Get help with your winter fuel costs

There for You, UNISON’s welfare arm, has a limited to fund to offer grants of up to £200 to members struggling to pay fuel bills this winter. Members whose income is less than £18,200 (if living alone) or £26,000 (for a family) can apply. Applications will also be accepted from members in receipt of either […]

Pay rise immediately would reassure undervalued staff to stay in NHS

A huge majority of NHS staff say the government doesn’t value their extraordinary efforts ​during the pandemic, according to a UNISON survey​ published today. As health workers come under increasing strain because of the​ rise in infections and hospital admissions,​ many say they are considering their future in the NHS, the survey finds. Read report More than 10,000 health service […]

Working mums aren’t getting the support they should be during lockdown

Tim Roberts looks at the shocking results of new TUC survey on the job retention scheme in his latest blog post

UNISON Eastern congratulates Christina McAnea on becoming the new general secretary

UNISON Eastern today congratulates Christina McAnea on being elected as the new general secretary of UNISON. Christina replaces Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years as general secretary. She takes up her post on 22 January. UNISON Eastern regional secretary Tim Roberts said: “Democracy is at the heart of our union and these last few […]

Labour will keep battling in 2021

UNISON Eastern Labour Link’s January 2021 newsletter is out now. It includes plans for 2021 and reports of some activity over the last year, including our work with Labour MPs on social care and support for an NHS pay rise. Read now UNISON Eastern Labour Link has also announced the date for its 2021 AGM, […]

Beware the dangers of long covid

UNISON member Julie Barnes has made an impassioned plea for health staff to make sure they wear PPE and keep washing their hands to ward off the threat of long Covid. Julie, a vehicle technician and workshop supervisor who works for the East of England Ambulance Service in Herts and Bedfordshire, has shared her experience of Covid-19 […]

Make schools safe!

UNISON is advising its members in primary schools, special schools, SEND and early years settings in England that it is unsafe to return to the workplace if it is fully open to all pupils. Please see the advice page on our national website for the latest information. Schools advice This includes a model letter to send […]

We’ll be glad to see the back of 2020, but we can’t take it easy in 2021

Public service workers have earned their applause this year, says Tim Roberts, but the fight for real recognition goes onc

Swift action needed to stop Essex major incident spiralling out of control

Local authorities in Essex declared a “major incident” today as the number of coronavirus cases threatens to overwhelm health services in the county. Hospitals are struggling with “significant growing demand,” says the Essex Resilience Forum, a body drawing together NHS, emergency services and local authorities. The announcement has been made in response to a “significant […]

Strike a pose – pictures of Peterborough’s unions in the ’80s

For all the changes we’ve been through since the ’80s our NHS workers remain as committed as ever – and the Tories remain committed to holding back their pay. Paramedic Chris Porsz worked through the changes and, thanks to a passion for photography, was on hand to capture some of the changes. He’s just retired […]

UNISON Christmas opening

UNISON Direct will be operating a reduced service over the Christmas period. Thursday 24 December: 6am to 3pm Friday 25 to Monday 28 December: CLOSED Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 December: open as normal (6am to midnight) Thursday 31 December: 6am to 3pm Friday 1 January: CLOSED Saturday 2 January: open 9am to 1pm From Monday 4 January our hours return […]

Social care staff and service users deserve better than this mess

When Covid-19 struck we quickly turned our attention to the social care sector. It doesn’t take any great intellect or foresight to realise that when you’re faced with a virus that hits the elderly and vulnerable hardest, you need to do everything possible to make care homes and domiciliary care safe. Needless to say this […]

Care workers in the east of England looking after sick and elderly still not getting regular Covid tests

Care home staff in the east of England are still not receiving weekly Covid tests despite government promises, according to a survey published today by UNISON. One in ten (10%) employees in residential care, who look after people aged over 65 and those with dementia, say they’ve not had regular swab checks. This fails to […]

Cambridgeshire crime commissioner candidates call for pause on cuts

Candidates to be Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s next police and crime commissioner (PCC) are unanimously calling on the force to shelve its planned cuts until after May’s elections. Plans to halve the number of police community support officers (PCSOs), disband the community safety officer team and close all but two enquiry offices were announced in September. […]

Help green the NHS

UNISON is calling on members in the NHS to help plan how the health service in England can reach net zero carbon emissions as part of the fight to tackle climate change. In October, the NHS in England published its NHS Net Zero interim report, which looks at how the NHS will reach that position, […]