UNISON – Working for safer schools

Our members face uncertainty as schools reopen to all pupils in England from 8 March.

We understand that you will be getting lots of requests for support at the moment and want to do everything we can to support you.

We have updated the model escalation process for branches supporting members with health and safety concerns and have a model letter for branches to use if employers are not taking necessary actions. Please liaise with your region where you need support.

Social care reform can’t be put off, says UNISON 

Responding to comments from the chancellor today (Thursday) that the government has yet to devise a solution to the social care crisis, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“Rishi Sunak’s admission that there’s no plan for social care reform is a damning indictment of the government’s repeated failure to come up with a solution for a sector in crisis.

Chancellor has ignored public service workers, says UNISON

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Budget statement today (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“The chancellor had much to say on how to revive the economy but strangely silent on public services.

“Workers and services at the heart of the country’s pandemic will be more concerned with what Rishi Sunak – so keen to stress his honest approach – didn’t announce today.

NHS staff across Yorkshire and Humberside urge the chancellor to do the right thing and fund a pay rise, says UNISON

NHS workers ​in Yorkshire and Humberside have asked the chancellor to recognise the work they’ve done to protect lives and fund a decent pay rise in this week’s Budget, says UNISON today (Monday).

More than 60,000 health care assistants, porters, operating theatre staff, nurses, caterers, ambulance staff, cleaners and members of the public across the UK have signed a letter to Rishi Sunak asking him to properly reward NHS staff for their work before and during the pandemic.

Women on Yorkshire and Humberside frontline feeling pressures at work and home during pandemic, says UNISON  

Women in key worker positions across Yorkshire and Humberside are losing sleep, spending more on household bills, and worrying about the pandemic’s impact on their children’s education and mental health, according to a survey published today (Wednesday) by UNISON.

Unions call for a ​’substantial​’ pay rise for ​council and school workers

Three local government unions ​have today (Monday)​ submitted a pay claim ​for 2021/22, which they say begin​s to redress a decade of cuts and recognise​s the key role ​played in the pandemic ​by school and council staff. They want to see a ‘substantial’ pay increase from this April with a wage rise of at least 10% for all council ​and school support […]

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Government exit payment rethink will bring relief to millions of public sector workers

Flawed regulations threatened to blight the retirement of staff

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Hitting wages of key workers would be ‘worst possible’ blow to economy

Christina McAnea says taking money from pockets of public sector staff is deplorable

Trade Union raises questions about North Yorkshire Covid outbreak following mass movement of army recruits

A trade union branch which represents over 7,500 public service workers across North Yorkshire has raised questions about an outbreak of over 100 Covid cases at a College. The outbreak follows the mass return of army recruits from across the country during the national Covid lockdown. The North Yorkshire branch of the public service union […]

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A​n early wage rise for health workers in Yorkshire and Humberside would improve morale, says UNISON

A £2,000 pay rise for all NHS workers across Yorkshire and Humberside would boost morale amid unrelenting pandemic pressures, says UNISON. The union is calling ​on the government ​to deliver an early and significant wage increase ​– of at least £2,000 ​– to show staff are valued as they face unprecedented hospital admissions. ​A recent UNISON survey shows ​more than nine out of ten NHS staff (91%) across the […]