Five thousand more Thank Yous from UNISON Eastern

In the first of a series of blogs during the Covid-19 crisis, UNISON Eastern acting regional secretary Tim Roberts welcomes 5,000 new members to the region. Despite all the tribulations of the last few weeks, there have been a few positives emerge. The public has rediscovered an appreciation for our public services, most clearly expressed […]

Southend Council: Overworked and underpaid?

Are you employed by Southend On Sea Borough Council? Do you work regular paid overtime? Have you taken paid annual leave in the past two years? If you have answered yes to these questions then UNISON needs to hear from you, as you may have been underpaid. Workers should receive the same pay while they […]

How have years of pay restraint affected you and your family?

UNISON wants to find out how years of pay restraint have affected you and your family. What has been the impact on your day-to-day life and would your finances cope in an emergency? We have compiled a short survey – which should only take about five minutes – to better understand how you are managing financially. Your experiences will feed into our campaigning […]

Britain’s rubbish pay rises: What will YOU be earning in five years?

British workers are stuck in the longest pay squeeze since Victorian times. But with UK real wages failing to keep up with the cost of living, there’s a lot more pain on the horizon.To help you gaze into the future, we’ve built a nifty pay calculator. It will show you what might happen to your […]

Public sector pay cap is damaging recruitment and retention says report

A report for UNISON by the Smith Institute shows that the NHS and local councils across the UK are facing a growing staffing crisis as a result of the government’s imposed pay cap. The research was based on a survey of HR directors and managers in NHS trusts and local authorities, involving in-depth interviews concerning […]

Why you should reject the Further Education pay “offer”

Five reasons to reject the 0% “offer” Pay restraint hasn’t applied equally to all. The gap between high and low pay is rising.  The number of staff earning more than £100,000 has increased with some college principals earning footballer wages while the pay bill is shrinking. Work on the Living Wage has been sabotaged by employers […]

UNISON calls for better pay to recruit and keep staff in response to damning Care UK CQC report

Reacting to the damning CQC report on Care UK at Mills Meadow UNISON has called on the company to pay its staff in Suffolk a decent wage to improve staff recruitment and retention. UNISON Area Organiser Jennie Anderson said “We continually raise concerns about staffing levels with Care UK. It was inevitable that this would […]

Budget shuts public sector workers out of the recovery, says UNISON

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget Statement today (Wednesday) UNISON Eastern Regional Secretary Glynn Hawker said: “Capping wages at a miserly one per cent for four more years for public sector workers will hasten the reluctant exit of many dedicated staff from our hospitals, schools and local councils. “The economy is growing yet public servants remain […]