Schools Update: keep organising to stop an unsafe wider reopening of schools on June 1

Download the updated Unison Schools Open Letter for school groups Last Friday, we had a fantastic meeting with 282 schools members joining a Zoom call addressed by Dr Jackie Applebee, NEU branch secretary Alex Kenny, and our branch secretary, John McLoughlin. We also had a fantastic message of support from Apsana Begum MP (see below). […]

No going back until it’s safe: joint union letter on conditions for a safe return

Unison, the NEU, GMB and Unite have written jointly to Amanda Harcus, head of HR for London Borough of Tower Hamlets, outlining the conditions for a safe return to working outside of the home. You can download this letter by clicking the link below: Trade Union concerns about return to workplaces, 6 May 2020 Act […]

Schools: No going back until it is safe

All school staff will be anxious at the government announcement that they intend to commence a wider opening of schools from as early as 1 June. UNISON is working closely with the NEU and other education unions to ensure that children and their families, staff and our wider community are not put at unnecessary risk. […]

May Day 2020: United to defeat Covid19, united to defeat workers’ rights

Watch here: http://https://www.facebook.com/TowerHamletsUnison/videos/234840124509122/ Friday, 5.15pm via Zoom (see below for guide for Zoom) Meeting ID: 921-0772-3224 Link: https://zoom.us/j/92107723224 Password: MayDay Speakers: Dave Prentis General Secretary, Unison Apsana Begum MP Poplar and Limehouse Matt Wrack General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union Alex Kenny National Executive Member, National Education Union This May Day essential workers find themselves on the front line fighting Covid […]

Workers Memorial Day 2020: thank you and keep fighting for the living

Thank you to everybody who took part in our online event for Workers’ Memorial Day 2020. Our slogan rings true during the Covid19 crisis: “remember the dead, fight for the living”. This page features all of the videos we used during our event in full. Thank you to Phil Maxwell and Hashuan Hashim (film makers, […]

Workers’ Memorial Day 2020: remember the dead, fight for the living

Workers’ Memorial Day 2020: remember the dead, fight for the living One Minute Silence via Zoom – 10.45am (One minute silence at 11am) Meeting ID: 438-105-505 Link: https://zoom.us/j/438105505 Dial in: +44 330 088 5830 Tuesday 28 April is Workers’ Memorial Day 2020. During the Covid19 crisis, it takes on even greater importance. Over a hundred […]

Karen Reissmann

Many UNISON members will be alarmed at what has been published in a nursingnotes – suggesting that a leading UNISON activist has been suspended for speaking out against the NHS pay deal.  https://nursingnotes.co.uk/unison-staff-were-threatened-with-disciplinary-action-if-they-opposed-the-nhs-pay-deal/  Statement in support of Karen Reissmann We note that Karen Reissmann is currently suspended from office in Unison. She is a member […]

Lobby UNISON NEC

Lobby UNISON NEC 8.30 – 9.30  Thursday 6th December There is growing concern about the lacklustre nature of the current leadership in Unison. We have the weakest government in our lifetime, which continues to push through cuts, privatisation and low pay. Yet Unison is not coordinating the action that could finish this government off, let […]

IT Restructure

SPP restructure