News Articles From November 2016

An important step in the fight to protect Durham teaching assistants

Today, following recent successful strike action and conversations with UNISON, Durham County Council has suspended notices of dismissal and reengagement for Durham TAs. We will now be engaging in talks aimed at resolving the dispute. This is an important step … More…

Were you part of the star-gazing celebration?

Schools up and down the UK celebrated school support staff last Friday – the people who are vital to children’s education but who often stay in the background. They’re the ones who open the school, provide the meals, support the teachers, do … More…

School support staff – the stats behind the stars

Today is about celebrating the Stars in Our Schools – but do you know the stats* behind our school support staff? 896,100 school support staff working in state schools 24,288 state-funded schools (in England) 7,800,000  children (roughly) are being educated in … More…

UNISON welcomes end of compulsory ‘Pay to Stay’ policy

Government says it will not press ahead with plan which would have forced council in England to charge market rents to so-called high earners UNISON has welcomed the government’s announcement that it has abandoned plans which would force councils in … More…

Further education pay rises agreed in England and Wales

Consultations see members agree pay risesfor 2016/17 in both countries – UNISON calls on colleges in England to implement Association of Colleges offer as soon as possible UNISON members in further education have voted to accept pay offers for 2016/17 … More…

Support and solidarity pours in for Durham teaching assistants

Today Durham teaching assistants are taking part in their second period of industrial action, with further action planned in their fight against a 23% pay cut. UNISON will stand behind our teaching assistant members every step on the way until … More…

Add your name to the call to save nursery school funding

Sign the petition to parliament and help make sure nursery schools in England are properly funded You can add your voice to UNISON’s work in support of English nursery schools by signing a new online parliamentary petition. The government announced … More…

Autumn Statement: little, if anything, for beleaguered public services

Despite all the rhetoric, the previous Chancellor’s austerity plan is still very much intact. There was precious little, if anything, for our beleaguered public services. The government is spreading the ‘jam’ far too thinly. Public service workers and the health, … More…

The government has spread the ‘jam’ far too thinly, says UNISON

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today (Wednesday) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Despite all the rhetoric, the previous Chancellor’s austerity plan is still very much intact. There was precious little, if anything, for our beleaguered public services. “The … More…

How much of a risk do new cleaning agents pose to you?

UNISON survey aims to find out scale of problem in wake of concerns over rise in superbugs New and more powerful cleaning products are becoming more and more common in the workplace ­– but how do the chemicals they contain … More…