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Council and school staff in East of England begin strike ballot over pay

Nearly 25,000 council and school support staff across the East of England will begin voting today on whether to strike over pay, says UNISON. The wage offer made by employers to local government staff is nowhere near what’s needed to meet rising prices during the cost of living crisis, says the union. UNISON had called […]

Four local government heroes hold action figure versions of themselves dressed in the same uniform: a lollipop lady, a care worker, a refuse worker and a librarian

Bedfordshire care worker turned into action figure

UNISON is recognising unsung heroes for their contribution to the community

Councils across east of England face cash crisis of nearly £240m

Councils across the east of England face a collective funding gap of nearly £240m in the next financial year forcing them to cut essential services, says a report published today by UNISON. Waste collections, leisure centres, nurseries and other vital services will all be hit according to the findings based on information* from local authorities […]

Colchester Council staff deserve full local government pay rise

Hard-up Colchester Council staff should get the same pay rise as everyone else in local government, trade union UNISON says today. The call comes after UNISON members in schools and councils on nationally agreed NJC conditions voted to accept a flat-rate £1,925 backdated to April. But Colchester negotiates pay locally meaning refuse workers, those running […]

Whatever the challenges of 2022, UNISON will be there for public service workers

A New Year’s blog from regional secretary Tim Roberts

Sam holds a Vote Yes placard

Council and school staff ballot opens with a bang

Regional head of local government Sam Leigh guest blogs as our local government pay ballot opens

Council and school workers deserve much more than below-inflation pay offer as strike ballot begins, says UNISON

UNISON will today begin to ballot more than a third of a million council and school staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for strike action over their “inadequate” pay offer. The union is recommending employees – including refuse collectors, teaching assistants and social workers – vote ‘yes’ to strike action. These workers have kept […]

Eastern local government workers launch strike ballot with rallies

Local government workers in the Eastern region are holding rallies this week to launch a strike ballot against employers’ “insulting” pay offer. Council and schools workers are being urged to vote Yes to action against a 1.75% pay offer – 2.75% for the handful of staff on the very lowest pay band to keep track […]

Thurrock Council mustn’t be left to wither on the vine

Thurrock mustn’t be left to wither on the vine, UNISON says today after plans to slash 500 jobs were announced. The Tory-run council is looking to make £34m worth of savings to deal with a covid-related black hole compounded by changes to borrowing rules. UNISON Eastern regional organiser Leon Kilbourn said: “These cuts will be […]

Council staff driven to despair by mileage change

Suffolk County Council workers rallied outside Endeavour House today for a UNISON protest against a new mileage policy that will take money from some of the lowest paid staff. Local Labour councillors and representatives of Ipswich TUC and Unite braved the wind and rain to join the demonstration outside Suffolk County Council HQ. Protesters held […]

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 […]