A large group of Serco workers on the pickets lines

Norfolk refuse strikes off after workers win huge pay deal

Serco workers in North Norfolk and Breckland have accepted a double-digit pay rise, putting an end to the threat of more refuse strikes, UNISON announced today. Refuse, street cleaning, grounds maintenance and cleansing workers approved the two-year deal that includes a 20% rise for the lowest-paid staff. HGV drivers have won a new basic rate […]

Three cheers for the branches and activists that make UNISON Eastern great

Meet the award winners from the UNISON Eastern One Weekend

A man dressed as a postbox sits in front of a large group of people holding banners and UNISON flags. The message on the banner is 'Rise up to get pay up'

Council and school staff in East of England begin strike ballot over pay

Nearly 25,000 council and school support staff across the East of England will begin voting today on whether to strike over pay, says UNISON. The wage offer made by employers to local government staff is nowhere near what’s needed to meet rising prices during the cost of living crisis, says the union. UNISON had called […]

‘If Cuba can offer its people so much with so little, why can we not do the same?’

Two young UNISON Eastern activists have just returned from a ‘life-changing’ trip to Cuba, witnessing first-hand the socialist island’s struggle to survive and its huge May Day celebrations

Four local government heroes hold action figure versions of themselves dressed in the same uniform: a lollipop lady, a care worker, a refuse worker and a librarian

Bedfordshire care worker turned into action figure

UNISON is recognising unsung heroes for their contribution to the community

University of Bedfordshire strikes loom unless pay increases, says UNISON

University support staff in Bedfordshire have voted to strike over a “sub-par” pay offer from the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), says UNISON today. Cleaners, IT technicians, library staff and other higher education workers at the University of Bedfordshire and another eight institutions across England will now decide on dates to take action unless […]

Changes to There For You grants

There for You, UNISON’s welfare arm, is changing the way members can request financial help. You no longer apply for emergency grants using a separate form, now all applications are made using the Application for Assistance Form. Case managers will then triage the application and respond, hopefully within 48 hours. You can read the full […]

A large group of school workers and supporters pose outside Pot Kiln Primary School

Striking Suffolk school support staff take jobs fight to council

Striking Suffolk primary school staff will take their jobs fight directly to county councillors next week as they hand in a 600-strong petition at the council’s HQ. Hundreds of parents and Sudbury residents have signed the petition urging Pot Kiln Primary leaders and the council to abandon plans to sack classroom assistants and midday supervisors. […]

A group of ID Verde workers and UNISON officials poses outside Colchester City Council

Colchester grounds maintenance staff face jobs cuts

Colchester’s award-winning grounds maintenance staff have been told their jobs are up for the chop as contractor idverde looks to make cuts, UNISON reveals today. The firm told staff this week that it has to cut six posts after Colchester City Council slashed its budget for grass cutting, flower bed and grass verge maintenance. UNISON […]

A large group of PCSOs and local dignitaries pose for the camera

Hertfordshire celebrates 20 years of PCSOs

Hertfordshire Constabulary and UNISON have held a joint celebration for community support officers to mark 20 years of the role. Hertfordshire welcomed its first PCSOs in 2003, when 10 officers joined the beat in Watford and another four hit the streets of Stevenage. More joined later that year. To mark the occasion Chief Constable Charlie […]

UNISON members stand around a brazier on the picket line

UNISON health workers vote to accept NHS pay offer

NHS workers who belong to UNISON have voted decisively to accept the pay offer from the government, says the union today. The consultation of 288,000 NHS workers across England closed at 3pm this afternoon. Almost three quarters (74%) voted to accept the offer, and 26% to reject. Turnout in the consultation exercise was 53%, with […]

A group of ID Verde workers and UNISON officials poses outside Colchester City Council

Outsourced staff take fair pay fight to Colchester Council

Outsourced local government workers took their fight for fair pay to Colchester Council this week. Grounds maintenance staff working for contractor ID Verde lobbied a cabinet meeting in the city on Wednesday evening as they battle for a pay rise in line with their directly employed colleagues. UNISON Eastern regional organiser Sam Older told councillors […]

People pose with placards opposing job cuts outside Pot Kiln

Suffolk primary school staff strike next week to stop job cuts

Teaching assistants and midday supervisors at Pot Kiln Primary School in Suffolk will walk out next week to stop “damaging” job cuts, UNISON announces today. Workers at the school in Great Cornard, near Sudbury, will strike next Thursday (20 April) and again on 24 April over plans to slash 10 jobs. School leaders say they […]

Serco strikers pose for a photo

Norfolk bin strikes suspended after improved pay offer

Refuse workers have suspended next week’s strikes in Breckland and North Norfolk after contractor Serco improved its pay offer, UNISON says today. Bin collectors, street cleaners, grounds maintenance and toilet cleaners across the two council areas were due to walk out from Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 April in a long-running dispute over low wages. […]

Environment Agency pickets at the Colne barrier in Essex

Environment agency workers to walk out for four more days

Thousands of Environment Agency workers in England are to strike for four days over pay later this month, blaming government inaction for putting communities, waters and wildlife at risk, says UNISON today. Despite months of strikes and other action where workers have taken themselves off ‘on call’ incident response rotas, ministers have made no attempt […]