Care funding must get through to those who need it, says UNISON

Ministers must get tough with care employers

South East regional council nominates Paul Holmes in general secretary election

Voting in the election opens to all eligible UNISON members on 28 October

A mixture of relief and anxiety

It’s back to school, but far from ‘back to normal’ for UNISON members and the wider community

Supporting members through the pandemic and beyond – new learning opportunities

UNISON South East have created a webinar series that hope to offer members information and support on a variety of topics that have become a concern since the coronavirus pandemic. There are 8 webinars in the series titled ‘Time for Change’ and this started with the first webinar ‘Redundancy Support and Information’ which took place […]

Give all NHS staff a wage rise immediately of at least £2k, says UNISON

A pay claim submitted by UNISON to the government today (Friday) would see every NHS employee receive an increase of at least £2,000 by the end of this year. UNISON – which is the UK’s biggest union and represents NHS staff including healthcare assistants, radiographers, porters, midwives and paramedics – says this rise is the equivalent of around £1 an hour […]

Dismay as social work degree students at Ruskin College are left in limbo, says UNISON

UNISON has written to Oxford’s Ruskin College principal, Paul Di Felice, calling for additional support for students left in limbo by a decision to close social work courses. Students, many of whom are UNISON members, were informed this week that from September 2020 the college will no longer be running social work degree courses.  UNISON understands the move has come as result of Social Work England not re-accrediting Ruskin […]

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