Staff at troubled Harlow academy commence vote on industrial action

Staff at scandal-struck Aspire Academy in Harlow are voting on industrial action over concerns for their health and safety, UNISON announces today. The school for students outside mainstream education, part of the TBAP multi-academy trust, was the subject of a BBC Panorama investigation in March after the head teacher blew the whistle on serious financial […]

NHS staff mark Operating Department Practitioners Day

Hospital staff will mark Operating Department Practitioners Day tomorrow, paying tribute to an often overlooked part of the NHS team that play a vital role in keeping patients safe. An operating department practitioner (ODP) is a highly trained registered healthcare professional working in a range of critical care environments. ODPs prepare the operating theatre for […]

Go for Growth – Go to win!

We’re going all out this May to build a stronger UNISON, recruiting more members so that we can win for workers in public services. And you can win again by getting your friends and colleagues to sign up on Easy Joiner, UNISON’s new online joining system. Using your phone, or any device with wifi connection, […]

Privatisation-threatened domestics rally outside Princess Alexandra Hospital

Domestics at Princess Alexandra Hospital rallied today to keep their jobs in the NHS. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis joined dozens of domestics for a lunchtime rally outside the hospital to express their opposition to the mooted privatisation of their jobs. UNISON warns that outsourcing would create a two-tier workforce and damage the hospital’s leading […]

Strike ballot over ‘derisory’ pay for City College Norwich staff

Staff at City College Norwich are voting on taking part in national strike action over pay. Hundreds of employees at 14 further education (FE) colleges across England will take part in the ballot. The dispute is over a national pay offer from employers which UNISON has rejected and described as ‘derisory’. The vote on strike […]

Staff and parents petition to save Bedfordshire nursery

Staff and parents fighting to stop the closure of a popular Bedford nursery tried to hand in a petition today to save the centre. But the chair of Sharnbrook Academy Federation (SAF), which runs Brook Day Nursery, refused to accept the 250-strong petition presented by UNISON. The nursery, based at the Sharnbrook Academy site, already […]

Hospital workers make their opportunities multiply

Workers at West Suffolk Hospital are taking advantage of the opportunity to fill gaps in their maths knowledge thanks to an exciting project backed by UNISON, the Workers Educational Association and their employer. Nearly a dozen hospital staff – both clinical and non-clinical – started Functional Maths classes this week. At the end of the […]

Haileybury Turnford celebrates Stars in Our Schools

Haileybury Turnford School in Hertfordshire celebrated the fantastic work of its support staff this month. Staff enjoyed a lunchtime meeting with food and goodie bags, provide by UNISON Hertfordshire, earlier this month. UNISON organises Stars in Our Schools events across the UK to promote the wonderful work school support staff do every day, and to […]

Essex County Council rejects chance to listen to the public

Essex county councillors voted down calls yesterday to abandon their swingeing cuts to library services. An extraordinary council meeting was called after nearly 60,000 people signed petitions condemning a consultation on the future of libraries that will close at least 25. A further 18 libraries will close if no volunteer groups can be found to […]

Rebuilding trade union power

Trade unions exist to redress the power imbalance between an employer and workers – to help improve pay and secure better conditions in the workplace. Individual employees operating on their own hardly ever achieve anything positive. Demands for better wages, a more secure contract, extra holiday or a decent pension are all too easily ignored […]

Norfolk trade unionists send solidarity to Birmingham homecare strikers

Trade unionists in Norwich collected over £400 for striking homecare workers in Birmingham last week at a screening of inspirational new documentary Nae Pasaran. Nae Pasaran tells the true story of how workers in East Kilbride struck a blow against General Pinochet’s fascist regime by refusing to service Rolls Royce fighter engines for the Chilean […]

One UNISON weekend – the programmes have landed

Preparations are well under way for our second annual Eastern Region ONE UNISON Weekend event. The weekend will consist of a choice between workshops open to all UNISON activists, training for newly elected branch officers or the new presentation and media skills course for more experienced activists and branch officers. The programme is hot off […]

Essex says loud and clear: Don’t close our libraries

Hundreds of people marched through Chelmsford on Saturday telling Essex County Council to scrap plans to dozens of libraries. The Council has opened a consultation into the future of its 74 libraries, involving closing 25 immediately and condemning a further 18 to closure if community groups can’t be found to run them for free. More […]

Essex school support staff learning

We’re offering school support staff in Essex the chance to do some one-day training courses with the Open University. If you’re interested please fill out this short survey and return it to our organiser Tom Hemmings, whose details are in the file, so we can find out how best to deliver the training.

‘You will eat, sleep and breathe nursing’

Myles Cooper works as an assistant practitioner at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich part of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. In February 2018, he started his journey on the Nursing Degree Apprenticeship. How long have you been working at the Trust? Coming up to nine years now.  I first joined on a temporary contract […]