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Virtual conference, real democracy

Regional convenor Becky Tye and deputy Rad Kerrigan about a conference like no other

Sara Gorton and Michael Rosen on a Teams call

Michael Rosen says Thank You to NHS staff

“I now have a chance to say thank you to you, you UNISON workers, you have made your contribution to the fact that I’m actually sitting here talking. Thank you very much indeed.” That was poet and author Michael Rosen’s message to the NHS staff that joined last week’s An Evening With… webinar. The former […]

Remembering Danny Purton

UNISON Eastern pays tribute to the memory of Danny Purton, a longtime activist in UNISON and its forerunner NALGO, the National and Local Government Officers Association, who continued to serve the Harlow’s workers after his retirement on Harlow Council. We encourage members to take a moment to remember him during his funeral today. Former UNISON […]

Meet the candidates!

We speak to some of the people hoping to represent public service workers after May’s elections

Want to get more involved with UNISON?

Branches are the basic unit of UNISON, every member belongs to one. They are made up of groups of members working for the same employer or several employers in the same area. Have you thought about going along to a branch event to meet other UNISON members and find out what the branch is doing? […]

International solidarity will be key to breaking the blockade of Cuba

With a new man in the White House, Cuba has a real opportunity to ease the 60-year US economic blockade on the island, but it will take more international solidarity to press change. That was the message from Cuba Solidarity Campaign’s Natasha Hickman to UNISON Eastern international committee’s latest session on Tuesday evening. She explained […]

Supreme Court sleep-in appeal decision is blow for ​everyone in social care

Today’s Supreme Court judgment that social care staff are not entitled to the national minimum wage for every hour they work​, including sleep-in shifts​, is a huge blow for thousands across the country, says UNISON. The union says the ruling is a major disappointment​, but that it increases pressure on the government to bring forward […]

Suffolk ambulance staff denied Covid sick pay, says UNISON

Front line patient transport staff in Suffolk are only receiving statutory sick pay of £95 a week when they have to self-isolate. Private ambulance firm Ezec is contracted by the NHS to transport patients around Suffolk, including those discharged from hospitals to care homes. Workers say they are not given enough time between jobs to […]

British trade unionists ‘must keep up solidarity with Colombia’

It’s essential that British trade unionists continue to support their Colombian counterparts, Justice for Colombia’s Nick MacWilliam told an online meeting organised by UNISON Eastern’s international committee last night. He recounted how the Latin American country has been torn apart by years of violence, as authoritarian neoliberal governments closed down democratic space so much that […]

Hitting wages of key workers would be ‘worst possible’ blow to economy

Government plans to hold down public-sector pay will cause a £156m blow to the East of England’s economy, a TUC analysis shows today. A total of £1.3bn will be cut from keyworker pay settlements in England this year, after the chancellor announced the squeeze in November 2020, causing a forecast £1.7bn hit to England’s economy […]

‘The general public is calling us heroes and going out and clapping for us – let’s put those claps into words’

Organisations and activists came together from across the political spectrum this week with a positive response to the crisis in social care. UNISON’s Pay Fair for Care rally urged one and all to stand up for care workers and keep up the pressure on government. The event – co-hosted with the Future Social Care Coalition, […]

Essex care providers can act to stop rising Covid death toll

More than 100 people died in Essex care homes in the last week, new figures from the Office for National Statistics show. The 102 deaths reported to the Care Quality Commission between 23 and 29 January, up from 88 the week before, put Essex second only to Norfolk in local authority deaths. UNISON Eastern head of […]

UNISON Eastern congratulates Christina McAnea on becoming the new general secretary

UNISON Eastern today congratulates Christina McAnea on being elected as the new general secretary of UNISON. Christina replaces Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years as general secretary. She takes up her post on 22 January. UNISON Eastern regional secretary Tim Roberts said: “Democracy is at the heart of our union and these last few […]

Labour will keep battling in 2021

UNISON Eastern Labour Link’s January 2021 newsletter is out now. It includes plans for 2021 and reports of some activity over the last year, including our work with Labour MPs on social care and support for an NHS pay rise. Read now UNISON Eastern Labour Link has also announced the date for its 2021 AGM, […]

Beware the dangers of long covid

UNISON member Julie Barnes has made an impassioned plea for health staff to make sure they wear PPE and keep washing their hands to ward off the threat of long Covid. Julie, a vehicle technician and workshop supervisor who works for the East of England Ambulance Service in Herts and Bedfordshire, has shared her experience of Covid-19 […]