Priority testing – sign the petition

It takes a whole team to keep schools and nurseries running. But when government minister Matt Hancock announced a new list of workers eligible for priority COVID-19 testing in England, in education he only mentioned ‘teaching staff’. We have asked the government several times who this covers and when it comes into practice as it […]

School employee attendance management Policy & Procedure 2015

  In 2015 St Helens Council amended this Policy on behalf of your school.  UNISON objected to the changes as they were seen as a backward step for employee welfare management. The Council progressed the Policy and today UNISON is still objecting to the controls. It is important therefore, that you are made fully aware […]

How green are you and your school?

World Environment Day 5 June 2020 came in the middle of the pandemic – but Coronavirus has brought unexpected lessons for a better future! The global reduction in human activity as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns – industrially and in terms of travel – has had an unexpected impact, giving the environment an unprecedented holiday […]

Tories threaten the triple lock

The Triple Lock is a mechanism used by the Government to determine the annual rise in the State Retirement Pension, (commonly known as the ‘Old Age Pension’). Under the triple lock the rate of inflation, the annual rise in earnings across the economy and 2.5% are compared, and the greater of these three figures determines […]

UNISON local government staff accept new pay deal

UNISON Council workers have agreed to accept a 2.75% pay offer for this year. Staff in the Local Government sector voted two to one (66%) in favour of the 2020/21 pay award, which will apply to England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The union’s National Joint Council Committee accepted the offer from employers, but said it fell far […]

UNISON North West “concerned” about PPE stocks for pupils and school staff

UNISON in the North West has expressed its fear that there will not be enough PPE to go around for school workers and pupils when schools reopen next week. Earlier this week, the Government changed its guidance to schools by mandating secondary school pupils in local lockdown areas to wear face coverings in communal areas. […]

Campaign to stop the spread

#FullPayForCarers to #StopThe Spread Agency and bank staff usage is associated with higher rates of Covid-19 infections in care homes among both residents and staff, a study has found. The Office for National Statistics report also found some evidence that homes offering sick pay had lower rates of infection among residents, and having staff work in […]

Members health & well-being

UNISON local government staff accept new pay deal  UNISON Council workers have agreed to accept a 2.75% pay offer for this year. Staff in the Local Government sector voted two to one (66%) in favour of the 2020/21 pay award, which will apply to England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The union’s National Joint Council Committee […]

Personal development courses

UNISON is running several free courses over the next week specifically designed for members working in schools.  If you would like to access these courses, please register an interest – https://www.unisonnw.org/view_calendar Dealing with Pupil Violence in PRIMARY School, 10am – 12pm, 26th August Promoting Positive Behaviour with Covid Rules in School, 26th Aug, 2- 4pm […]

Schools returning in September update

UNISON has called for Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education to review Government guidance for schools following changes last weekend which made face coverings compulsory for all inside public spaces. UNISON is urging the government to allow all school staff to wear face coverings if they choose. The union also supports calls to let […]