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

Lessons must be learned by government after limited schools’ reopening

More than one in five support staff say primary schools have class sizes bigger than the 15 pupils per group maximum

Greater clarity needed on plans to scrap immigration health surcharge

Government must remove charge for all healthcare settings

The union movement’s special responsibility to campaign against racism

Rosita Ellis, Chair of the regional Black members group, on why racism, discrimination and the marginalisation of minority groups will always be a trade union issue

Black Lives Matter: Black Members Matter

For any members of our community feeling angry, sad, scared, or frustrated we are here to support you

Motivated staff, who never seemed to run out of energy or passion

Portsmouth Health UNISON’s Mark Inch is a trainee clinical scientist and the branch’s Labour Link and Young Member’s Officer; he was recently redeployed onto a COVID-19 ward at the Queen Alexandra Hospital and wanted to thank his colleagues for their tremendous efforts. Portsmouth has been particularly hard hit by the virus with over 200 deaths […]

The vanguard of the fight against racism

UNISON has always actively challenged racism, and will always do so, wherever it raises its vile head

Let’s talk self-care – Wellbeing Webinar

Throughout the current Covid-19 national emergency, we’re seeing once more the importance of learning for people’s wellbeing and mental health. UNISON South East’s Regional Learning and Development Organiser, Abbey Dunn, and Area Organiser, Vicki Gibbs, have developed an hour long wellbeing webinar for all members within the South East. It is vital that we look […]

New agreement to ensure NHS staff in England are paid properly for every working hour

Unions agree measures to be applied locally

Support staff losing sleep and suffering anxiety ahead of return to school in England

UNISON head of education Jon Richards says delay needed so schools have time to complete risk assessments

South East counters national trend as number of Covid-19 related deaths increases

Responding to figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics showing that more Covid-19 related deaths are now being recorded in the South East’s care homes than in hospitals, and that the total number of recorded deaths in the region has risen week-on-week, UNISON South East regional secretary Steve Torrance said: “These latest ONS figures […]

Teamwork and compassion – meeting the challenges of Covid-19 testing

Agnes Sitjar, is a UNISON Steward at Andover, Basingstoke & Winchester Hospitals branch and is part of the team that was the first in UK hospital’s to develop a live test for Covid-19. Agnes spoke to us about the challenges she has been facing during Covid-19: “As a Specialist Biomedical Scientist in Microbiology in Hampshire […]

Government should listen to scientists and pull back from 1 June start date

Independent scientists report says waiting just two weeks would halve the risks

PPE, sick pay and shielding: how branches across the region have supported members during Covid-19

With regional meetings and events currently suspended due to lockdown and social distancing, we recently held several informal branch forums, initially focusing on the branches engaged in frontline work during the crisis. The first forums were held the day after the televised announcement from the PM that lockdown was to be eased.   Branches shared their experiences during Covid-19 lockdown, including success stories, issues […]

Funding must go to care workers in need, not employers’ bank accounts

Government must ensure cash goes to staff