We’re on the case!

Today is the one year anniversary of our caseworker Steve joining UNISON Essex as a member of staff.  To celebrate, we thought we’d tell you more about our casework team! What do caseworkers do? UNISON reps should always be members’ first point-of-contact for employment issues, and we have a fantastic network of reps at UNISON […]

Twelve ideas for everyday activism

UNISON is a member-led union, which means that we want our members to be involved in any way they can. Being involved needn’t take up a lot of your time – here’s twelve ideas for everyday ways to support our work! Follow, like and share our Twitter and Facebook pages – keep up to date […]

NHS England confirms that GP staff should receive full pay when shielding/absent through Covid

On 9th July , NHS England published an update to GP contracts.  The update confirms that “practice staff who are shielding because they are at highest clinical risk from Covid-19 or have completed a risk assessment and been advised not to deliver face to face care, should continue to receive full pay.” This is something that […]

Cancellation of UNISON 2020 conferences

We have now received confirmation that the UNISON conferences that were due to take place in the second half of 2020 have been cancelled.  This includes Disabled Members’ Conference, LGBT+ Conference, and Retired Members’ Conference. This decision has been made by the President and the General Secretary, in consultation the National Committees affected by the […]

Schools members – returning to work after lockdown

UNISON is working with the other TUC education unions today (Tuesday 12th May 2020) to agree a joint position on returning to schools in response to last night’s additional guidance from the Department for Education (England) on schools opening. Until then members are advised not to engage with planning for a return to school on […]

UNISON Essex Annual General Meeting 2020

We are pleased to report the results of UNISON Essex’s 2020 aggregate Annual General Meetings, which took place on 9th to 11th March 2020. As we have members all over the Essex, the meetings took place over three days at three different locations in the county – Chelmsford, Colchester and Southend – to give as […]

AGM speakers announced

We’re pleased to announce the speakers for our 2020 Annual General Meetings. Each of UNISON Essex’s three aggregate meetings will have a speaker giving their own perspective on the same topic, mental health in the workplace.  This is a subject that is becoming ever more important to our members, as continuing cuts to public services […]

UNISON Essex members march to “Reclaim the Night” in Colchester

On Saturday 16 November 6 UNISON Essex members supported the second Reclaim the Night March organised by the Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse (CARA). The first March which took place in 2018 was so successful that CARA decided to make it an annual event. Two UNISON Essex members had travelled from Southend and […]

AGM 2020 dates announced

We’ve started making plans for our 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM), the most important event in the branch’s calendar. Thank you to everyone who completed our AGM survey! We’ve analysed the results, and it’s been really helpful to see your feedback.  As a direct result of the survey, we’ve decided that in 2020 we will […]

UNISON members attend Mental Health in the Workplace Conference

Four members of UNISON Essex Branch attended the first Mental Health in the Workplace Conference organised by Colchester Trades Council. The conference took place on 12 October 2019 to coincide with World Mental Health Day.  44 tickets were booked and 10 speakers were scheduled to attend. Four members of UNISON Essex were at the Conference: Branch […]