Welcome to Essex County UNISON

Dear Members,

Unison, Essex Branch will continue to update this front page with information regarding the Covid-19 situation relating to members’ working practices and wellbeing. Previous information published here, together with any other information, will be moved to the new Covid-19 page as this front page is updated.

The new menu tab for Covid-19 is shown in the menu above.

Covid-19 Update 17th April 2020

Interim Working Practice

The branch has received information from the regional teams on the development of the interim working practice within the social care service, the branches advise on this topic is to keep the branch updated on all concerning emails and if individuals have any working issues they should be contacting there line managers.

I am sharing a extract from the flexible working policy that can be viewed online:-
Point 2
In line with ECCs flexible working policy you are expected to be flexible within reasonable limits regarding your normal pattern of work where required by ECC. ECC will give reasonable notice of any permanent change of working days, hours, or pattern and endeavour to give you reasonable notice of any temporary change of working hours or pattern.

I would encourage members to refer to their re-design share points and the flexible working policy , E C C  have relayed to us that if staff feel the new arrangements are causing hardship they should have an open conversation with line managers.
The branch has received many enquiries about front line staff making face to face contact with service users and the ongoing fears both for themselves and the clients they are caring for with the distinctive lack of P P E , we are endeavouring to establish  contractual consequences for those staff unwilling to put themselves in that position.
Can I remind members that the branch office is closed but all our staff are working from home. I would also like to ask all members that we have email addresses for to pass this information on to other members and encourage them to supply email addresses so that we can keep all members updated during this period 

Our email address is unison@essex .gov.uk  or you can phone us on 01245 354044 


Stay safe during this unprecedented time.  
Yours sincerely
Sue Gainey
Branch Secretary


In 2016 UNISON branches in Essex were restructured and the Essex County Branch now covers only three groups of members:

  • Members directly employed by Essex County Council.
  • Members employed by Essex Fire & Rescue Service.
  • Members employed in LEA maintained (Community or Voluntary Controlled ) schools.

If your employer is one of those above the office telephone number remains 01245 354044. If all our lines are busy, email unison@essex.gov.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

NOTE -If you work for other employers (including voluntary aided schools, foundation schools and academies) contact the UNISON Essex branch tel. 01245 608949 email unisoninessex@gmail.com



We always need new Unison reps in a number of roles – do you think you could help?


Elected by UNISON members to represent members in a workplace or department (or part of one.) Stewards have full rights to represent their members by meeting management, attending the branch committee etc. There is a full range of training for stewards, and the branch appoints a mentor from amongst experienced activists to advise you.


Elected by UNISON members to represent employees in a workplace or department (or part of one) on health and safety issues specifically. There is clear legal protection and definition of what H&S reps can do. We particularly need people to do this job within Essex County Council departments but volunteers from any workplace would be welcome.


If you don’t feel able to do either of the other jobs we can always use people to act as named contacts between the branch and a workplace/ department. We can email or post you useful information and from time to time we may ask you to find out the feeling amongst members on specific issues for us.

If you are interested in doing any of these jobs or helping UNISON in some other way, please contact the branch office (see below).


Comments are closed.