coronavirus sick pay for all workers
Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:49

Members working in the education sector have raised questions about the

coronavirus, so we have produced general advice in line with the NHS and Public

Health England's guidance.

Coronavirus officially named (Covid-19) is a new respiratory illness that has

not previously been seen in humans.

Despite there being confirmed cases in the UK, the risk of getting the

COVID-19 in the UK is low.

Public Health England are reviewing the situation daily and publish regular

updates. You can keep updated by visiting the public health website

The latest advice from the World Health Organisation for the general public is:

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based

hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.

When coughing and sneezing cover your mouth and nose with a flexed

elbow or tissue – throw away the tissue immediately into a closed bin.

Always wash your hands:

o After coughing and sneezing

o After caring for the sick

o Before, during and after you prepare food

o Before eating

o After using the toilet

o After handling animals or animal waste

If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical advice early

(by calling NHS 111 in the UK) and share your previous travel history with the

person you speak to

As a measure good food safety practices, avoid eating raw or undercooked

animal products. Raw meat, milk or animal organs must be handled with

care, to limit and avoid cross-contamination with other foods.

Look out for and take note of any advice from your employer.

PLEASE NOTE: These are the standard recommendations for the general public to

reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses including Coronavirus.

There are Chinese people studying and working in schools, colleges and

universities across the UK. Employers should not tolerate racism in any form, and

we encourage students and staff to report any incident of racial harassment and

seek support from their UNISON branch and employer.

UNISON members can e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information

Work term time only in Schools
Wednesday, 04 March 2020 14:16

UNISON has identified a potential problem with how Hertfordshire Council calculates holiday pay for its term-time-only staff working in cleaning, catering and midday meals.

It could mean you’re receiving less holiday pay than you’re entitled to.

We need you to join together and ask the council to change its calculations to make sure you get all the money you should.

Please join up and fill in the form overleaf to join our grievance.

We’re currently investigating how it affects other term-time-only staff so join up and help us make pay fair in Hertfordshire.

Not yet in UNISON?

Join today at or call 0800 171 2193

Are you being shortchanged?

UNISON, the UK’s biggest union for school support staff, has won two major court cases giving a significant boost to part-time workers.

In the Greenwich and Brazel cases, UNISON showed that many councils were using the wrong formula to calculate annual leave entitlement, costing some staff hundreds of pounds a year.

UNISON is approaching councils and academies across the country, pushing them to get it right.

Hertfordshire schools

We’ve identified that the way Hertfordshire County Council schools — and many academies in Hertfordshire — calculates leave for their cleaning and catering workers and midday meals supervisors is wrong and are investigating other term-time-only staff.

We need to speak as a united front and convince the Council to change it, so you get the right pay.

We know how important this is for thousands of part-time staff, so we’re waiving our normal rules that you have to be a member for four weeks before we represent you.

Together, we will submit a collective grievance to the council, telling them they need to change. We’re stronger together, so please join up and encourage your colleagues to join UNISON today by calling 0800 171 2193 or visiting

Join the collective grievance – the more that join, the more likely we are to succeed.


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Greenwich case

In 2012, a UNISON member thought she had lost too much money when switching from full time to part time.

We realised that London council had been using the wrong formula to calculate annual leave, with some people missing out on up to five days.

UNISON brought employment tribunal claims on behalf of 476 of the term-time only staff, arguing that they had been unlawfully treated less favourably than colleagues owing to their part-time status.

Last November, the council agreed to change its formula, backdating it to 1 January 2013.

Five-thousand part-time cleaners, teaching assistants, catering, administrative, school meal workers and other staff working for Greenwich Council shared in a £4m payout.

Harpur Trust v Brazel & UNISON

At the Court of Appeal in August, UNISON won a case confiming that all workers are entitled to a minimum of 28 days paid annual leave, even if they are not given work or paid for parts of the year.

Music teacher, Mrs Lesley Brazel was supported by UNISON to defend her claim against Harpur Trust, her term-time employer. The Trust claimed she was entitled to leave and pay below the statutory minimum.

I am contracted to work term time only.

Yes ❑ No ❑

I receive my payslip from Hertfordshire County Council.

Yes ❑ No ❑

I have been working term time only for years and months.

Council and school workers
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 15:24

Council and school workers deserve a decent pay rise. After ten years of real terms pay cuts, hardworking staff delivering local services are struggling. Your councillor can use their influence to support their requests. 

UNISON has asked for:

  • A real living wage of £10 per hour for the lowest paid
  • A 10% increase for everyone else, considering the 22% real terms pay cut since 2010
  • A one day increase to the minimum paid annual leave entitlement
  • A two hour reduction in the standard working week
  • A national review of workplace stress and mental health

Email your councillor and ask them to support council and school workers.

Car Parks in Hertford
Thursday, 16 January 2020 14:32

Please note if you are visiting UNISON,parking is very limited so please see list of pay car parks nearby



Gascoyne Way Car Park, SG14 1DB              


Hartham Common Car Park,  SG14 1QR      


Hartham Lane Car Park,     SG14 1QN    


Old London Road Car Park,  SG13 7LA  


Port Vale Car Park,  SG14 3AA 


St Andrew Street Car Park,  SG14 1HZ 


Wallfields Car Park ,  SG13 8EQ




Friday, 29 November 2019 11:36


We are holding four AGMs across Hertfordshire County Council to help all Unison Members to attend. They all start at 12.00pm with light refreshments provided:

  • Mundells – 24 February – Room G2

  • County Hall – 25 February - Unison Offices

  • Apsley 2 – 27 February – Room 4

  • Robertson House – 28 February – Laurel Room

The AGM is an opportunity for members to question branch officers, have a say on how the branch operates and to seek election to one of the branch posts.

There will be a free Easter Egg for everyone who attends an AGM.

How to become an elected officer: It you would like to become an elected UNISON Officer? Please visit , download a nomination form and ask two other UNISON Members to Propose and Second you. Please return to the UNISON Office in County Hall by 12.00 (Noon) on Friday 20th December 2019.


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Friday, 11 May 2018 09:37

As of the 25th May 2018 the GDPR are making some changes to their Data protection requirements.

As an organisation who deals with data, I would like to reassure you that we strictly follow the requirements of the GDPR and we will be complying to the changes that they are making. If you do have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

All our computers are password protected and notes are stored and locked away in a secure environment.


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