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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

You know that a lot of Black nurses have passed away and think ‘it could be me’

Cambridge nurse Victor Tapah shares his story on the front lines against Covid-19

NHS workers in the East of England call on government to show its appreciation for them

Health staff across the East of England – including nurses, paramedics, cleaners, domestics and porters – are beginning two days of campaigning today urging the government to give an early, significant pay rise of at least £2,000 to every worker in the NHS. Staff in UNISON branches based in NHS hospitals, ambulance stations and clinics […]

Home working splits opinions in equalities survey

UNISON’s annual equalities survey found that most UNISON members continued working during the pandemic with 45% working from their usual workplace and 40% from home. For those working from home, over 6 in 10 members felt there were no risks to their health, safety and wellbeing. As one member said: “I’d like to continue working […]

Run to rebuild – our key workers need a voice that matters

Over the past few months it’s become increasingly obvious that key workers are absolutely essential in keeping the country running. But the way they’re treated shows how little they’re involved in actually running the country. Trade unions were founded to give working people a greater say in their working lives. And unions founded the Labour […]

UNISON staff Step Up this September

UNISON Eastern’s members have been running themselves ragged this year, so our staff are going to lace up their running shoes to do the same for you. All our regional organisers have signed up for Step Up September, a month-long challenge raising money in aid of There for You, UNISON’s welfare charity. They’ll be walking, […]

Suffolk County Council hasn’t listened to children’s centre staff

Despite months of campaigning by Suffolk children’s centre staff, the county council’s cabinet today voted through its closure programme. It has approved cuts to services at 21 of the remaining 38 centres. Eleven would have their hours cut while the other 10 will shut completely. A service redesign was first suggested last year but shelved […]

Lowest paid protected from University of East Anglia Covid-19 cuts

The University of East Anglia’s lower-paid staff will be protected from planned cuts under a new deal struck with unions, UNISON reveals today. UEA faces a £35m financial shortfall because of Covid-19 and has already asked staff to take voluntary pay cuts through reduced hours and voluntary redundancies. University bosses also wanted to impose a […]

Work in social care? We want to hear from you!

Despite the gradual return to normal, Covid-19 is still a real and present danger in care homes. Staff have been deeply affected by the virus and will continue to face significant challenges as the rest of the country opens back up. The government has announced a £600m infection control fund to help stop the spread […]

It’s time to turn claps into action

In his latest regional secretary’s blog, Tim Roberts urges us to raise our voices loud for an NHS pay rise

Celebrate International Youth Day by joining UNISON!

12 August is International Youth Day, the day the UN has picked to encourage young people to get involved in the world around them and shape the things that affect their lives. There’s not much that affects your life more than how things are at work, whether it’s low pay, long hours, unrealistic workloads, bullying […]

By standing together we can celebrate our diversity

West Norfolk Local Government’s Fabia Pollard looks forward to marking Pride this year, even if it won’t be on the streets

‘We were there every minute to support your loved ones’ – NHS workers speak out on pay

NHS workers have been lauded as heroes during the pandemic, with government ministers proudly standing on their doorsteps to clap our keyworkers. But when UNISON and our sister health unions asked them to turn claps into cash and give NHS staff a long overdue pay rise, there was rather less support. We’re fighting to change […]

It’s been all hands on deck – how we’re keeping police support staff safe

It’s not just in the NHS or local councils that UNISON members have been keeping our public services above water during the pandemic. In police forces across the UK, police community support officers (PCSOs), control room staff, scene of crime officers and many other support workers are proud to be in UNISON. Carol Johnson is one of […]