Help with school uniforms

UNISON is here to help members on low incomes struggling with the cost of school uniforms. Grants of £50 per child are available, up to a maximum of £150 per family. Applications are by downloadable form and will are available now, using the link below. Download the Application Form

Updated joint union guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable, clinically vulnerable and higher-risk groups

UNISON has released the latest joint union guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable, clinically vulnerable, clinically vulnerable and higher risk groups. To read the full guidance use the link below. Vulnerable members advice JUNE 2021  

Invest in vital public services and learn pandemic lessons, says UNISON

Christina McAnea gives first annual conference address as general secretary UNISON history was made this week as the democracy of the UK’s largest union continued amid passionate online debates across local government, WET, energy and currently at the special online delegate conference. Addressing the special delegate conference on Wednesday 16 June, Christina McAnea urged the Westminster government […]

Teaching assistant workload flagged in new pay talks

Union asks if extra work of teaching assistants during pandemic is sustainable as it re-enters urgent talks seeking 10 per cent pay rise. Read the full Article  

UNISON calls on North West secondary schools to reintroduce face coverings for pupils to tackle worrying rise in COVID cases

Public sector trade union UNISON North West is calling for schools in the North West of England to strongly recommend that secondary school pupils wear face coverings, in order to tackle the worrying rise in COVID cases in the region. COVID-19 case numbers are now increasing in almost all parts of north-west England. Blackburn with […]

General Secretary hails important victory for staff involved in strikes or disputes

Employers will no longer be able to get away with mistreating any employees who take part in union-organised workplace disputes following an important legal decision today (Wednesday), says UNISON. UK law had previously prevented employers from sacking staff involved in strike action or other workplace disputes, but not from disciplining or making life difficult for […]

School cuts and Covid-19 survey

UNISON wants to hear from you our members! We are collating information on a number of emerging issues in schools that will affect school support staff. Please use the link below to take part in our survey. The survey includes questions on face coverings, workloads, cuts to jobs, terms and conditions, as well as members’ […]

Unions call for immediate release of data on variant cases linked to schools.

Following on from Sunday’s Observer article in which UNISON was quoted, a joint union release has been issued. Observer Article Union Release   .

Unpaid overtime in schools.

  It is well known that Teaching Assistants, also identified as Learning Support Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Pupil Support 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 […]

Young Workers! know your rights!

Under 27? Join us for a bitesize ‘Know Your Rights’ Session. All sessions will cover: Working Time & Breaks Health & Safety Discrimination Disciplinary & Grievance Pregnancy & Maternity Sick Pay Contracts, Terms & Conditions Home-working Holidays Tuesday 15th June 12.00-1.00pm Wednesday 16th June 5.00-6.00pm Friday 18th June 12.00-1.00pm If you can’t stay for the […]