Public must speak out against ‘damaging’ cuts to NHS prescription service

Members of the public should make their voices heard over “damaging” cuts to the NHS Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) service in Norfolk and Waveney, UNISON says today. Residents are being urged to take part in a public engagement launched this week over plans to withdraw the service. POD provides a dedicated telephone service for patients […]

Bin strikes back off in Huntingdonshire

Industrial action in Huntingdonshire has been called off after the council agreed to implement the pay day UNISON settled last month. UNISON members were due to strike tomorrow, Friday 6 October. A joint release with the employer can be read on the Huntingdonshire District Council website. The background to the dispute can be read in […]

Limited time savings offer for UNISON members

UNISON Living’s saving provider Shepherds Friendly are running a limited time offer for UNISON members. Get up to a £105* Love2shop voucher when you open a Shepherds Friendly stocks and shares ISA or five-tear fixed-rate bond. This offer runs from 1 to 31 October 2023. Stocks and shares ISA Save tax-efficiently for your future from […]

Eastern councils face ‘dire’ financial crisis totalling more than £330m

Councils across the Eastern region have a hole in their finances of £332m collectively for the coming financial year, making it extremely likely they will have to make huge cuts in essential services and jobs, says a report published today by UNISON. The figures, based on financial information gathered from local authorities across the region […]

Huntingdonshire bin strikes back on as council refuses to implement agreed pay rise

Refuse, housing and customer service workers at Huntingdonshire Council will strike as bosses continue to refuse to implement an agreed pay deal, UNISON announces today. UNISON tried to end a long-running pay dispute earlier this month when its members voted to accept a 5% pay rise — one of three offers made by the council. […]

Ipswich Borough Council signs UNISON’s Anti-Racism Charter

Ipswich Borough Council has signed UNISON’s Anti-Racism Charter at an event held at Grafton House this week. The charter commits the council to: Recognising the need and benefit in championing a racially diverse workforce. Challenging racism internally and externally wherever it arises in relation to the organisation. Recognising the impact of racism upon staff members’ […]

University of Bedfordshire staff join coordinated strike action over pay

Support staff at the University of Bedfordshire will join workers at 20 universities in England and Scotland in coordinated strikes for a decent pay rise, says UNISON today. More than 5,000 staff across the country could take part as they escalate their demand for a fair wage rise after many years of below-inflation increases. Staff […]

Would-be Huntingdonshire Council strikers accept improved pay deal

Strikes are off at Huntingdonshire District Council after workers accepted an improved pay offer, UNISON said today. Staff including refuse workers had been due to down tools last month, but suspended action to consult on a range of new offers from council bosses. They have now accepted a rise of 5%, backdated to April and […]

Huntingdonshire strikes suspended after improved offer

Huntingdonshire District Council workers have suspended strikes scheduled to start next week to consider an improved pay offer, UNISON announced today. Staff had been due to walk out for two weeks after months of pay talks ended with an offer that UNISON said would leave workers struggling to make ends meet. The council had offered […]

Huntingdonshire Council staff to strike over poor pay

Staff at Huntingdonshire District Council are threatening to take a week of strike action later this month as part of an ongoing dispute over pay, says their union UNISON today. Earlier this year, the council gave its employees a pay rise of 4% plus a one-off payment of £1,000. Then last month, council managers made […]

Bedfordshire university support staff win more holidays

Support staff at the University of Bedfordshire have won an extra five days’ paid holiday, says UNISON today. It follows a long campaign by the union to highlight what is says is the unfair difference in annual leave entitlement between support staff, who work in professional services, and academics. From September, full-time professional services staff […]

A group of UNISON reps and probation workers hold up anti-racism pledge cards

East of England Probation Service makes commitment to stamp out racism

The East of England Probation Service has become the first government body to sign a new charter aimed at combatting racism in the public sector, UNISON announces today. UNISON’s Anti-Racism Charter commits the organisation and its leaders to a range of pledges designed to prevent racial bias. It includes championing a racially diverse workforce, having […]

Outsourced Ipswich NHS staff plan protest over poverty wages

Cleaners and caterers at an NHS mental health unit in Ipswich will stage a protest on Thursday over the “poverty wages” paid by contractor G4S, UNISON announces today. Most G4S staff at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) are only paid the minimum wage of £10.42 an hour — £1 an hour less than […]

Harlow refuse workers win 10% pay deal after strike threat

Refuse workers in Harlow have called off the threat of strike action after voting today to accept a 10.1% pay rise. The deal means that staff employed by contactor Veolia will also enjoy improved sick pay. It takes drivers’ pay over £15 an hour and loaders up to nearly £13. Veolia had originally offered staff […]

UNISON members pledging to vote for industrial action at Huntingdonshire District Council

Huntingdonshire Council staff vote to strike over pay

Refuse workers, customer service assistants and planning officers at Huntingdonshire District Council have voted to strike over pay, UNISON said today. The Cambridgeshire council has imposed a pay rise of 4% plus a one-off payment of £1,000. As the strike ballot opened last month, bosses made money available for a further one-off lump sum but […]