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Local MPs urge Birmingham University to resolve pay dispute

Support staff at Birmingham University are to take further strike action today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) in their long-running industrial dispute over fair pay, equality and improved working conditions.

Unused Levy Funds: Hard up hospitals unable to take on apprentices

Apprenticeship restrictions mean hundreds of millions of pounds of NHS funds going to waste, says UNISON

More cleaners needed to make ​English schools safe for return of pupils and staff, says UNISON

@unisontheunion- Some cleaners ​in English schools are ​still having to work without protective kit and not given the ‘deep-clean’ training needed to keep people safe, says a survey published today (Thursday) by UNISON. ​

Lessons to be learned by government after limited schools’ reopening, says UNISON

Lessons to be learned by government after limited schools’ reopening, says @unisontheunion

English schools pause 'the right thing to do', says UNISON

English schools pause 'the right thing to do', says @unisontheunion Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) that primary schools in England will not have to open up to more pupils before the end of the summer term, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “This was the right thing to do. As important as it is to open up schools, the challenges of bringing back all children in the next few weeks would simply have been too great. “There have already been Covid cases in schools and many support staff and parents remain understandably anxious. “Many schools simply don’t have the space to put in place the new rules, nor enough masks and preventative kit to fill staff with confidence. This delay will allow time to ensure the essential test, trace and isolate system is fully working. “Confidence needs to be rebuilt amongst parents and staff to ensure a safe return so young people don’t miss out on any more of their education and parents can get back to work. ​

Support staff losing sleep and suffering anxiety ahead of return to school in England, says UNISON

@unisontheunion : Support staff losing sleep and suffering anxiety ahead of return to school in England

Support staff have little confidence in government school safety plans, says UNISON

Support staff have little confidence in government school safety plans, says @unisontheunion

Government must explain how school staff and pupils will be kept safe, says UNISON

Ministers must stop dodging the issue of safety and provide a clear explanation of how schools keep pupils, staff and parents safe before any mass reopening, says UNISON responding to the government's Covid-19 recovery strategy published today (Monday). 

Government must not allow universities to fail during the coronavirus outbreak

Universities must be given extra protection during the #Covid_19 pandemic to ensure their financial survival because of their vital contribution to the economy, local communities and crucial medical research, unions are warning the government today (Tuesday). In a joint letter to higher education minister Michelle Donelan, five unions representing higher education (HE) staff ask for urgent assurances that universities will not be allowed to go under as a result of the outbreak, backed up with legislation. UNISON, University and College Union (UCU), GMB, Unite and the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) say the sector is too valuable for any institutions to get into financial difficulties and will play a key role in rebuilding the country. Some universities are the biggest employer in their area and whole communities are reliant on them, the unions say, with the HE sector employing around 750,000 people. In addition to biological research, their work is key to understanding the impact of the outbreak on society, psychologically and economically. The letter says: “The higher education sector is vital in addressing this current crisis. University research is central in developing tests for the illness and antibody tests, in tracking Covid-19, in developing vaccines and carrying out medical research. “A stable and well-resourced higher education sector will be vital in getting through this crisis. “The university sector is one of the most productive and important parts of the UK economy with international students alone bringing in £7.3 billion each year and the sector as a whole generating £73 billion. “We are already getting many reports of universities serving notifications of redundancies, and of contractors in universities sending staff home without pay or asking them to use their annual leave.  "It is no overstatement to say that such a response from universities will be disastrous for the individuals concerned and their families as well as for the future of the higher education sector – one of the most important industries in the UK. UNISON senior national officer for higher education Ruth Levin said: “Universities are one of the UK’s biggest success stories – it’s vital they’re protected. "Hundreds of thousands of staff, as well as current and future students, need a clear signal the government is taking action.” UCU head of higher education Paul Bridge said:  “We need a clear and coherent plan from the government that guarantees funding and jobs to protect our academic capacity. “The country can ill afford to throw thousands of teachers, researchers and professional support staff on the dole when education will be a key driver of recovery.” EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said: “It is essential that all sectors of education, including our world-renowned university sector, are provided with proper support during the Covid-19 crisis. “Staff and students alike deserve assurance from the UK government, and indeed from the Scottish government, that our higher education system will be protected.” GMB national officer Kevin Brandstatter said: “UK universities employ huge numbers of workers, and in many towns and cities are the largest employer. “The coronavirus pandemic is a grave threat to the sector, with universities not knowing how many students they might have in the autumn and whether any non-UK students will be able to enrol. “The government must secure the future of the sector, and at the same time give stability and certainty to workers on low-paid insecure contracts by ensuring all university staff are in direct, properly paid and secure employment.” Unite national officer for education Siobhan Endean said: “Our universities are central to rebuilding our economy post Covid-19 and the government needs to act now to provide the funding it desperately needs.  "The higher education sector is the bedrock for developing the skilled workforce of the future. The economic challenges of rebuilding our industry, a period of fast technological development and the need for strong communities requires that we invest in education. ”

Don’t forget to thank school support staff too, Gavin Williamson!

#ThankATeacher - The hard work of thousands of school support staff providing emergency care for key workers’ children countrywide appears to have been ignored by the government, says @UNISONtheUnion today (Tuesday).

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