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Category Archives: Education

National Education Union – Recruitment of Support Staff in Publicly Funded Schools

A TUC agreement has been reached between the support staff unions (UNISON, unite and GMB) and the National Education Union (NEU) which means that the NEU should not ‘actively of knowingly’ recruit support staff working in publicly funded schools (this covers maintained schools, academies, free schools and others). Please find the detailed agreement here: Click […]

Schools News Update

Survey of School Office Staff UNISON in Schools have recently emailed a survey direct to Schools members working in admin, finance, data and HR. The purpose of the survey is to collect evidence about the impact of cuts to such jobs due to the Government expecting schools to make £3billion punds worth of savings by […]

UNISON and Labour Working Together Against Cuts in North West Schools

Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner addressed the UNISON North West Schools Forum today (Monday). Angela, a former UNISON North West Regional Convenor, spoke about the importance of organising work in communities in the fight against cuts in school budgets. This approach has worked in forcing the Government to back-track on plans to […]

English FE members to be consulted on 1%/£250 pay offer

National committee meets on 3 October to decide its recommendation, and arrangements for consultation Members working in English further education colleges are to be consulted after employers made a “first and final” offer of a 1% pay increase, or £250, whichever is higher, for 2016/17. UNISON’s further education and sixth form colleges committee will meet […]

UNISON Advice Re: NUT Industrial Action on 5th July

The NUT have recently announced that they are calling on their members to take strike action on 5 July in response to the threat to the pay, terms and conditions of teachers, linked to funding. Details of the NUT campaign can be found here The DfE revised guidance to schools on industrial action can be […]

Further Education workers demand a decent pay rise

Joint unions submit claim for £1 an hour pay rise and the living wage as a minimum in England Further education workers in England are calling for a pay rise of £1 an hour, together with a minimum rate in line with the living wage, in this year’s pay claim submitted by the joint unions […]

Parliament Petition: Scrap plans to force state schools to become Academies

There is a petition on the government website calling on for plans to force all state schools to become academies to be scrapped. The petition reads: “Scrap plans to force state schools to become academies. State schools are accountable to parents, the local community and to local authorities. By forcing schools to become academies the […]

Celebrate the Stars in our Schools

Stars in our Schools is a celebration of School Support Staff. UNISON has organised the day to celebrate the wonderful work they do every day and to make sure the world knows just how vital they are to children’s education. On Friday 27 November 2015 schools across Manchester will be holding awards ceremonies, putting on […]

Manchester College staff take fight over funding to Westminster

Staff from The Manchester College took part in a UNISON delegation to join further education staff from across the country in a lobby of Westminster last week to oppose the savage 24% cuts to adult education. Hundreds of activists took part in a rally outside parliament before heading inside the House of Commons to speak […]

Mental Health Awareness Course June 15

A new session of the nationally accredited Mental Health Awareness course is going to be held at St. John’s Campus, Manchester College. It will take place over 3 consecutive days commencing on 2nd June 2015. It is imperative that those that wish to attend send an expression of interest to Branch Education Officer, Steve Lynch […]

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