Vouchers for EEAST UNISON members. 

To assist members on the run up to Christmas, UNISON EEAST will be running a prize raffle in September, October and November.


All members will be automatically entered, with one prize of £300 in vouchers, for one member in each county, each month. 

Winners will be able to select vouchers of their choice from highstreetvouchers.com

UNISON officers and representatives are not eligible for entry. The raffle will be drawn by UNISON Regional officials each month. There are no cash alternatives to prizes.

Join UNISON online at JOINUNISON.ORG or call free on 0800 171 2193

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Annual leave pay increases for UNISON members…

UNISON in EEAST continues to support a growing number of our members with employment tribunal claims in relation to holiday pay.

We’re encouraging all members (or non members that wish to join), to submit a legal claim.

You can do this by filling in our simple form and we will process it for you. It’s helpful to include copies of your pay slips for the past two years and a print out from GRS of your annual leave for the same period.

You can download the form here: https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2014/12/On-line- Catalogue229142.pdf

It will take you about 10 minutes to fill in sections 1 – 10 and please post it to: UNISON Eastern Region, Church Lane House, Church Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1NH.

UNISON will waver the four week membership rule and take on any new members legal cases for this issue.

You can join UNISON online here: https://join.unison.org.uk

The average claim we are currently supporting is worth £6,000 per member – this includes all regular payments intrinsically linked to employment – so it is worth 10 minutes of your time to submit a claim.

Fraer Stevenson
UNISON Branch Secretary

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UNISONs EEAST Autumn Newsletter

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NQP update…

This week at SPF, UNISON is triggering, in keeping with the Job Evaluation scheme, a partnership review of the NQP job description.  This is normal practice for a ‘new’ role, after 6 – 12 months and/or if the post holders feel their job description needs to be reviewed. It’s vital that job descriptions are not aspirational and that they accurately reflect the work undertaken by the post holder.

Once we have reviewed the NQP job description – which will involve post holders being consulted, then the new updated job description will need to go through a Job Evaluation process, i.e. to reconsider the banding of our NQPs. 

We know from our members that many of our NQPs are solo responding, have not received any support or guidance over the portfolio element of the NQP role, have not been allocated a mentor, have not had a formal review against the expectations at a minimum of every 6 months, have not had an induction into the NQP role, have not had an individual development plan, struggle to get through to clinical advice and are not able to refer to a more experience practitioner ‘at all times.’ These were all requirements in the National agreement.

It’s our view that our NQPs, and many others across Sector are not actually working to the National agreement and staff under the Job Evaluation scheme must be paid at the banding that is set for the actual role they are undertaking.

We believe our NQPs are carrying out a comparable role to band 6 staff. Continue reading

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