UNISON Celebrates Stars in Our Schools

On Friday 24th November, schools across the South East joined in the celebrations for UNISON’s ‘Stars in our Schools’. UNISON organises this nationwide celebration of the hard work by dedicated staff tucked away behind the scenes of our schools – from cleaners to catering staff, teaching and classroom assistants to technicians,admin workers to maintenance staff […]

From Lewes to Everest via London

Kevin Miller describes himself as an ‘average working bloke’ but there’s nothing everage about the challenge he’s set himself in 2018. A UNISON member and refuse collector from our Lewes & Eastbourne councils branch, he’s planning to trek the 5,380 meters to Mount Everest Base Camp in November 2018. And if that wasn’t enough, he’s […]

Campaigning and networking at Regional Strategy Weekend 2017

This year’s Regional Strategy Weekend took place on 29 and 30 September at the Arora Hotel in Crawley. 90 delegates from across the length and breadth of the South East came together to find out more about UNISON’s priority campaigns and plan our activity for the year ahead. We were joined by Angela Rayner MP […]

Brighton & Hove branch supports the Real Living Wage

Living Wage Week 2017 took place from 5 to 11 November this year. Events took place around the region and UNISON uses the week as an opportunity to celebrate where the Living Wage is paid and focus our campaigning work on increasing the number of accredited Living Wage employers. As part of the week’s festivities, Brighton […]

Telling parliament that government needs to Pay Up Now!

UNISON members from across the country recently met with their Members of Parliament to explain to them why it was so important to urgently reverse the real world pay cuts that public service workers have suffered since 2010. Two of the members who took part in the Pay Up Now! lobby were Jenny Ford and […]

It’s Young Workers’ Month!

Young Workers Month is an opportunity for union reps, activists and campaigners to reach out and inform young workers about trade unions and ensure that there are sufficient opportunities for young people to get involved and play an active role in shaping the movement. It’s also a chance for unions to demonstrate to young people […]

Social care wages scheme helps no-one, says UNISON

Commenting on the government’s new scheme for social care employers that sets out to address the problems where sleep-in staff have not been paid the minimum wage, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “This scheme helps no-one. The care system is creaking at the seams, and no-one wants to see it plunged further into crisis. […]

Special Education Needs

In July 2017, the Department published four research reports relating to SEND. Three of these come from the DfE-funded ‘What Works’ project, which looked at SEN support for pupils in mainstream schools and colleges.  The fourth looks at the wellbeing of secondary school pupils with SEN. The reports can be downloaded at the links below: […]

School Funding England

School Funding England The Department for Education (DfE) has announced the outcome of their consultation of the future of school funding in England. There are some significant changes from the original proposals announced earlier in the year. They have stated that there will be an additional £1.3 billion pounds for school funding over the next […]

50 years of Choice for Women

The UNISON South East Regional Women’s Committee has for many years supported Abortion Rights UK, in line with National UNISON women’s policy. Recently Abortion Rights UK asked labour movement organisations to offer support and donate £50 to mark fifty years since abortion was legalised. The South East Regional Women’s Committee would be grateful if branches […]

Why public service employers should Pay Up Now!

The first two weeks of October saw UNISON branches across the region organise events to promote the work they do locally and to call for an end to the government’s pay cap. This cap means that the average public sector worker has seen a pay increase of just 4.4% between 2010-2016 – in real terms, […]

Cuts to mental health leave staff facing violence and aggression says UNISON

Reduced funding to mental health services across the UK and in the South East is leaving staff vulnerable to violence and aggression from patients, and means they cannot provide the level of care needed, says UNISON. The report, Struggling to Cope, paints a bleak picture of the country’s mental health services – for both staff […]

The timeline of a crime

You call 999, you’re put through to someone, the police arrive. If you’ve ever had to report a crime, those may be the only stages you’re aware of. But behind the scenes a whole machine is working to address the situation, keep you safe and investigate. Though police officers are the face of that machine, […]

Pay cap must be lifted for police staff too, say unions

The government needs to come up with the cash to fund a decent pay rise for police staff this year or jobs and services will be cut, the GMB, UNISON and Unite have warned today (Monday). Police employers have said that without extra money from the Home Office, they are not in a position to make […]

UNISON welcomes West Sussex jobs move

UNISON has welcomed the decision to “insource” admin jobs at the West Sussex multi-agency safeguarding hub that deals with children and young people. Administration at the hub is currently covered by a county council contract with Capita. But now the council says it is bringing the admin jobs under direct management because “vulnerable children are […]