Workers Memorial Day 2020


International Workers Memorial Day commemorates those people who have tragically lost their lives at work. Each year the trade union movement comes together to remember the dead whilst at the same time, continue their fight for the living.

This year, we have produced a video to mark the day.

Coventry City Council – UNISON Negotiations Update


This week UNISON reps are engaging in several meetings on behalf of members.

Corporate Joint Trade Union meetings X2
LATU (Local Authority Education forum)
Adult Services Trade Union meeting
Children’s services Trade Union meeting
Joint Safety Forum (held at UNISON’s request)

As a branch we were proud to host our first virtual meeting last Wednesday which was well attended and raised some important issues. Please ensure we have an up to date email address so we can invite you to the next meeting – email to

We will be raising the issue of the tax relief allowance with the employer following the Easter break

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Updated information will shortly be issued by the employer regarding annual leave which considers changes in legislation to allow staff to carry leave over for up to 2 years. If you have a question or concern about annual leave, please get in touch.

Coronavirus: Learning for members with Skills Academy — Coventry Unison – Learning and Education


Coronavirus: Learning for members with Skills Academy Training for our members –Online learning for UNISON members During this difficult and worrying time we all need something positive and constructive to focus on. UNISON is keen to ensure that members still have access to the high-quality training that the union provides during the current coronavirus crisis. […]

Coronavirus: Learning for members with Skills Academy — Coventry Unison – Learning and Education

#COVID-19 Update! – Will schools be opening over Easter holidays and weekends? If so, do I have to come in and will I be paid?


Some schools in #Coventry have indicated that they will be opening during what would normally be the Easter holidays in order to provide support for the children of critical workers. Some have also indicated that they intend to open seven days a week.

UNISON is encouraging members to support the national effort to enable critical workers to continue working. However, we do not believe that staff should be forced to work outside their normal contracted hours, particularly if they have caring commitments of their own.

Many staff in schools are on term time only contracts. This means that they are not contracted or paid to work during school closure periods.

If term time only staff are required to work outside their normal contracted hours, i.e. in the school holidays, then they should be paid for this. This is specified (para 4.5) of the NJC guidance on term time only working, which states, ‘If term time only employees are required to undertake work outside of their contracted hours, they must be appropriately remunerated.’

Staff will normally be paid at their standard hourly rate if they are working on what is a normal working day. However, if staff are required to work on a weekend or a public holiday then we would expect overtime premiums to apply. These are normally agreed at local authority level but are typically time and a half for working on a Saturday and double time for Sundays or public holidays.

In addition, we would also expect overtime premiums to apply if you work over the standard working week in any given working week. The standard week is normally 37 hours per week outside London and 36 hours per week in London. Some authorities have a shorter standard working week. Where staff are being required to work beyond the standard working week they should normally be paid at time and a half for these hours.

We would expect schools to seek volunteers in the first instance and to consider any booked holiday or caring commitments. If this becomes a regular working pattern, then consideration will need to be given to the annual leave accrued whilst working additional hours.

If you have any concerns regarding term time only working, please contact the office on 02476 550829 on by email