CQC report must hammer home the message things need to improve at East of England Ambulance Service

A damning Care Quality Commission report released today recommends that the East of England Ambulance Service Trust be placed in special measures. It uncovered a litany of complaints against senior leadership, accusing Trust managers of fostering bullying and abuse. UNISON Eastern regional organiser Sam Older said: “UNISON has been consistently raising issues around the culture […]

New report exposes wrongheadedness of outsourcing at North West Anglia NHS

A new report rips apart North West Anglia NHS NHS Trust’s plans to outsource catering and other services at Hinchingbrooke and makes the case to bring all facilities services back in house across the employer. Author John Lister will launch From Outstanding to Average? at an online public meeting this Friday at 7pm – open […]

Let’s work to stop the new normal being the same as the old one

Regional secretary Tim Roberts explains why UNISON is putting forward a new vision for public services in his latest blog

Survey reveals staff fears ahead of universities reopening

University staff including cleaners, security guards and administrative workers are facing a perfect storm of pressures that are leaving them out of pocket, and feeling increasingly anxious, a UNISON survey published this week has found. More than 160 employees in the east of England completed the union’s annual higher education survey, which exposed concerns about pay, working hours and […]

‘It feels like everything has changed apart from us’

We talk to paramedic Trish Tippett about being the face of UNISON’s No Going Back to Normal campaign

You know that a lot of Black nurses have passed away and think ‘it could be me’

Cambridge nurse Victor Tapah shares his story on the front lines against Covid-19

NHS workers in the East of England call on government to show its appreciation for them

Health staff across the East of England – including nurses, paramedics, cleaners, domestics and porters – are beginning two days of campaigning today urging the government to give an early, significant pay rise of at least £2,000 to every worker in the NHS. Staff in UNISON branches based in NHS hospitals, ambulance stations and clinics […]

Almost everyone agrees NHS staff deserve an early pay rise. Now we need to push for one

Tim Roberts looks forward to next week’s 48-hour push for an NHS pay rise in his latest regional secretary’s blog

Home working splits opinions in equalities survey

UNISON’s annual equalities survey found that most UNISON members continued working during the pandemic with 45% working from their usual workplace and 40% from home. For those working from home, over 6 in 10 members felt there were no risks to their health, safety and wellbeing. As one member said: “I’d like to continue working […]

North West Anglia NHS ‘bucking the trend’ towards safer hospital food

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust’s move to outsource catering puts it at odds with other hospitals and the Health Secretary when it comes to food hygiene, unions UNISON and Unite warn today. The Trust, which runs Hinchingbrooke, Peterborough and Stamford & Rutland hospitals, wants to sell around 70 staff in catering, cleaning, portering and […]

New TUC research shows a national care system is needed fast

New TUC research showing that seven in 10 councils in the East of England are spending less per capita on adult social care than 2010 shows we “can’t wait any longer” for a national care system, UNISON Eastern says today. The TUC report, Fixing Social Care shows that overall social care spending per head across […]

Run to rebuild – our key workers need a voice that matters

Over the past few months it’s become increasingly obvious that key workers are absolutely essential in keeping the country running. But the way they’re treated shows how little they’re involved in actually running the country. Trade unions were founded to give working people a greater say in their working lives. And unions founded the Labour […]

The classroom is quickly becoming the Covid-19 frontline

Regional convenor Becky Tye takes over the blog this week to take encourage school support staff to stand up for safety

UNISON staff Step Up this September

UNISON Eastern’s members have been running themselves ragged this year, so our staff are going to lace up their running shoes to do the same for you. All our regional organisers have signed up for Step Up September, a month-long challenge raising money in aid of There for You, UNISON’s welfare charity. They’ll be walking, […]

North West Anglia’s health heroes face being sold out of the NHS

North West Anglia’s pandemic ‘heroes’ now face being sold out of the NHS, unions UNISON and Unite warn today. Over 70 catering, logistics and patient services staff in Peterborough, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford & Rutland hospitals have been told their jobs will be outsourced to a private provider. Not only will staff suffer as they will […]