QEH surgery closure a body blow to patients and staff

Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn’s plans to send people with cancer 40 miles away for treatment would be a body blow to patients and staff, UNISON warns today. Theatre staff at QEH have been informed that elective cancer surgery may be moved to the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital an hour’s drive away. In September, the […]

Suffolk Council tries to dress cash grab up as a pay rise

Suffolk County Council wants to pick the pockets of its staff and tell them they’re getting a pay rise, UNISON warns today. Suffolk County Council announced today potential changes to terms and conditions to staff contracts, including forcing staff to take two days of unpaid leave for the next two years. The council is currently […]

UNISON says: Don’t make ambulance staff work into the grave

Frontline ambulance staff are currently expected to work until they’re 67. UNISON doesn’t believe that’s right. We spoke to UNISON reps John Hammond and Graham Hillman about why. Sign the petition here.

A branch education co-ordinator in EVERY branch

UNISON Eastern region’s education and training committee is asking that branches without branch education co-ordinators currently in post look to actively elect into this position at their 2019 AGM. Laura Wilkes, one of our branch education co-ordinators from Suffolk Area Health Branch, enjoys contributing to the vital role. “As a branch education co-ordinator I play […]

UNISON celebrates becoming the UK’s biggest trade union

  UNISON is marking becoming the UK’s biggest union by launching a month of recruitment activity today to reach out to every worker in the country providing public services. The union has now more than 1.3 million people in its membership who work in education, local government, the NHS, the police service and the energy […]

There for You newsletter

Welcome to There For You, the newsletter of the Eastern region’s welfare committee. It’s chock full of news on events and training opportunities this year, as well as information on loneliness, home takeovers and migrant networks. Welfare Newsletter autumn 2018

Hammond’s Budget makes it clear: austerity isn’t over

Responding to today’s Budget, UNISON Eastern regional secretary Chris Jenkinson said: “For too long mental health has been a poor relation in the NHS, so this extra funding and new crisis services are welcome. “But the fact remains that the extra £20bn for the NHS that Theresa May announced in June – and today’s pledge […]

Corbyn warns of ‘national emergency’ in children’s centres

UNISON has welcomed support from Jeremy Corbyn in the fight to keep Norfolk’s children’s centres open. ­The Labour Party leader visited a centre in Norwich to warn of the “national emergency” facing children’s services. Norfolk’s children and families are at the sharp end of the emergency following the Tory-run council’s decision to shut 46 of […]

From the Congo to Norfolk, nursing apprentice John Kasensa tells his story

John Kasensa is an assistant practitioner at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich. In February he started his journey on the Nursing Degree Apprenticeship. John came to the UK as a 22-year-old refugee from the Congo, settling in Norfolk. We talk to him about his background, his journey into working in mental health and his plans for […]

Ambulance reps fly the flag in Newmarket

UNISON activists were delighted to sign up 20 new members from across the East of England Ambulance Service at a two-day clinical briefing in Newmarket this week. Four branch reps went along to staff a UNISON stall, leaping on the opportunity to speak to the 400 attendees from all geographical and operational areas of the […]

Cambridgeshire County Council bosses must abandon their “cruel” Christmas lay-off, says UNISON

Plans to force many council workers employed by Cambridgeshire County Council to take three days of unpaid leave between Christmas and New Year are unfair and should be reversed, says UNISON today. The Conservative-controlled local authority told staff last week that they’ll have to take 27, 28 and 31 December off work. As a result, […]

Colchester Council signs up to support terminally ill workers

UNISON reps signed a landmark agreement to support terminally ill workers with Colchester Borough Council last night. The TUC’s Dying to Work charter commits the council to giving staff adequate employment protection and support at work following a terminal diagnosis. “This is brilliant news for council workers,” said UNISON branch secretary Georgia Norton after the […]

Southend Council: Overworked and underpaid?

Are you employed by Southend On Sea Borough Council? Do you work regular paid overtime? Have you taken paid annual leave in the past two years? If you have answered yes to these questions then UNISON needs to hear from you, as you may have been underpaid. Workers should receive the same pay while they […]

Still time to register for private contractors seminar

If you’re a UNISON member in the private sector you’re invited to get along to the Private Contractors Seminar in Nottingham in November. It’s a great opportunity to network and participate in a number of workshops; learning new skills and sharing experiences of working in the private sector. If you’d like to find out more […]

Burman House: local MP ‘concerned’ about closure

South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss has expressed her “concern” about the planned closure of Burman House care home near King’s Lynn. The Tory MP was responding to UNISON’s campaign to keep the home, consistently rated Good by Care Quality Commission inspectors, open to the people of Norfolk. Ms Truss (pictured) said: “I am extremely […]