General Secretary election 2020

Dave Prentis, our current General Secretary, has announced he is to retire on 31 December 2020. An election will be held to appoint a new general secretary. The union’s National Executive Council at a meeting on 23 July 2020, agreed a timetable for the election. Full...

Arranging and paying for a meaningful funeral

Paying for and arranging a funeral is something that most of us will have to face at some point in our lives.  Many of us will struggle to find the money to cover the cost, or be unaware of the different options that are available. UNISON have an information and...

Apprenticeship Survey 2020

At UNISON we believe apprenticeships are the key to building a workforce that will meet the demands of the 21st century economy. We believe that they should be a vital part of the upcoming economic response to the COVID-19 crisis and we will be using the power that...

Local government funding campaign – Press Release

UNISON has issued a press release calling for the government to properly fund local government, filling the £10bn funding gap and protecting services and jobs. ​Unless ​ministers fix ​the current funding shortfall – estimated to be in the region of ​£10bn – there...

UNISON Social Worker Webinar 18 August at 6-7pm

UNISON is holding a webinar for social work members in England and Wales about the return to more normal working. The webinar will include what employers must do to keep them safe and how to safeguard their professional practice. We have emailed the registration...

School Uniform Grant 2020

Get help with the cost of school uniforms Families living on low incomes with children struggle constantly to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute before the new school year begins when the extra costs hit hard. The union’s welfare charity There for You...

NJC Pay Offer

UNISON launched a consultation for local government members working in schools and councils, to decide whether to accept the final NJC Pay offer for 2020. You should have received a ballot via email, if you haven’t voted yet there is still time as the ballot closes 11...

September safety checklist (England)

See here for the joint union checklist for September opening in England, which covers all school settings including special schools. This will help schools carry out a thorough risk assessment .  Schools will need to review their risk assessments again in advance of...