UNISON There for You – Winter Fuel Grants 2017-2018

Worried about paying your Winter Fuel Bill? Get help staying warm this winter. With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills. Help is on hand “There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low […]

Watford mayor surprises school lunchtime assistant with award for outstanding service

UNISON’s competition to find a star in Watford’s schools reached its finale on Monday as Mayor Dorothy Thornhill attended a local school to surprise a dedicated lunchtime assistant of 43 years. Gladys Coldman, who has been a lunchtime assistant at Kingsway Infant School since 1974, won the Stars In Our Schools competition after being nominated […]

UNISON welcomes Martham Parish Council’s support for keeping PCSOs in Norfolk

Wednesday 22 November 2017 – for immediate use UNISON welcomes Martham Parish Council’s support for keeping PCSOs in Norfolk Commenting on Martham Parish Council’s opposition to the proposed removal of police community support officers (PCSOs) from Norfolk, Chris Jenkinson, UNISON regional secretary said, “The concerns of parish councillors in Martham over the disappearance of visible […]

Norfolk PCC forced to apologise after insulting county’s PCSOs

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lorne Green has been forced to apologise after insulting the 150 PCSOs in the county are who under threat of redundancy. At a public meeting held Long Stratton on Tuesday the Conservative PCC said that he would not employ more PCSOs even if he had “all the money in […]

Pay ambulance workers what they are owed, UNISON tells CCGs

31 October 2017 UNISON today called on the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) responsible for awarding the failed contract to Private Ambulance Services Ltd (PAS) to pay staff the wages they have lost as a result of the company going bust. PAS Ltd were put into administration last month owing staff several weeks wages and holiday […]

UNISON condemns decision to remove patient transport contract from NHS ambulance trust and give it to a private company

26 October 2017  UNISON has condemned the appointment a private company, E-ZEC Medical, to run NHS patient transport service in Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney. The decision comes just weeks after a private ambulance company (Private Ambulance Service Ltd) operating in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire went bust leaving patients stranded and staff unpaid. The decision to […]

Save our Southend libraries

UNISON members from the Southend branch spent last Thursday visiting their local libraries as part of the annual Save Our Local Services campaign. This year’s SOS challenged the government’s library cuts and defended our precious library services and library workers.             The campaign highlighted how important  libraries and library workers […]

Tell your MP – Keep Norfolk PCSOs

If you live in Norfolk you can write to your MP and tell them why it’s important that we keep our PCSOs. You can find out who your MP is on the WriteToThem website. It also lets you send your MP an email. If you prefer to write a letter it should be sent to: […]

Scrapping police community support officers is short-sighted, says UNISON general secretary

Friday 20 October 2017   UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has today (Friday) written to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd, urging her to intervene to stop the scrapping of police community support officers in Norfolk. In the letter he said: “This is an extremely short-sighted move by the Norfolk constabulary. “Police community support officers play […]

Axing Norfolk’s PCSOs will make the county a less safe place, says UNISON

Thursday 19 October 2017 Proposals to axe all Norfolk’s police community support officers (PCSOs) and close police stations open to the public would leave the county’s residents at increased risk of becoming the victims of crime, warns UNISON today (Thursday). UNISON – the union that represents PCSOs across Norfolk – says the plans would also […]

UNISON calls for an enquiry into the failure of patient transport services in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

6 October 2017 UNISON has written to MPs in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire urging them to call on the government to hold an enquiry into the failures of patient transport services in the two counties. The recent collapse of Private Ambulance Service Ltd is the second time in seven months that private sector companies have failed […]

Private Ambulance Service goes into administration

We will be contacting all our affected members on Monday 2 October.  If you have any concerns please call our regional office on 01245 608942 ——————————————————————- For immediate release: 29 September 2017 18.00 One of the largest providers of private ambulance services in the Eastern region went into administration today. Private Ambulance Service Ltd, who […]

Norfolk and Norwich win prestigious partnership working award

The Norfolk and Norwich health branch along with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were awarded the Social Partnership Forum (SPF) Award at the annual Health People Management Association (HPMA) Excellence Awards ceremony held in London in June. The SPF partnership award was given in recognition of the trust’s A new attendance policy: a […]

Let your MP know you need a pay rise

  Since the election on June 8th the debate over ending austerity has been raging stronger than ever. It’s now important that everyone in our movement keeps the pressure on the government. The end to the pay cap needs to be the first stage in austerity’s downfall. Public sector workers like ambulance drivers, nurses and […]

UNISON’s tribunal fee verdict is a victory for everyone in work

UNISON Eastern Region Press Release  26 July 2017 – for immediate use UNISON’s tribunal fee verdict is a victory for everyone in work UNISON has won a landmark court victory today (Wednesday) against the government, which means that employment tribunal fees will now be scrapped. The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has […]