Suffolk County Council cuts ‘take services past breaking point’

Suffolk County Council has announced plans to make £65 million in spending cuts, including lopping £11m off the staffing budget, it revealed today. Responding to the news, UNISON Suffolk County branch secretary Neil Bland said: “Councils have spent the last decade slashing spending to the bone, cuts on this scale will take services in Suffolk past […]

Support staff wearing UNISON tsb

Most jobs saved at strike-hit Suffolk primary school

Support staff at a Sudbury primary school have called off further strikes after accepting a new deal saving most of their jobs, UNISON announces today. Two dozen classroom assistants and midday supervisors at Pot Kiln Primary took three days of strikes in April and May after the school announced plans to sack 15 staff to […]

A large group of school workers and supporters pose outside Pot Kiln Primary School

Striking Suffolk school support staff take jobs fight to council

Striking Suffolk primary school staff will take their jobs fight directly to county councillors next week as they hand in a 600-strong petition at the council’s HQ. Hundreds of parents and Sudbury residents have signed the petition urging Pot Kiln Primary leaders and the council to abandon plans to sack classroom assistants and midday supervisors. […]

People pose with placards opposing job cuts outside Pot Kiln

Suffolk primary school staff strike next week to stop job cuts

Teaching assistants and midday supervisors at Pot Kiln Primary School in Suffolk will walk out next week to stop “damaging” job cuts, UNISON announces today. Workers at the school in Great Cornard, near Sudbury, will strike next Thursday (20 April) and again on 24 April over plans to slash 10 jobs. School leaders say they […]

People on a march for social care staff through Ipswich

Suffolk care workers lobby councillors

Suffolk care workers and their supporters will protest outside Thursday’s full council meeting demanding more is done to support social care. The union is ringing the alarm bell about the numbers of staff leaving the sector. A Skills for Care report last month showed that staff turnover rates for social care in England were at […]

UNISON and Suffolk County Council sign the charter

Suffolk County Council makes pledge against racism

Suffolk County Council has become the latest employer to sign UNISON’s Anti-Racism Charter. The charter commits the council and its senior management to a range of pledges designed to prevent racial bias, including championing a racially diverse workforce, having a clear programme of anti-racist initiatives and providing training for employees. The council is already undertaking […]

A protest calling for better wages for care workers

Suffolk County Council must use care underspend to support staff

Suffolk County Council must use it’s multimillion-pound adult social care underspend to support the sector’s struggling staff, UNISON says today. The council’s latest budget forecast shows it’s spent £6.7 million less than budgeted on social care in the first quarter of the 2022-23 financial year, while homecare waiting lists have risen from an average of […]

People on a march for social care staff through Ipswich

Suffolk care workers to lobby councillors for fair pay

Social care workers in Suffolk are taking their campaign for fair pay straight to county councillors on Thursday with a rally outside council headquarters. Union UNISON has organised the demonstration to persuade councillors to support a motion recognising the vital work of social care staff. The motion, proposed by Labour’s Sandy Martin, calls on Suffolk […]

Suffolk care workers push for a living wage

The campaign for justice for care workers is one of UNISON’s top priorities, general secretary Christina McAnea told a Suffolk County branch public meeting on Monday evening. She was speaking alongside Kezia Pugh of the Living Wage Foundation, Labour Councillor Sandy Martin and frontline care workers Jacqui, Ewan and Amanda as part of the You […]

Council workers block bid to drive down conditions

UNISON has blocked a bid to drive down workers’ mileage claims at Suffolk County Council. The new policy took money from some of the council’s lowest-paid staff, said UNISON. Staff complained to their reps that the council was building a fictional commute in to their mileage allowance not allowing workers to claim until they had […]

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 […]