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 […]

Ever wanted to be a part time tutor?

UNISON in collaboration with one of our education partners, the Workers Educational Association (WEA) is seeking UNISON members to become part time tutors for the WEA to teach and train on a variety of membership and other programmes. UNISON already has an existing pool of lay tutors consisting of Union Learning Reps (ULRs) and other […]

Don’t forget to have your say on NHS Pay

Across the south east, branches are reminding members to vote in the ongoing NHS pay consultation. At the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, organisers have been leafleting morning shift changes, giving out around 500 leaflets to staff between 7.30 and 9am. These flyers also advertised a drop in session, so that members who weren’t able […]

UNISON slams East Kent University Hospital Trust over back door privatisation plans

UNISON is today (Tuesday) calling on the chief executive of East Kent University Hospital Trust to halt plans that would see hundreds of porters and cleaners outsourced to a new arms-length private company. The Trust’s board plans to transfer all 1,110 support service staff to a new wholly owned subsidiary company but have not consulted […]

Pension scheme saved at University of Southampton

Members at the University of Southampton will keep their pension scheme after strong campaigning by UNISON and the other campus unions. The University had proposed to close PASNAS, the local final salary pension scheme for non-academic staff, from 1st August 2018 and replace it with an inferior defined contribution scheme. However, after a robust and […]

Our NHS at 70 – time to celebrate and defend

Birthdays are special. This year the NHS is 70 years old and we think that’s something worth celebrating. We are celebrating the anniversary of the creation of the NHS, the single most loved organisation in the UK and the envy of nations around the world. We are also celebrating the staff who work for the […]

‘Reckless, hubris, greedy’ – the sorry tale of Carillion’s collapse

Carillion directors have today been slammed by MPs for a culture of ‘Recklessness, hubris and greed’. UNISON South East Regional Secretary Steve Torrance was highly critical of the culture which led to the collapse of Carillion saying: “It will come as no surprise to UNISON members that Carillion has been so heavily criticised today. Our members […]

Feeding fat cats – the government wants to penalise the innocent

The government has recently introduced a Civil Liability Bill into parliament which will deny access to justice to hundreds of thousands of people injured at work or on the roads every year. Currently, anyone who is injured in a workplace accident or on the road can claim back the cost of getting legal help to […]

Remembering Stephen Lawrence

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 police failures, and took credit for overhauling Britain’s […]

UNISON steps up for public services

We came in tens of thousands, UNISON members from all across the country, to defy the wet weather and step up for public services as part of the national TUC march and rally on 12 May. UNISON South East members were out in force, joined by a samba band, a giant flag, maracas and vuvuzelas, […]

School Support Staff Seminar a roaring success

On 24 April, well over a hundred UNISON activists from across Britain came together in Brighton for a terrific day that not even the persistent drizzle could spoil. The Schools Support Staff Seminar is a mixture of workshops and talks, with this year’s special guest being Angela Rayner, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education: […]

Multi-Academy Trust Schools Slammed by MP’s

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has issued a damning report on the issue of Multi-Academy Trust schools (MATs). The report – produced by a cross section of MPs – is highly critical of the MATs model, particularly in regard to the ‘unjustifiably high salaries’ of many senior staff. More than 100 trustees currently earn salaries […]

Your School In Focus: Wallace Fields Infant

Welcome to our new regular column where we’ll be interviewing members from schools across the South East to find out more about you and where you work. If you’d like to be featured in a future edition, drop me a line at p.young@unison.co.uk. 1. Name: Karen Lyons 2. How long have you worked in your […]

Southampton City Council Commits to UNISON Care Charter

The council’s Labour team pledge to sign UNISON’s Ethical and residential care charters on May 7th Announcement made in Labour’s manifesto pledges for upcoming election Council will be first in country to sign up to Residential Care Charter   Southampton City Council will join local authorities nationwide in signing up to UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter, […]

Bringing UNISON’s Pay Up Now! message into the birthplace of our democracy

They came to call for a decent pay rise for public service workers, a minimum wage of £10 per hour for all, and an end to cuts and austerity. Coordinated by Surrey County branch, on 7 April 2018, UNISON members and supporters marched and rallied in Runnymede: the constituency of Chancellor Philip Hammond and the […]