2020 TUC Women Chainmakers’ Festival

2020 TUC Women Chainmakers’ Festival Saturday 4 July| 11.00am The annual TUC Women Chainmakers’ Festival is moving online this year due to Covid-19. This virtual event will include 1) The famous Mary Macarthur ‘Call to Arms’ and ‘Victory Speech’. 2) Short chain making related films. 3) ‘Forging new links’ interactive panel discussion. The panel includes: …

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How to work safely

UNISON national leaflet June20 Please see the attached national leaflet. Whilst Branch activists are working to ensure suitable risk assessments are in place before staff return to work – this may not be happening everywhere. Please contact the Branch if you need assistance – using the mobile numbers on the front page.

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Dear Sandwell Councillor

The trade unions in schools have sent a second letter to Sandwell Councillors expressing concerns about the safety of more pupils retuning to school. Please see the attached. Dear Sandwell councillors – followup Let’s see if there is a response this time.

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Returning to School When it is Safe

UNISON, alongside our sister trade unions, have serious concerns about the safety of staff, pupils and parents regarding the Governments plans on re-opening schools to more pupils. In Sandwell, we are seeking assurances from the Local Authority, that schools will only open to more pupils when it is safe to do so. We are aware …

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2020 NJC Pay Offer in £’s

Whilst the employers have made a ‘final’ offer of 2.75% on all pay points, plus one extra days leave for those on minimum entitlement only – UNISON does not view negotiations to have been fully exhausted. The NJC pay offer covers council workers, support staff at most schools, and TUPE’d staff to Sandwell Children’s Trust, …

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5 May 2020 Support staff unions’ statement over increasing pupil numbers in schools (England)

Over the last few days there has been further speculation that the government is considering increasing the number of pupils in schools in June. UNISON, GMB and Unite, the recognised unions for school support staff, have been supporting their members who have been continuing to work in schools throughout this time. The unions have also been …

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Thank You UNISON Posters

Thank you to all workers for keeping vital public services running in these challenging times. Please print and place these posters in your workplace – or even use at home.

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Observe One Minutes Silence 11am 28 April 2020

We all come to work to earn a living. None of us come to work to die or get seriously injured. On the 28th April every year we remember the dead and vow to fight for the living at International Workers’ Memorial Day events all around the world. The COVID-19 crisis has focussed everyone’s minds on …

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New NJC Pay Offer for 2020

The Local Government Association has made an increased pay offer for staff on NJC pay and conditions, which covers schools support staff and council workers. The offer is now 2.75% on all pay points from 1 April 2020, plus an extra days leave for just those on the minimum leave entitlement. This has increased from …

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UNISON in Schools During COVID-19 Crisis

Please see the attached questions and answers document for School Support Staff. 3 April – Covid-19 FAQs school support staff – England and Wales[8606] Any queries regarding pay rates for working bank holidays – please contact the numbers on the front of the website.

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