Are you feeling the strain again?

In March 2019 UNISON St Helens Branch conducted a Survey across your profession following reports of increasing levels of stress. At the time YOU told us about the – ‘unmanageable case loads; low numbers of social workers dealing with the growing workload; teams working in isolation with no managers or advanced practitioners; lack of supervision; […]

Voting has opened for the NEC election

  The ballot papers have been sent out for one of the most important elections in UNISON’s democracy – for seats on the union’s National Executive Council. It’s not just about voting yourself. General Secretary Christina McAnea asks everyone to spread the word – to friends, family, colleagues, anyone who’s a UNISON member – to […]

Is your workplace safe?

If you are going back to work, here are 5 things you can do to make your workplace safer. Updated guide to safer workplaces If your employer is asking you and your colleagues to return to their workplaces, they’ll need to make sure it’s done safely. This short interactive guide will help you to find […]

Vulnerable employees guide

Please note that the joint trade unions have issued a new version of the vulnerable employees guide to reflect changes to the advice for pregnant women on the vaccine.   Click here to see the latest advice.

Smear on demand campaign

  UNISON North West Region Women’s Committee is proud to launch a life-saving campaign today to stop women being discriminated against under current cancer screening guidelines and save the lives of 6 young UK women a day. Government guidelines prevent health professionals working in the NHS from being able to offer women under 25 an […]

Covid Response Fund

  UNISON There for You are pleased to announce that members can once again apply online to the Covid Response Fund. By way of reminder, members who are in financial difficulties as a result of Covid could be eligible for a grant of up to £500. The online application process is straightforward however, anyone who […]

Decision to keep face coverings is the right move, says UNISON

Important measure to stop infection spread. Commenting on the government’s decision today (Tuesday 6th April) to extend the use of face coverings in secondary schools, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “It’s the right decision to continue. Ministers have sensibly listened to school staff – the people who know what it’s really like to […]

UNISON to step up campaigns on pay and social care reform

NEC agrees to ‘turn the temperature up on pay’, focus on public services in the lead up to the 6 May elections and maintain an international outlook. UNISON’s number one priority remains the support of members who have been delivering public services for over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, general secretary Christina McAnea told […]

Sleep-in judgement

The Supreme Court will announce on Friday morning whether care workers who ‘sleep in’ as part of their duties are entitled to the national minimum wage for time that is not spent performing specific activity. It is a judgement that support workers have been anticipating for months and months – and could have serious implications […]

Preparing for the return of all pupils

Please find below a link to the latest newsletter from our North West Schools Team for our school members, which we hope you find useful. UNISON North West Schools Newsletter 4 March