Brandon school pays tribute to support staff stars

Forest Academy in Brandon celebrated the invaluable role played by its school support staff today. UNISON organised the ‘Stars in Our Schools’ event to promote the wonderful work school support staff do every day, and to make sure the world knows just how vital they are to every school. Nearly 50 support staff were presented […]

Cuts threaten to close vital NHS service preventing unnecessary hospital stays

Cambridgeshire health chiefs are threatening to shut down a vital service preventing thousands of over-65s going to hospital unnecessarily, UNISON warns today. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), responsible for planning and commissioning local NHS services, is planning £33 million of cuts next year to plug part of its £192m government funding deficit. […]

Thetford primary school celebrates support staff ‘stars’

School support staff were celebrated as “stars” during an event at Elveden Academy near Thetford today. Parents came in during a special assembly to present support staff with presents and VIP badges thanking them for their hard work, while children gave staff cards that they made themselves. One of the classrooms was turned into a […]

Bedford Hospital outsourcing would be harmful to patients

Bedford Hospital must abandon any efforts to outsource its domestic services for the good of staff and patients, UNISON says. The hospital informed domestic staff last week that it plans to market test its cleaning services, the first step towards them being sold out of the NHS. UNISON warns that outsourcing services would hit patient […]

Colchester Institute signs up to Dying to Work charter

Colchester Institute has signed a voluntary charter, making a commitment to employees to ensure that they are protected if diagnosed with a terminal illness. UNISON rep Marisa Baker joined Colchester Institute Principal and Chief Executive Alison Andreas and University and College Union branch secretary John Pullen-Appleby to sign the TUC’s Dying to Worker charter at […]

Closing Bedfordshire nursery a ‘body blow’ for the local community

Closing a nursery in Sharnbrook near Bedford would be a ‘body blow’ for the local community, UNISON warns. Sharnbrook Academy Federation, which runs the nursery attached to Sharnbrook Academy as well as four other Bedfordshire schools, has announced it will close Brook Day Nursery after failing to find an alternative provider. Brook Day provides a […]

East of England Ambulance Service workers celebrate overtime holiday pay victory

NHS staff who regularly do extra hours can celebrate a landmark court victory ensuring their extra work is taken into account when their holiday pay is calculated, UNISON says today. The Court of Appeal has found in favour of a paramedic and 12 of his colleagues who all work for the East of England Ambulance […]

North Norfolk hospital staff protest against parking charges

NHS staff protested today against “totally unwarranted” proposals to introduce parking charges at the North Walsham and District Memorial Hospital. Over 1,000 people have already signed a petition online and in person against plans by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, to introduce parking fees at North Walsham. And today around […]

Victory for Princess Alexandra domestics on eve of strike

Domestics at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow today called off six days of planned strikes after their employer dropped plans to outsource their jobs. The Trust had been market testing its cleaning and catering services with the aim of putting them out to tender, claiming just last week that it would take until at least […]

It’s up to Princess Alexandra to stop hospital strike

The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust has released a statement, calling its domestics decision to take six days of strike action ‘unprecedented’ and repeating its claim that no decision has been made about outsourcing its services. What is precedented is hospitals market testing their cleaning and catering services before selling them out of the NHS, leading […]

Princess Alexandra Hospital domestics to strike for six days against ‘insulting’ outsourcing plans

Domestics at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow will take six days of strike action to stop plans to kick their jobs out of the NHS. UNISON warns that plans to move 220 cleaning and domestic staff at the hospital out of the NHS would damage the Trust’s excellent infection control rates and hit staff pay and […]

Staff at troubled Harlow academy commence vote on industrial action

Staff at scandal-struck Aspire Academy in Harlow are voting on industrial action over concerns for their health and safety, UNISON announces today. The school for students outside mainstream education, part of the TBAP multi-academy trust, was the subject of a BBC Panorama investigation in March after the head teacher blew the whistle on serious financial […]

NHS staff mark Operating Department Practitioners Day

Hospital staff will mark Operating Department Practitioners Day tomorrow, paying tribute to an often overlooked part of the NHS team that play a vital role in keeping patients safe. An operating department practitioner (ODP) is a highly trained registered healthcare professional working in a range of critical care environments. ODPs prepare the operating theatre for […]

Get help with school uniform costs this summer

Struggling to make ends meet? Worried about back to school costs? Help is at hand. We have set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of £40 per school age child, up to a maximum £120. In addition to our normal […]

Princess Alexandra Hospital cleaners back strikes to halt outsourcing from the NHS

Cleaners at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow have overwhelmingly voted to strike against plans to privatise cleaning services, UNISON says today. The domestic staff voted 98.6% in favour of strike action on an 83.5% turnout. They warn that if their services are allowed to be transferred into the private sector it would spell ‘disaster’ […]