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.

UNISON calls for a jobs-first devolution deal

Local government is set to be reorganised across York and North Yorkshire, with District Councils being abolished in favour of one or more unitary councils(s).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Safe workplaces – what does the law say?

Labour MP for Middlesbrough, and Shadow Employment Rights Secretary, provides a useful thread about your rights at work.

Any return to work must be safe

Yesterday (Sunday 10 May) the Prime Minister announced what appear to be slight changes to the advice about work during the Coronavirus emergency. This is what he said on going to work: We now need to stress that anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged […]