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Manchester branch has nominated Paul Holmes for General Secretary

Manchester branch has nominated Paul Holmes for general secretary because: Paul has the best record of leadership and fighting for members; Paul is the members’ candidate, from the shop floor; Paul will take the job on his current wage, donating the additional £100,000 back to the welfare and strike funds; Paul will massively increase funding […]

Local Government Pensions: The £95k cap on exit payments

On Wednesday 30 September there will be a final vote on the regulations that will impose a £95,000 cap on all exit payments in the public sector. This cap will hit hardest in local government, because the capital costs for the Local Government Pension Scheme are included as part of the £95k (except in Scotland) […]

Government must do more to keep schools open and safe, education unions say

Giving all staff priority testing, reducing the size of pupil ‘bubbles’ and making face coverings compulsory on school buses would help ensure schools can continue to stay open in the coming weeks, education unions say today (Tuesday). In a joint letter to education secretary Gavin Williamson, several proposals are outlined by UNISON, GMB and Unite […]

Hazards Campaign Zoom event – School Health is Community Health

The Hazards Campaign have organised an online interactive session to discuss how schools can ensure the health and safety of staff and pupils and therefore the health of its community. Speakers from UNISON and the other School unions will be in attendance at this meeting which is taking place on Thursday 20th August between 6:00 […]

UNISON NW Schools Courses Update – August 2020

Below is the latest update from UNISON North West which provides information on courses for members based in Schools. If you are interested in attending any of the courses listed, please click on the relevant link in the update and follow the instructions for registration.

First They Clap Us, Then They Slap Us Campaign

On Thursday 9 July at 7pm, UNISON North West launched the First They Clap Us, Then They Slap Us campaign via a Facebook Live stream hosted by the UNISON North West Facebook page. The campaign launch was a live stream where members were able to hear about the inadequate pay offer, UNISON’s consultation and why […]

*UPDATE * Branch Phones Are Now Working

Further to our recent post, we are happy to report that our branch phone is now working again and members can contact the branch on 0161 254 7500 for advice and support. We are currently experiencing an issue with our branch phone, which means we are unable to accept calls at the present time. Our […]

Branch Circular: Covid-19 Update #7

Hopefully the levels of Covid-19 deaths and new infections will continue to decline but it is at a much slower rate than most of Europe and the relaxation of measures without apparently reaching the Government’s own threshold risks a second wave. The ineptness of the Government is shown in almost all it touches. The Government’s […]

Join us for Schools Re-opening: Risks and Challenges

Join us at UNISON’s first trial national webinar session for school activists, branches and organising staff – at 4pm this Friday evening 5th June. School support staff are working in difficult and challenging times as schools re-open in England at a time of uncertainty. To help support UNISON’s members, organisers and activists you are invited […]

Latest COVID-19 news from UNISON in Schools

Advice for members in primary schools concerned about returning to work 1 June UNISON has consistently opposed the expansion of pupil numbers in primary schools in England on 1 June. We believe that it increases the risks to pupils, staff, parents and the wider community. This has been backed up by Independent Sage, a group […]

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