Cawston patients’ lives cut short by profit-driven care system

An independent report has blasted central government and local agencies following the deaths of three people at a privately run hospital for adults with learning disabilities in Norfolk. The Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board report looked at the deaths of Joanna Bailey, Nicholas Briant and Ben King at Cawston Park Hospital near Aylsham. Jeesal, which ran […]

Council workers block bid to drive down conditions

UNISON has blocked a bid to drive down workers’ mileage claims at Suffolk County Council. The new policy took money from some of the council’s lowest-paid staff, said UNISON. Staff complained to their reps that the council was building a fictional commute in to their mileage allowance not allowing workers to claim until they had […]

Health and safety matters

Our August 2021 health and safety newsletter is out now! Inside: Working from home, Flexible working, Reasonable adjustments, Ill-health retirement and local government pensions, Rep support.

Summer 2021 UNISON Eastern Labour Link update

UNISON Labour Link has been hard at work during the lockdown. Read about it in our latest Easter region update. Inside: Local elections 2021, Norfolk by-election, Who’s who, National Labour Link forum, NHS pay bus.

UNISON launches consultation over NHS rise that meets neither expectations nor real living wage

The government has failed to honour its own ‘levelling up’ promises with the disappointing 3% pay rise for NHS workers in England, says UNISON. The award announced last week doesn’t meet the real living wage of £9.50 per hour for the lowest paid health service workers and widens the gap between those at the top […]

Council staff driven to despair by mileage change

Suffolk County Council workers rallied outside Endeavour House today for a UNISON protest against a new mileage policy that will take money from some of the lowest paid staff. Local Labour councillors and representatives of Ipswich TUC and Unite braved the wind and rain to join the demonstration outside Suffolk County Council HQ. Protesters held […]

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 […]