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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Sorry’s not good enough” – we need a government inquiry to get to the bottom of the Bright Tribe scandal, says UNISON

The government needs to do more than apologise to the parents of pupils at schools once run by the Bright Tribe academy chain, and launch a full inquiry, says UNISON today. The union repeated its call for a proper investigation into allegations that Bright Tribe, which until recently ran five schools in Suffolk and Essex, misused public […]

Don’t let private patients jump the queue, says UNISON

NHS hospitals must stop letting private patients jump to the front of the queue for treatment in world-class facilities at bargain-basement prices, says a new report from health workers’ union UNISON. The research suggests that stretched NHS trusts are delivering preferential care to people willing and able to pay for healthcare – diverting staff and […]

Whatever happened to the STPs?

UNISON update on Sustainability and Transformation Plans and Partnerships in the east of England This report by John Lister was commissioned by UNISON to give members and representatives a realistic analysis of the situation in each STP area and to be able to offer a positive but informed response to genuine proposals for partnership and collaboration […]

Bedfordshire Resource Centre opens its doors

UNISON Bedfordshire Resource Centre officially opened its doors today. Four UNISON branches – Bedfordshire Health, Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Central Bedfordshire Local Government and Bedfordshire Police – have pooled their resources in a unique venture to make sure members are best represented and supported. Local MP Mohammad Yasin joined UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis to […]

Suffolk Constabulary reveal plans to axe over half of PCSOs

Preventing compulsory redundancies will be a priority Plans to axe more than half of Suffolk’s police community support officers (PCSOs) would put public safety at risk UNISON has told Suffolk Constabulary. The proposed cuts would see a 78% reduction in the number of PCSOs in the county since 2010. The number of PCSO posts will […]