Finding ways to cope with the lockdown?

Whether that involves pans, a glass and a ping pong ball (todays news); shared virtual dancing; Tik Tok videoing, or if you have set up your own social network to keep in touch with family, friends, colleagues or neighbours, we would like you to share your activities with us. Next month we are holding virtual […]

COVID-19 self-isolation pay for care workforce

If you work in the care workforce, please read the letter below issued by the Department of Health & Social Care. Click on the images to read.   If you have not been receiving your normal pay whilst isolating, please contact the branch without delay. Our staff are currently working from home, so the best […]

Bulletin for school staff

Advice for UNISON members working in special schools, colleges and alternative education settings. With the new variant of the virus shown to be considerably more transmissible than the version prevalent in 2020 the previous risk assessment will no longer be fit for purpose. As a matter of priority, leaders in specialist schools settings must follow […]

Health & well-being newsletter January 2021

  Stay safe Leaving home You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to: shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home exercise with your household […]

School support staff q & a session

UNISON North West will be holding a live Q&A school support staff meeting on Thursday 7th January at 6:00 pm.  The meeting will be streamed live on the UNISON North West Facebook page. To attend/view the Q&A, simply head to at 6:00 pm on Thursday 7th.  Members who do not have a Facebook account […]

Mass testing in schools (update)

UNISON’s National Schools Committee and representatives of UNISON’s Further Education committee met with Department for Education (DfE) and NHS Test and Trace officials yesterday. Concerns were raised regarding the Government’s plans for mass testing of school staff and pupils in secondary schools and colleges in England in January 2021. Amongst a host of issues the […]

Annual general meeting 2021

This past year has been challenging for us all, but with the new opportunities vaccines bring there is hope going forward that our loved ones and friends will be safe and our lives will return to some normality. The St Helens Branch Executive would personally like to thank you all for your work during these […]

7 Simple tips to tackle working from home

  It’s fair to say that life has become more difficult for everyone. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed everything, and we have all had to adjust to new ways of living and working. There are some perks to working from home that some of us can enjoy (bye bye commute!), but feeling stress, boredom, anxiety and […]

Are you out of pocket …

… when you travel between appointments as a homecare worker? You are not alone – between 150 – 200,000 homecare workers are not paid the minimum wage because of this and that’s against the law. Tribunal awards 10 careworkers £10,000 each. UNISON’s Legal win has implications for thousands of workers. The legal win follows a […]

Member health and well-being newsletter

From 00.01 on Thursday 5 November new national restrictions replaced the local restrictions. The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, we will return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.  These measures will be underpinned by law. This information is a […]