Local government and schools pay update

Local government employers decide not to work with us to fight for more money from the government.

Unions call on government to recognise Long-Covid

TUC calls on the government to officially recognise Long Covid as a long-term health condition under the Equality Act 2010.

Branch asks local councillors to support pay claim

We have written to all our district and county councillors to explain our pay claim for 2021 and to ask for their support.

Big win for UNISON as government throws out exit payment cap

In a major victory for UNISON and our members, the government has backed down and withdrawn plans for a £95k cap on exit payments in the public sector, following pressure from us.

North Yorkshire Covid outbreak following mass movement of army recruits

Hundreds of young soldiers have returned to the Army Foundation College, near Harrogate, and there has now been an outbreak of Covid. We have raised our concerns directly with the Government. our new General Secretary and Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary have also taken up the case.

Royal College of Midwives updates Covid advice for pregnant workers

Trade union representing Midwives and Maternity Support Workers confirms that employers must use pregnancy risk assessments to show how they are removing Covid risks for pregnant women at work.

Carers need support, not just applause

UNISON has welcomed the return of clap for carers this week, but we urge both the public and politicians to start focussing more on pay and practical support than applause and appreciation.

Early Years and Nurseries should be included in partial closure of schools

UNISON says that pre-schools, including nurseries, must be closed except to educate the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable.