Monthly Archives: January 2021

Chair’s blog – January 2021

Published on January 14, 2021 at 2:57 pm

Let’s vaccinate the borough

2020 was, to say the least, an extremely difficult year, perhaps the toughest year in living memory. 2021 has started as frantic with the announcement of a new national lockdown.

It has left people worried and anxious for themselves and their families.

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Short webinars for Social Care members – see flyer for more info

Published on January 14, 2021 at 2:10 pm

The North West Social Care Team has set up two short webinars aimed at social care members in the NW (see flyer attached):-

  • BUILDING CONFIDENCE IN WOMEN – Tuesday 2 Feb 2021 @ 12-1pm
  • GETTING INVOLVED IN UNISON – Wednesday 3 Feb 2021 @ 4-5pm

Details about registering for the webinars can be found in the flyer.

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New General Secretary elected

Published on January 11, 2021 at 1:15 pm

Christina McAnea has today been elected as general secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest union.

Voting in the ballot was as follows:

Paul Holmes               45,220 (33.76%)

Christina McAnea       63,900 (47.7%)

Roger McKenzie         14,450 (10.79%)

Hugo Pierre                10,382 (7.75%).

Commenting on her election, Christina said: “I’m so grateful to everyone who voted for me and for the trust placed in me.

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New government guidance for schools

Published on January 11, 2021 at 8:44 am

New government guidance for schools

The Department for Education have published new guidance for schools on restricting attendance during the national lockdown.

We are dismayed that the new DfE guidance does not address concerns that UNISON and other unions have raised about the impact that new definitions of vulnerable and critical workers’ children will have on attendance and the ability to prevent viral transmission in schools.

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January Schools Advice

Published on January 4, 2021 at 2:44 pm

This advice applies to all primary schools, special schools, SEND and early years settings in England.

In UNISON’s view, it is unsafe for you to attend the workplace at present if your school is fully opened to all pupils.

Our advice is that you should decide to advise your head teacher or employer that you will not be attending the workplace but will be available to work remotely from home or only being in school supporting provision and the learning of key worker and vulnerable children if necessary.

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