Former Police staff could be owed back-pay says UNISON

Scores of former police staff employed by Hampshire Constabulary and Sussex Police who left their police force after September 2017 could be owed hundreds of pounds in back pay under an agreement negotiated by UNISON. The issue potentially affects former police staff working across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, East Sussex and West Sussex  and relates […]

Parents fighting to save a Surrey primary school have been thrown a lifeline

Surrey County Council (SCC) has announced a “pause” in the process to shut Ripley CofE Primary School, which until this time last year had 144 pupils. The move comes after concern that officials failed to follow correct procedures during the process. UNISON South East has been working extensively to support affected members at the school, […]

Preparing for a year of Young Member activity: 2019

The 2018 National Young Members’ Weekend took place in Milton Keynes this year with 120 young members from around the country attending. South East Young Members turned out in force, with 13 delegates from a variety of local government, health, police and higher education branches coming together to discuss activism, recruitment and campaigns. The weekend […]

UNISON South East joins the NEC delegation to Cuba

Our region will be joining the NEC’s International Committee delegation to Cuba from the 26 November to 4 December this year. This will be the first national UNISON delegation in many years. The delegation is being organised with the Cuba Solidarity Campaign. Our region’s International Relations Committee has agreed to fund the cost of one […]

Rental costs in the South East price public service staff out of housing, says UNISON

High rental costs mean many public service employees in the South East are spending over 60% of their wages on rent, according to research published today (Tuesday) by UNISON. Hospital porters are struggling the most, with rents swallowing up over half their take home pay in the South East which is the second most expensive […]

In memory of Stephen Lawrence

22nd April 2018, this year, marked the 25th anniversary of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993. It is widely regarded that the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the subsequent family oriented campaign triggered a sea Change in attitudes over race in the UK. Sir William Macpherson’s Inquiry examined the circumstances of Stephen’s murder, on April 22 1993, as well as the litany of […]

Medway Self Organised Group event at Medway Council

Working with Medway Towns UNISON, I helped to organise a Self Organised Group event at Medway Council, with the aim to promote our 5 Self Organised Groups (SOGs) to our membership & staff at the council. We held an exhibition stall in the cafe, over the lunchtime period. We advertised it well in advance, by sending an email to […]

Black Community – Mental Health

People from African Diaspora, including those of white and Black mixed heritage, can face additional problems that may affect their mental health. Black communities in the UK are still more likely than others to experience problems such as bad housing, unemployment, stress and racism, all of which can make people ill. Worldwide, it seems that people who move from […]

Celebrate and support the 70th NHS Birthday and “Windrush” anniversary

The 70th anniversary of Windrush takes place as the NHS as a whole marks its 70th year during 2018. UNISON will be celebrating the creation of the NHS, the single most loved organization in the UK and Windrush anniversary for the staff who work for the NHS. These are the staff from the “Windrush” families […]

Vital local services in the South East are collapsing say council staff in UNISON survey

Local government spending cuts have left councils in the South East unable to meet the needs of local communities and, in some cases, are putting the public at risk, says UNISON today (Monday). A survey, released to coincide with the union’s local government conference, reveals that 80% council workers in the South East have no […]

Ever wanted to be a part time tutor?

UNISON in collaboration with one of our education partners, the Workers Educational Association (WEA) is seeking UNISON members to become part time tutors for the WEA to teach and train on a variety of membership and other programmes. UNISON already has an existing pool of lay tutors consisting of Union Learning Reps (ULRs) and other […]

Don’t forget to have your say on NHS Pay

Across the south east, branches are reminding members to vote in the ongoing NHS pay consultation. At the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, organisers have been leafleting morning shift changes, giving out around 500 leaflets to staff between 7.30 and 9am. These flyers also advertised a drop in session, so that members who weren’t able […]

UNISON slams East Kent University Hospital Trust over back door privatisation plans

UNISON is today (Tuesday) calling on the chief executive of East Kent University Hospital Trust to halt plans that would see hundreds of porters and cleaners outsourced to a new arms-length private company. The Trust’s board plans to transfer all 1,110 support service staff to a new wholly owned subsidiary company but have not consulted […]

Pension scheme saved at University of Southampton

Members at the University of Southampton will keep their pension scheme after strong campaigning by UNISON and the other campus unions. The University had proposed to close PASNAS, the local final salary pension scheme for non-academic staff, from 1st August 2018 and replace it with an inferior defined contribution scheme. However, after a robust and […]

Our NHS at 70 – time to celebrate and defend

Birthdays are special. This year the NHS is 70 years old and we think that’s something worth celebrating. We are celebrating the anniversary of the creation of the NHS, the single most loved organisation in the UK and the envy of nations around the world. We are also celebrating the staff who work for the […]