UNISON members stand around a brazier on the picket line

UNISON health workers vote to accept NHS pay offer

NHS workers who belong to UNISON have voted decisively to accept the pay offer from the government, says the union today. The consultation of 288,000 NHS workers across England closed at 3pm this afternoon. Almost three quarters (74%) voted to accept the offer, and 26% to reject. Turnout in the consultation exercise was 53%, with […]

NHS strikes paused after new pay offer

Planned East of England strikes for 20 March have been put on pause after the government made a new offer in the long-running dispute over NHS pay. After two weeks of frantic negotiations, ministers have offered an additional one-off lump sum for 2022/23 that rises in value up the NHS pay bands. This is worth […]

Strikes across the NHS edge closer as latest industrial action ballot begins

Around 350,000 NHS employees, working for more than 250 health trusts and boards across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, are being asked to vote for strike action over pay this winter from today, says UNISON. Porters, nurses, security guards, paramedics, cleaners, midwives, occupational therapists and other NHS staff across the rest of the UK join […]

A group of health workers outside Colchester Hospital with signs saying Put NHS Pay Right

NHS staff protest outside Colchester Hospital on day they should have received a pay rise

NHS staff from across the East of England are protesting outside Colchester Hospital today on the day that NHS staff should have received a pay rise. Government delays mean that nurses, porters, healthcare assistants and other NHS employees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will not get a wage increase until May at the earliest. […]

Northern Ireland’s lessons for today’s struggles

UNISON Eastern activists were treated to an inspiring webinar last night, as leaders of the 2019 Northern Ireland NHS strikes told their industrial success story. Becky Tye, our regional convenor, welcomed Northern Ireland counterpart James Large and UNISON Northern Ireland health committee joint chairs Maura McKenna and Conor McCarthy for the webinar and Q&A. Attendees […]

NHS pay be counted

Now is our chance to challenge on NHS pay

It’s vital everyone plays in their part in the battle for a real pay rise for health workers, says Tim Roberts

UNISON health members deliver damning verdict on government’s 3% increase

Health workers in England – angry that rising costs have already wiped out their recent pay rise – have voted to oppose the government over the 3% increase, says UNISON today. Publishing the results of a consultation exercise that ran over the summer, UNISON says the overwhelming majority (80%) of health workers are not happy […]

UNISON launches consultation over NHS rise that meets neither expectations nor real living wage

The government has failed to honour its own ‘levelling up’ promises with the disappointing 3% pay rise for NHS workers in England, says UNISON. The award announced last week doesn’t meet the real living wage of £9.50 per hour for the lowest paid health service workers and widens the gap between those at the top […]

NHS heroes snubbed by Suffolk MPs on pay

NHS workers in Suffolk are disappointed and disgusted after MPs ignored their requests to meet over NHS pay, UNISON says today. Health workers wrote to their representatives to discuss their urgent need for a pay rise while the government is dragging its feet. Staff were due a rise on April 1 but ministers have yet […]

People gather round a stall next to a bus supporting a pay rise for NHS staff

On the road for NHS pay

Regional secretary Tim Roberts reports back from UNISON Eastern pay battle bus in his latest blog

NHS pay bus starts tour of Eastern region

An NHS pay bus tour of the East of England gets under way today departing from Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. NHS workers’ union UNISON has commissioned the open-top bus to visit hospitals across the East of England, visiting Chelmsford and Braintree today (Wednesday), returning to Essex for its final stop in Colchester on 22 July. […]

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 […]