Branch urges the Council to sign up to UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter

Published on July 27, 2021 at 9:27 am

The Branch has again this week contacted the Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to ask that they sign up to UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter.

This is a set of commitments that fix minimum standards that will protect the dignity and quality of life for the vulnerable people the council is responsible for and the workers who care for them.

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Equality Survey 2021

Published on July 21, 2021 at 10:25 am

Equality survey 2021
Complete now to enter prize draw.

UNISON’s annual equality survey focuses on members’ experiences during the pandemic.  The survey takes about 10 minutes, and completing it enters members into a draw for up to £100 worth of shopping vouchers.

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Latest schools update

Published on July 15, 2021 at 8:55 am

As we come to the end of another difficult school year for staff in schools, the government’s latest announcements on lifting COVID-19 restrictions in England have created uncertainty and confusion. Over the coming weeks and in the lead up to the Autumn Terms UNISON will be working to provide additional advice and guidance to explain what the changes mean and how we can keep members and children safe in schools.

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School Uniform Grants

Published on July 6, 2021 at 11:20 am

School uniform grants

Worried about back to school costs?

Help is at hand. We have set up a fund to help UNISON members on low incomes with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of £50 per child, up to a maximum of £150 per family.

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Online Workshops for Workplace contacts

Published on June 14, 2021 at 12:36 pm


Online Workshops for Workplace Contacts

To invigorate the role of Workplace Contacts we are holding workshops for existing, new and potential contacts. Stewards and branch officers interested in recruiting and developing contacts are also welcome to join the sessions.

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NJC Pay Update 2021

Published on June 14, 2021 at 9:25 am

NJC Pay 2021 – update
England, Wales and Northern Ireland (Scotland for information)
The NJC Executive met on Wednesday 9 June to discuss the Employers’ offer of a 1.5% pay increase for 2021.

UNISON’s negotiating team made it very clear that in the context of our claim, the years of real terms pay cuts and the work done by our members throughout Covid, the 1.5% was an insult.

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Chair’s Blog 26th May 2021

Published on May 26, 2021 at 8:00 am


I hope you are keeping safe and well.

Workers Memorial Day

In April, I virtually attended a local Workers Memorial Day event, organised by Blackburn and Districts Trades Council.

In normal circumstances, the annual event is marked by a gathering by the memorial tree at the Sudell Cross end of Northgate, Blackburn, with attendees given the chance to reflect on those who have lost their lives at work through accidents or sickness.

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