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Update on Local Government Pay Offer

On 24th January UNISON’s National Joint Council (NJC) met to consider the Local Government Employers pay offer and voted to call on members to REJECT the 2 year 2% pay offer for years 2018-2020. Our Branch and our North West Region agreed UNISON should consult all members on whether to consider rejecting the offer and […]

Stars in Our Schools Competition Winners

Stars in our Schools took place on Friday 24 November and, like last year, participation across schools in Manchester was very high. The prize draw has been completed and the winners of the competition this year are: 1st Prize – £500 – Levenshulme High School Joint 2nd Prize – £250 each – Abraham Moss High […]

Local Government Pay Offer 2018

The latest update on the Local Government Pay Offer for 2018 is included as a PDF below which you can either view online, or download. The details of this offer will be discussed at the next Branch Executive Committee meeting due to be held on Wednesday 13th December.

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 […]

Former General Secretary Rodney Bickerstaffe Has Passed Away

Sadly, Rodney Bickerstaffe – former General Secretary of both UNISON and NUPE – died today, Tuesday 3 October 2017. Rodney, or Bick as he was known to many, was a great personal friend to many of us and a dedicated champion of all the union members he proudly represented throughout his career. He coupled a […]

Join the Protest Against Austerity and End the Pay Cap

TAKE BACK MANCHESTER FESTIVAL: 30TH SEPTEMBER – 4TH OCTOBER The People’s Assembly will be holding a week of protest, demonstrations, cultural events, rallies, comedy, music and public meetings all across Manchester while the Conservative Party hold their conference there. The election result has left Theresa May and the Conservative Party with a weak, unstable Government […]

UNISON In Schools Newsletter – Autumn 2017

The latest newsletter for UNISON members in Schools is now available for you to view online and download for reading later. At the bottom of this post we have included a poster you can share with friends and family which outlines the many ways in which UNISON can help you as a member of school […]

Tell the Tories to Pay Up Now – Join the March on Sunday 1st October

It is less than three weeks to the People’s Assembly march in Manchester (supported by UNISON) to coincide with the Tory Party conference. Join us in our fight to get Fair Pay. Let’s send the government a message that is loud and clear – Pay Up Now! We need to be mobilising now to make […]

Pay Up Now Public Meetings

Public sector workers have lost thousands since 2010 due to the pay freeze and 1% cap. At long last, the cap is beginning to crack, but we need to make sure that the government funds a substantial pay rise for ALL public sector workers. As part of the pay campaign, public meetings have been arranged […]

New Play About The Grunwick Strike 1976-78: ‘We Are The Lions Mr Manager’

A new play by Townsend Productions relives the extraordinary true story of the Grunwick Strike, a dispute that challenged the way women and immigrants are treated in the workplace. On the 20th August 1976 a group of workers in a film processing factory in Willesden walked out in protest at their unfair working conditions, low […]

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