Schools reopening – NEU: Five Tests

National Education Union statement on five tests: Teaching union, NEU has set out five tests which it argues are essential to be met to ensure the safe reopening of schools: 1) Much lower numbers of Covid-19 cases. 2) A National Plan for social distancing. 3) Testing, testing, testing! 4) A whole school strategy. 5) Protection […]

Schools reopening: statement from the Shadow Education Minister

Labour party statement: Rebecca Long-Bailey, Labour’s Shadow Education Minister has set out Labour’s response, saying that, “There are serious problems with the proposed plan to reopen schools on 1st June, which have been raised by parents, school leaders, teaching staff and unions. Labour urges the Government to work collaboratively with trade unions to create clear […]

Schools reopening: a statement from the joint Trade Unions

Joint union statement: Unions representing workers in education have raised concerns about government plans for schools to reopen from 1st June. Nine unions, UNISON, AEP, GMB, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU, NSEAD, PROSPECT & UNITE have publicised a strongly worded statement saying that government ministers should step back from the 1st June target and put safety first. […]

Financial help for members during COVID-19

COVID-19 Response Fund There for You has set up a special response fund to help UNISON members in immediate financial difficulty due to coronavirus. We may be able to provide a one-off grant of £250 to help with essential expenses such as food and bills. We can also offer other financial assistance for those experiencing unexpected hardship. […]

UNISON Free Wills Service

Sadly, the demand for UNISON’s free will service has increased since the outbreak of coronavirus. It’s perfectly understandable that members will want to take advantage of this service in order to ensure that their affairs are in order. UNISON provides this service through BBH Legal Services Limited in association with Thompson’s Solicitors. Free standard wills […]

Care Workers vs COVID-19

Care Workers vs COVID-19 Coronavirus poses a serious threat to all of us.  Care workers are at the forefront of the struggle against the virus.

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Worried about your finances during COVID-19?

Greater Manchester Law Centre have put together useful advice for people who are worrying about the financial impact COVID-19 is having or could have on their lives. It covers housing, benefits, work, debt and more. You can access this advice on the Greater Manchester Law Centre website. Please pass this information on to anyone who […]

Bolton UNISON Easter Egg Appeal

So we thought with Covid-19 hitting it would be harder this year to collect Easter Eggs for a food bank. But no Bolton Unison LG members and the branch smashed it out of the park. Our Market Porters, bought a load from Morrisons Dawes, Blackhorse Street, and what did Morrisons do? Matched the number of […]

Covid-19 school closures

UNISON has produced additional health & safety FAQs for school staff in England and Wales relating to COVID-19. They cover: • What your school must do to keep staff safe • What else UNISON recommends schools should be doing to keep staff safe, including guidance on PPE • What members can do personally to keep […]

Easter Working

Advice for School Staff asked to work over the Easter Holiday Some schools will be opening over the Easter Holidays to look after the children of critical workers.  If staff on “term time only” contracts are asked to work during this period, this is outside their normal contracted hours and UNISON advice is that they […]