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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 […]

Branch Circular: Covid-19 Update #2

This is the second weekly Manchester UNISON branch circular to update members on some of the issues which have arisen this week. Developments in different employers and services will be detailed as they develop and relevant advice and information will be included as and when it becomes available. The Branch will try and support members […]

Updated Schools Health & Safety FAQs – COVID-19

UNISON have produced additional FAQS under the health & safety section for school staff in England and Wales relating to COVID-19. They cover: What your school MUST do to keep staff safe What else UNISON recommends schools should be doing to keep staff safe, including guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) What members can do […]

Don’t forget to thank school support staff too, says UNISON

UNISON have issued the following press release today and a copy of the letter sent to the Education Secretary can be found at the bottom of this post. The hard work of thousands of school support staff providing emergency care for key workers’ children countrywide appears to have been ignored by the government, says UNISON […]

Branch Circular: Covid-19 Update #1

The Coronavirus / Covid 19 crisis has massively impacted on all our lives. Over the last two weeks the Branch has worked intensively to represent members who are required to attend work to carry out vital roles in the midst of this crisis, those who for the foreseeable will be working from home and those […]

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