A group of UNISON reps and probation workers hold up anti-racism pledge cards

East of England Probation Service makes commitment to stamp out racism

The East of England Probation Service has become the first government body to sign a new charter aimed at combatting racism in the public sector, UNISON announces today. UNISON’s Anti-Racism Charter commits the organisation and its leaders to a range of pledges designed to prevent racial bias. It includes championing a racially diverse workforce, having […]

‘Nothing is gonna change unless you get involved’ – how to tackle racism in the workplace

As we celebrate Year of the Black Worker, it’s fitting that the One Weekend equalities gong should go to someone who’s done an enormous to combat racism in her workplace and contributed so heavily to UNISON Eastern’s work for racial equality. Josette Kennington has helped revolutionise anti-racism at Cambridgeshire County Council. She’s been active in […]

A large group of people with the Anti-Racism Charter

Inspire Education Group pledges to tackle racism

Inspire Education Group (IEG) has become the first further education provider in the country to sign up to a new Anti-Racism Charter from trade union UNISON. IEG, home to Peterborough College, Stamford College and University Centre Peterborough, signed the charter today, committing the organisation and its leaders to a range of pledges designed to prevent […]

Copies of the pocket guide spread out on a table

New retired members guide book launched

UNISON Eastern’s retired members’ committee is pleased to launch a brand new pocket book to guide public service workers through retirement — and explain why they should stay in UNISON. The booklet was drawn up by a small working party at the suggestion of UNISON Essex retired members’ secretary John Abrehart and laid out by […]

People pose for a photo as the charter is signed

EPUT pledges support to tackle racism of all forms

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) has pledged support to tackle all forms of racism after signing UNISON’s anti-racism charter today. As part of UN Anti-Racism Day, which took place last week, EPUT today signed the trade union’s charter which commits the organisation and its leaders to a range of pledges designed to prevent […]

A group of people with copies of the anti-racism pledge card

Princess Alexandra Hospital becomes first Essex NHS trust to support Anti-Racism Charter

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) has become the first NHS hospital in Essex to sign up to a new anti-racism charter. PAHT has signed the anti-racism charter, developed by trade union representative UNISON, at a special ceremony that commits the hospital to a range of pledges designed to prevent racial bias. The charter […]

Amanda and Winstonhold the signed charter

First employers sign up to new anti-racism charter

The NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across Suffolk and north east Essex have become the first in the country to sign up to UNISON’s anti-racism charter. The pledge ensures, within the first 12 months, the organisation has implemented a clear and visible race equality policy, a programme of anti-racism initiatives and actions and ensures there […]

UNISON Eastern launches new equality calendar

We’re proud to present our new equality calendar! The interactive calendar will help UNISON Eastern members and activists keep on top of the big events in the union as well as national and international equalities dates. The calendar will be updated regularly so check back for the latest and please get in touch if you’ve […]

Anti-racist public services are good for Black workers and society

UNISON Eastern Black members group co-chairs Firdy Finch and Brian Pereira and regional secretary Tim Roberts report on the launch of UNISON Eastern’s new Anti-Racism Charter

Women on Covid frontline feeling pressures at work and home during pandemic

Women in key worker positions across the East of England are losing sleep, spending more on household bills, and worrying about the pandemic’s impact on their children’s education and mental health, according to a survey published today by UNISON. The findings are based on responses from over 2,000 women including teaching assistants, nurses, council workers and police staff. They provide a comprehensive insight […]

‘I may have retired from work, it doesn’t mean I’ve retired from life’

We speak to Karen Clark about the contribution UNISON’s retired members make to the union

Home working splits opinions in equalities survey

UNISON’s annual equalities survey found that most UNISON members continued working during the pandemic with 45% working from their usual workplace and 40% from home. For those working from home, over 6 in 10 members felt there were no risks to their health, safety and wellbeing. As one member said: “I’d like to continue working […]