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Cambridge celebrates history of Women At Work

REPRODUCTION, an exhibition on pre-conception, pregnancy, birth and childcare, has opened in the Guildhall, Cambridge. The exhibition by artist Emma Smith and supported by UNISON Cambridge City and South Cambs branch and Cambridge City Council. The exhibition is inspired by Maternity, a collection of letters by working women, brought together by the Women’s Co-operative Guild […]

Council leaders back Harlow refuse workers

Harlow Council leader Mark Ingall and Danny Purton, the councillor responsible for waste and recycling, expressed their support for outsourced refuse collectors today, who complain about bullying and harassment from local Veolia managers. The Labour councillors backed UNISON’s calls for action to stop the bullying at the Mead Park depot in a meeting with regional […]

NHS workers missing out on family events because of ‘chronic’ understaffing, UNISON research shows

Nearly half of NHS workers in the east of England are missing out on family birthdays and anniversaries because they are unable to leave work on time, UNISON research reveals today. UNISON polled more than 1,200 NHS workers, including both clinical and non-clinical staff, across the east of England* to find out how staff shortages […]

UNISON secures pay boost for advanced paramedics

Advanced paramedics at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) will enjoy a pay rise worth thousands of pounds thanks to the hard work of local UNISON reps. They will move up a band in the pay scales following an agreement with the Trust which also means they’ll be able to reach the top […]

Apprenticeship restrictions mean millions of pounds of Eastern NHS funds going to waste, says UNISON

More than £17m is lying unused by cash-strapped health trusts in the east of England because of restrictions in the government’s apprenticeship levy scheme, says UNISON today. New figures based on freedom of information (FoI) requests by the union, reveal three quarters (75%) of the money hasn’t been used, with funds now starting to be clawed back […]

University of East Anglia caterers spike ‘humiliating’ policy

Catering staff at the University of East Anglia have won a victory over a “blatantly unfair” clocking on system. Workers were having 15 minutes of their wages docked if they clocked in three minutes late or out three minutes early, despite not receiving any payment if they worker over their time. UNISON was spurred to […]

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 […]