School workers should be allowed to wear face coverings

UNISON says the government should be taking the lead on the wearing of face coverings in schools, not leaving it to individual Head Teachers.

Winning for our members – pregnant care worker wins £1,800 in unpaid wages

Care worker wins £1,826 in unpaid wages after being unable to work due to her pregnancy and COVID-19.

Clearer guidance still needed on face coverings in schools in England

Government should issue new guidance to allow pupils and school workers to wear face coverings if they wish.

UNISON calls for urgent action to improve chaotic track & trace in England

Councils forced to pick up the pieces from failing test and trace system in England.

Care after Covid – the time for talking is over

The time for talking is over. A national care service is the only way to prevent more deaths. We need a resilient system, like the NHS.

Staff, vulnerable children and safety must be the priority for September

Ministers must work with school staff and unions to agree safe ways of getting pupils safely back to the classroom in September.

UNISON provides advice for safe reopening of libraries

UNISON has put together a briefing for our library members about the safe, phased reopening of libraries from 4 July

Unions join together to say 1st June is too soon, as DfE Scientific Advisor highlights concerns

All the main education trade unions have issued a joint statement today urging the government to rethink plans to ask schools to start to reopen from Monday 1 June.

Advice for school staff – updated 18 May

Following various announcements over the last few days we are receiving lots of calls and emails from our members who work in schools.

Schools remain in the dark about mass reopenings

Ministers must stop dodging the issue of safety and provide a clear explanation of how schools will keep pupils, staff and parents safe before any mass reopening.