Schools Press Release: response to Gavin Williamson statement

Dated: Tuesday 6 July 2021 Government’s “alarming” approach abandons children to the risks of Covid, says UNISON Responding to the announcement from the education secretary today (Tuesday) that school bubbles and self-isolation are to be scrapped from 19 July, UNISON assistant general secretary Jon Richards said: “The government’s alarming approach abandons children to a highly transmissible virus spreading […]

Ending school bubbles and isolation will be dangerous, says UNISON

Rolling back safety measures risks spread. Responding to education secretary Gavin Williamson’s comments today (Wednesday) that he expects school bubbles to be removed in England if Covid restrictions are lifted on 19 July, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “Removing school bubbles and halting self-isolation will lead to more disruption, not less. “Coronavirus cases in schools are at […]

Bring back face coverings to limit school Covid disruption

Education unions issue joint statement Four education unions representing teachers and support staff on Tuesday calling on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools to limit coronavirus spread. With infections on the rise once more, the unions have issued a joint statement demanding a range of safety measures to keep education on track and […]

Joint Letter to Secretary of State for Education On Masks in Schools

A joint letter from UNISON, GMB, Unite, NEU, NASUWT, scientists, public health professionals, other organisations, parents and young people has been sent to Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education regarding reports that the government plans to stop requiring children to wear face coverings in secondary school classrooms from 17th May in England. We […]

Farewell from Donald McCombie, Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Sadly, I have to say farewell as the Branch Lifelong Learning Coordinator. The Tory Government has ended the Union Learning Fund (ULF). The ULF was created in 1998 by the then Labour Government and has provided workplace learning to thousands of workers on hundreds of subjects. This is a blatantly political attack on union learning […]

The Latest on Schools

On Monday 19th April the majority of schools across the country welcomed students back to school after the Easter break. This is what the Government Education in the Media blog has to say on schools returning:  While there have been a lot of changes and challenges over the past year, we remain committed to ensuring […]

Easter Bank Holiday

As we approach a bank holiday weekend, those of us at UNISON Birmingham Branch want to wish you a peaceful and positive weekend, if you are working – thank you for keeping services running. To those who celebrate – we wish you a Happy Easter. Working hard and keeping services going for a year of […]

Branch Successes March 2021

Each month Birmingham UNISON Branch has a Branch Executive meeting with all Branch Officers and senior steward representatives from each directorate, at this meeting we have begun discussing our successes and good news stories so you, the members can see the good we try to do each and every day for our members. So here […]

Government policies failing women on flexible working, says UNISON

Pandemic has highlighted need for new arrangements. Women on the frontline need increased support from government to make their working lives more manageable including control over when, where and how long they work, says UNISON (Monday 8th March). On International Women’s Day today, the union – which represents more than a million female employees including in the NHS, […]

Safer Schools Plan – UNISON’s recommendations

UNISON’s recommendations for safer re-opening of schools in England The government announced on 27 January that it hopes to re-open schools in England on 8 March. UNISON believes that school re-opening should only happen when the science says it is safe, when school risk assessments have been updated, and when appropriate safety measures have been […]