Key issues

UNISON represents more education staff than any other trade union in the UK. More than 350,000 members in education give us a powerful voice to campaign against inequalities, challenge unfair pay and speak out on work issues and the quality of public services.

COVID-19 advice for school & early years staff

If you work in a school or early years establishment, read our COVID-19 advice to find out how you can stay safe and what your rights are.

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COVID-19 advice for HE staff

Safer universities, safer jobs – UNISON advice for Higher Education members We know that many staff will be worried and anxious during this time, and UNISON is working across the UK to ensure that your university campuses are as safe as possible and to ensure that your job and income is protected too. You can […]

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    Academy schools

    UNISON wants to see an integrated comprehensive education system. However, in recent years the government has been undermining schools linked to local authorities and focused on getting schools to convert to becoming academies. Several thousand former maintained schools have now become academies, including the majority of secondary schools. After a strong campaign by UNISON and […]

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      Cuts in education services

      Funding cuts have led to courses being closed, redundancies in schools, colleges and universities and a worse education for children and young people.

      UNISON wants to see proper resources for a world-class education system.

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      Pay in education

      Education support staff in schools, universities and colleges have seen their living standards fall in recent years and many earn less than the living wage.

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      Privatisation and shared services

      Shared services are when one or more employers set up new organisations to make service delivery cheaper. Often a new shared service will mean job losses, cuts in terms and conditions, and outsourcing. Find out what you can do if you are affected by shared service arrangements.

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