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 […]

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 […]

Lone Working – A Guide For UNISON Members

Lone working can be dangerous and employers need to take precautions to protect their workers, with 66% of isolated workers reporting that they had experienced violence and aggression from the public. The shocking figure came at UNISON’s biennial health and safety seminar earlier this week, when Saskia Garnier of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust delivered a […]

Local Conservative MP’s Vote to Slash Local Government Funding by £1.3billion

Your Conservative MP’s, John Stevenson, Rory Stewart, Trudy Harrison have voted to slash Council funding by a further £1.3 billion in Parliament on Tuesday in the Local Government Funding Settlement.   This means less money for vital public services including Education, Social Care, Youth Services, Road Maintenance, Libraries and Community Services.  The Local Government Association reported […]

Speak Up For Your School Consultative Ballot

UNISON’s Consultative Ballot for our Members in Schools is now open and will run until 5 March. UNISON is the biggest Union in the UK for School Support Staff with over 250,000 Members and is asking all members working in England in publicly funded schools. This includes academies, multi academy trusts, free schools, studio schools, universities, technical […]

Speak Up For Your School

Schools in Cumbria have faced real term cuts of £10.9 million since 2015 with 82% of schools being affected. The Government has agreed £400 million for little extras, for one year only and £350 million for SEND, over 2 years, but these aren’t long term.  The NHS has been given an increase of £20 billion […]