East Surrey Hospital- Car Parking Charges

As many of you are now aware, the trust decided to increase staff car parking charges at the end of January 2017. UNISON believes that the charge should not be introduced (if at all) until the new financial year in April. This has not been accepted and as such we are consulting your views on […]

One Day Without Us

On Monday February 20, to coincide with UN World Day of Social Justice, a migrant group call “One Day without Us” is inviting for 24 hours migrants from inside and outside the European Union, and everyone who supports them, to celebrate the contribution that migrants make to British Society. They are not asking people to […]

LGBT History Month: 50th Anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act

By Lucy Power, Kent Police and Justice Branch It took almost 500 years from the passing of the buggery act, which made homosexuality punishable by death, to reach partial decriminalisation.  As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, it would serve us well to recognise how far we’ve come, and yet how […]

The government should admit tribunal fees were a mistake, says UNISON

The government’s decision to demand a fee from anyone taking their employer to court was ill-judged, has failed to save the taxpayer money, and prevented thousands of badly treated workers from getting justice, says UNISON. The government’s long-awaited review of the impact of fees has been published, and shows a 70% drop in the number of cases taken […]

Support EU citizens’ right to remain day of action

On Monday 20 February, UNISON members can meet their MP and ask them to support the following pledge: “I call on Theresa May to guarantee unilaterally the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.” To register: Step 1 – Register to attend the mass lobby on Eventbrite Step 2 – Once you have registered […]

UNISON South East 2016 Annual Report

Ahead of the 2017 Regional Council AGM on Saturday 4 February, the region has published it’s 2016 Annual Report. Click the image below to read the full report.

LGBT History Month: Lesbians and Gays support the miners

Gethin Roberts spoke at the South East LGBT AGM, following the release of the film Pride, in which his character featured. The film explores the events following the 1984 Lesbian and Gay march, in which money and awareness was raised to support the miners in the UK. The film follows the relationship that developed between […]

LGBT History Month 2017

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. Currently, LGBT History Month is a month-long celebration that is specific to the United States and the United Kingdom. LGBT History Month was initiated in the UK by Sue […]

Why I became active – Emma (ITE Senior Administrator)

Why did you become a steward? What made you take this step? I became a steward out of frustration! I walked into a UNISON meeting in our workplace (arranged by a local organiser), I was a little late following a disagreement with my line manager; the organiser turned to me as I walked through the door and […]

Why I became active – Chris

Why did you become a steward? What made you take this step?  As soon as I became a member I asked other members if I could become a steward and they all said this was great as we’ve not had one for nearly a decade and It would be great as being so far away from [the […]

How safe is the staffing in your hospital?

Do you work in the health service as a nurse, healthcare assistant, student nurse, midwife or health visitor? Then make sure you take part in UNISON’s fifth annual safe staffing levels survey. UNISON has been campaigning to improve staffing levels for years – but we know there are still many workplaces with too few staff. […]

Patients’ lives at risk over ambulance call-outs, warns UNISON

Ambulance crews are having to ignore call-outs for heart-attack and stroke patients because emergency vehicles are too busy queuing outside a Portsmouth hospital, UNISON said. Fifty people including seriously ill patients were left without an ambulance on Monday 2 January this year despite calling South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), according to new data. The figures […]

End-of-year accounts for 2016 – branch audits

Branch treasurers have received notification of the procedures to apply on the closedown of the online branch accounts package (OLBA) for 2016. The branch authorisation sheet which includes the branch auditors’ statement must be signed by the branch auditor and should be sent to: IMPS Team, 1 Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1UN. It must arrive by […]

‘Fair funding’ must also mean sufficient funding, say education unions

Following the publication of the Government’s final proposals for its long-awaited National Funding Formula (NFF), organisations representing school staff, teachers and leaders – ATL, GMB, NAHT, NUT, UNISON and Unite – have updated the schoolcuts.org.uk website to reflect the funding losses facing each school in England. The picture is extremely bleak.  The Government has accused […]

New NHS plans must not be a smokescreen for further government cuts, says UNISON

The government must do more to reassure staff and the public that new NHS service delivery reforms are not a cover for further cuts, says UNISON. UNISON is concerned that the fast pace at which they are being pushed through risks undoing much of the good the proposals could potentially bring. UNISON head of health […]