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UNISON There for You – Winter Fuel Grants 2017-2018

Worried about paying your Winter Fuel Bill? Get help staying warm this winter. With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills. Help is on hand “There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low […]

Watford mayor surprises school lunchtime assistant with award for outstanding service

UNISON’s competition to find a star in Watford’s schools reached its finale on Monday as Mayor Dorothy Thornhill attended a local school to surprise a dedicated lunchtime assistant of 43 years. Gladys Coldman, who has been a lunchtime assistant at Kingsway Infant School since 1974, won the Stars In Our Schools competition after being nominated […]

Norfolk PCC forced to apologise after insulting county’s PCSOs

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lorne Green has been forced to apologise after insulting the 150 PCSOs in the county are who under threat of redundancy. At a public meeting held Long Stratton on Tuesday the Conservative PCC said that he would not employ more PCSOs even if he had “all the money in […]

Save our Southend libraries

UNISON members from the Southend branch spent last Thursday visiting their local libraries as part of the annual Save Our Local Services campaign. This year’s SOS challenged the government’s library cuts and defended our precious library services and library workers.             The campaign highlighted how important  libraries and library workers […]

Tell your MP – Keep Norfolk PCSOs

If you live in Norfolk you can write to your MP and tell them why it’s important that we keep our PCSOs. You can find out who your MP is on the WriteToThem website. It also lets you send your MP an email. If you prefer to write a letter it should be sent to: […]

Norfolk and Norwich win prestigious partnership working award

The Norfolk and Norwich health branch along with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were awarded the Social Partnership Forum (SPF) Award at the annual Health People Management Association (HPMA) Excellence Awards ceremony held in London in June. The SPF partnership award was given in recognition of the trust’s A new attendance policy: a […]

Let your MP know you need a pay rise

  Since the election on June 8th the debate over ending austerity has been raging stronger than ever. It’s now important that everyone in our movement keeps the pressure on the government. The end to the pay cap needs to be the first stage in austerity’s downfall. Public sector workers like ambulance drivers, nurses and […]

Message from the regional secretary Chris Jenkinson

I was recently appointed as regional secretary for UNISON Eastern following the retirement of my predecessor Glyn Hawker. Glyn did a great job in her time as regional secretary and she’s handed over a region in great shape. I look forward to working alongside branches and activists, helping to organise and support our members in […]

Regional convenor Becky Tye’s conference report

First of all, on behalf of the lay membership in the region I’d like to welcome our new regional secretary, Chris Jenkinson. Chris was appointed to the role following the retirement in May of Glyn Hawker. I know we all look forward to working with Chris and send our very best wishes to Glyn for […]

UNISON’s sustainability and transformation plan training starts first the eastern region

UNISON activists from health, local government and university branches in Norfolk and Waveney joined UNISON staff and some brave employer representatives on 5 July for the first UNISON STP (Sustainability and Transformation Plans) training day in the UK.   STP’s are being made in 44 footprints across the country, aimed at joining up health and […]

Back to school for union organisers     

More than 100,000 non-teaching staff work in schools across the region. That’s a massive number and while many are already in membership many more are yet to join. With support from the national fighting fund and contributions from branches a new team of UNISON organisers will be employed to help deliver our recruitment campaign in […]

Happy birthday UNISON Essex

Having lots of members not directly employed by public sector employers can be a challenge for any branch. With little or no facility time just how do you represent members? Organising the fragmented workforce is one of our major challenges. That’s why last year we created a new branch to help organise the fragmented workforce […]

How to survive summer

Summer is well and truly upon us and what better way to spend it than making new friends, and developing new skills at the 2017 UNISON summer school. Our summer school will be held in Cambridge between 14 and 18 August. There are loads of courses for you to choose from. You don’t have to […]

Extra money for organising and campaigning work

The regional pool is a source of additional income to assist branches or regional committees who need additional funding to deliver recruitment and organising activities or to support campaigns. In the last 12 months regional pool money has been used by the East of England Ambulance branch to pay for the printing and distribution of […]

Migrant workers are getting organised

Our public services would collapse if it were not for the fantastic contribution made by thousands of migrant workers who day in and day out support our communities. But following the decision to leave the EU their future looks anything but certain. The government has been caught out playing fast and loose with their futures, […]