East of England NHS workers appeal for public support on pay

Health workers across the east of England are appealing to the public this week to back their campaign so NHS staff can receive a proper pay rise before the summer, says UNISON today. Over the next few days, hospital porters, clerical workers, cleaners, nurses, healthcare assistants and other NHS staff will be urging people to […]

Norwich City council workers vote for strike action over broken promises on pay and conditions

Workers who carry out vital services for Norwich City Council have overwhelmingly backed strike action after bosses broke promises on pay. UNISON and Unite members backed strikes by 82% and 83% respectively. The unions will now begin preparations to announce strike dates at the council’s new arm’s length company, Norwich City Services Ltd (NCSL). Talks […]

A socially distanced May Day won’t stop us working together for change

There’s a lot to keep us active during this second pandemic International Workers’ Day, says Tim Roberts

Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire care workers ask council hopefuls for support

Care workers are calling on council candidates in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire to fight for better pay in the sector if elected in May. Their union UNISON is writing to those standing for Luton Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Bedford councils, which are responsible for commissioning adult social care, asking them to sign its Who Cares? pledge. […]

Essex care workers seek living wage commitment from council candidates

Care workers will make the case for a real living wage direct to Essex County Council candidates today as part of an online Citizens Assembly. They are joining more than 100 community leaders seeking a number of commitments from candidates, including making the council an accredited Living Wage organisation, and ensuring all care contracts in […]

A fight for public services is a fight for the good of society

UNISON Eastern activists are setting up campaign forums across the region to drive change, reports Tim Roberts in his latest blog

Suffolk unions band together for school music

UNISON Suffolk County has helped launch the Music Matters Coalition today to campaign to make music a priority for children and young people. The six-union coalition is conducting a survey asking school staff, music educators, parents, carers, pupils and the wider Suffolk community about which aspects of music education are important to them, particularly in […]

Meet the candidates!

We speak to some of the people hoping to represent public service workers after May’s elections

Create colourful window displays to support NHS staff on pay rise due date

Families and individuals across the east of England are being urged by health unions to create colourful window displays in their homes and workplaces today to show support for NHS staff on the day they should have been getting a pay rise. Artworks designed by children’s illustrators and writers are part of a growing collection […]

Want to get more involved with UNISON?

Branches are the basic unit of UNISON, every member belongs to one. They are made up of groups of members working for the same employer or several employers in the same area. Have you thought about going along to a branch event to meet other UNISON members and find out what the branch is doing? […]

Every trade unionist should oppose draconian new Police and Crime Bill

The Tories’ proposed new law is an assault on our basic democratic liberties, warns Tim Roberts in his latest blog

International solidarity will be key to breaking the blockade of Cuba

With a new man in the White House, Cuba has a real opportunity to ease the 60-year US economic blockade on the island, but it will take more international solidarity to press change. That was the message from Cuba Solidarity Campaign’s Natasha Hickman to UNISON Eastern international committee’s latest session on Tuesday evening. She explained […]

Covid inquiry needed to ​learn pandemic lessons and prevent ​future frontline worker ​deaths, says UNISON

There must be a full public inquiry into the government​’s handling of the Covid crisis as soon as the worst of the pandemic is over​, says UNISON today on the anniversary of the first lockdown. ​The union​ – which represents ​1.3m NHS, care and ​other public service workers, including porters, midwives and refuse collectors – […]

Supreme Court sleep-in appeal decision is blow for ​everyone in social care

Today’s Supreme Court judgment that social care staff are not entitled to the national minimum wage for every hour they work​, including sleep-in shifts​, is a huge blow for thousands across the country, says UNISON. The union says the ruling is a major disappointment​, but that it increases pressure on the government to bring forward […]

East of England council staff come together for pay and funding boost

Council staff made a direct plea to East of England local authority bosses today to boost funding and pay. Staff from across the region took part in a UNISON video shown to council chiefs attending the virtual East of England Local Government Roadshow. The workers explain that they have been keeping communities safe and clean, […]