A possible alternative I found is to add a gnome panel to unity.
You can experiment the solution by open a terminal and type
I placed one single gnome panel at the bottom of the screen. In that panel you can place whatever you want as usual. It's also good for find resources, open windows and administrative tools (not immediate to find with unity interface).
If you like the solution you can autostart your new panel everytime you log in by adding an entry in: administration->session (or something similar, I haven't English locale set).
I hope this help