It’s time to end the “absurdity” of 15 minute care visits

Former Brookside actress and 60 Minute Makeover presenter Claire Sweeney features in a satire – commissioned by UNISON – highlighting the indignity suffered by thousands of elderly people because of 15-minute care visits. The two-minute video has been made to show how cutbacks are leaving vulnerable and elderly people short-changed. Government cuts to social care budgets mean rushed appointments […]

Redundancies bombshell for Norfolk Children’s Services

Staff working for Norfolk County Council Children’s Services have been told that a budget cut of £4m could result in between 40 and 80 people being made redundant. Rumours about potential redundancies had been circulating for some time and senior steward Dave Lambert had tried to find out the truth. But despite a longstanding informal […]

Your union, your vote, your voice

Elections for the national executive council begin on 3 April It is time to choose who speaks for you. Elections are being held for all seats on UNISON’s national executive council, the governing body of the union. It is important that our NEC reflects the union’s membership and that you take your chance to have your […]

Young Black members confidence skills course

        UNISON is inviting expressions of interest from young Black members who want to become more active in the union to attend a training course to learn more about Black people’s contribution to trade unionism and to acquire some confidence skills. The course will be held at UNISON Centre in London on […]

Holocaust Memorial Day

Earlier today general secretary Dave Prentis attended a special event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day organised by Camden Council and hosted at the British Library. He shared a platform with Lord Alf Dubs and Rachel Century of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to speak on the importance of the day, and to sign a joint statement […]

New resource centre for UNISON members opens in King’s Lynn

A new UNISON resource centre in the grounds of the Queen Elziabeth Hospital in  King’s Lynn was opened on Monday (12 December) by general secretary Dave Prentis. Known as the Inspire Centre, it is largely funded by local UNISON branches but is based in a hospital-owned building, reflecting the positive working relationship between the local health […]

UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis to Open New Member Centre in Kings Lynn on Monday 12 December

Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON the largest public service union in the UK, will be in Kings Lynn on Monday 12th December at noon to open the union’s new member centre in the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, along with the Trust’s Chief Executive Dorothy Hosein. The centre is largely funded by local […]

Winter fuel grants for members

Get help staying warm this winter With rising fuel costs and another cold winter looming, many members are worried about how they’re going to pay this year’s Winter fuel bills. Help is at hand There for You, UNISON’s own charity has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way […]

Phil Green: an appreciation

We are sad to report that former regional organiser Phil Green has died after a brief illness. Phil started working for NALGO in 1980 in the union’s head office health section at Mabledon Place in London. In 2006 he came to the Eastern region where he worked with health branches and members until his retirement two […]

UNISON condemns privatisation of children’s health services in Essex

UNISON has condemned Essex County Council’s decision to award the contract to deliver children’s health and family support services to Virgin Healthcare from April 2017. Tim Roberts, Regional Organiser, said “It is almost unbelievable that Essex County Council has decided that vital services such as school nurses, health visitors and children’s centres are best run by […]

Do you want to work for UNISON Norfolk County Branch?

Norfolk County UNISON branch has a vacancy for a branch office manager. The salary range is £30,271 to £32,028 per annum. The job is permanent and your terms and conditions of employment will reflect UNISON terms and conditions with scope to join the national UNISON pension scheme. Please note that this is a branch employed post, […]

‘It really is a disgrace’ – Norfolk community health bosses anger union with staff wage cuts

Regional organiser Jeff Keighly recently spoke to the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) about the situation at the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C). In an article published in today’s edition of the paper Jeff describes the impact that downbanding and pay cuts have had on staff morale and contrasts this with the high salaries paid […]

Have you thought about going to the National Women’s Conference?

The next women’s conference will be held in Brighton from 16 to 18 February 2017. About 800 women from across the UK attend this conference. There are workshops fringe meetings, formal conference debates and brilliant guest speakers. What’s it all about? Women who have been before found it inspirational and motivating. They gained new information, knowledge and […]

Colchester and Ipswich unions make plans for their hospitals’ future

UNISON hosts a meeting of trade union representatives and activists from Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals The decision by the two NHS Trusts running hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich to look at collaborative working means that the trade unions respresenting staff need to be ready to respond to the coming challanges. On 3 November UNISON branch secretaries […]

Supporting mental health in Cambridge

UNISON Cambs Acute Health Branch sponsored an Open Mind Night –  a mental health arts cabaret to raise money for SANE a mental health charity. The event took place on World Mental Health Day (10 October) at Addenbrookes Hospital, in Cambridge.  Around 70 people attended and the event raised over £200. UNISON young member and Cambs Acute […]