Basildon Hospital cleaners celebrate pay victory

Hospital cleaners in Basildon are celebrating today (Thursday) after winning their battle for a pay rise, with the help of their union UNISON. The low-paid domestic staff at Basildon University Hospital had been on the minimum wage after being transferred back into the NHS from private contractor OCS two years ago. But following pressure from UNISON, the […]

UNISON calls for new government inquiry into academy chain accused of misusing public funds

Monday 10 September 2018 For immediate use   UNISON calls for new government inquiry into academy chain accused of misusing public funds The government must launch a fresh inquiry into Bright Tribe following new allegations that the troubled multi-academy trust has misused public money, says UNISON today (Monday). It follows revelations set to be broadcast […]

Home ownership little more than a pipe dream for public sector workers in the East of England, says UNISON

7 September 2018 Embargo: 00.01hrs Sunday 9 September 2018 Home ownership little more than a pipe dream for public sector workers in the East of England, says UNISON Owning a home has become virtually impossible for many public sector workers in the East of England, according to research published today (Sunday) by UNISON. Getting a deposit together […]

Whatever happened to the STPs?

UNISON update on Sustainability and Transformation Plans and Partnerships in the east of England This report by John Lister was commissioned by UNISON to give members and representatives a realistic analysis of the situation in each STP area and to be able to offer a positive but informed response to genuine proposals for partnership and collaboration […]

Suffolk Constabulary reveal plans to axe over half of PCSOs

Preventing compulsory redundancies will be a priority Plans to axe more than half of Suffolk’s police community support officers (PCSOs) would put public safety at risk UNISON has told Suffolk Constabulary. The proposed cuts would see a 78% reduction in the number of PCSOs in the county since 2010. The number of PCSO posts will […]

Activists Summer School 13 – 17 August 2018

                This year’s summer school will be held at the Cambridge Professional Development Centre and with 13 courses to chose from there’s something for everyone. You can pick and mix from the courses being run during the week as some last one, two or three days. And you […]

Want to get back into learning? Live in or near Hertfordshire? We can help

Women’s Lives is a course designed for women who may have been away from learning for some time.   It will help you gain the skills and confidence to study, learn or do something new. It is particularly suitable for women who have been out of education for a long time and have had few […]

Feeding fat cats – the government wants to penalise the innocent

The government has recently introduced the civil liability bill into parliament which will deny access to justice to hundreds of thousands of people injured at work or on the roads every year.         By Henrietta Phillips, Thompsons Solicitors Currently, anyone who is injured in a workplace accident or on the road can claim […]

UNISON calls for Queen Elizabeth Hospital car park charge increase to be dropped

17 April 2018 For immediate use UNISON calls for Queen Elizabeth Hospital car park charge increase to be dropped UNISON, the trade union representing staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has reacted with anger at the decision by the trust to increase car park charges by nearly 30%. The increase will affect patients, visitors and staff. […]

Rally and lobby of Dacorum Borough councillors by UNISON members

17 April 2018 For operational use Rally and lobby of Dacorum Borough councillors by UNISON members Following industrial action over Easter in protest at the council’s decision to cut redundancy compensation pay the branch is holding a rally followed by a lobby of the council meeting to call on the council to return to talks […]

Dacorum dirty jobs strike set to escalate

Come and support the lobby of councillors on Wednesday 18 April Workers at Dacorum Council in Hertfordshire are in dispute with their employer and are set to ramp up the pressure with more strikes in the coming weeks if the employer doesn’t give way. Last year the Tory controlled council ditched long standing agreements with […]

UNISON members at Dacorum Borough Council go on strike over cuts to redundancy pay

UNISON members at Dacorum Borough Council household waste and recycling depots went on strike over the Easter weekend after the council voted to cut compensation payments to staff who lose their jobs because of redundancy.   Although the council claimed that the cut in redundancy pay wasn’t linked to future job losses eight compulsory redundancies […]

Cambridge health branch succesfully challenges NMC over competancy tests

Cambridge University Hospitals branch has recently celebrated a huge success for three of their members and have been able to use it to recruit and organise new members. Nurses from outside the EU have to pass the objective structured clinical examination test (OSCE) before they get their NMC licence. The NMC originally allowed nurses two […]

Working together to reduce stress at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG

In a great example of partnership working, UNISON has been working closely with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group to run a series of stress management workshops for their staff. The topic of reducing staff stress levels was raised at a recent meeting with the employer and Jo Rust, regional organiser, suggested UNISON’s Staying […]

Ipswich Hospital and Colchester Hospital special report on merger plan Spring 2018

Ipswich and Colchester health branches have published an eight page report on the proposed merger of the two hospital trusts. Download your your copy of the report