Fair Pay for Holiday – Lifeways Workers Campaign

UNISON North West is working to secure a better deal for Lifeways Workers on holiday pay. At present the Lifeways Group only pay basic hours for holiday pay across the North West.  This is unlawful and immoral.  UNISON has over 400 members in the North West and together we are looking to organise around a […]

NJC Consultative Pay Ballot 2020 – update

Members in the Bolton Branch on NJC terms and conditions (which covers all Council employees, most schools and Serco) have recently voted in a consultative ballot over whether to accept or reject the employers’ final pay offer of 2.75%. The joint unions had asked for 10%. The Branch position, and that of North West UNISON, […]

Update – Branch Office hours during COVID-19

The UNISON Office is based in The Bolton HUB building which still remains closed to the public due to COVID-19. The Branch has stayed fully functional throughout the pandemic, with Branch admin staff working from home, but as of Monday 20th July we have been back in the office on a rota basis, with slightly […]

Unison Factsheet: NHS & Care Workers Coronavirus Assurance Scheme

UNISON have produced a factsheet with an embedded link to the Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme which provides for a payment of £60,000… to the estate of eligible individuals who die from coronavirus contracted during their frontline essential work https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2020/07/England-Wales-COVID-19-Life-Assurance-Scheme-Factsheet-UNISON-brandi….pdf

UNISON frustration over care workers compensation scheme

  In recent months, many thousands of social care workers across the country have faced the deadly Coronavirus. In July it was estimated that 540 workers in the NHS and social care, had died following exposure to the virus at work. On 20th May this year, the government launched a special compensation scheme for bereaved […]


Dear Member,   We are currently in a consultative consultation Process. Hopefully by now you will have received your consultative Ballot Form, delivered to your home address, with a pre paid return envelope, The Ballor form askes you to either Reject or Accept the Employers  pay offer.   To recap it is:   The Joint […]

A better deal for local Care Workers

Do you think it’s time for Bolton Council to ensure that local Care Workers get a better deal? Bolton’s Labour councillors and candidates are supporting UNISON’s Care Workers vs Covid-19 campaign find out more at… https://www.boltonlabour.org.uk/carevscovid19/

Staff at Birtenshaw School test positive for coronavirus

The joint unions in Bolton have raised concerns after staff at Birtenshaw school for children with special needs have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. Julia Simpkins, of Bolton NEU, said:”Our members do not know who has tested positive because of GDPR and are in a panic. “They want to be retested to make sure they […]

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 […]