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Let your MP know you need a pay rise

  Since the election on June 8th the debate over ending austerity has been raging stronger than ever. It’s now important that everyone in our movement keeps the pressure on the government. The end to the pay cap needs to be the first stage in austerity’s downfall. Public sector workers like ambulance drivers, nurses and […]

Message from the regional secretary Chris Jenkinson

I was recently appointed as regional secretary for UNISON Eastern following the retirement of my predecessor Glyn Hawker. Glyn did a great job in her time as regional secretary and she’s handed over a region in great shape. I look forward to working alongside branches and activists, helping to organise and support our members in […]

Regional convenor Becky Tye’s conference report

First of all, on behalf of the lay membership in the region I’d like to welcome our new regional secretary, Chris Jenkinson. Chris was appointed to the role following the retirement in May of Glyn Hawker. I know we all look forward to working with Chris and send our very best wishes to Glyn for […]

UNISON’s sustainability and transformation plan training starts first the eastern region

UNISON activists from health, local government and university branches in Norfolk and Waveney joined UNISON staff and some brave employer representatives on 5 July for the first UNISON STP (Sustainability and Transformation Plans) training day in the UK.   STP’s are being made in 44 footprints across the country, aimed at joining up health and […]

Back to school for union organisers     

More than 100,000 non-teaching staff work in schools across the region. That’s a massive number and while many are already in membership many more are yet to join. With support from the national fighting fund and contributions from branches a new team of UNISON organisers will be employed to help deliver our recruitment campaign in […]

Happy birthday UNISON Essex

Having lots of members not directly employed by public sector employers can be a challenge for any branch. With little or no facility time just how do you represent members? Organising the fragmented workforce is one of our major challenges. That’s why last year we created a new branch to help organise the fragmented workforce […]

How to survive summer

Summer is well and truly upon us and what better way to spend it than making new friends, and developing new skills at the 2017 UNISON summer school. Our summer school will be held in Cambridge between 14 and 18 August. There are loads of courses for you to choose from. You don’t have to […]

Extra money for organising and campaigning work

The regional pool is a source of additional income to assist branches or regional committees who need additional funding to deliver recruitment and organising activities or to support campaigns. In the last 12 months regional pool money has been used by the East of England Ambulance branch to pay for the printing and distribution of […]

Migrant workers are getting organised

Our public services would collapse if it were not for the fantastic contribution made by thousands of migrant workers who day in and day out support our communities. But following the decision to leave the EU their future looks anything but certain. The government has been caught out playing fast and loose with their futures, […]

Stop the NHS Professionals sell off

Due to the high costs of using private staffing agencies the NHS set up its own agency to supply hospitals with agency doctors, nurses and other health profesionals. NHS Professionals saves hospitals over £70m every year in fees compared to using private agencies. All profits made by NHS profesionals is reinvested into the NHS. The […]

“It’s time to remove the pay cap”, regional secretary tells local MP’s

New regional secreatry Chris Jenkinson has wasted no time in calling on MP’s to support UNISON’s demand for an end to the public sector pay cap. In a letter from Chris and regional convenor Becky Tye they called on MP’s in the region to support lifting the public sector pay cap and to give public sector […]

UNISON equality survey 2017

Making workplaces fairer and more equal for our members is a central part of the work that UNISON does. To find out how well we are succeeding and where we might need to consider making changes to our priorities we are asking members to complete our 2017 equalities survey. We are also keen to hear about whether […]

How have years of pay restraint affected you and your family?

UNISON wants to find out how years of pay restraint have affected you and your family. What has been the impact on your day-to-day life and would your finances cope in an emergency? We have compiled a short survey – which should only take about five minutes – to better understand how you are managing financially. Your experiences will feed into our campaigning […]

Britain’s rubbish pay rises: What will YOU be earning in five years?

British workers are stuck in the longest pay squeeze since Victorian times. But with UK real wages failing to keep up with the cost of living, there’s a lot more pain on the horizon.To help you gaze into the future, we’ve built a nifty pay calculator. It will show you what might happen to your […]

It’s time to end the “absurdity” of 15 minute care visits

Former Brookside actress and 60 Minute Makeover presenter Claire Sweeney features in a satire – commissioned by UNISON – highlighting the indignity suffered by thousands of elderly people because of 15-minute care visits. The two-minute video has been made to show how cutbacks are leaving vulnerable and elderly people short-changed. Government cuts to social care budgets mean rushed appointments […]