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UNISON welcomes Martham Parish Council’s support for keeping PCSOs in Norfolk

Wednesday 22 November 2017 – for immediate use UNISON welcomes Martham Parish Council’s support for keeping PCSOs in Norfolk Commenting on Martham Parish Council’s opposition to the proposed removal of police community support officers (PCSOs) from Norfolk, Chris Jenkinson, UNISON regional secretary said, “The concerns of parish councillors in Martham over the disappearance of visible […]

Pay ambulance workers what they are owed, UNISON tells CCGs

31 October 2017 UNISON today called on the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) responsible for awarding the failed contract to Private Ambulance Services Ltd (PAS) to pay staff the wages they have lost as a result of the company going bust. PAS Ltd were put into administration last month owing staff several weeks wages and holiday […]

UNISON condemns decision to remove patient transport contract from NHS ambulance trust and give it to a private company

26 October 2017  UNISON has condemned the appointment a private company, E-ZEC Medical, to run NHS patient transport service in Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney. The decision comes just weeks after a private ambulance company (Private Ambulance Service Ltd) operating in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire went bust leaving patients stranded and staff unpaid. The decision to […]

Scrapping police community support officers is short-sighted, says UNISON general secretary

Friday 20 October 2017   UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has today (Friday) written to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd, urging her to intervene to stop the scrapping of police community support officers in Norfolk. In the letter he said: “This is an extremely short-sighted move by the Norfolk constabulary. “Police community support officers play […]

Axing Norfolk’s PCSOs will make the county a less safe place, says UNISON

Thursday 19 October 2017 Proposals to axe all Norfolk’s police community support officers (PCSOs) and close police stations open to the public would leave the county’s residents at increased risk of becoming the victims of crime, warns UNISON today (Thursday). UNISON – the union that represents PCSOs across Norfolk – says the plans would also […]

UNISON calls for an enquiry into the failure of patient transport services in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

6 October 2017 UNISON has written to MPs in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire urging them to call on the government to hold an enquiry into the failures of patient transport services in the two counties. The recent collapse of Private Ambulance Service Ltd is the second time in seven months that private sector companies have failed […]

Private Ambulance Service goes into administration

We will be contacting all our affected members on Monday 2 October.  If you have any concerns please call our regional office on 01245 608942 ——————————————————————- For immediate release: 29 September 2017 18.00 One of the largest providers of private ambulance services in the Eastern region went into administration today. Private Ambulance Service Ltd, who […]

UNISON’s tribunal fee verdict is a victory for everyone in work

UNISON Eastern Region Press Release  26 July 2017 – for immediate use UNISON’s tribunal fee verdict is a victory for everyone in work UNISON has won a landmark court victory today (Wednesday) against the government, which means that employment tribunal fees will now be scrapped. The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has […]

Councillors accused of “hypocrisy” over increase to allowances

Councillors at Cambridgeshire County Council and East Cambridgeshire District Council have been accused of hypocrisy after awarding themselves an inflation busting pay rise. UNISON regional secretary, Chris Jenkinson, condemned the 25% uplift agreed by councillors last week, saying “Town hall staff will simply not understand it when they hear government ministers calling for wage restraint while […]

UNISON warns public sector pay cap must end

5 July 2017 For immediate use UNISON, the public services union, today stepped up their fight for fair pay and an end to the public sector pay gap. In a joint letter to all MPs representing constituencies in the east of England UNISON regional secretary Chris Jenkinson and regional convenor Becky Tye warned of growing […]

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 […]

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