Cumbrian Schools Launch Laptop Appeal

Cumbria’s schools are appealing to local people and businesses to donate laptops for use by school pupils who are now learning from home due to lockdown. The Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders (CASL), which brings together senior school leaders from around the county, has issued the appeal after research by schools showed around 1500 children […]

Branch Vacancy – Caseworker

12 months initial contract, Cumbria Based Salary: £29,778 35 Hours Per Week (Flexible Working) The Branch Caseworker post is for an initial 12 month period. The successful candidate will work in Cumbria County Branch primarily to represent members at disciplinary/grievance hearings and to negotiate with employers alongside the recruitment of new members/representatives. The postholder will […]

Mass Testing in Schools – UNISON update 23/12/20

UNISON’s National Schools Committee and representatives of UNISON’s FE committee met with Department for Education (DfE) and NHS Test and Trace officials on Tuesday 22nd December to discuss the Government’s plans for mass testing of school staff and pupils in secondary schools and colleges in England in January.  Amongst a host of issues the committee […]

Schools reopening checklist for September

On Thursday 2 July, the government issued its guidance for schools on planning for a full return of pupils in England at the beginning of the autumn term. UNISON has always been clear that we want to see a full return to schools as soon as possible, but the safety of staff, pupils, parents and […]

New National Minimum Wage

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has today said “Britain is indebted to its army of minimum wage heroes.  Many – including care workers and supermarket staff – are currently on the frontline of the battle against coronavirus. They deserve every penny of this increase, and more.  The best way to show our respect is to get the minimum wage […]

Updated Government Advice for School Support Staff

Jon Richards, UNISON’s National Secretary for Education has yesterday written to Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education around concerns that our Members in School Support were being overlooked. We are very pleased to see that the Government’s advice has been updated overnight to reflect this and can be found at You can view […]

Coronavirus Q&A’s

As the COVID-19 virus spreads, find out what your rights at work are Important update: New government guidance released on 23 March advises that everyone should stay at home and only go to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home. For key workers who cannot work from home, issues and risks will vary […]

UNISON’s Award Winning Legal Team

UNISON is proud to have an award winning legal team fighting for our Members and are proud that our Legal Officer, Shantha David has been named one of the Lawyer Hot 100 Lawyers of the Year 2020. The Lawyer Hot 100 recognises the most daring, innovative and creative lawyers from in-house, private practice and the […]

Zero Hours Doesn’t Mean Zero Rights

Zero hours doesn’t mean zero rights – that’s the message from Britain’s biggest Trade Union to Cumbrian workers. With increasing numbers of staff in our care homes, hospitals and social care facing a casualisation of hours after almost a decade of cuts, public service union UNISON are calling on ‘as and when’ workers to get […]

BackTo60 & UNISON’s visit to 10 Downing Street

A group of leading BackTo60 campaigners with support from UNISON, delivered a personal letter to Boris Johnson on 22 August 2019 calling on him to act to pay out the money owed to 3.8 million women whose pensions have been delayed by up to six years. The delegation went direct to Downing Street preceded by Larry […]