National Disabled Members Conference 2010

Attended by Jane Heath, Hilary Mellor, Marleene Greene and Pat Corby.

This conference, specific to the needs of disabled members is an opportunity to come together to share their experiences and in some cases resolutions with one another.

As a Branch we are appealing for members with disabilities declared on undeclared to form a self-organised group where we can network with one another to raise our concerns at a Branch level.

For further information or for any ideas you may have, please contact Marleene or Pat at the Branch on 01785 245000.  All calls with be treated confidentially.

School Support Staff Negotiating Body (SSSNB) Abolished

The following ministerial statement has been issued:

Secretary of State for Education (Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP)

The SSSNB was established by the previous Government to develop a national pay and conditions framework for school support staff working in maintained schools in England. The Government has conducted a review of the future policy direction for determining school support staff pay and conditions, including the role of the SSSNB, and has concluded that the SSSNB does not fit well with the Government’s priorities for greater deregulation of the pay and conditions arrangements for the school workforce. I therefore propose to introduce legislation to abolish the SSSNB at the earliest opportunity.

UNISON Warns Of Jobless Figures “Double Jeopardy”

Yesterdays Comprehensive Spending Review announcements only contained the main headlines.  The reality of how great that impact will actually be for our members and our community will only unfold as the months go on.

FACTS Event & Photos

The Branch would like to thank all those people who attended on Thursday 14th October and helped make the event a success.

Photos taken on the day can be found here.  If you have any photos from the day that you wish to be added to the gallery, please email them to


European Trade Union Day of Action 29th September

The European Trade Union Confederation is staging a European Day of Action on 29 September.  It will be made up of a Euro-demonstration in Brussels