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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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