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Government only doing ‘half the job’ by replacing police officers, says UNISON

The government must replace hundreds of police community support officer (PCSO) and other police staff jobs axed across the east of England since the start of austerity, UNISON said today. The union warns that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit extra police officers is not enough on its own to halt the rise in […]

Bedford buzzing for resource centre’s birthday

A year after opening its doors, UNISON’s Bedfordshire Resource Centre held a special open day to celebrate its first birthday on Friday. There were balloons, banners and a whole array of information displayed on the incredible work UNISON does for its members, public-sector workers and the wider community. New membership forms were given out and […]

‘Empowering and inspirational’ – a first-time view of UNISON’s annual parliament

National Delegate Conference is often referred to as UNISON’s parliament. It’s the place where thousands of our members come together from every branch in the country to debate the issues affecting public service workers and decide how UNISON will respond for the next year. First-time delegate Laura Wilkes (Suffolk Area Health) reports on an “empowering […]

National Assembly of Women celebrates PAH victory

The National Assembly of Women has celebrated the Princess Alexandra Hospital domestics’ fantastic victory against privatisation on the front page of its journal, Sisters. Inside, UNISON regional organiser Caroline Hennessy tells the history of the dispute and explains why the domestics were fighting to keep their jobs in the NHS. You can read Sisters Summer 2019 […]

Brandon school pays tribute to support staff stars

Forest Academy in Brandon celebrated the invaluable role played by its school support staff today. UNISON organised the ‘Stars in Our Schools’ event to promote the wonderful work school support staff do every day, and to make sure the world knows just how vital they are to every school. Nearly 50 support staff were presented […]

Thetford primary school celebrates support staff ‘stars’

School support staff were celebrated as “stars” during an event at Elveden Academy near Thetford today. Parents came in during a special assembly to present support staff with presents and VIP badges thanking them for their hard work, while children gave staff cards that they made themselves. One of the classrooms was turned into a […]

Colchester Institute signs up to Dying to Work charter

Colchester Institute has signed a voluntary charter, making a commitment to employees to ensure that they are protected if diagnosed with a terminal illness. UNISON rep Marisa Baker joined Colchester Institute Principal and Chief Executive Alison Andreas and University and College Union branch secretary John Pullen-Appleby to sign the TUC’s Dying to Worker charter at […]

North Norfolk hospital staff protest against parking charges

NHS staff protested today against “totally unwarranted” proposals to introduce parking charges at the North Walsham and District Memorial Hospital. Over 1,000 people have already signed a petition online and in person against plans by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, to introduce parking fees at North Walsham. And today around […]

It’s up to Princess Alexandra to stop hospital strike

The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust has released a statement, calling its domestics decision to take six days of strike action ‘unprecedented’ and repeating its claim that no decision has been made about outsourcing its services. What is precedented is hospitals market testing their cleaning and catering services before selling them out of the NHS, leading […]

Staff at troubled Harlow academy commence vote on industrial action

Staff at scandal-struck Aspire Academy in Harlow are voting on industrial action over concerns for their health and safety, UNISON announces today. The school for students outside mainstream education, part of the TBAP multi-academy trust, was the subject of a BBC Panorama investigation in March after the head teacher blew the whistle on serious financial […]

NHS staff mark Operating Department Practitioners Day

Hospital staff will mark Operating Department Practitioners Day tomorrow, paying tribute to an often overlooked part of the NHS team that play a vital role in keeping patients safe. An operating department practitioner (ODP) is a highly trained registered healthcare professional working in a range of critical care environments. ODPs prepare the operating theatre for […]

Go for Growth – Go to win!

We’re going all out this May to build a stronger UNISON, recruiting more members so that we can win for workers in public services. And you can win again by getting your friends and colleagues to sign up on Easy Joiner, UNISON’s new online joining system. Using your phone, or any device with wifi connection, […]

Privatisation-threatened domestics rally outside Princess Alexandra Hospital

Domestics at Princess Alexandra Hospital rallied today to keep their jobs in the NHS. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis joined dozens of domestics for a lunchtime rally outside the hospital to express their opposition to the mooted privatisation of their jobs. UNISON warns that outsourcing would create a two-tier workforce and damage the hospital’s leading […]

Strike ballot over ‘derisory’ pay for City College Norwich staff

Staff at City College Norwich are voting on taking part in national strike action over pay. Hundreds of employees at 14 further education (FE) colleges across England will take part in the ballot. The dispute is over a national pay offer from employers which UNISON has rejected and described as ‘derisory’. The vote on strike […]

Staff and parents petition to save Bedfordshire nursery

Staff and parents fighting to stop the closure of a popular Bedford nursery tried to hand in a petition today to save the centre. But the chair of Sharnbrook Academy Federation (SAF), which runs Brook Day Nursery, refused to accept the 250-strong petition presented by UNISON. The nursery, based at the Sharnbrook Academy site, already […]