Durham teaching assistants back strike action, says UNISON

Durham teaching assistants have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in the long-running dispute over cuts to their pay, their union UNISON has announced today (Wednesday). UNISON held a ballot over Durham County Council plans to move teaching assistants to term-time pay. This could see school support staff lose up to 23% of their wages. The […]

The Colombian people’s struggle for peace – 20th October

Earlier this month Colombians voted against a peace agreement between the government and FARC guerrillas, leaving the peace process in limbo and sending the country into a political crisis. UNISON Northern have a long history of working with our comrades in the indigenous communities in Colombia and have organised an event which is taking place […]

Durham Teaching Assistants Rally!

UNISON is leading the fight for teaching assistants currently under threat of dismissal and re-engagement by Durham County Council. Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, has given a personal commitment to UNISON members to support them all in the face of this attack. Dave will be speaking at a rally which is taking place on: […]

UNISON Northern launches Teaching Assistants Professional Standards

Thursday 6 October 12.30 pm Gateshead Civic Centre UNISON, the public services union, recently published the Teaching Assistants Professional Standards and have been working with the Education Trust on a career framework and professional development for teaching assistants. The guidelines and standards for head teachers, governing bodies and teaching assistants have the potential to transform the […]

Show Racism the Red Car – Wear Red Day, Friday 21st October

This year’s Show Racism the Red Card “Wear Red” Day will take place on Friday 21st October.  Their educational work is crucial in challenging racist attitudes in society and breaking down barriers within Communities.  They need your support to raise as much as possible to enable them to reach out to as many young people […]

Teaching assistants in Durham back ballot for strike action over pay

Teaching assistants in Durham have overwhelmingly rejected a new pay proposal from the county council, their union UNISON has announced today (Wednesday). UNISON held a consultative ballot over council plans to move 2,700 classroom assistants onto term-time contracts, which could see them lose up to £6,000 a year. Durham County Council’s proposals were put to […]

80th Anniversary of the Jarrow Crusade

On Saturday 1 October 2016, a family fun-day and community celebration will be held at Monkton Stadium in remembrance of the 200 individuals who embarked on the Jarrow Crusade 80 years ago. The event marking 80 years since the original crusade will include a number of speakers from families of those who participated, Labour Leader Jeremy […]

Colombia Salsa Night – Friday 7th October

Join us for a night of solidarity to raise funds for the Women’s Sugarcane Cutters Committee in South West Colombia.  UNISON Northern has a long history of working and supporting our comrades in Colombia including the Women’s Sugarcane Committee who have helped a large number of women across different communities learn about human rights, organising […]

North East Devolution Deal Update

Following the decision of the North East Combined Authority (NECA) not to consult on the governance scheme for a Mayoral Combined Authority, it seems the current devolution deal on offer to the North East from the Government will not proceed. The deal has been a significant area of engagement and campaigning for UNISON Northern Region […]

Higher Education Pay Ballot for Strike Action

Why Universities in the North East can afford and should pay their staff more Since 2008 Higher education staff pay has failed to keep up with the cost of living. So, while your council tax, transport costs, water bills and car parking costs have all gone up, your pay hasn’t kept up – which over […]