During the biggest economic and employment crisis in a generation, we must save union learning

With redundancies rising, the need to retrain and upskill has never been greater

Too little, too late?

The announcement of a replacement for the furlough scheme this week is welcomed, but have they gone far enough to stop the spread of the virus, and protect jobs?

A mixture of relief and anxiety

It’s back to school, but far from ‘back to normal’ for UNISON members and the wider community

Time to turn clapping into action on NHS pay

UNISON poll shows that a majority support substantial pay increases for the NHS

47 years of selfless service to the union and its members

South East Regional Secretary pays tribute to Dave Prentis, who has announced his retirement in December of this year

Happy birthday NHS, and thank you

The role of the NHS in the Covid-19 crisis has really shone a positive spotlight on our essential UNISON members, who have worked endless hours throughout, caring for others

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

The vanguard of the fight against racism

UNISON has always actively challenged racism, and will always do so, wherever it raises its vile head

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 […]

The world of work has changed irrevocably forever

Belated May Day greetings. A massive thank you to everyone supporting members through redeployment, dealing with furloughed staff and the urgent advice to members over safe working and access to appropriate PPE. I’d also like to extend my thanks to UNISON regional staff who are working incredibly hard behind the scenes to offer continuity and support, advice and assistance during these incredibly difficult times.   As the nation joined […]

Covid-19 is the worst crisis in generations, but it is showing us the very best in humanity

First of all, I hope you, your families, your colleagues and your friends are all staying safe and keeping well.   This week I have been speaking to branch secretaries across the South East, starting with our health branches, to make sure that we, as a region, offer the best support and assistance during this time. The stories I have heard from the frontlines of the Covid-19 crisis have been truly harrowing.   I have heard of large–scale redeployments, with many activists now working […]

Thanks alone is not enough

I want to thank you all for everything you are doing during this crisis.   A special thank you to the NHS workers, the care workers, the school staff, the refuse collectors, all of the public service workers providing key services to keep the country going. To the public service staff being redeployed into frontline work, and to those […]

Covid-19: Advice for branches

Updated 31 March 10:30am The impact of Covid-19 is a fast moving national, and international, situation with implications for all areas of our society – including with UNISON’s internal structures. The region’s priorities right now are to protect the health and wellbeing of our members, their colleagues and families, and to support our members working […]