Articles

‘I feel that sacrificing my life is part of my work permit and visa application’

Migrant health and social care staff told of the ‘painful experiences’ they go through to live and work in the UK at recent UNISON briefing sessions.

It takes a whole team to run the NHS

When most people think of the NHS they normally picture doctors and nurses, but it takes a whole team to keep our health service ticking over. Porters, cleaners, admin staff and many, many more all play an absolutely vital role in the NHS. That’s why we celebrate One Team Day on 25 November. Normally this […]

Hinchingbrooke Hospital staff remain in house

An agreement has been reached by North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust and the recognised trade unions Unite and UNISON on the next steps of a project to tender for facilities management services at its hospital sites. While the trust will continue to run the tender process for services currently provided by external contractors, it […]

Covid response fund reopens

UNISON’s Covid-19 response fund reopens today, offering grants of up to £500 to help members affected by the pandemic. If you are a UNISON member, you can apply for the fund if your income has been affected in any of the following ways: You and/or your partner are currently furloughed; You and/or your partner are […]

General secretary election

The general secretary election is your chance to vote to elect the most senior person in our union. Every UNISON members is encouraged to use their vote. After hearing from all the candidates, the Eastern Regional Council voted to nominate Christina McAnea. More information

Shine a light on Black history

Youth justice worker CLAIRE TURPIN gives her personal recollections of Black History Month

Black History Month: Irene’s story

Sarudzai Irene Dzvairo recounts her life story, from growing up in Zimbabwe to moving to the UK and working in social care

‘We have come so far, so please let us stand together as we honour Black history’

To mark Black History Month, we invited one of our reps in Hertfordshire to say a few words about what it means to be Black in the UK today. My name is Rita Sarpong. I am a Black lady who was born in Ghana on June 1978. I traveled to the UK in 2003 to pursue my […]

‘I may have retired from work, it doesn’t mean I’ve retired from life’

We speak to Karen Clark about the contribution UNISON’s retired members make to the union

Black communities on both sides of the Atlantic have the same fight for justice

Brian Pereira explores the historic links between Black people in the US and UK for Black History Month 2020

Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month is a time for us to elevate Black voices and celebrate Black communities’ contribution to life in Britain. Of course Black workers are essential to public services and to UNISON for all 12 months of the year, not just October, but this is an important opportunity to celebrate Black history here in […]

CQC report must hammer home the message things need to improve at East of England Ambulance Service

A damning Care Quality Commission report released today recommends that the East of England Ambulance Service Trust be placed in special measures. It uncovered a litany of complaints against senior leadership, accusing Trust managers of fostering bullying and abuse. UNISON Eastern regional organiser Sam Older said: “UNISON has been consistently raising issues around the culture […]

New report exposes wrongheadedness of outsourcing at North West Anglia NHS

A new report rips apart North West Anglia NHS NHS Trust’s plans to outsource catering and other services at Hinchingbrooke and makes the case to bring all facilities services back in house across the employer. Author John Lister launched From Outstanding to Average? at an online public meeting. Watch the meeting The report takes apart […]

Survey reveals staff fears ahead of universities reopening

University staff including cleaners, security guards and administrative workers are facing a perfect storm of pressures that are leaving them out of pocket, and feeling increasingly anxious, a UNISON survey published this week has found. More than 160 employees in the east of England completed the union’s annual higher education survey, which exposed concerns about pay, working hours and […]

‘It feels like everything has changed apart from us’

We talk to paramedic Trish Tippett about being the face of UNISON’s No Going Back to Normal campaign