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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 […]

Covid-19 FAQs for school staff in England

These FAQs are for school support staff in England and they cover: Operational issues Pay Easter and weekend working Health and safety Home working   => Information for staff working in Scotland: https://unison-scotland.org/service-groups-and-sectors/local-government/ => Information for staff working in Wales: https://cymru-wales.unison.org.uk/ => Information for staff working in Northern Ireland: https://www.unison-ni.org.uk/ NJC guidance referred to in […]

Event: Breaking the Silence – 5 May 2020

*UPDATE* Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 virus this event has now been postponed until 5th May. Any tickets purchased already will be valid for the later date. A discussion about how men, women, BME and LGBT people are affected by domestic abuse. About this Event Whenever the topic of domestic abuse gets brought up, we […]

Reminder for Manchester Branch AGM 2020

As in previous years our Branch Annual General Meeting is taking place across two sessions: Wednesday 4th March – Evening Session at 5:00pm Thursday 5th March – Afternoon Session at 12:45pm The meeting is being held at the Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NZ (Google Maps link). Refreshments will be provided at each […]

Issue 14 of Equality Matters now online

The latest issue of our Branch Equalities newsletter “Equality Matters” is now available to view online.

Labour Leadership Election 2020

The Labour Party has recently announced its intention to hold an election for Leader and Deputy Leader, which will be conducted by a postal ballot of all Labour Party Members, Affiliated Supporters and Registered Supporters of the Labour Party. This will be completed in time for the results to be announced at a Special Conference […]

Whitefield Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day will be commemorated for the 3rd year in Whitefield on Monday 27th of January. It will take place at the Memorial Gardens in Whitefield at 6.30pm. The theme this year is Stand Together. It explores how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics […]

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