UNISON members in Adur and Worthing speak out on cuts

As part of UNISON’s campaign for more money for local councils, in the Autumn Budget, we recently conducted a survey of 21,000 people working in local councils and outsourced council services on the impact of cuts to services. This is a constituency-level breakdown of the results for UNISON members living and working in the Worthing […]

Pension costs – are they transparent enough?

MPs are looking into pension fund costs and charges, and UNISON is asking members to fill in a survey on their pensions. This will help provide information to be included in the union’s submission to the to the Commons work and pensions select committee, which is carrying out the inquiry. The union has also produced […]

What happens if ambulance staff are involved in an accident?

Those working in the ambulance service save lives every day. Ambulance drivers, call-handlers, on-board paramedics and emergency assistants are crucial for providing care at the scene of accidents and getting patients to where they need to be in emergencies and critical situations. While this team of dedicated professionals are always on-hand to care for others […]

When members can’t come to you, go to them

This summer, UNISON members successfully secured meaningful pay rises in the NHS; but members elsewhere are getting ready to fight for real terms pay rises and a deal that recognises long term pay cuts. Higher education workers across England are being consulted on their pay offer, with a view to rejecting it. The campaigns run […]

Southampton City Council cuts cord with Capita

In an email to all staff last week, Leader of Southampton City Council Christopher Hammond stated: “…over the last 11 years the nature of local government has changed significantly, as has the city and the needs of our customers. As a result, Full Council has today made the decision that the time is right to […]

Former Police staff could be owed back-pay says UNISON

Scores of former police staff employed by Hampshire Constabulary and Sussex Police who left their police force after September 2017 could be owed hundreds of pounds in back pay under an agreement negotiated by UNISON. The issue potentially affects former police staff working across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, East Sussex and West Sussex  and relates […]

Parents fighting to save a Surrey primary school have been thrown a lifeline

Surrey County Council (SCC) has announced a “pause” in the process to shut Ripley CofE Primary School, which until this time last year had 144 pupils. The move comes after concern that officials failed to follow correct procedures during the process. UNISON South East has been working extensively to support affected members at the school, […]

Preparing for a year of Young Member activity: 2019

The 2018 National Young Members’ Weekend took place in Milton Keynes this year with 120 young members from around the country attending. South East Young Members turned out in force, with 13 delegates from a variety of local government, health, police and higher education branches coming together to discuss activism, recruitment and campaigns. The weekend […]

UNISON South East joins the NEC delegation to Cuba

Our region will be joining the NEC’s International Committee delegation to Cuba from the 26 November to 4 December this year. This will be the first national UNISON delegation in many years. The delegation is being organised with the Cuba Solidarity Campaign. Our region’s International Relations Committee has agreed to fund the cost of one […]

Rental costs in the South East price public service staff out of housing, says UNISON

High rental costs mean many public service employees in the South East are spending over 60% of their wages on rent, according to research published today (Tuesday) by UNISON. Hospital porters are struggling the most, with rents swallowing up over half their take home pay in the South East which is the second most expensive […]

In memory of Stephen Lawrence

22nd April 2018, this year, marked the 25th anniversary of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993. It is widely regarded that the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the subsequent family oriented campaign triggered a sea Change in attitudes over race in the UK. Sir William Macpherson’s Inquiry examined the circumstances of Stephen’s murder, on April 22 1993, as well as the litany of […]

Medway Self Organised Group event at Medway Council

Working with Medway Towns UNISON, I helped to organise a Self Organised Group event at Medway Council, with the aim to promote our 5 Self Organised Groups (SOGs) to our membership & staff at the council. We held an exhibition stall in the cafe, over the lunchtime period. We advertised it well in advance, by sending an email to […]

Black Community – Mental Health

People from African Diaspora, including those of white and Black mixed heritage, can face additional problems that may affect their mental health. Black communities in the UK are still more likely than others to experience problems such as bad housing, unemployment, stress and racism, all of which can make people ill. Worldwide, it seems that people who move from […]

Celebrate and support the 70th NHS Birthday and “Windrush” anniversary

The 70th anniversary of Windrush takes place as the NHS as a whole marks its 70th year during 2018. UNISON will be celebrating the creation of the NHS, the single most loved organization in the UK and Windrush anniversary for the staff who work for the NHS. These are the staff from the “Windrush” families […]

Vital local services in the South East are collapsing say council staff in UNISON survey

Local government spending cuts have left councils in the South East unable to meet the needs of local communities and, in some cases, are putting the public at risk, says UNISON today (Monday). A survey, released to coincide with the union’s local government conference, reveals that 80% council workers in the South East have no […]