Derby City branch organise ‘flood food bank’

UNISON’s Derby City branch have launched a food bank for local families impacted by Storm Babet. The heavy rainfall caused flooding across the East Midlands, including Derby, where fourteen families lost everything when their houses were submerged by the rising water. The city council said record-breaking water levels were seen in the River Derwent, which […]

Critical incident at hospitals is ‘a Halloween scare our NHS could do without’

Commenting on the news that Nottingham’s hospitals have declared a critical incident due to exceptional pressures on emergency services, UNISON East Midlands head of health Gareth Eales said: “This is a Halloween scare our NHS could do without. Hospitals across the East Midlands are creaking at the seams all year round. “The intense pressure on trusts never […]

UNISON members alongside a representative from East Midlands Probation Service sign the new charter.

Pioneering anti-racism charter is launched in East Midlands

UNISON East Midlands have launched a pioneering initiative to tackle racism with a new anti-racism charter and workplace champion programme. The Charter represents a joint commitment from UNISON and the Employer to Black workers in your workplace. It is the product of joint working between UNISON staff, activists and employers from across the East Midlands. […]

UNISON Voice – East Midlands Gas Newsletter

October’s UNISON Voice newsletter has landed! Click below to read all about Side Day Recruitment, the branch’s plans for Black History Month, and how you can bag yourself (and a friend) a £15 gift voucher! UNISON Voice October Newsletter

Derbyshire’s financial crisis is Westminster’s fault

We are calling on the Westminster government to urgently address the ‘broken’ local government funding system that has led Derbyshire County Council, like many others, to enter financial crisis. Yesterday, Derbyshire’s councillors met to agree freezes on recruitment and other so-called ‘non-essential’ spending to try and patch a £46 million hole in the budget. The […]

UNISON in British Gas pay survey

UNISON is in the process of drafting its pay claim on behalf of staff members in the Customer Experience & Sales and the Support & Function Collectives. In order to do this with your input (which is vital as this is your pay claim) we would ask that members complete this short pay survey using […]

UNISON in Cadent Pension Response

UNISON represents approximately 20,000 members who work in the energy industry including within Cadent Gas. It is very disappointing that Cadent have taken the decision to propose closure of its defined benefit pension scheme. In doing so Cadent are reneging on past promises repeatedly made to preserve the Defined Benefit (DB) scheme for existing members. […]

Derby Homes sign up to ground-breaking learning agreement

The organisation that manages and maintains Derby City Council’s social housing has signed UNISON’s Learning Charter in a bustling event at their London Road HQ. By signing up to the initiative, Derby Homes has committed to supporting all staff to achieve a level 2 qualification in Maths and English, as well as encouraging further professional […]

Workers speak out about mileage rates

Last month, The RAC Foundation, a transport policy and research organisation, announced that frontline workers who use their car for work are out of pocket by an average of £6,000 a year due to out-of-date mileage rates. Since then, the union has heard from numerous members about their experiences. Roger Lewis said: “It’s an outrageous scandal that […]

UNISON Power at Glastonbury 2023

UNISON Power were back at Glastonbury Festival this year, volunteering behind the bar, and raising money for the branch in the process. Over £1,000 will be added to the branch coffers, which will be used for recruitment and organising activities. The team worked four six-hour shifts on the Village Inn Bar, which was in close proximity to the Pyramid stage, so […]