A Williams Morris piece for the Democratic Federation with the words 'Educate, agitate, organise'

The old slogan Educate! Agitate! Organise! is as relevant as ever

We meet Claire Wormald, chair of the the regional education and training committee and branch secretary of Southend on Sea Borough Council UNISON, on full-time release from her role as a youth worker. “Youth workers in short are educators,” says Claire, “encouraging critical thinking to challenge the myths sold by the ruling class, such as […]

Schools should not open the floodgates to a new wave

Schools should avoid opening the floodgates to a new wave of Covid infections by staggering the full return to the classroom, UNISON says today. Schools across the east of England are due to fully reopen on Monday, with an enhanced testing regime and face coverings for secondary school pupils. But UNISON warns that this may […]

Another decision made with a disdain for evidence

In his latest regional secretary’s blog, Tim Roberts questions the government’s decision to shut down the Union Learning Fund

Cuts to school support staff could leave vulnerable children at risk, says UNISON Eastern

School support staff regularly go home worried about pupils’ welfare, safety and emotional state after discussing issues such as grooming, gangs, domestic violence, bullying, loneliness, and sexual abuse with them, according to a survey released by UNISON today. The research suggests that across the east of England more than a quarter (28%) of school support […]

A branch education co-ordinator in EVERY branch

UNISON Eastern region’s education and training committee is asking that branches without branch education co-ordinators currently in post look to actively elect into this position at their 2019 AGM. Laura Wilkes, one of our branch education co-ordinators from Suffolk Area Health Branch, enjoys contributing to the vital role. “As a branch education co-ordinator I play […]

Interested in promoting education? Get involved as a union learning rep

Union learning reps (ULRs) are enthusiasts and advocates for learning and have an important role to play in finding out what learning opportunities are available in the workplace, and help members develop new skills.  The role varies according to individual circumstances but ULRs are involved in a range of activities promoting learning. Initial training is available […]