Clearer guidance still needed on face coverings in schools in England, says UNISON    

Parents and staff are still confused over the wearing of face coverings in schools

Sunderland members give out 3,000 gift packs to local government workers

‘We’re looking after the people who are looking after the people’

Public want NHS staff to get early and significant pay rise, says UNISON/Savanta ComRes poll 

A majority of the public (69%) think all NHS staff should get an early pay rise before the end of this year

Turn appreciation and applause for NHS staff into an early wage rise, say health unions

Public want health pay rise straight away

UNISON extends solidarity to women in pensions appeal hearing

Court of Appeal will decide on lost pensions for women born in the 1950s

Pupil funding still leaves schools worse off than 10 years ago

Government announcement on pupil funding still below pre-austerity levels in real terms

UNISON Condemns Violence Towards Key Workers

UNISON is saddened to learn of three separate assaults towards ambulance staff which took place within the region over course of the weekend. This comes the week after a paramedic was stabbed during the course of his duty in Wolverhampton. Brian Dodds, Chair of UNISON North East Ambulance Branch said “Our members are there to […]

Challenging Racism in 2020

Today (Thursday) at 5pm UNISON Northern and Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) will be hosting a special live FaceBook event, on Challenging Racism in 2020 UNISON Northern has a proud history of working with SRtRC over a number of years and Clare Williams, regional secretary will be taking part along with Nicky Ramanandi UNISON […]

Prime Minister should take responsibility and not blame others for care home failings, says UNISON

Responding to comments by the Prime Minister that care homes did not follow procedures during the pandemic, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said today (Tuesday): “It’s despicable for Boris Johnson to blame incredible, dedicated care workers for his own government’s failings. “​Care ​staff have kept working ​throughout to help the vulnerable​, putting their own health at risk with little or no protective kit […]

Ministers must fix council funding to avoid ​’catastrophic cuts’, says UNISON

The government must fund local councils properly for the first time in more than a decade in order to keep communities safe and rebuild the country ​after the pandemic, says UNISON ​today (Monday). ​Unless ​ministers fix ​the current funding shortfall – estimated to be in the region of ​£10bn – there could be tens of thousands of job losses and catastrophic cuts to local services in […]