Higdon House opens its doors

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis opened the Eastern region’s new office and trade union education office in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday. He unveiled a plaque officially opening Higdon House, named in honour of the two socialist school teachers sacked from Burston’s village school in 1914 for trying to improve conditions for the children in […]

Javid’s Brexit salary cap is a threat to our public services, says UNISON Eastern

Home Secretary Sajid Javid unveiled the Tories’ immigration white paper today, saying he would consult on plans to only allow ‘skilled’ migrants to enter the UK if they earn £30,000 a year. UNISON Eastern regional secretary Chris Jenkinson said: “Sajid Javid doesn’t need to consult on his wrong-headed £30,000 salary plan, he needs to abandon […]

UNISON celebrates becoming the UK’s biggest trade union

  UNISON is marking becoming the UK’s biggest union by launching a month of recruitment activity today to reach out to every worker in the country providing public services. The union has now more than 1.3 million people in its membership who work in education, local government, the NHS, the police service and the energy […]

Hammond’s Budget makes it clear: austerity isn’t over

Responding to today’s Budget, UNISON Eastern regional secretary Chris Jenkinson said: “For too long mental health has been a poor relation in the NHS, so this extra funding and new crisis services are welcome. “But the fact remains that the extra £20bn for the NHS that Theresa May announced in June – and today’s pledge […]

Corbyn warns of ‘national emergency’ in children’s centres

UNISON has welcomed support from Jeremy Corbyn in the fight to keep Norfolk’s children’s centres open. ­The Labour Party leader visited a centre in Norwich to warn of the “national emergency” facing children’s services. Norfolk’s children and families are at the sharp end of the emergency following the Tory-run council’s decision to shut 46 of […]

Cambridgeshire County Council bosses must abandon their “cruel” Christmas lay-off, says UNISON

Plans to force many council workers employed by Cambridgeshire County Council to take three days of unpaid leave between Christmas and New Year are unfair and should be reversed, says UNISON today. The Conservative-controlled local authority told staff last week that they’ll have to take 27, 28 and 31 December off work. As a result, […]