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Get help with your winter fuel costs

There for You, UNISON’s welfare arm, has a limited to fund to offer grants of up to £200 to members struggling to pay fuel bills this winter. Members whose income is less than £18,200 (if living alone) or £26,000 (for a family) can apply. Applications will also be accepted from members in receipt of either […]

UNISON Eastern congratulates Christina McAnea on becoming the new general secretary

UNISON Eastern today congratulates Christina McAnea on being elected as the new general secretary of UNISON. Christina replaces Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years as general secretary. She takes up her post on 22 January. UNISON Eastern regional secretary Tim Roberts said: “Democracy is at the heart of our union and these last few […]

Labour will keep battling in 2021

UNISON Eastern Labour Link’s January 2021 newsletter is out now. It includes plans for 2021 and reports of some activity over the last year, including our work with Labour MPs on social care and support for an NHS pay rise. Read now UNISON Eastern Labour Link has also announced the date for its 2021 AGM, […]

Beware the dangers of long covid

UNISON member Julie Barnes has made an impassioned plea for health staff to make sure they wear PPE and keep washing their hands to ward off the threat of long Covid. Julie, a vehicle technician and workshop supervisor who works for the East of England Ambulance Service in Herts and Bedfordshire, has shared her experience of Covid-19 […]

Make schools safe!

UNISON is advising its members in primary schools, special schools, SEND and early years settings in England that it is unsafe to return to the workplace if it is fully open to all pupils. Please see the advice page on our national website for the latest information. Schools advice This includes a model letter to send […]

We’ll be glad to see the back of 2020, but we can’t take it easy in 2021

Public service workers have earned their applause this year, says Tim Roberts, but the fight for real recognition goes onc

Strike a pose – pictures of Peterborough’s unions in the ’80s

For all the changes we’ve been through since the ’80s our NHS workers remain as committed as ever – and the Tories remain committed to holding back their pay. Paramedic Chris Porsz worked through the changes and, thanks to a passion for photography, was on hand to capture some of the changes. He’s just retired […]

UNISON Christmas opening

UNISON Direct will be operating a reduced service over the Christmas period. Thursday 24 December: 6am to 3pm Friday 25 to Monday 28 December: CLOSED Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 December: open as normal (6am to midnight) Thursday 31 December: 6am to 3pm Friday 1 January: CLOSED Saturday 2 January: open 9am to 1pm From Monday 4 January our hours return […]

Local MPs support £2K pay rise for NHS staff

Eastern region MPs are supporting a £2,000 pay rise for NHS staff. UNISON is campaigning for an early rise for health workers who have given their all during the Covid-19 pandemic and members have written to their MPs asking for support. Cambridge’s Daniel Zeichner backed the campaign. “I support calls for the government to make […]

Universities unveil plan to wipe racism from campuses

UNISON has welcomed the publication of new guidance to tackle racial harassment in the higher education sector. Universities UK (UUK) has published the new set of recommendations designed to decisively tackle racial harassment as part of wider efforts to address racial inequality in the UK higher education. UNISON was involved in the UUK advisory group […]

‘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