Joint Trade Union All Schools Members Zoom Meeting


Some areas of the country are moving more towards bringing in more lockdown measures but schools are opening in September – fully? Partially?
Confused? The trade unions are preparing their guidance for members which we are expecting to receive from mid-August.

This meeting will be very important for you to catch up with developments and staying safe so do please join us:

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26th August at 6pm
Meeting ID: 824 3670 1879
Passcode: 490053

73% Say 2.75% Is Not Enough!

The consultation we carried out in Barnet over the National Pay claim came back with the result that 73% of Council workers, Barnet Homes workers and School Support Staff responding were prepared to be balloted for industrial action to secure a pay deal worth more than the miserable 2.75% we have been offered. 27% voted to accept the pay offer.

We are definitely worth more than a hand clap. We hope to report in 2 weeks’ time on what the result has been nationwide and the next steps that will be taken.

Zoom meeting for all members in YCB 1st July

Zoom meeting for all members in YCB 1st July

An opportunity for all members in YCB to come together and discuss what has been happening and what’s to come.

You are being heralded as heroes and clapped but is this enough for all you’ve been through over the last few weeks?

Also we can feedback on campaigns for care workers.
Topic: YCB UNISON members meeting
Time: Jul 1, 2020 06:00 PM London

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Meeting ID: 843 3648 0059
Password: 150476

BREAKINGNEWS: Mott MacDonald and Barnet Council in contract termination talks

On Thursday 18 June 2020 former Barnet Council staff working for Cambridge Education were summoned to a succession of meetings where they were informed that, due to the impact of Covid19, discussions are now taking place about ending the contract on 31 August 2020.

The staff are being told there are two possible options:

  • Transfer back into the Council
  • Transfer to a Local Authority Trading Company (LATC)

Consultation on the options started on Friday 19th June 2020 with a briefing for head teachers.

There will be a briefing for the Parent-Carer Forum sometime this week.

Consultation ends 30 July 2020.

The Council wants to start TUPE consultation on 6 July and end consultation on 20 July 2020.

Staff will be informed of the transfer arrangements on 30th July 2020.

Services and staff transfer on 1 September 2020.

“The private sector doesn’t like taking the risks for delivering public services and this is yet another damning example. Mott MacDonald is a global giant want out of this Education Services contract. Barnet Council has stood resolute in the face of the COVID challenge and has used its resources and staff to address the needs of the most vulnerable in the community. This latest crisis could not come at a worse time. The staff delivering this service have been valiantly supporting Barnet Schools to continue to provide for pupils during this pandemic. Now, at a time when they are mobilising to support Barnet Schools reopening in September, they are facing an unknown future. As someone who attended the outsourcing meetings with staff I remember all too well the staff concerns as to what would happen if the contractor wanted to end the contract. This concern was played down at the time, as it always is, by and assurance that they were dealing with a global giant and what could possibly go wrong?

If COVID has shown us anything it has to be that direct control of public services means you are more agile, more efficient and most importantly you have CONTROL.

The obvious and most common sense decision is to simply transfer the services back to the Council. This would enable staff and the service to focus on doing what they do best – delivering support for Barnet Schools.” (John Burgess Branch Secretary Barnet UNISON).

The Trade Unions have not been sent the consultation report which was promised last week, however a copy has been provided. Not a good start to consultation.

To view the report click on the link below

Future of ES – briefing for staff – 19.6.20 final


Notes to Editors.

Contact details: John Burgess Barnet UNISON on or 020 8359 2088 or email:


History of the outsourcing of Schools Meals and Education & Skills services


Catering Services: “Jewel in the Crown”: Privatisation of Education & Skills and Catering in Barnet


Education & Skills and Catering: Threat of large-scale subcontracting



Care Workers vs COVID-19 petition

Dear UNISON members, your family and friends

Below is a UNISON Care Workers petition with four simple demands I hope you can support and share widely.

1. Protect Our Health – Priority testing for care workers to limit the spread of disease to vulnerable patients and service users. Guarantee all essential training and personal protection equipment (PPE) to all frontline workers (e.g. goggles, masks, hand sanitisers, thermometers) in line with Public Health England guidance.

2. Protect Our Pay – Full normal pay for all those required by government guidance to self-isolate or who become ill because of COVID-19, in order to prevent unnecessary spread of infection. This includes all staff on zero-hour contracts, bank/relief contracts or multiple contracts.

3. Protect Our Employment – Ensure no-one is dismissed or laid-off for staying at home to care for themselves or their family. Absence due to COVID-19 should be excluded from absence management triggers.

4. Protect Our Families – Carers leave on full-pay for workers caring for a dependent who has COVID-19 or for whom childcare is unavailable.

Click on this UNISON link to add your name to the petition

Best wishes

John Burgess, Branch Secretary, Barnet UNISON.

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