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‘Our justice staff deserve better’


This year, I went to my first TUC Congress – ‘Winning at Work’ in Liverpool – as the new Community Branch Secretary at HMP Peterborough. To be honest, I thought it was going to be really boring – but once in the building and meeting different union members and hearing about the problems we have […]

September 22, 2023


Teacher pay advice (England)


The Government has offered to fully implement the recommendations of the STRB report, with a 6.5% pay increase from 1 September to all school teacher pay points and allowances in England. Schools, early years and post-16 settings will receive an additional £525m in the 2023-24 financial year and £900m in the 2024-25 financial year. While […]

A photograph of a female worker going through a performance review with her male employer.


Adult Learners’ Week event in Port Talbot


Steelworkers in Port Talbot met with learning and training providers from across South Wales this week for an Opening Learning Day as part of Adult Learners’ Week. The event, which was organised by steelworkers’ union Community and Union Learning Reps on site, was funded by the Welsh Government’s Wales Union Learning Fund. Vaughan Gething MS, […]


School Teachers’ Review Body report


Community has responded to the 33rd School Teachers’ Review Body (England) report. You can read our response in full here. Helen Osgood, Community’s National Officer for Education and Early Years, said: “The 33rd School Teachers’ Review Body report is an improvement on last year’s, but it does not go far enough to begin to address […]

A photograph of a group of teachers talking about their Community trade union membership.

September 21, 2023


Our policy work


Our policy is developed from the ground up, and shaped by our members and reps in workplaces across the UK. Check out some of our recent policy work below:


Is Manufacturing Labour’s Future?


Labour needs a bold and credible economic strategy fit for the current landscape and the future. Join us at this Community and SME4Labour event to hear from a panel of experts about how much manufacturing should play its part in Labour’s wider economic growth, stability and resilience agenda.  This event takes place on Sunday 8 […]

September 20, 2023


Working for you: A progressive manifesto for the self-employed


Community, The Fabian Society and Prospect/BECTU are organising a panel event following the recent joint launch of our manifesto for the self-employed. The event will be an opportunity to hear from a range of speakers on what challenges self-employed people face and what Labour can do to address them. This event takes place on Sunday […]


RAAC update


Community has been working with governments across the UK to ensure that schools where reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) may be present are identified. We continue to recruit and train Community Health and Safety Reps, to ensure that any health and safety issues are identified and dealt with swiftly; with risk assessments carried out and […]

September 19, 2023


Education policy podcast


Join Martin and Rob for the latest news and updates in education and early years in England. From leadership and exams to further and higher education, inspections and pensions, find out everything you need to know about your sector. Now available on Podbean, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

September 18, 2023


Community vows to protect steelworkers from bad deal


Community vows to do whatever it takes to protect UK steelworkers from Tata-UK government bad deal Community has responded to the announcement made by the UK Government and Tata Steel UK today (15 September 2023) on investment into the Port Talbot site for an electric arc furnace-only steel making model for the steelworks. The Government […]

September 15, 2023


Strike action at Glen Dimplex to end


Strike action at Glen Dimplex on Merseyside will conclude at midnight tonight after workers voted to accept an enhanced pay offer from the company – bringing an end to five weeks of industrial action at the firm’s Whiston factory. Community Union members at Glendimplex began their course of strike action over pay and conditions on […]

September 12, 2023


TUC Congress – Angela Rayner speech


Community Union welcome Angela Rayner’s excellent speech to TUC Congress today, which outlined the Labour Party’s renewed commitments to improving employment rights as for British workers. In her speech to trade unionists gathered in Liverpool today, the Labour Deputy Leader set out a tranche of measures which will form part of the party’s ‘New Deal […]


Charity fund donation for Afan Boats Club


Community encourages its Branches to apply to the regional charity fund to help local community causes. The fund recently donated £200 to the Afan Boats Club, at the entrance to Port Talbot docks. The club has about 250 members, including current and retired Port Talbot steel workers, and sections for children, women and those with disabilities, […]


Time to address safety crisis in UK prisons


Community Union are calling on the government to get to grip on a safety crisis in British prisons following the stabbing of an inmate at HMP Wandsworth this weekend. The attack came just days after terror suspect Daniel Khalife’s escape from the same prison. Adrian Axtell, Community Union’s National Officer for the Justice and Custodial […]

September 11, 2023


Government failing prison staff


The recent escape of Daniel Khalife is the outcome of the government’s underinvestment in prison security and staffing, and serves as a wake-up call to government ministers. Earlier this summer Community highlighted the ongoing risks faced by prison staff as a consequence of understaffing, calling on the Government to address a rising tide of assaults […]

September 8, 2023


Enjoy your retirement, Audrey! 


Community members at Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) said a fond farewell to their long-serving Union Learning Rep Audrey McJimpsey, who retired at the end of August 2023. Audrey has been with RSBi Glasgow (Glasgow City Building) for 18 years, and a Community ULR for most of that time, spending those years creating an inclusive […]

September 7, 2023


Become a Community Champion


We’re proud to be a trade union that is rooted in communities across the country. Everyone has the power to change the world around them, and we want people to take greater control of their neighbourhoods, and build strong communities to create lasting change. That’s where Community Champions come in. As a Community Champion, you […]


Report shows schools facing perilous situation


Community is calling on the government to address the perilous situation facing schools following the release of a new report showing the acute impact of cost-of-living pressures on families and staff. A new report by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) highlights that some 87% of schools in England are providing uniform and clothing […]


Listen form


September 5, 2023


Listen


We believe in the power of local communities, and the incredible and lasting impact that can be made when individuals come together for a common cause. That is where our Listen campaign comes in. Listening is a fundamental part of our work as a trade union, and In Your Community work, and that’s why we’re working […]


Press speculation on Tata-UK Government talks


Community Union is aware of speculation in the press today regarding talks between the UK Government and Tata Steel. A Sky News article published this morning indicated that progress was being made on a £500million government investment – matched by £700m in capital expenditure from Tata – to transition Port Talbot steelworks towards an electric […]

September 2, 2023


RAAC in schools


Community Union welcomes the more decisive action and the instruction from the Department for Education (DfE) for staff in education settings to vacate all spaces or buildings that are known to contain RAAC. We have continually raised our concerns at DfE meetings on this issue throughout 2023. We understand that this decision may cause disruption […]

September 1, 2023


Teaching assistants and education support staff


The contributions of teaching assistants and education support staff extend past classroom assistance; they consistently ensure that learning environments are inclusive, engage with children and students, provide individualised support to those who need it and work behind the scenes to keep our schools, colleges and universities running.   At Community, we recognise the importance of teaching […]

August 31, 2023


Teachers, tutors, and lecturers


As dedicated professionals, teachers, tutors, and lecturers play a pivotal role in shaping the minds of children and teenagers. Together with our thousands of members working across the education sector, we are campaigning to secure the pay and recognition that all teachers, tutors, and lecturers deserve, as well as tackle the recruitment and retention crisis […]


Labour frontbench visit to British Steel Scunthorpe


Labour’s Shadow Minister for Business and Industry Bill Esterson MP visited British Steel in Scunthorpe this week to meet staff, workers and trade unions to discuss the future of the UK steel industry, and Labour’s plan to rebuild the UK’s domestic steel sector. Bill Esterson MP was joined on the visit by Labour’s parliamentary candidate […]

August 25, 2023


GCSE & VTQ Results


Commenting on the 2023 GCSE and VTQ results published today, Martin Hodge, Community’s Head of Education Policy said: Congratulations to all those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland celebrating achievements in the 2023 GCSE and Vocational results.  Community also sends its warmest congratulations to all those parents, teachers, school leaders and support staff who have […]

August 24, 2023


Early years and nursery workers


At the heart of every child’s development lies the important foundation provided by the early years workforce, and at Community, we’re proud to represent thousands of members across the early years sector in the UK, including: Early years and nursery staff Early years teachers Nursery managers Child carers Nannies Through our specialised education and early […]

August 23, 2023


Early Education and Childcare Coalition


Community Union is proud to form part of the new Early Education and Childcare Coalition (EECC) which calls on the government and all political parties to reform early years education in England. The coalition, which includes more than 30 leading organisations in the sector, is set to launch formally on September 7th. The EECC will […]

A photograph of an early years worker singing with a group of children.

August 22, 2023


Early Career Teachers (ECT)


Embarking on your career in education is a journey filled with opportunities as well as challenges, and as an Early Career Teacher (ECT) in England and Northern Ireland, Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in Wales or Probationer in Scotland, you have a unique chance to shape the future of your students and the UK education system […]


Early Years Charter: organisation sign-up


The early years sector is a at a breaking point and we need employers and organisations to sign-up to our Early Years Charter to deliver real, meaningful change for the early years workforce. Together we will send a clear message to the Government on the key things that they need to do to address the […]

August 21, 2023


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