East of England council staff come together for pay and funding boost

Council staff made a direct plea to East of England local authority bosses today to boost funding and pay. Staff from across the region took part in a UNISON video shown to council chiefs attending the virtual East of England Local Government Roadshow. The workers explain that they have been keeping communities safe and clean, […]

We’re not shutting up about pay

Tim Roberts explains why UNISON will keep talking about – and acting on – poor pay in our public services

At least £40m needed by councils in East of England to deliver basic public services

Councils in the East of England have a funding shortfall of at least £40m between them for this financial year, putting at risk services such as libraries, child protection, care for the elderly, road maintenance and public health programmes, according to new figures released today by UNISON. Worst hit in the region is Bedford Borough […]

Give Stevenage the life support it needs, UNISON urges

Stevenage Borough Council is reportedly on the brink of effectively declaring bankruptcy, according to reports today. The council is considering issuing a section 114 notice, which would mean severe cuts to balance its books, gutting vital local services and putting staff on the dole. UNISON Eastern regional organiser Nalin Cooke warned it would be “disastrous […]

East of England council workers rally for more pay

Council workers from the East of England lobbied local government chiefs in Bury St Edmunds today, calling for a real pay rise after a decade of austerity. Since 2009, council and school workers’ real-terms pay has dropped by 22%. UNISON, GMB and Unite submitted a pay claim last summer, asking for a 10% rise and […]