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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 […]

Redundancies bombshell for Norfolk Children’s Services

Staff working for Norfolk County Council Children’s Services have been told that a budget cut of £4m could result in between 40 and 80 people being made redundant. Rumours about potential redundancies had been circulating for some time and senior steward Dave Lambert had tried to find out the truth. But despite a longstanding informal […]

Your union, your vote, your voice

Elections for the national executive council begin on 3 April It is time to choose who speaks for you. Elections are being held for all seats on UNISON’s national executive council, the governing body of the union. It is important that our NEC reflects the union’s membership and that you take your chance to have your […]

Young Black members confidence skills course

        UNISON is inviting expressions of interest from young Black members who want to become more active in the union to attend a training course to learn more about Black people’s contribution to trade unionism and to acquire some confidence skills. The course will be held at UNISON Centre in London on […]

New resource centre for UNISON members opens in King’s Lynn

A new UNISON resource centre in the grounds of the Queen Elziabeth Hospital in  King’s Lynn was opened on Monday (12 December) by general secretary Dave Prentis. Known as the Inspire Centre, it is largely funded by local UNISON branches but is based in a hospital-owned building, reflecting the positive working relationship between the local health […]

Winter fuel grants for members

Get help staying warm this winter With rising fuel costs and another cold winter looming, many members are worried about how they’re going to pay this year’s Winter fuel bills. Help is at hand There for You, UNISON’s own charity has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way […]

Phil Green: an appreciation

We are sad to report that former regional organiser Phil Green has died after a brief illness. Phil started working for NALGO in 1980 in the union’s head office health section at Mabledon Place in London. In 2006 he came to the Eastern region where he worked with health branches and members until his retirement two […]

Do you want to work for UNISON Norfolk County Branch?

Norfolk County UNISON branch has a vacancy for a branch office manager. The salary range is £30,271 to £32,028 per annum. The job is permanent and your terms and conditions of employment will reflect UNISON terms and conditions with scope to join the national UNISON pension scheme. Please note that this is a branch employed post, […]

‘It really is a disgrace’ – Norfolk community health bosses anger union with staff wage cuts

Regional organiser Jeff Keighly recently spoke to the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) about the situation at the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C). In an article published in today’s edition of the paper Jeff describes the impact that downbanding and pay cuts have had on staff morale and contrasts this with the high salaries paid […]

Colchester and Ipswich unions make plans for their hospitals’ future

UNISON hosts a meeting of trade union representatives and activists from Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals The decision by the two NHS Trusts running hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich to look at collaborative working means that the trade unions respresenting staff need to be ready to respond to the coming challanges. On 3 November UNISON branch secretaries […]

Supporting mental health in Cambridge

UNISON Cambs Acute Health Branch sponsored an Open Mind Night –  a mental health arts cabaret to raise money for SANE a mental health charity. The event took place on World Mental Health Day (10 October) at Addenbrookes Hospital, in Cambridge.  Around 70 people attended and the event raised over £200. UNISON young member and Cambs Acute […]

Support the call for our NHS to be fully funded

Tell the government to end the funding squeeze on our NHS The TUC in partnership with health trade unions and the NHS Support Federation is calling on the chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond to provide a fair and sustainable funding settlement for the NHS as part of his Autumn Statement on 23 November. You can add […]

It’s time to take a stand against bullying

This year the region’s young members group will be focusing on the problems of bullying and harassment in the workplace. Three quarters of young members experience bullying and harassment at work – with 7% of those experiencing violence, a survey carried out by UNISON in Scotland has found. The survey also showed that over 50% of these cases were not […]

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Regional convenor honoured at TUC congress in Brighton

Colchester Health celebrates the NHS and UNISON’s One Team campaign

  UNISON members at Colchester Hospital celebrated the recent 68th Birthday of the NHS by celebrating the amazing contribution support staff make to the NHS and how as One Team so much has and can be achieved. Many staff, patients and visitors wanted to show their support for One Team by telling us why support staff mean […]