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Schools to close as Durham teaching assistants take second two-day strike action

More than 100 primary schools across County Durham will be affected tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday as teaching assistants strike for a second time in a long-running dispute over cuts to their pay. School support staff plan to protest at dozens of picket lines across the county over the two days. This will mean the closure […]

Article, News on the UNISON Northern site.

Stronger Together

Since becoming UNISON Regional Secretary back in July, a lot of people have been asking me what the job involves. The truth is that changes on a daily basis. Sometimes it can be about managing the work of the union in the region. Other times it can be about building relationships with local politicians and […]

On the UNISON Northern site.

Blog: Durham Miners Gala

It was a huge honour to be invited by the  Durham Miners Association to address the Big Meeting on Saturday, especially when that meant sharing the platform with so many great speakers and representatives of our movement. In particular, it was a pleasure to be alongside Angela Rayner and Jeremy Corbyn – two great UNISON […]

On the UNISON Northern site.

A day in the life of an Operating Department Practitioner

This week one of our members Angela McPhee will be taking over the NHS twitter page. Angela hopes to highlight the work of an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP). Angela studied at Northumbria University, qualifying as an ODP in 2011 and started working in anaesthetics for Gateshead Foundation Trust at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. You can follow Angela’s […]

On the UNISON Northern site.

UNISON launches search for local champions in North East Ambulance Service

The North East Ambulance Branch (NEAS) of UNISON Northern launched its campaign to find local champions working within North East Ambulance Service on Thursday 8 December which will run through to the evening of the 20th January at an awards and celebration event.  To find these ‘champions’ UNISON is asking its members and the public […]

Article on the UNISON Northern site.

We’re so proud of our Durham teaching assistants

Last week saw Durham teaching assistants take two days of strike action over unfair cuts to their pay. Durham County Council want to move teaching assistants onto term time only contracts, and asked teaching assistants to agree to a pay cut of up to 23%. When UNISON teaching assistants, the vast majority of whom are […]

On the UNISON Northern site.

Blog: The future of school funding

UNISON Northern is supporting a petition calling for a debate in parliament on the future of school funding. You will find the link at the end of this post. UNISON represents thousands of school support staff across the Region and those members do fantastic work to help children learn, keep them safe and healthy and […]

On the UNISON Northern site.

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 […]

Article, News, Press release on the UNISON Northern site.

Durham teaching assistants to take two days of strike action, announces UNISON

Monday 31 October 2016 For immediate release Teaching assistants in Durham will take strike action on 8 and 9 November in the long-running dispute over cuts to their pay, their union UNISON has announced today (Monday). This follows a ballot over Durham County Council plans to move teaching assistants to term-time pay. This could see […]

News, Press release on the UNISON National site.

Blog: Mobilising for the General Election

Last week saw the Union hold its annual Health Conference in Liverpool where I was asked to launch UNISON’s General Election campaign strategy.  This election may have been called at short notice but we in UNISON are ready to do everything we can to prevent further years of a Conservative Government. The Tories want this […]

On the UNISON Northern site.