Supporting Prides across the South East for UNISON’s Year of LGBT+ Workers

We’re proud to be out and celebrating Pride events across the region this summer, from Brighton to Herne Bay.

UNISON: Keeping you safe at work

Sunday 28 April 2024 was International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD), an important date in the trade union calendar when we remember those who were killed and injured at work.

Read our regional Black members spring 2024 newsletter

The latest edition of the UNISON South East Black members newsletter has been published now.

Isle of Wight social work team won’t cover out-of-hours shifts after compulsory rota moves

Adult social work staff working for Isle of Wight Council won’t undertake on-call standby shifts after their employer proposed forcing them on to a mandatory rather than voluntary rota, says UNISON. Employees on standby are required to respond to emergency situations over the telephone or in-person outside working hours. Although this has always had an […]

A tribute to Skip Bawa, a dedicated trade unionist and antiracist campaigner

This tribute to Skip Bawa (27 June 1956 – 21 February 2024) was written by Bill Acharjee, UNISON activist and member of UNISON South East’s Black members committee. It will appear in a forthcoming edition of our regional Black members newsletter. As a region, we will always honour Skip’s outstanding contribution to our union. It […]

UNISON South East Launches Year of LGBT+ Workers!

On Saturday 24 February 2024, UNISON South East held a launch event to celebrate the Year of LGBT+ Workers at UNISON Centre. The day began with Bev Miller, UNISON National Black Committee member, delivering a quiz on Black LGBT+ history. Lucy Power, Regional and National LGBT+ Committee member, and Mitch Coe, UNISON National Officer, highlighted […]

International Women’s Day guest blog: Inspiring inclusion as a Black woman trade unionist

Another International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme is ‘inspire inclusion’. When we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge a better world. And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment. Collectively, let’s forge a more inclusive world for women. To inspire inclusion […]

Inspiring inclusion, igniting change: International Women’s Day 2024

International Women’s Day (IWD) has always been a key date in the trade union calendar, and women have long played a leading role in the labour movement. In fact, IWD was originally known as International Working Women’s Day, and was held to honour a strike by women garment workers in the USA. Subsequently the day […]

“An essential part of the NHS team…”: Outsourced staff at Prospect Park Hospital strike

Some of the lowest-paid staff at Prospect Park Hospital in Reading are taking strike action in a dispute about pay. The strike is over their employer ISS’s refusal to pay the workers a lump sum worth at least £1,655, which has already been given to hundreds of thousands of people employed directly by the NHS. […]

Regional Council AGM 2024 marks the start of an exciting year for the region

On Saturday 10 February 2024, UNISON South East held its Regional Council Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2024, the most important date in the calendar for our regional democracy. Nearly 100 dedicated delegates gathered at UNISON Centre to debate policy and elect representatives, exemplifying our commitment to members shaping the future of the union. We […]

Send us a #HeartUnions message this Valentine’s Day

From winning the minimum wage to fighting racial discrimination in the workplace, there are many reasons to love unions in general and UNISON in particular, and we want to find out yours. This year we’ll be celebrating #HeartUnions Week a little differently: we want to amplify your stories on social media. This way, we can […]

Season’s greetings from UNISON South East!

The festive season can be a difficult time for many, not least public service workers. It’s often one of the busiest periods of the year, particularly in the health sector. But the core values of trade unionism – solidarity, fairness, equality – always resonate at Christmas. Wherever you are – and however you celebrate, if at all […]

Equal work, equal pay: Brighton social workers take strike action

Social workers employed by Brighton and Hove Council took strike action over pay on Tuesday 7 November, with UNISON assistant general secretary Jon Richards joining the lively picket line led by young women workers. Over a hundred adult social workers walked out for 24 hours after voting for industrial action in September. UNISON says staff […]

Equality Conference 2023 shows we’re stronger when we’re organised

Trade unionism is all about getting organised, and organising around equality is a vital way for underrepresented groups to increase their voice both at work and within the union. On Friday 13 October 2023, our Equality Conference was an opportunity for activists and members from across the region to come together and equip themselves with […]

“On strike – can’t pay the rent!”

On Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 October, cleaners, technicians, librarians and other members of higher education staff across England and Scotland took strike action.