Schools set to return in September

Published on July 10, 2020 at 9:25 am

Government guidance for schools on planning for full return 1 September – UNISON response and briefing

Yesterday the government issued its guidance for schools on planning for a full return of pupils in England at the beginning of the autumn term.

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Lancashire Combined Authority

Published on July 10, 2020 at 9:14 am

You may have recently read in the press there has been agreement amongst that Lancashire Councils that there will be a combined authority and an elected Mayor. You may have also seen that this is conditional upon there being some form of local government re-organisation (LGR) – that is a change in the number of Councils and their boundaries, probably to a small number of single tier, Unitary Councils across Lancashire.

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Blackburn Trade Union Education Centre – 2nd Protest

Published on June 29, 2020 at 10:28 am

For those who weren’t able to attend Saturday’s meeting, details of the second protest are as follows:

Wednesday 1st July at 1 p.m.

A cavalcade of cars to meet at the Montague Street Aldi car park. This is across the road from the side of the University Centre and the post code for satnav is BB2 1EH.

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NJC Pay update

Published on June 12, 2020 at 8:51 am

UNISON’s national joint council (NJC) committee met on 5 June, to consider feedback from regions and decide on next steps in the NJC pay negotiation process.
The Local Government Association has made it clear that it will not approach the UK government to request any further money for local government pay.

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Chair’s Blog

Published on June 12, 2020 at 8:29 am

Black Lives Matter

Like me, I am sure you will have been disgusted by the events in America and yet another death of a black person in police custody.
As a movement and as trade unionists we need to anti-racist. In other words, we need to constantly challenge ourselves, hold ourselves up to the highest standard and fight hatred and discrimination wherever we find it.

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Blackburn College Redundancies and closure of Trade Union Education

Published on May 28, 2020 at 8:30 am

Please see new article on our Trades Council website:

You may possibly have already heard that Blackburn College has decided to close the Trade Union/ Health and Safety Education Centre, which has provided Shop Stewards, Health and Safety Representatives and Trade Union members with TUC and other courses over many years.

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Latest Schools Update

Published on May 28, 2020 at 7:55 am


We know this is a really anxious time for school staff in England and many of you will be unsure of where you stand with regards to returning to work on 1 June. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to continue to produce robust advice for members.

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Message to our Members

Published on May 19, 2020 at 8:55 am

Firstly we would like to thank you for your support during this difficult and challenging time. We are working in completely different ways which is having a huge impact on our daily lives and the need to return to some type of normality is very worrying.

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