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UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis to Open New Member Centre in Kings Lynn on Monday 12 December

Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON the largest public service union in the UK, will be in Kings Lynn on Monday 12th December at noon to open the union’s new member centre in the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, along with the Trust’s Chief Executive Dorothy Hosein. The centre is largely funded by local […]

UNISON condemns privatisation of children’s health services in Essex

UNISON has condemned Essex County Council’s decision to award the contract to deliver children’s health and family support services to Virgin Healthcare from April 2017. Tim Roberts, Regional Organiser, said “It is almost unbelievable that Essex County Council has decided that vital services such as school nurses, health visitors and children’s centres are best run by […]

UNISON releases film showing the stress on ambulance staff in advance of vote on strike action

The stress faced by frontline ambulance staff in the East of England Ambulance Service is set out in a hard hitting film released by UNISON today (Monday). The six minute film is being released as staff are about to be balloted on industrial action over a lack of rest breaks and enforced overtime that can […]

UNISON to ballot members at East of England Ambulance Trust over industrial action

UNISON has today (Monday) informed the East of England Ambulance Service that it is to ballot frontline ambulance staff over possible strike action concerning managers’ failure to tackle the problem of excessive working hours and lack of sufficient breaks.   In December 2015, 2,995 shifts finished over an hour later than planned, and in January 2016 this […]

UNISON comment on public sector pay

UNISON regional secretary Glyn Hawker said: “Low-paid nurses and teaching assistants are again looking at 1% pay rises that are tiny compared to headline-grabbing increases for senior staff in both the public and private sectors. The culture of rewarding those at the top while the wages of other staff are allowed to stagnate is unfair […]

UNISON comment on proposed 8% payrise for Suffolk County Council chief executive

UNISON regional secretary Glyn Hawker said: “Low-paid public sector workers are again looking at 1% pay rises that are tiny compared to headline-grabbing increases for senior staff in both the public and private sectors. The culture of rewarding those at the top while the wages of other staff are allowed to stagnate is unfair and […]

UCU and UNISON back strike action by further education college staff

24 February 2016 Thousands of staff at further education colleges across the east of England are set to walk out today (Wednesday) causing major disruption to lessons. Lecturers, librarians, technicians, cleaners and caretakers who belong to UNISON and the University and College Union (UCU) are among those taking part in the one-day strike over pay. […]

Public sector pay cap is damaging recruitment and retention says report

A report for UNISON by the Smith Institute shows that the NHS and local councils across the UK are facing a growing staffing crisis as a result of the government’s imposed pay cap. The research was based on a survey of HR directors and managers in NHS trusts and local authorities, involving in-depth interviews concerning […]

UNISON calls for better pay to recruit and keep staff in response to damning Care UK CQC report

Reacting to the damning CQC report on Care UK at Mills Meadow UNISON has called on the company to pay its staff in Suffolk a decent wage to improve staff recruitment and retention. UNISON Area Organiser Jennie Anderson said “We continually raise concerns about staffing levels with Care UK. It was inevitable that this would […]

Attacks on unions are attacks on working people too, says UNISON

Attacks on unions are attacks on working people too, says UNISON Commenting on government proposals to prevent people who work in the public sector from paying their union membership fees directly from their wages, UNISON Eastern Regional Secretary Glyn Hawker said: “This latest malicious manoeuvre from ministers shows how far they are prepared to go […]

If pay austerity is over for MPs, it should end for other public sector workers too, says UNISON

Commenting on the confirmation today (Thursday) that MPs are to receive a 10 per cent pay rise, UNISON regional secretary Glyn Hawker said: “Pay austerity might be over for MPs, but it goes on and on for everyone else in the public sector. “If pay restraint is at an end for politicians – who are […]

UNISON condemns plans to close 999 control room in Kempston

UNISON Bedfordshire Police branch has condemned the decision to close the control room at Kempston.  Under plans to amalgamate police control rooms across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire from March 2017, emergency 999 calls and non-emergency 101 calls from residents in Bedfordshire will be dealt with by operators in either Welwyn Garden City or Huntingdon. Sarah […]

Unsocial hours payments don’t stand in the way of a seven-day NHS, says UNISON

UNISON has welcomed the finding of a report that says the costs of unsocial hours payments to NHS staff working at night and at weekends will not prevent the introduction of a seven-day NHS. Commenting on the report from the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) and the Office of Manpower Economics on the delivery of […]

Trade Union Bill proves the government is not on the side of working people, says UNISON

Commenting on the publication of the Trade Union Bill today (Wednesday) UNISON regional secretary Glyn Hawker, said: “The Bill proves that the government is not on the side of working people. These unfair changes will make it much harder for nurses, teaching assistants, midwives and other public sector workers to ever strike for a pay […]

Budget shuts public sector workers out of the recovery, says UNISON

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget Statement today (Wednesday) UNISON Eastern Regional Secretary Glynn Hawker said: “Capping wages at a miserly one per cent for four more years for public sector workers will hasten the reluctant exit of many dedicated staff from our hospitals, schools and local councils. “The economy is growing yet public servants remain […]

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