Sara Gorton and Michael Rosen on a Teams call

Michael Rosen says Thank You to NHS staff

“I now have a chance to say thank you to you, you UNISON workers, you have made your contribution to the fact that I’m actually sitting here talking. Thank you very much indeed.” That was poet and author Michael Rosen’s message to the NHS staff that joined last week’s An Evening With… webinar. The former […]

Michael Rosen talks to health workers about Covid, the NHS and pay

Poet and author Michael Rosen will virtually join health workers from across the east of England tomorrow to talk about his battle with Covid-19 and the NHS staff who saw him through it. The former children’s laureate will be interviewed by UNISON head of health Sara Gorton about his debt of thanks to NHS workers […]

East of England NHS workers appeal for public support on pay

Health workers across the east of England are appealing to the public this week to back their campaign so NHS staff can receive a proper pay rise before the summer, says UNISON today. Over the next few days, hospital porters, clerical workers, cleaners, nurses, healthcare assistants and other NHS staff will be urging people to […]

NHS staff ​across the East of England urge the chancellor to do the right thing and fund a pay rise

NHS workers ​in the East of England have asked the chancellor to recognise the work they’ve done to protect lives and fund a decent pay rise in tomorrow’s Budget, says UNISON today. More than 60,000 health care assistants, porters, operating theatre staff, nurses, caterers, ambulance staff, cleaners and members of the public across the UK […]

Local MPs support £2K pay rise for NHS staff

Eastern region MPs are supporting a £2,000 pay rise for NHS staff. UNISON is campaigning for an early rise for health workers who have given their all during the Covid-19 pandemic and members have written to their MPs asking for support. Cambridge’s Daniel Zeichner backed the campaign. “I support calls for the government to make […]

‘It feels like everything has changed apart from us’

We talk to paramedic Trish Tippett about being the face of UNISON’s No Going Back to Normal campaign

NHS workers in the East of England call on government to show its appreciation for them

Health staff across the East of England – including nurses, paramedics, cleaners, domestics and porters – are beginning two days of campaigning today urging the government to give an early, significant pay rise of at least £2,000 to every worker in the NHS. Staff in UNISON branches based in NHS hospitals, ambulance stations and clinics […]

It’s time to turn claps into action

In his latest regional secretary’s blog, Tim Roberts urges us to raise our voices loud for an NHS pay rise

‘We were there every minute to support your loved ones’ – NHS workers speak out on pay

NHS workers have been lauded as heroes during the pandemic, with government ministers proudly standing on their doorsteps to clap our keyworkers. But when UNISON and our sister health unions asked them to turn claps into cash and give NHS staff a long overdue pay rise, there was rather less support. We’re fighting to change […]

Public want NHS staff to get early and significant pay rise, polls shows

A majority of the public (69%) think all NHS staff should get an early pay rise before the end of this year, according to a UNISON/Savanta ComRes poll published today. The findings also highlight how two-thirds (66%) believe a wage increase for employees — including healthcare assistants, nurses, hospital porters, midwives, paramedics and cleaners — should be significant in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. […]

Basildon Hospital cleaners celebrate pay victory

Hospital cleaners in Basildon are celebrating today (Thursday) after winning their battle for a pay rise, with the help of their union UNISON. The low-paid domestic staff at Basildon University Hospital had been on the minimum wage after being transferred back into the NHS from private contractor OCS two years ago. But following pressure from UNISON, the […]

‘It really is a disgrace’ – Norfolk community health bosses anger union with staff wage cuts

Regional organiser Jeff Keighly recently spoke to the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) about the situation at the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C). In an article published in today’s edition of the paper Jeff describes the impact that downbanding and pay cuts have had on staff morale and contrasts this with the high salaries paid […]

Staffing numbers not unsocial hours payments are the real barrier to a seven-day NHS

A recent report has concluded that the cost of unsocial hours allowances is not a barrier to the introduction of a seven-day NHS, despite claims to the contrary by Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health) and the NHS Employers. The report from the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) and the Office of Manpower Economics […]

Unsocial hours payments don’t stand in the way of a seven-day NHS, says UNISON

UNISON has welcomed the finding of a report that says the costs of unsocial hours payments to NHS staff working at night and at weekends will not prevent the introduction of a seven-day NHS. Commenting on the report from the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) and the Office of Manpower Economics on the delivery of […]