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Get help with your school uniform costs

As many people struggle through the pandemic, the extra cost of sending the children back to school now looms on the horizon. But UNISON is here to help. There For You, our welfare charity, has launched its School Uniform Grant, offering a one-off £50 per school age child, up to a cost of £150, to […]

UNISON takes the heat off

As the mercuries rise again many of us will be struggling to work through the heat. But, wherever health and safety is a concern, workers can sort them out through their unions. Staff at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital are reaping the rewards of this, thanks to new hot weather measures agreed with UNISON and […]

Public want NHS staff to get early and significant pay rise, polls shows

A majority of the public (69%) think all NHS staff should get an early pay rise before the end of this year, according to a UNISON/Savanta ComRes poll published today. The findings also highlight how two-thirds (66%) believe a wage increase for employees — including healthcare assistants, nurses, hospital porters, midwives, paramedics and cleaners — should be significant in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. […]

How is coronavirus affecting your housing?

Chance to win £100 of shopping vouchers for taking part in our 2020 housing survey

Ask your councillor to save Suffolk’s children’s centres

Suffolk’s children’s centres are vital for hundreds of families, providing valuable services for children and parents. Suffolk County Council had to hastily withdraw its paper cutting children’s centres after spotting an ‘error’ in its documents, so we’ve got another month to halt these closures. Thanks to everyone lobbying their MPs, we saved one children’s centre, […]

More cleaners needed to make East of England’s schools safe for return of pupils and staff

Some cleaners in schools in eastern England are still having to work without protective kit and not given the ‘deep-clean’ training needed to keep people safe, says a survey published today by UNISON. The union is calling on the government to provide schools with money to hire extra cleaners. Figures released by UNISON show that more than a quarter (26%) of […]

Solidarity in action: UNISON heroes help feed the hungry

We talk to UNISON Environment Agency East Anglia chair Charan Sekhon about his work with SEVA Trust

Children centre staff ‘gagged’ ahead of Cabinet vote, says UNISON

Suffolk children’s centre staff are being ‘gagged’ ahead of a crucial vote on the future of the service, UNISON reveals today. Staff were told in meetings last week not to speak to the public or press about the planned cuts to the service. Suffolk County Council’s cabinet will vote tomorrow on closing 10 centres and […]

‘Support for keyworkers needs to translate into real support for the public sector’

We talk to trainee nursing associate Lizz Roberts about working though the pandemic

Now’s our chance for a society that works for all

Acting regional secretary Tim Roberts urges public sector workers to grab this chance to shape the new normal

Ask your MP to save Suffolk’s children’s centres

Suffolk’s children’s centres are vital for hundreds of families, providing valuable services for children and parents. But the Council wants to cut services at 22 of the remaining 38 centres. Eleven will have their hours cut while the other 11 will shut completely. UNISON Eastern encourages everyone in the county to write to their MP […]

Say it /Together: ‘Happy Birthday NHS’

We’re pleased to say UNISON is now a partner in the /together coalition. This weekend the coalition will unite the country to celebrate the NHS birthday and commemorate all those who have died from the coronavirus. The group unites a wide range of supporters who intend to heal divisions and reconnect society over the course of the […]

A new vision of care after the crisis

UNISON has launched s new vision for a national social care service that will do away with the weak, fragmented system exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. In Care After Covid: A Vision for Social Care, the union lays out the case for a national system that could properly deal with the day-to-day challenges of caring […]

In the back room but on the front line – NHS admin in the crisis

It’s not just doctors and nurses who make up the NHS. It take a whole team to keep the health service going. And while cleaners, caterers and porters are visible and getting thanks, many seem to forget how vital administrators are to the NHS family. UNISON Eastern spoke to Lily Martin, an admin worker in Addenbrooke’s Patient […]

Eastern region pilots new reps recertification course

UNISON Eastern has been picked to trial a brand new online version of the recertification course. The course is an integral part of UNISON’s activist education arsenal, with all reps expected to undergo recertification every five years to make sure our activists keep up to date with legal changes and organising priorities. It’s designed for […]