Monday, 25 January 2021 10:50

UNISON is pleased to announce that Christine Mcanea   will be attending

AGM on 8th March 2021 via Teams and will join the meeting from 12.00pm.


UNISON Hertfordshire Vacant Post
Monday, 24 August 2020 10:35

UNISON Hertfordshire branch is seeking to recruit a part-time Branch Administrator (25 hours pw) to join our small administrative team in supporting the activities of our branch.


The Branch Administrator will act as the first point of contact for members visiting the branch office or contacting the branch via telephone or email, so excellent customer service and communication skills are essential.


You will need organizational skills and the ability to prioritize your own workload, as well as current IT skills including a sound working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook and willing to learn Unison membership systems.



Location: Hertford, Hertfordshire. And ability to work remotely.

Salary: £21696 pro rata per annum. With yearly increments to £22,868 pro rata

Closing date: Friday 4th September Midday.

Hours: 25 hours per week

Contract type: Part time, permanent


Interviews will take place 3rd week September TBC.


Tuesday, 23 June 2020 08:36

How to get advice and to report scams

If you think that you have been scammed, contact your bank first. Remember the 5 minute rule where fraudsters try to keep the line open, so don’t call the bank until 5 minutes have passed after a suspicious phone call, as the line will automatically break then.


For advice on scams, and if you need to speak to Trading Standards, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 11 33.


To report a scam, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Latest schools advise
Friday, 29 May 2020 11:18

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COVID-19 latest schools advice and guidance 


FAO Branches with members in schools in England
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Dear colleague,


Urgent update following government confirmation that primary schools can increase pupil numbers from 1 June


In response to the Government’s announcement today that it is going ahead with plans to encourage primary schools and nurseries to increase pupil numbers from 1 June, we have sent this email to UNISON members.

UNISON has consistently opposed the expansion of pupil numbers in primary schools in England on 1 June. Our campaign at branch, region and national level has had successes. The government has delayed pupil expansion in secondary schools until 15 June and many local authorities, academies and local schools have decided that 1 June is too early, this has meant thousands of staff will not be going in on Monday, which will hopefully relieve some of the pressure on branches.
However, many staff will still be expected to go in and we have all been inundated with requests by members asking for advice on whether they can refuse to go in on 1 June. Following discussion with NEU, other unions and our legal team the email to members includes a model letter for members who have serious concerns about their health and safety and face the prospect of being forced into the workplace under unsafe conditions from 1 June. We have asked members to specify these concerns in their letter by highlighting where the school is not meeting the joint unions risk assessment checklist. They can also include scenarios where they have not been consulted on risk assessment.
Further, we have also produced a letter that school-based reps can ask members in a workplace to sign up to – we understand that it may not be practical for branches to organise this and would expect the members in the school to make a list. The members' individual letter will be most important but reps in schools may be able to make use of the letter. NEU are adopting a similar approach.
We understand you are getting lots of members contacting you following the government’s announcement so it is hoped this model members' letter will provide a way forward and ensure that staff are not forced to attend an unsafe workplace from Monday. As well as protecting members we want to ensure we do everything we can to help branches deal with enquiries and we know you're snowed under. 
We will also be issuing further updates on our website in the coming days – please keep an eye out.



UNISON guidance and template letter for vulnerable employees


We have a produced a guide for members in vulnerable groups and template letter wording to send to head teachers explaining personal circumstances. The guide covers those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable or vulnerable, employees who live with/care for someone in a vulnerable group, black employees, older employees (over 60), employees who have childcare responsibilities, and employees who are feeling anxious.



Joint union planning guides/workplace checklists


In our last circular we included the joint union planning guide for primary schools. These have now also been produced for secondary schools and special schools.

The guides are both a commentary on recent Department for Education guidance and a checklist for branches and members to use to ask questions of employers.

This union guide for secondary schools follows recently published Department for Education guidance for secondary schoolsfollowing the government's announcement of potential wider opening from 15 June. 



UNISON guidance on early years


We have updated our FAQs with specific guidance for members working in early years. This can be found on our dedicated webpage for Covid-19 issues in the FAQ section under ‘Early years/nurseries’.



And finally...


We recognise the volume of work this is creating for branches and that is why we are committed to producing as many model resources as we can for you. 

Thank you for everything you are doing to keep school staff, pupils, parents and our communities safe and we are committed to supporting you. 

Best wishes

Jon Richards
National Secretary 




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GOV Social work App
Thursday, 07 May 2020 12:32

The app will be available to download from on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, as well as being accessible online at

  • Care workers get access to guidance, learning resources, discounts and other support all in one place
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  • The Care Workforce app will unite 1.5 million care workers across more than 18,000 care providers



Big Thank you to EVERYONE for looking after us
Tuesday, 05 May 2020 10:46

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