Essex care providers can act to stop rising Covid death toll

More than 100 people died in Essex care homes in the last week, new figures from the Office for National Statistics show. The 102 deaths reported to the Care Quality Commission between 23 and 29 January, up from 88 the week before, put Essex second only to Norfolk in local authority deaths. UNISON Eastern head of […]

Government and care providers must act to bring down care home death tolls in Norfolk

More people died in Norfolk care homes than in any other local authority last week, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. 103 deaths were reported to the Care Quality Commission between 23 and 29 January, the stats show. UNISON Norfolk County branch secretary Jonathan Dunning said: “Nearly a year into this pandemic there […]

Behind the grim death count are thousands more barely able to keep going

Tim Roberts considers the NHS staff left dealing with the fallout from 100,000 Covid deaths in his latest blog

Peterborough Tories refuse to stand up for neighbourhood policing

Conservative councillors in Peterborough’s decision to vote down a motion calling for more neighbourhood policing cash is ‘deeply disappointing,’ says UNISON today. Labour Councillor Ansar Ali tabled a motion last night expressing concern over job losses at Cambridgeshire Constabulary that will see PCSO numbers cut by half alongside the loss of enquiry officers and community […]

A​n early wage rise for health workers in the east of England would improve morale

A £2,000 pay rise for all NHS workers across Eastern England would boost morale amid unrelenting pandemic pressures, says UNISON today. The union is calling ​on the government ​to deliver an early and significant wage increase ​– of at least £2,000 ​– to show staff are valued as they face unprecedented hospital admissions. ​A recent […]

Multibillion-pound pharmaceutical firm snatches Essex workers’ sick pay, says UNISON

Lloyds Pharmacy Clinical Homecare has launched an attack on its staff’s sick pay, overtime rates and other conditions, UNISON reveals today. Hundreds of staff at the firm’s warehouses and offices in Harlow and Derby face losing overtime rates and a move to a six-day working week, which could leave some of them around £2,000 a […]

Pay rise immediately would reassure undervalued staff to stay in NHS

A huge majority of NHS staff say the government doesn’t value their extraordinary efforts ​during the pandemic, according to a UNISON survey​ published today. As health workers come under increasing strain because of the​ rise in infections and hospital admissions,​ many say they are considering their future in the NHS, the survey finds. Read report More than 10,000 health service […]

Working mums aren’t getting the support they should be during lockdown

Tim Roberts looks at the shocking results of new TUC survey on the job retention scheme in his latest blog post

UNISON Eastern congratulates Christina McAnea on becoming the new general secretary

UNISON Eastern today congratulates Christina McAnea on being elected as the new general secretary of UNISON. Christina replaces Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years as general secretary. She takes up her post on 22 January. UNISON Eastern regional secretary Tim Roberts said: “Democracy is at the heart of our union and these last few […]

Labour will keep battling in 2021

UNISON Eastern Labour Link’s January 2021 newsletter is out now. It includes plans for 2021 and reports of some activity over the last year, including our work with Labour MPs on social care and support for an NHS pay rise. Read now UNISON Eastern Labour Link has also announced the date for its 2021 AGM, […]

Beware the dangers of long covid

UNISON member Julie Barnes has made an impassioned plea for health staff to make sure they wear PPE and keep washing their hands to ward off the threat of long Covid. Julie, a vehicle technician and workshop supervisor who works for the East of England Ambulance Service in Herts and Bedfordshire, has shared her experience of Covid-19 […]

Make schools safe!

UNISON is advising its members in primary schools, special schools, SEND and early years settings in England that it is unsafe to return to the workplace if it is fully open to all pupils. Please see the advice page on our national website for the latest information. Schools advice This includes a model letter to send […]

We’ll be glad to see the back of 2020, but we can’t take it easy in 2021

Public service workers have earned their applause this year, says Tim Roberts, but the fight for real recognition goes onc

Swift action needed to stop Essex major incident spiralling out of control

Local authorities in Essex declared a “major incident” today as the number of coronavirus cases threatens to overwhelm health services in the county. Hospitals are struggling with “significant growing demand,” says the Essex Resilience Forum, a body drawing together NHS, emergency services and local authorities. The announcement has been made in response to a “significant […]

Strike a pose – pictures of Peterborough’s unions in the ’80s

For all the changes we’ve been through since the ’80s our NHS workers remain as committed as ever – and the Tories remain committed to holding back their pay. Paramedic Chris Porsz worked through the changes and, thanks to a passion for photography, was on hand to capture some of the changes. He’s just retired […]