The Voluntary Living Wage- great news for low paid members!

Tenacious work from a local UNISON steward has resulted in some of our lowest paid members getting a pay increase and arrears of up to £2.5k. This account from the steward, Andy Wade, shows how UNISON can work with both employers and commissioning bodies to get fair treatment for our members. In early August a […]

Fire Service- Mind Blue Light Mental Health Awareness

This event was for Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service to sign the Mind Blue Light “Time to Change” pledge for World Mental Health Day on the 10th October 2018. Tim Allison, UNISON Steward explained that “the pledge is to identify and reduce mental health issues within Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service. This initiative is welcomed […]

Kids thank their lucky stars for support staff

To support UNISON’s Stars in our Schools campaign, Local Organiser Natasha Gales organised a coffee morning at St Francis of Assisi RC Primary School in Norwich on Friday 23rd November 2018. The event was aimed at celebrating the amazing work of teaching assistants in the school, and was fully supported by the leadership team of […]

SCP Review – What it’s all about and the UNISON Consultation

The national employers and unions agreed a two year pay deal the 2nd year of which involved changes to the Spinal Column Points (SCP’s) used on the national pay spine. This was necessary because the SCP’s had become squeezed up at the lower end of the pay spine. This was caused by the National Minimum […]

National Delegate Conference report- Gitte Nyboe

Morning UNISON assembly at the Conference for the National Delegates in Brighton on Tuesday the 16th of June 2018. This morning, the first point was centred around the Good Friday agreement. As a foreigner living in the UK for the past 5+ years, I have only gotten a little insight into the current policies and […]

Corbyn warns of “national emergency” in children’s centres

UNISON has welcomed support from Jeremy Corbyn in the fight to keep Norfolk’s children’s centres open. ­The Labour Party leader visited a centre in Norwich to warn of the “national emergency” facing children’s services. Norfolk’s children and families are at the sharp end of the emergency following the Tory-run council’s decision to shut 46 of […]

Lib Dems join Labour in supporting Burman House

Norfolk’s Liberal Democrat Councillors have confirmed they oppose the closure of Burman House. Councillor Brian Watkins, Lib Dem spokesperson for the Adult Social Care Committee said ” It is a good home and well run and the residents are settled and happy there” Brian also asked “why are they even thinking of such an option?” […]

MP’s concerns to UNISON about closing Burnham House

Burman House – Local MP Responds UNISON have raised the closure of Burman House with local MP Elizabeth Truss. Her response is as follows; “I am extremely concerned to read about the closure of Burman House. I have raised a number of points with the Managing Director of Norsecare. I have asked Norsecare to outline […]

Save Burman House Residential Care Home – WHY?

At a time of shocking reports of care in some care homes Burman House has been rated “Good” for the last two CQC Inspections. Why close it? Burman House provides a safe and loving home for 27 vulnerable elderly people. Why put them through the trauma of uncertainty and a forced move? Norsecare who run […]

Children’s Centres to be butchered?

UNISON opposes the proposals from Norfolk County Council to close 46 of the 53 Children’s Centres. This proposal arises from a decision to cut the budget from £10m to £5m/annum made in February 2018. That proposal made no mention of centre closures. UNISON have long raised concerns about NCC setting budgets promising savings but with […]