Mandatory vaccination guidance

Yesterday, the Government finally published guidance in relation to the mandatory vaccination of staff working in CQC-registered care homes. In response, UNISON has published our own guidance and advice. It’s worth noting, that this applies not just to care home workers but to anyone required to visit care homes through their employment (unless exempted as […]

NJC Committee agrees to consult members – and asks them to reject the 1.75% offer

On 27 July the Employers’ Side of the National Joint Council (NJC) wrote to the unions with a final pay offer for 2021. From 1 April 2021, they are offering:  An increase of 2.75% for those on pay point 1  An increase of 1.75% for everyone else Completion of the outstanding work of the joint […]

Unpaid overtime in schools

  It is well known that Teaching Assistants, work with teachers to help children learn and develop to be the best they can be. Your roles vary between schools BUT, what doesn’t seem to attract much attention are the extra hours many of you undertake as ‘unpaid’ overtime on a regular basis. While Head Teachers […]

Are you still feeling the strain?

In 2019 you reported to the branch growing levels of stress in your workplace. From a survey at that time, three specific areas emerged – IMPROVED COMMUNICATION Improved and transparent communications from senior level management; regular Supervision that is meaningful and supportive; a cultural change towards positive feedback rather than negative feedback; and to be […]

NJC pay update – 20 July 2021

Negotiations update Following the trade unions’ rejection of the NJC Employers’ Side’s 1.5% pay offer, we now know that the Employers will meet on 27 July, to consider how to respond to our clear rejection and our demand that they think again. UNISON’s NJC Committee will meet the next day, 28 July, to decide our […]

DFE U-turns on masks for pupils travelling to school

The DfE has made a rapid U-turn over plans to relax face covering guidance for pupils on public transport and school buses and UNISON will know more on this by the 31st August. To read the full article, please use the link below: Read the full article Just a reminder, please try to attend the National […]

Update on government guidance for schools and the upcoming members meeting

  As we come to the end of another difficult school year for staff in schools, the government’s latest announcements on lifting COVID-19 restrictions in England have created uncertainty and confusion. Over the coming weeks and in the lead up to the Autumn Terms UNISON will be working to provide additional advice and guidance to […]

Happy birthday to the NHS…but what about pay?

UNISON has launched an open letter for thousands of NHS workers and their supporters to sign in support of a proper pay rise. As the NHS turns 73, it faces some of the biggest challenges of its lifetime. The courageous health workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have been hailed as national […]

Updated vulnerable employees guide – 2 July 2021

Throughout the pandemic UNISON, working alongside NEU, Unite and GMB, have published a series of guides for workers who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), clinically vulnerable or in higher-risk groups and those who live with or care for people in these groups. UNISON has published an update to this guidance to cover the final half […]

UNISON response to ending bubbles and isolation

This week the Secretary of State for Education has announced plans to consider ending bubbles and self-isolation of close contacts in schools before the end of term. In response, UNISON’s schools committee met on Tuesday 29 June and agreed a statement and action plan to stand up for our members concerns about these proposals. UNISON […]