Schools – UNISON statement on national staffing crisis

UNISON wants the best possible, high quality face-to-face education for all pupils in our schools. However, the government has failed to bring in sufficient mitigations in schools, particularly in primary schools where government guidance on face coverings and testing for pupils does not apply.

Changes to Sick Note Requirements

Government announces temporary changes which mean, for some absences, you do not need a Fit Note until you have been off work for 28 days.

Temporary Covid vaccination exemption could save hundreds of jobs

Under pressure due to the crisis in social care, the government has announced that staff can self-certify if they believe they have a medical exemption or if they are pregnant,

Parliament approves mandatory vaccination for first time since 1853

Parliament has approved regulations that will make Covid vaccination compulsory for people who work in care homes.

Ending school bubbles will be dangerous

UNISON opposes government plans to remove school bubbles before the end of term.

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.

Compulsory jabs is wrong approach

UNISON supports the vaccination programme, but evidence suggests persuasion is better than compulsion.

Supreme Court blow for care workers

Supreme Court rules that care workers who provide ‘sleep-in’ shifts are not entitled to the legal minimum wage.

Jab or Job?

Some employers are seeking to make it a condition of employment to have the COVID-19 vaccination. Our solicitors explain what your right are in this area,

Unions unite for early years rally – 3 February

UNISON has joined up with our sister trade unions to hold a rally for early years on Wednesday 3 February.