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Basildon Hospital cleaners celebrate pay victory

Hospital cleaners in Basildon are celebrating today (Thursday) after winning their battle for a pay rise, with the help of their union UNISON. The low-paid domestic staff at Basildon University Hospital had been on the minimum wage after being transferred back into the NHS from private contractor OCS two years ago. But following pressure from UNISON, the […]

UNISON calls for new government inquiry into academy chain accused of misusing public funds

Monday 10 September 2018 For immediate use   UNISON calls for new government inquiry into academy chain accused of misusing public funds The government must launch a fresh inquiry into Bright Tribe following new allegations that the troubled multi-academy trust has misused public money, says UNISON today (Monday). It follows revelations set to be broadcast […]

Home ownership little more than a pipe dream for public sector workers in the East of England, says UNISON

7 September 2018 Embargo: 00.01hrs Sunday 9 September 2018 Home ownership little more than a pipe dream for public sector workers in the East of England, says UNISON Owning a home has become virtually impossible for many public sector workers in the East of England, according to research published today (Sunday) by UNISON. Getting a deposit together […]

UNISON calls for Queen Elizabeth Hospital car park charge increase to be dropped

17 April 2018 For immediate use UNISON calls for Queen Elizabeth Hospital car park charge increase to be dropped UNISON, the trade union representing staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has reacted with anger at the decision by the trust to increase car park charges by nearly 30%. The increase will affect patients, visitors and staff. […]

Rally and lobby of Dacorum Borough councillors by UNISON members

17 April 2018 For operational use Rally and lobby of Dacorum Borough councillors by UNISON members Following industrial action over Easter in protest at the council’s decision to cut redundancy compensation pay the branch is holding a rally followed by a lobby of the council meeting to call on the council to return to talks […]

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 […]

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