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January 2021 schools advice

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This advice applies to all primary schools, special schools, SEND and early years settings in England.

In UNISON’s view, it is unsafe for you to attend the workplace at present if your school is fully opened to all pupils.

Read more on UNISON's National website -  https://www.unison.org.uk/january-schools-advice/

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Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2022

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Dear Members

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

FRIDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2022, 12.30pm - 13.30pm

MONDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2022, 17.30pm - 18.30pm

UNISON's Blackpool Local Government Branch members are warmly invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of your UNISON branch which will take place via virtual meeting over 2 dates. Although you only need to attend one of these meetings, please register for at least one via the links below. The password for both events is ‘AGM2022’. Once you register at Eventbrite, a link for the meeting will be emailed out nearer to the date. All who attend will be entered into a prize draw.  The prize will be announced soon.

Friday 25th February 2022 - from 12.30 to 13.30 - Click here to register for session 1

Monday 28th February 2022 - from 17.30 to 18.30 - Click here to register for session 2


The Annual General Meeting will elect your Branch Officers, Representatives and ratify the election of Workplace Stewards for the forthcoming year. The preliminary agenda is available here. If you wish to submit a motion, please send it to the Branch Office, with the name of the proposer and seconder by no later than Thursday 23rd December 2021.

A nomination form for Branch Officers, Representatives and Workplace Stewards is available to print off from here. Alternatively, you can contact the Branch Office on 01253 478492 and we will post out a nomination form to you.

If you wish to stand for a position in the branch, please ensure that your nomination form is received at the Branch Office by no later than noon on Thursday 23rd December 2021.


Yours sincerely

Neil Adams
Branch Secretary

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Look out for your ballot paper on pay!

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UNISON's recommendation is to vote YES to strike action

UNISON has begun to ballot more than a third of a million council and school staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for strike action over their “inadequate” pay offer.

UNISON is recommending employees – including refuse collectors, teaching assistants and social workers – vote YES to strike action.

These workers have kept services running in local communities throughout the difficult months of the pandemic and deserve a decent rise, says UNISON.

Most staff have been offered just 1.75% by local government employers, with 2.75% for those on the lowest pay level. As the rate of inflation currently stands at 4.2% (consumer price index), this amounts to a significant pay cut, says the union.

Councils can avoid months of disruption to community services by improving the offer and giving workers the proper pay rise they deserve, UNISON says.

Over the past decade, the value of local government pay has reduced by around a quarter (25%).

Earlier this year UNISON submitted a joint pay claim – along with GMB and Unite – for at least 10% for all council and school support employees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This would have ensured the lowest paid employees earned were just above the new real living wage rate of £9.90 per hour (outside London). The employers’ current offer will only just put staff above the government’s new statutory minimum wage of £9.50, which comes in from April next year.

UNISON head of local government Mike Short said: “Council and school workers have gone the extra mile throughout the pandemic, keeping schools open, ensuring communities are safe and providing essential services often at risk to their own health.

“This inadequate pay offer shows they’re undervalued, particularly with the cost of living being ramped up. They should be given the credit they’re due and rewarded properly.

“It’s still not too late for the employers to do the right thing by making a decent offer to avoid strike action. The government should also play its part by providing the necessary funds.”

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COVID-19 - NJC Circular - critical workers

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New (23rd March, 2020) joint guidance has been issued by the NJC joint secretaries on Covid-19, with a focus on critical workers durring the Coronavirus outbreak.  This can be downloaded here.  This is applicable to Council, School, BCH and other workers who are employed on NJC Terms & Condition.

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