Regional events and meetings for the remainder of 2020

Covid-19 has meant that we have been unable to proceed with several routine meetings and events since March this year. Although society has begun to open up again, the threat of the virus is still very much present, as can be seen across the country, with local lockdowns taking place in towns and cities. When […]

School Uniform Grants

Due to the overwhelming number of applications for school uniform grants, the fund is now closed. There will inevitably be significant delays in processing and payments. We appreciate your patience while we work through all the requests and would ask that where possible you do not contact us for an update as this will delay […]

Supporting you in the ‘new normal’

A return to ‘normal’ is something so many of us are craving. But it’s also something that is a long way off. For UNISON Members, it is often a misrepresentation to suggest that the easing of lockdown means returning to the workplace – not least because many of you never left it. But around 4 […]

Time to turn clapping into action on NHS pay

UNISON poll shows that a majority support substantial pay increases for the NHS

Isle of Wight UNISON support reforms to the Gender Recognition Act

UNISON IOW members are very concerned that the long promised reforms to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) may not be going ahead, despite their importance to the well-being of trans people and widespread public support. A protest was organised on Saturday 11 July by branch Equalities Officer Yve White BEM and Sydney Cardew, LGBT+ Officer […]

47 years of selfless service to the union and its members

South East Regional Secretary pays tribute to Dave Prentis, who has announced his retirement in December of this year

Ashford UNISON say “Keep the Stour Centre open!”

Ashford UNISON are campaigning against the proposed closure of the local leisure centre, with a petition that has gained over 1000 signatures in just a few days. Ashford Borough Council, in a meeting last week, proposed the closure of the Stour Centre leisure facility to carry out refurbishment works. The works had originally been planned […]

Dave Prentis to stand down as UNISON general secretary

Serving public service workers for two decades has been ‘honour and privilege’

Happy birthday NHS, and thank you

The role of the NHS in the Covid-19 crisis has really shone a positive spotlight on our essential UNISON members, who have worked endless hours throughout, caring for others

Together, let’s thank all our key workers

UNISON has become a partner in the /together coalition, which this weekend will unite the country to celebrate the NHS’ birthday and commemorate all those who have died from the coronavirus. The group unites a wide range of supporters who intend to heal divisions and reconnect society over the course of the next decade, after a bruising […]

Union calls on council to clarify its position on Black Lives Matter

UNISON has called on the leader of Wokingham Borough Council to clarify whether the authority will continue to support the Black Lives Matter campaign, as a matter of urgency. The call comes after Cllr John Halsall  announced to a council meeting on 16 June that the campaign group had “become a political organisation” and Wokingham Borough Council could […]

Taking it’s toll on our members

As a union, we are in a strong position right now, but we need to maintain our strength and visibility for the undoubtedly rocky road ahead

Pride month – during a pandemic

June usually represents a time when we come together to celebrate Pride in a spirit of love, acceptance and inclusion; a time when we honour the memory of the original Stonewall activists and organise to face the challenges still ahead. Sadly, the devastating effects of the coronavirus have meant the cancellation of over one hundred […]

Regional events through July and August

The last twelve weeks have seen the country on lockdown due to Covid-19. Restrictions are beginning to lift in many areas. However, it remains the case that ‘business as usual’ is still some way off in almost all sections of society. The region’s priorities throughout this crisis have been to protect the health and wellbeing […]

Extend free visa scheme to all frontline care and NHS staff, says UNISON

UNISON member Akeem Lawall speaks out about the huge cost for him and his young family as UNISON launches campaign for people to write to their MP over Immigration Bill