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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, […]

Stop the NHS Professionals sell off

UPDATE: Government drops plans to sell off NHS Professionals   Due to the high costs of using private staffing agencies the NHS set up its own agency to supply hospitals with agency doctors, nurses and other health profesionals. NHS Professionals saves hospitals over £70m every year in fees compared to using private agencies. All profits […]

“It’s time to remove the pay cap”, regional secretary tells local MP’s

New regional secreatry Chris Jenkinson has wasted no time in calling on MP’s to support UNISON’s demand for an end to the public sector pay cap. In a letter from Chris and regional convenor Becky Tye they called on MP’s in the region to support lifting the public sector pay cap and to give public sector […]

UNISON equality survey 2017

Making workplaces fairer and more equal for our members is a central part of the work that UNISON does. To find out how well we are succeeding and where we might need to consider making changes to our priorities we are asking members to complete our 2017 equalities survey. We are also keen to hear about whether […]

How have years of pay restraint affected you and your family?

UNISON wants to find out how years of pay restraint have affected you and your family. What has been the impact on your day-to-day life and would your finances cope in an emergency? We have compiled a short survey – which should only take about five minutes – to better understand how you are managing financially. Your experiences will feed into our campaigning […]

Britain’s rubbish pay rises: What will YOU be earning in five years?

British workers are stuck in the longest pay squeeze since Victorian times. But with UK real wages failing to keep up with the cost of living, there’s a lot more pain on the horizon.To help you gaze into the future, we’ve built a nifty pay calculator. It will show you what might happen to your […]

It’s time to end the “absurdity” of 15 minute care visits

Former Brookside actress and 60 Minute Makeover presenter Claire Sweeney features in a satire – commissioned by UNISON – highlighting the indignity suffered by thousands of elderly people because of 15-minute care visits. The two-minute video has been made to show how cutbacks are leaving vulnerable and elderly people short-changed. Government cuts to social care budgets mean rushed appointments […]

Redundancies bombshell for Norfolk Children’s Services

Staff working for Norfolk County Council Children’s Services have been told that a budget cut of £4m could result in between 40 and 80 people being made redundant. Rumours about potential redundancies had been circulating for some time and senior steward Dave Lambert had tried to find out the truth. But despite a longstanding informal […]

Your union, your vote, your voice

Elections for the national executive council begin on 3 April It is time to choose who speaks for you. Elections are being held for all seats on UNISON’s national executive council, the governing body of the union. It is important that our NEC reflects the union’s membership and that you take your chance to have your […]

Young Black members confidence skills course

        UNISON is inviting expressions of interest from young Black members who want to become more active in the union to attend a training course to learn more about Black people’s contribution to trade unionism and to acquire some confidence skills. The course will be held at UNISON Centre in London on […]