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Shine a light on Black history

Youth justice worker CLAIRE TURPIN gives her personal recollections of Black History Month

Black History Month: Irene’s story

Sarudzai Irene Dzvairo recounts her life story, from growing up in Zimbabwe to moving to the UK and working in social care

‘We have come so far, so please let us stand together as we honour Black history’

To mark Black History Month, we invited one of our reps in Hertfordshire to say a few words about what it means to be Black in the UK today. My name is Rita Sarpong. I am a Black lady who was born in Ghana on June 1978. I traveled to the UK in 2003 to pursue my […]

‘I may have retired from work, it doesn’t mean I’ve retired from life’

We speak to Karen Clark about the contribution UNISON’s retired members make to the union

Black communities on both sides of the Atlantic have the same fight for justice

Brian Pereira explores the historic links between Black people in the US and UK for Black History Month 2020

Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month is a time for us to elevate Black voices and celebrate Black communities’ contribution to life in Britain. Of course Black workers are essential to public services and to UNISON for all 12 months of the year, not just October, but this is an important opportunity to celebrate Black history here in […]

CQC report must hammer home the message things need to improve at East of England Ambulance Service

A damning Care Quality Commission report released today recommends that the East of England Ambulance Service Trust be placed in special measures. It uncovered a litany of complaints against senior leadership, accusing Trust managers of fostering bullying and abuse. UNISON Eastern regional organiser Sam Older said: “UNISON has been consistently raising issues around the culture […]

New report exposes wrongheadedness of outsourcing at North West Anglia NHS

A new report rips apart North West Anglia NHS NHS Trust’s plans to outsource catering and other services at Hinchingbrooke and makes the case to bring all facilities services back in house across the employer. Author John Lister launched From Outstanding to Average? at an online public meeting. Watch the meeting The report takes apart […]

Survey reveals staff fears ahead of universities reopening

University staff including cleaners, security guards and administrative workers are facing a perfect storm of pressures that are leaving them out of pocket, and feeling increasingly anxious, a UNISON survey published this week has found. More than 160 employees in the east of England completed the union’s annual higher education survey, which exposed concerns about pay, working hours and […]

‘It feels like everything has changed apart from us’

We talk to paramedic Trish Tippett about being the face of UNISON’s No Going Back to Normal campaign

You know that a lot of Black nurses have passed away and think ‘it could be me’

Cambridge nurse Victor Tapah shares his story on the front lines against Covid-19

NHS workers in the East of England call on government to show its appreciation for them

Health staff across the East of England – including nurses, paramedics, cleaners, domestics and porters – are beginning two days of campaigning today urging the government to give an early, significant pay rise of at least £2,000 to every worker in the NHS. Staff in UNISON branches based in NHS hospitals, ambulance stations and clinics […]

Home working splits opinions in equalities survey

UNISON’s annual equalities survey found that most UNISON members continued working during the pandemic with 45% working from their usual workplace and 40% from home. For those working from home, over 6 in 10 members felt there were no risks to their health, safety and wellbeing. As one member said: “I’d like to continue working […]

Run to rebuild – our key workers need a voice that matters

Over the past few months it’s become increasingly obvious that key workers are absolutely essential in keeping the country running. But the way they’re treated shows how little they’re involved in actually running the country. Trade unions were founded to give working people a greater say in their working lives. And unions founded the Labour […]

UNISON staff Step Up this September

UNISON Eastern’s members have been running themselves ragged this year, so our staff are going to lace up their running shoes to do the same for you. All our regional organisers have signed up for Step Up September, a month-long challenge raising money in aid of There for You, UNISON’s welfare charity. They’ll be walking, […]