Taking it’s toll on our members

As a union, we are in a strong position right now, but we need to maintain our strength and visibility for the undoubtedly rocky road ahead

Extend free visa scheme to all frontline care and NHS staff, says UNISON

UNISON member Akeem Lawall speaks out about the huge cost for him and his young family as UNISON launches campaign for people to write to their MP over Immigration Bill

Lessons must be learned by government after limited schools’ reopening

More than one in five support staff say primary schools have class sizes bigger than the 15 pupils per group maximum

Greater clarity needed on plans to scrap immigration health surcharge

Government must remove charge for all healthcare settings

The union movement’s special responsibility to campaign against racism

Rosita Ellis, Chair of the regional Black members group, on why racism, discrimination and the marginalisation of minority groups will always be a trade union issue

New agreement to ensure NHS staff in England are paid properly for every working hour

Unions agree measures to be applied locally

Support staff losing sleep and suffering anxiety ahead of return to school in England

UNISON head of education Jon Richards says delay needed so schools have time to complete risk assessments

South East counters national trend as number of Covid-19 related deaths increases

Responding to figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics showing that more Covid-19 related deaths are now being recorded in the South East’s care homes than in hospitals, and that the total number of recorded deaths in the region has risen week-on-week, UNISON South East regional secretary Steve Torrance said: “These latest ONS figures […]

Government should listen to scientists and pull back from 1 June start date

Independent scientists report says waiting just two weeks would halve the risks

PPE, sick pay and shielding: how branches across the region have supported members during Covid-19

With regional meetings and events currently suspended due to lockdown and social distancing, we recently held several informal branch forums, initially focusing on the branches engaged in frontline work during the crisis. The first forums were held the day after the televised announcement from the PM that lockdown was to be eased.   Branches shared their experiences during Covid-19 lockdown, including success stories, issues […]

Funding must go to care workers in need, not employers’ bank accounts

Government must ensure cash goes to staff

The vital glue that holds communities together

I hope this email finds you safe and well ahead of the last bank holiday of Spring. I know that many of you will be working throughout, but for those that are able to take some time off, I hope you manage to have an enjoyable and well-deserved break (with appropriate social distancing obviously!)   I’m […]

Exemptions would be welcome but health surcharge should be scrapped

Responding to Labour leader Keir Starmer’s proposal at Prime Minister’s questions yesterday (Wednesday) that health and care staff should be exempted from the immigration health surcharge, UNISON South East regional secretary Steve Torrance said: “Dealing with the pandemic has shown more than ever how NHS and care services rely on staff from overseas. It beggars belief that […]

Care home deaths expose social care system ‘unfit for purpose’, says UNISON

Responding to figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics showing 1,800 care home deaths in the South East of England linked to coronavirus up to 8 May, UNISON South East regional secretary Steve Torrance said: “This is a shocking price being paid by elderly and vulnerable people whose families believed they were being kept […]

Health unions publish blueprint for the safe opening up of the NHS

UNISON and other health unions say NHS must continue to operate a safety-first approach