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 […]

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 […]

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

ONE UNISON programme, creche and costs

Programme Saturday 08:45 – 09:55 Delegate and creche registration Take the opportunity to browse around our UNISON service provider information stalls 10:00 – 12:45 Courses/workshops running Please check with the registration desk where the courses/workshops are being held 12:45 – 13:30 Lunch Take the opportunity to browse around our UNISON service provider information stalls Creche […]

ONE UNISON gala dinner

Our celebration Gala Dinner and awards ceremony will take place on Saturday evening UNISON president Margaret McKee and the general secretary Dave Prentis will be our guests and key note speakers on this celebratory evening The evening’s entertainment line up includes stand up comedian and former senior Labour party advisor Ayesha Hazarika. While returning to her stand-up […]

ONE UNISON branch and activist awards

In recognition of the dedicated work that our Branches and activists carried out during 2017 we are very pleased to introduce our Branch and activists awards, covering a number of key areas such as organising, recruitment and learning. There are several awards up for grabs and the winners will be announced at the gala meal. […]

The ONE UNISON weekend extravaganza

A weekend of workshops, awards, courses and comedy UNISON is now 25 years old, so we’ve decided to celebrate. And you’re invited to the party. On 19 and 20 May we’ll be running courses for new or recently elected branch officers, workshops for activists, and on Saturday evening a gala dinner and awards ceremony. Taking […]

Spotlight on working with UNISON to support Apprentices

#NAW2018 Spotlight on … Working with UNISON to support Apprentices 7th March 2018 National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2018 runs from 5 – 9 March 2018 and is an opportunity not only to celebrate the success of established apprenticeships already underway, but also a chance to share some of the support options available to councils across the […]

Deaths in eastern England reveal true extent of NHS winter crisis

The true extent of the winter crisis affecting the NHS has become clear as it was revealed that 20 deaths might have been avoided in the East of England over Christmas. During this time there were lengthy delays in ambulances responding to 999 calls. UNISON is calling for an independent inquiry into why the East […]

UNISON There for You – Winter Fuel Grants 2017-2018

Worried about paying your Winter Fuel Bill? Get help staying warm this winter. With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills. Help is on hand “There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low […]

Watford mayor surprises school lunchtime assistant with award for outstanding service

UNISON’s competition to find a star in Watford’s schools reached its finale on Monday as Mayor Dorothy Thornhill attended a local school to surprise a dedicated lunchtime assistant of 43 years. Gladys Coldman, who has been a lunchtime assistant at Kingsway Infant School since 1974, won the Stars In Our Schools competition after being nominated […]

Norfolk PCC forced to apologise after insulting county’s PCSOs

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lorne Green has been forced to apologise after insulting the 150 PCSOs in the county are who under threat of redundancy. At a public meeting held Long Stratton on Tuesday the Conservative PCC said that he would not employ more PCSOs even if he had “all the money in […]

Save our Southend libraries

UNISON members from the Southend branch spent last Thursday visiting their local libraries as part of the annual Save Our Local Services campaign. This year’s SOS challenged the government’s library cuts and defended our precious library services and library workers.             The campaign highlighted how important  libraries and library workers […]