Don’t forget to thank school support staff too, says UNISON

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 today (Tuesday). Education secretary Gavin Williamson has written to school leaders expressing his ‘deepest gratitude for the absolutely vital service’ heads and teachers are providing. But the letter […]

Corona virus advice

To try and make things simple, please follow the steps below: Local Government Employees If you work for St Helens Council, you should in the first instance contact your line manager to discuss your query. They should then contact the HR Department of the Council for advice and come back to you. If you do […]

Corona virus update

Following meetings held on the evening of Thursday 19/3/20, it was agreed that schools would stay open to key workers children, the list of who will be classed as key workers is below: Social workers (children’s & adults) Teachers Teachers Assistants Civil Services LA Staff FIW Early Help Early years providers Residential workers Fire and […]

Community newsletter – March 2020

Sick pay move welcome, but Government must do more! Commenting on the announcement that the Government plans to change the rules so people who self-isolate as a result of Coronavirus fears can get statutory sick pay from day one, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s good to see the Government listening and acting to […]

Investigating experiences of violence towards teaching assistants in schools

Are you a teaching assistant or a classroom assistant working in a mainstream school? Have you ever experienced aggression or violence from pupils and/or their parents/carers on two or more occasions? Would you like to take part in a research project which could help identify how school staff could be supported through such experiences, and […]

Supreme Court hears minimum wage sleep-in case (update)

In 2018, the Court of Appeal overturned the decision of a 2015 Employment Tribunal that found former Mencap care worker Claire Tomlinson-Blake was entitled to receive the national minimum wage for each hour of sleep-in shifts completed, plus six years of back payments. Charities had previously typically paid sleep-ins at a flat rate of between £35 and £45, plus […]

New community partner

  The Branch is actively pursuing partnerships that provide increased and mutual benefit for our members and their families. We are pleased to announce that our latest community partner is Enterprise Credit Union. Enterprise Credit Union (ECU) is firmly rooted in the heart of the community and its values are core to its working practices. […]

Update term time claim – January 2020

  Last week, UNISON’s National Education Officer and Legal Officers, together with the Regional Lead Officer for Education gave a presentation on the legal and practical issues involved in running term time cases. The St Helens term time claim was discussed in depth and the next steps in utilising the full force of the legal […]

Election 2019: What is the best offer for 3.8 million pension-less 50’s born women voting on Thursday?

Thursday’s election offers a defining moment for some 3.8 million women who have had to wait for up to six years for their pension. None of the parties are offering full restitution for the women – which could still be won inthe courts, if the Court of Appeal gives permission to appeal the High Court’s […]

‘Tis the season to be voting!

  If you work in public services, you don’t need us to tell you that the last 10 years have been grim. That’s why this election has to be about more than Brexit. Your vote can make sure that the voices of the hard-working people delivering public services are  heard. Since 2010 we’ve seen: Hundreds of […]