‘I feel that sacrificing my life is part of my work permit and visa application’

Migrant health and social care staff told of the ‘painful experiences’ they go through to live and work in the UK at recent UNISON briefing sessions.

Divide and rule won’t help the economic recovery

Millions of public-sector workers will have their pay frozen next year, according to Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his comprehensive spending review today. He said NHS workers and those earning less than £24,000 will still get a rise. UNISON Eastern regional secretary Tim Roberts said: “This is austerity plain and simple. A decade of spending cuts […]

It takes a whole team to run the NHS

When most people think of the NHS they normally picture doctors and nurses, but it takes a whole team to keep our health service ticking over. Porters, cleaners, admin staff and many, many more all play an absolutely vital role in the NHS. That’s why we celebrate One Team Day on 25 November. Normally this […]

Cuts to grass cutting will leave Ipswich looking scruffy, warns UNISON

Planned cuts at the parks department will leave Ipswich unkempt and untidy, UNISON warns today. Ipswich Borough Council wants to chop a fifth of the workforce in the parks department, leaving grass verges unmown and parks unmaintained, says UNISON. It comes despite the public’s increasing reliance on parks and other outdoor spaces for exercise and […]

Pandemic heroes stabbed in the back

A public-sector pay freeze would send us straight back to the old normal we warned about, says Tim Roberts in his latest blog

Government should step in to protect community policing in Cambridgeshire

The government must step in to provide urgent funding in Cambridgeshire to prevent serious damage to local policing, says UNISON today. The union has written to police minister Kit Malthouse to call for action to stop the number of police community support officers (PCSOs) in the county being halved from 80 to 40, under plans […]

Hinchingbrooke Hospital staff remain in house

An agreement has been reached by North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust and the recognised trade unions Unite and UNISON on the next steps of a project to tender for facilities management services at its hospital sites. While the trust will continue to run the tender process for services currently provided by external contractors, it […]

Covid response fund reopens

UNISON’s Covid-19 response fund reopens today, offering grants of up to £500 to help members affected by the pandemic. If you are a UNISON member, you can apply for the fund if your income has been affected in any of the following ways: You and/or your partner are currently furloughed; You and/or your partner are […]

Health workers in the East of England urge local MPs to back early pay rise for exhausted staff and to protect the NHS  

Hundreds of health staff across the East of England – including nurses, paramedics, cleaners, domestics and porters – are writing to the region’s 58 MPs asking them to back UNISON’s call for NHS staff to get an early pay rise in time for Christmas. Staff employed in hospitals, clinics and ambulance stations are urging local […]

Don’t forget the election over here

UNISON members have their own chance to vote, says Tim Roberts in his latest regional secretary’s blog, and it’s vital we all use it

General secretary election

The general secretary election is your chance to vote to elect the most senior person in our union. Every UNISON members is encouraged to use their vote. After hearing from all the candidates, the Eastern Regional Council voted to nominate Christina McAnea. More information

Shine a light on Black history

Youth justice worker CLAIRE TURPIN gives her personal recollections of Black History Month

Another decision made with a disdain for evidence

In his latest regional secretary’s blog, Tim Roberts questions the government’s decision to shut down the Union Learning Fund

Black History Month: Irene’s story

Sarudzai Irene Dzvairo recounts her life story, from growing up in Zimbabwe to moving to the UK and working in social care

Cambridgeshire police cuts ‘will make it harder to access justice’, says UNISON

Cambridgeshire Constabulary announced plans today to halve police community support officer (PCSO) numbers, disband the community safety team – which provides crime prevention advice to the public and local businesses – and close enquiry offices. UNISON Eastern regional organiser Jeff Keighley said: “It’s no good recruiting more police officers only to have to slash the numbers […]