A decade on, we’re still looking out for you

Since 2010, local government hasn’t always been the easiest place to work. UNISON have played an important role in standing with those caught up in the realities of austerity. It’s against this backdrop that at East Hampshire District Council (EHDC), the local UNISON branch held a drop-in event for staff so that they could get […]

Oxford University signs up to living wage

Thousands of staff benefit – now UNISON urges colleges to follow suit Almost 2,000 employees at the University of Oxford will get a pay rise as the university becomes the largest employer in the city to sign up to the Oxford Living Wage (OLW). Staff will see their wages go up to at least £10.21 […]

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women past and present and this year will be particularly important as it marks 100 years since the day was honoured for the first time. For more info: www.internationalwomensday.com Women’s history has been long overlooked. During the month […]

A Million Women in UNISON – 2020 National Women’s Conference

With the UK having just started its first full year under a Boris Johnson government, one of the dominant themes at conference was continuing austerity – because, aside from the announcement of a rise in the national minimum wage to come in the spring, election campaign promises to end austerity have yet to be realized. […]

Coronavirus – your rights at work

Updated: 1 April 2020 at 15:45 As the COVID-19 virus spreads, find out what your rights at work are. Government guidance released on 23 March advises that everyone should stay at home and only go to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home. Many of our members can’t work from home due to […]

Portsmouth Health UNISON supports EU Citizens

Portsmouth Health UNISON have been working closely with our partners at Settled, the charitable arm of campaign group the3million, to raise awareness of the rights of EU Citizens post-Brexit. The government has introduced a new immigration scheme – known as ‘Settled Status’ – for people who wish to stay in Britain after our EU membership […]

Covid-19 guidance for NHS trusts and health staff published

Advice published to reassure staff and public but alert them on need for vigilance

Covid-19 deep-clean advice for members working in schools

UNISON has been made aware that some schools have been closed as a precaution due to potential risk of exposure to Covid-19, commonly known as Coronavirus. In some instances school cleaners were subsequently instructed to do a deep-clean of the schools. UNISON branches and regions have rightly intervened to stop our members being put at […]

LGBT+ History Month – Eastleigh UNISON launches LGBT+ staff network

Eastleigh UNISON were delighted to celebrate LGBT History Month by launching a new staff network for members of the LGBT+ community. The network was created with the following objectives in mind: To provide a safe platform for discussing issues affecting LGBT+ staff within the workplace and the wider community To encourage the council to recognise […]

“Stunning” victory for ISS staff at Prospect Park Hospital

Staff employed by private contractor ISS at Reading’s Prospect Park Hospital are today (Friday) celebrating a momentous victory following a year-long campaign to win the same pay rates as colleagues employed directly by the NHS, says UNISON. As a result of the union’s campaigning, the firm has agreed to move around 60 staff – including […]

Treasures uncovered at New Forest District Branch!

After weeks of postponing, Bertie Russell, Branch Secretary and local organisers, Emma Lang & Emily Neave finally got together to give the New Forest District Branch office a well needed clean. However, what Bertie discovered, was a shock to everyone! Bertie discovered multiple trophy cups and a chain of office, dating as far back to […]

UNISON launches new vision for housing in England

Following a call from UNISON South East, the national union has launched it’s all new Housing Manifesto

Call for branches to affiliate to Justice for Colombia

Yve White, chair of the regional international committee, asks for support for colleagues in the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist

A win-win opportunity

UNISON learning reps from across the South East region gathered in Guildford for a network day earlier this month. Vicki Gibbs, Area Organiser for education and equalities, organised the event, and spoke about the ‘many joys’ of lifelong learning. The learning reps discussed their experiences so far.  Presenting learning as a ‘win-win’ opportunity for employers […]

Regional Council AGM: UNISON SE Declares a Climate Emergency

UNISON South East’s Regional Council Annual General Meeting took place on 8  February 2020 in London. Along with the usual business of electing our committees and representatives for the year ahead, the packed meeting heard a range of motions including calling on the union to declare a climate emergency. Two motions were selected as regional […]