Member Learning: Helping members learn skills to use at home and in the workplace

Since April saw the closure of our offices across the region there has been a huge change the way in which we facilitate learning for our members, with all learning events now being hosted online. Online provision of learning has meant that we can continue to offer our Member Learning Programme and reach more members […]

In a year like no other, thank you!

South East regional secretary Steve Torrance gives his thanks to everyone working over Christmas and the reps who’ve supported UNISON members in 2020

Care workers in the South East  still not getting regular Covid tests, says UNISON

Care home staff in the South East are still not receiving weekly Covid tests despite government promises, according to a survey published by UNISON.      ​Almost one in ten (8%) ​of employees in residential care, who look after people aged over 65 and those with dementia, say they’ve not had regular swab checks.       This fails to fulfil a government pledge that these staff would be tested every seven days for the virus.      […]

New Year – Self Care! 2021 Webinar Series

We are pleased to announce our New Year – Self Care! webinar series open to members and non-members. Starting on 7 January 2021, there will be a webinar every Thursday (1:00pm – 2:00pm), which aims to provide members and potential members with the knowledge and support so they can look after themselves at work and […]

Reflecting on the Lawrence Review – actions and recommendations for branches

UNISON South East outlines a series of recommendations and actions that branches can take to challenge inequality for Black members at work as we navigate through the pandemic

‘One job’ rule without pay pledge could plunge care staff into poverty

Government must guarantee staff can work additional hours or get compensation for lost wages

UNISON’s call for an NHS pay rise receives support from Portsmouth MP

Stephen Morgan MP for Portsmouth South says he is ‘proud to support UNISON’s campaign’

Universities call for urgent action on racial harassment in higher education

“Black staff and students must have the same opportunities to develop their studies and careers as their white counterparts.”

Celebrating the Stars in our Schools

Regional Secretary Steve Torrance says a big thank you to all UNISON members working in difficult times to support school pupils’ learning and wellbeing

Divide and rule won’t help the economic recovery, says UNISON 

Chancellor’s plan is austerity plain and simple

Hampshire Health branch, supporting members & supporting communities

We hear from Rachel Long, Welfare Officer at Hampshire Health branch, on how the branch works to support low paid UNISON members and why a pay rise for all NHS staff is so important

Pay restraint is a ‘slap in the face’ for everyone that made sacrifices in the pandemic

Staff need pay rise to maintain morale, says UNISON

Cummings and goings

In normal circumstances, the political turmoil of a government and their advisors would not be ‘breaking news’, and I wouldn’t feel any compulsion to discuss it. Not so the case of Dominic Cummings. There has never been a more divisive special adviser to the Prime Minister than him.  From the lies that helped achieve the ‘leave’ vote in the 2016 EU referendum, to flouting the Covid national lockdown rules set by […]

Second lockdown reignites domestic abuse fears

For survivors of domestic abuse, a second period of lockdown in England brings added misery. Calls to the national domestic abuse helpline run by Refuge are rising week on week. During the first lockdown, Refuge reported a 700% increase in calls to its helpline in a single day, while a separate helpline for perpetrators of domestic […]

Member Education: Time for Change series resources available

With only two webinars in the series left to host before its conclusion, the South East Education Team have held six webinars for members across the region since September, as part of the ‘Time for Change’ series. Webinar topics have included Redundancy Support and Information, Finding a Job, CV Writing, Interview Advice, Stress and Change […]