Keep early years safe and funded

Nursery schools and early years are currently required to remain open to all children. Scientists tell us we need to reduce contacts so that viral levels fall. Not including nurseries and early years in the lockdown is likely to undermine the safety of our communities as well as that of our members. UNISON and The […]

January schools advice

This advice applies to all primary schools, special schools, SEND and early years settings in England. In UNISON’s view, it is unsafe for you to attend the workplace at present if your school is fully opened to all pupils. Visit the national website on the link below for the full information; January Schools Advice

Launch of Schools Checklist for September

UNISON, along with some of the other unions in schools, has produced a checklist covering all school settings, including special schools. It’ll help school staff and reps have discussions with school leaders about their plans for safe reopening, and assist them in completing a thorough risk assessment that addresses the issues that concern you. 👇 Schools […]

Turn appreciation and applause for NHS staff into an early wage rise

Public want health pay rise straight away

Staffing, safety and vulnerable children must be priority for schools’ return

Responding to plans published today (Thursday) by the government for the full return of schools from September, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “Everyone wants all children to return to the classroom as soon as possible. There are still issues, though, around staffing and safety. “Test and trace must get a whole lot better for social […]

Academy chain failing to protect staff and pupils, say unions

UNISON and GMB make formal complaint about David Ross Education Trust to Health and Safety Executive National academy chain the David Ross Education Trust has failed to consult staff properly on Covid-19 risk planning ahead of a wider reopening of its schools, say UNISON and GMB today (Tuesday). The unions have made a formal complaint […]

Joint union letters issued to all headteachers, MAT CEOs and Local Authorities

UNISON, NEU, GMB and Unite have sent joint letters centrally to all headteachers, MAT CEOs and Local Authorities in England. The purpose of the letters is to show understanding for the predicament they have been put in by the government and to urge them to work with us to only increase pupil numbers when it […]

A fresh attempt to rescue 98 care jobs in crisis hit care homes across Leicestershire has been launched by UNISON

UNISON has been campaigning against cuts proposed by Leicestershire County Care Ltd that would hit the wages and conditions of employment of 98 staff employed in the 13 former council care homes across Leicestershire. Plans to cut pay of some care workers by 30% together with reductions to holiday, sick pay and maternity benefits were […]

UNISON ensure Lincolnshire student nurses get a fair deal

Student nurses across Lincolnshire have been called up to help in the Covid19 response – never has the healthcare system across the country faced such a significant challenge. However, student nurses who have offered to work as part of the response to the pandemic at St Barnabas Hospice in Lincolnshire were told this would not […]

Long Standing UNISON Activist Joins Community Volunteers

After a lifetime working full time in the NHS Lynn Booth decided a bit of ‘me time’ was well overdue so in October 2019 she decided to take advantage of the flexible retirement scheme, reducing her hours to part time. Lynn started work in the NHS in Oxfordshire in 1984 working for the Community Dental […]