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Guidance and template letter for vulnerable employees

UNISON has now published guidance for vulnerable employees along with a template letter wording to their headteacher to explain their circumstances. You can find a copy of the guidance below and it is also listed as a resource on our schools page here.   You can download this guidance by clicking on the link here.

Latest Schools Update

We know this is a really anxious time for school staff in England and many of you will be unsure of where you stand with regards to returning to work on 1 June. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to continue to produce robust advice for members. We are having final […]

Joint Statement from the Schools Unions

We have agreed a further joint statement from the TUC education unions. Together we are calling on the government to hold off on increasing the number of pupils in schools and nurseries in England on 1 June. We all agree we need a joint plan with the government for a safe increase in pupil numbers. […]

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 #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 […]

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 […]

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