School Support Staff Negotiating Body (SSSNB)

UNISON is the largest union for school staff and we are currently in negotiations with the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the employers at a national level regarding a new national pay and conditions framework for school support staff.

We are working with the Local Government Employers, representatives from foundation and aided schools as well as from the Catholic Education Service and Church of England Board of Education to develop a new set of national terms and conditions for school support staff.

Department of Health (DH) Suspends Home Care Worker Registration in England

The Department of Health (DH) has suspended the long-term plan to begin voluntary registration of the homecare workforce in 2010 by the General Social Care Council (GSCC).  The decision was made to enable the GSCC to concentrate on improving its conduct function.  In July GSCC indentified a backlog of over 200 conduct cases which has prompted a review of its conduct function and to extend the register to home care staff would increase pressure on the conduct system.  In Scotland and Wales, registration has been extended to a range of other staff groups, while in Northern Irel

Local Government Workers Lodge 2010 Pay Claim

UNISON, TGWU and GMB public service unions, have today (26 October), submitted a 2.5% or £500 pay claim on behalf of some 1.5 million local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The claim covers care assistants, cleaners, teaching assistants, librarians, social workers and refuse collectors among others, who are at the bottom of the public sector pay league.

Heather Wakefield, UNISON’s Head of Local Government, said:

NJC PAY 2009/10 Pay Settlement – Offer Accepted

A meeting of the UNISON NJC was held on Wednesday, 10 September were results of the branch consultation where considered. An overwhelming majority, 89% of members, accepted the offer on a 17% turnout. GMB and UNITE members also voted to accept. As a result, the employers have been asked to implement the agreement ASAP.

Disability Living Allowance & Attendance Allowance Threat

Time is running out to save disability living allowance and attendance allowance from being axed. 

A government green paper has revealed plans to stop paying disability benefits and hand the cash over to social services instead.  Join the Benefits and Work campaign to stop these cuts by visting and signing their petition by typing your first name and email address into the boxes provided.