Cambridge celebrates history of Women At Work

REPRODUCTION, an exhibition on pre-conception, pregnancy, birth and childcare, has opened in the Guildhall, Cambridge. The exhibition by artist Emma Smith and supported by UNISON Cambridge City and South Cambs branch and Cambridge City Council. The exhibition is inspired by Maternity, a collection of letters by working women, brought together by the Women’s Co-operative Guild […]

Harlow’s refuse workers put a stop to bullying

Harlow’s refuse workers are celebrating after contractor Veolia took swift action to address bullying allegations and health and safety concerns at the Mead Park depot. UNISON submitted a collective grievance against the company last week after workers joined together to take action, with UNISON reps taking the problems to Harlow Council on Monday. Since then, […]

Council leaders back Harlow refuse workers

Harlow Council leader Mark Ingall and Danny Purton, the councillor responsible for waste and recycling, expressed their support for outsourced refuse collectors today, who complain about bullying and harassment from local Veolia managers. The Labour councillors backed UNISON’s calls for action to stop the bullying at the Mead Park depot in a meeting with regional […]

Harlow refuse workers threaten industrial action over management bullying

Refuse workers in Essex are threatening strike action after complaining about bullying, threats and safety breaches from private contractor Veolia, UNISON says today. Workers from the Mead Park depot in Harlow unanimously voted for a ballot at a meeting last night after a spate of incidents relating to health and safety and changes imposed without […]

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 […]