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Important schools update and member survey

Prime Minister’s plan to increase pupil numbers in schools before they are safe – urgent advice for members You will no doubt have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday that the government intends to increase the number of children attending early years settings and primary schools in England from 1 June. At UNISON we […]

Update on Government plans to reopen Schools

The TUC education unions are to agree a joint position on returning to schools in response to last nights additional guidance from the Department for Education (England) on schools opening. Until then we would advise members not to engage with planning for a return to school on 1st June 2020. Look out for the statement […]

UNISON calls on government to make clear how it will keep pupils, parents and staff safe

Following last night’s announcement by the Prime Minister that he plans to increase the number of pupils allowed to attend primary schools in England on 1 June, UNISON is asking the government: how exactly are you going to keep pupils, parents and staff safe? Of course schools will need to re-open – but only when […]

Branch Circular: Covid-19 Update #5

The Branch continues to represent our members individually and collectively within all employers where we have members and a few examples illustrate the type of interventions the branch makes on behalf of members. The latest reports on our Local Government Pay Claim are included in this circular and it is clear there is a long […]

Branch Circular: Covid-19 Update #4

In this circular members can see the national employers latest pay offer for Local Government and the response from national UNISON and the other trade unions rejecting it, calling for a joint approach to National Government, seeking better funding for our workers who are playing such a key role in protecting our communities amid the […]

Joint trade union statement on re-opening of schools

As you will be aware there has been speculation in the press that the government is potentially looking to reopen schools in the next few weeks. The concern is that this will be done prematurely; without the release of scientific evidence, putting staff and pupils at risk. Please find below a statement from UNISON and […]

NJC Employers’ Pay Offer and Joint Union Response

The Local Government Association has made an increased pay offer for staff on NJC pay and conditions. Please find below a copy of a letter from the employers and the response from the NJC joint unions. You will note that the trade union side has not accepted that this is the employers’ final offer, as […]

Branch Circular: Covid-19 Update #3

Inevitably a prime focus for UNISON has been to protect members during this period, to ensure their safety and those of their households and to ensure members do not suffer financial detriment. See attached an agreed FAQs that explains how MCC is treating absence/staff remaining at home during the Covid-19 period. In particular please note […]

UNISON challenges government’s claim that education staff don’t need PPE

Union raises strong concerns with Department for Education’s latest guidance UNISON has written to the Department for Education, after its updated guidance on social distancing in education settings said that education staff do not require personal protective equipment (PPE). While the union understands that the risks in schools are different to those in hospitals, it is […]

Extra support for schools and parents to help cope with coronavirus

Please see the latest Schools update below which covers the following areas: Additional funding offered to support schools with essential coronavirus-related costs Range of resources collated to support home learning Support for children on free school meals extended over the Easter holidays The Government is to make extra funding available for schools to cover the […]

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