UNISON challenges government’s claim that education staff don’t need PPE

Published on April 8, 2020 at 6:33 pm

Union raises strong concerns with Department for Education’s latest guidance

UNISON has written to the Department for Education, after its updated guidance on social distancing in education settings said that education staff do not require personal protective equipment (PPE).

While the union understands that the risks in schools are different to those in hospitals, it is concerned that the guidance doesn’t reflect all school situations – for example where social distancing is impossible, and where schools can be more like social care settings.

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Care Workers V Covid-19

Published on April 1, 2020 at 7:18 pm

Coronavirus poses a serious threat to all of us. As care workers, we are at the forefront of the struggle against the virus. We put ourselves at risk to provide direct care and support to high risk groups including the over-70s and people with underlying health conditions.

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PPE Alert: Tell us what’s happening at work

Published on April 1, 2020 at 6:59 pm

We know how concerned you are about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) available to you.

We want to collect stories from as many workers as possible so that we can make sure the prime minister and other senior politicians hear what you have to say.

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Message from our Chair

Published on March 18, 2020 at 1:21 pm

This is an extremely worrying time for everyone. This is an unprecedented public health crisis we are facing.

As a branch, in line with national advice and guidance from Unison, we have taken several steps, which were outlined in a recent communication.

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Coronavirus updates

Published on March 17, 2020 at 2:21 pm

We are trying our best to keep the information as up-to-date as possible  – in the first instance please check the government guidance on

This is the link to UNISON ‘s website:-





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Coronavirus: NJC guidance and UNISON advice

Published on March 12, 2020 at 12:19 pm

Coronavirus: NJC guidance and UNISON advice

This circular advises branches of the latest NJC Joint Circular on the Coronavirus, and highlights key points for local negotiations and representation.

On 6 March 2020, the NJC Joint Secretaries sent a joint circular to chief executives, with joint advice on Novel Coronavirus: Covid-19.

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Better Work Conference 21st March 2020

Published on March 12, 2020 at 11:18 am

Better Work Conference – Saturday March 21st – Mechanics Institute, Manchester

Labour rights are at the heart of the Labour Party’s agenda. Shortly we will be expecting an Employment Bill, which is the opportunity for us come together to set out our agenda for the future of work.

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Shrewsbury 24 Campaign

Published on March 12, 2020 at 11:14 am

4 March 2020 – for immediate publication


The Criminal Cases Review Commission has today finally agreed to refer the convictions of the Shrewsbury pickets to the Court of Appeal. Eight of the North Wales building workers who were jailed or received suspended prison sentences in 1973-74, will now get the chance to show that they suffered a miscarriage of justice.

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Thank you to all that came along to our AGM

Published on March 12, 2020 at 11:01 am

Many thanks to our members who attended the meetings held on 6th and 11th March 2020.

We had a really good night on the 6th March, hot supper and quiz followed by the band The  Majesticks who were fantastic! The Bureau was an excellent venue and we reached our quorum to top it off.

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