable adults and children are 'falling through the net'. Social care staff are struggling to cope with high caseloads, increasing red tape and worsening pay, terms and conditions at work.
Paul Couchman, a social care worker and branch secretary of Surrey County Unison writing in a personal capacity, analyses what is going on.
3 December 2008
Overworked, underpaid, undervalued: I agree with the comments of the social worker in issue 557 of The Socialist ('Social workers say: Investment needed'), writes A south Wales social worker.
19 November 2008
Interviews: In the aftermath of the horrific death of 'Baby P' the media has been casting around for people on whom to pile the blame...
27 November 2004
LIVERPOOL SOCIAL workers, members of UNISON, have been on strike for three months now. Their employer has taken a hard line with the social workers and is now making threats to the general branch membership...
31 January 2003
TWO YEAR old Ainlee Walker died a most horrendous death with 64 injuries on her body. Her parents received long jail sentences for manslaughter and cruelty. The enquiry into Ainlee's death found that
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