GP shortfalls hit hardest in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Research from the TUC has found that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has the biggest GP shortfall in England. Across the nation, there are nearly 1,000 fewer GPs since 2015, despite the Tories promising to increase numbers by 5,000, meaning there are now 9,325 fewer GPs than needed to safely serve patients. GP surgeries covered by Cambridgeshire […]

UNISON Eastern launches 2020 Member Learning Programme

UNISON Eastern’s Member Learning Programme for 2020 is now available. We are committed to supporting members learn for personal and professional benefit. Our education and training provision is designed to support all our members in the workplace, regardless of previous education or experience, and equip you with the skills and confidence to develop further. Our […]

‘Decade of misery’ looming for Luton Hospital staff and patients, unions warn

Bosses at Luton & Dunstable Hospital are preparing to unleash a ‘decade of misery’ on staff and patients with plans for a huge outsourcing contract, trade unions warn today. Unions are calling for domestic, catering and cleaning services to be brought back in house once transnational Engie’s contract ends next year. But instead hospital chiefs […]

Celebrating the Stars in Our Schools

Schools across the Eastern region have been celebrating their support staff as part of UNISON’s Stars in Our Schools Day on 29 November. The day is held to celebrate the unsung heroes of our schools: caterers, admin staff, finance officers, teaching assistants, librarians, ICT technicians, parent support advisers and other non-teaching staff. In Thurrock, pupils, parents […]

Get help with your winter fuel bills

Are you on a low income? Help is on hand. There for You has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members. If your net income is £18,000 or less you may be eligible to receive a grant of £40. To apply and download the application form , visit There For You or simply […]

East Suffolk and North Essex Hospitals become first to back pledge for healthcare students

The East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust has become the first in the country to sign a UNISON pledge supporting healthcare students on clinical placements. UNISON national nursing officer Stuart Tuckwood and ESNEFT chief executive Nick Hulme signed the pledge at Colchester Hospital on Wednesday. UNISON polling has shown that across the county, […]

NHS workers missing out on family events because of ‘chronic’ understaffing, UNISON research shows

Nearly half of NHS workers in the east of England are missing out on family birthdays and anniversaries because they are unable to leave work on time, UNISON research reveals today. UNISON polled more than 1,200 NHS workers, including both clinical and non-clinical staff, across the east of England* to find out how staff shortages […]

UNISON pushes for more mental health support after ambulance service deaths

UNISON Eastern is deeply saddened to learn of the recent sudden deaths of three colleagues at the East of England Ambulance Service and we send condolences to the families and friends of those who died. We are working with the Trust to improve mental health support for ambulance staff and a dedicated helpline with trauma […]

UNISON secures pay boost for advanced paramedics

Advanced paramedics at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) will enjoy a pay rise worth thousands of pounds thanks to the hard work of local UNISON reps. They will move up a band in the pay scales following an agreement with the Trust which also means they’ll be able to reach the top […]

South Cambridgeshire Council staff celebrate new recognition deal

South Cambridgeshire District Council staff celebrated a positive step forward with their employer today as new chief executive Liz Watts signed a recognition deal with UNISON. The Council and UNISON have enjoyed positive relations for a number of years. The new agreement solidifies their partnership, clearly laying out the areas in which UNISON can collectively […]

Apprenticeship restrictions mean millions of pounds of Eastern NHS funds going to waste, says UNISON

More than £17m is lying unused by cash-strapped health trusts in the east of England because of restrictions in the government’s apprenticeship levy scheme, says UNISON today. New figures based on freedom of information (FoI) requests by the union, reveal three quarters (75%) of the money hasn’t been used, with funds now starting to be clawed back […]

University of East Anglia caterers spike ‘humiliating’ policy

Catering staff at the University of East Anglia have won a victory over a “blatantly unfair” clocking on system. Workers were having 15 minutes of their wages docked if they clocked in three minutes late or out three minutes early, despite not receiving any payment if they worker over their time. UNISON was spurred to […]

Higdon House opens its doors

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis opened the Eastern region’s new office and trade union education office in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday. He unveiled a plaque officially opening Higdon House, named in honour of the two socialist school teachers sacked from Burston’s village school in 1914 for trying to improve conditions for the children in […]

Film revealing bloody fight for British democracy comes to Norwich

Film director Mike Leigh’s biting portrayal of a bloody landmark in Britain’s struggle for democracy will come to Norwich on Monday (30 September). The Norfolk County branch of trade union UNISON has organised a screening of Peterloo at Norwich Arts Centre. It tells the story of the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, when mounted troops armed […]

Chauncy School celebrates ‘vital’ support staff stars

The Chauncy School in Ware, Hertfordshire, has paid tribute to the vital contribution made by its support staff. Staff were treated to a special lunch and UNISON goodies as part of the union’s Stars in Our School campaign to celebrate the wonderful work they do every day and to make sure the world knows just […]