Bacon Butties

Photographs from Middlesbrough Council’s depot on a September morning.
UNISON Middlesbrough Branch treated our members to coffee and bacon buns. We had a lot of interest from people looking to join the union too.
Staff were refuse collectors, school transport and area care teams.


Sunrise in the Council Depot

UNISON Display

UNISON’s display table

Bacon Butties

Bacon Butties for the team


Covid-19 Testing (for those without symptoms.)

A message from The Live Well Centre                 

Hi All
We have really low uptake at our rapid Covid-19 community test sites across Middlesbrough

We know from recent studies that around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 don’t display symptoms. A national Community Testing Programme has been developed to offer rapid Covid-19 tests for people without symptoms.

Testing is one of the key tools we have to contain the spread of coronavirus while the vaccine programme is rolled out nationally.  If we can identify more people who are carrying the infection we can help to drive down transmission rates and save lives.

To support this, we have opened several Community Testing sites providing rapid Covid-19 tests:


Venue Postcode Days Appointment Times
Middlesbrough Sports Village TS4 3AE Wed-Sun 08:00-14:45
Newport Community Hub TS1 5NQ Tue-Sat 11:00-17:45
North Ormesby Community Hub TS3 6JB Mon-Fri 09:30-16:15


There is free parking available at all venues and anyone who lives or works in Middlesbrough can book tests. Tests take approximately 10 minutes, you will be advised how to conduct the test yourself and you will receive the results by text and e-mail in around 1 hour.

We are encouraging those people who can’t work from home and are therefore more likely to come into contact with other people to book regular tests (twice a week). 

Tests are available to book here now

Please note that a negative result following a rapid test does not necessarily mean that you don’t have Covid-19.  Anyone testing negative must continue to follow all local restrictions and public health advice to protect themselves and others.

The Community Testing sites are only for people without Covid-19 symptoms.  If you or anyone you know has symptoms, including – a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss/change to your sense of smell or taste – they should self-isolate and book a test for people with symptoms at or by calling 119.

Please also note that if you do take part in regular testing that this should not replace any of your current health and safety procedures around the use of PPE, social distancing etc.

Thank you
Please share this information with family, friends and colleagues.

Kind regards
Sarah Slater
Advanced Public Health Practitioner
Public Health South Tees


COVID-19 advice for school & early years staff

After the tireless efforts of UNISON branches, reps and members, the government has finally closed most schools to all except vulnerable and key workers’ children. This decision will help to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control and ensure the safety of staff, pupils and our communities.

Use the link below for advice from UNISON

UNISON’s advice Here

Unison Middlesbrough

Welfare grants are now available

Dear UNISON Member

See UNISON There for You newsletter for information regarding Welfare grants that are available from 16th November 2020.

Information about phase two of the fund can be found here –

Do not hesitate to contact your Branch for further information or advice.

See Video Clip for more info



Unison Middlesbrough

Working from home due to coronavirus, even for a day? Claim a year’s worth of tax relief!!

Required to work from home even for ONE DAY since 6 April? You can claim tax relief for the WHOLE YEAR – worth £60 or £125.

“Claiming working-from-home tax relief has exploded in the last couple of months (possibly pushed by this very blog) so HMRC has just revamped the system, with a brand new microservice to simplify the process. When we first saw it, we couldn’t quite believe it meant you’d automatically get the whole tax year’s claim, regardless of how long you were at home for”. say’s Martin Lewis.


Read the whole article HERE

Unison Middlesbrough

Local Organiser Post (6 Months)

UNISON  Middlesbrough Local Government Branch

Job Brief: Local Organiser (6 month post)

Job Description and Person Spec

Application Form

Employed by UNISON Middlesbrough LG Branch and working across all employers within the branch’s geographical coverage, the successful person will be an enthusiastic and flexible resource for organising at local and regional level.
The focus of the post is on recruiting new members directly-one to one or using simple issue based campaigning; carrying out leaflet drops; going to induction sessions; helping to draft local and one off recruitment materials.
More than simple recruiter, this new generation of UNISON organiser will link with regional organising teams and will use mapping and campaigning to help develop new activists at a branch level.

See links above to apply

Completed application forms must be received no later than 4pm on Monday 19th October 2020 by email to:
Virtual Interview Date: Friday 23 October PM


Latest UNISON Guidance on Schools

Dear Member,
The Department for Education has now published the following advice: –

Planning guide for early years and childcare settings
Guidance for secondary school provision from 15 June 2020

In addition to the above, a number of existing documents have been updated by DFE.

A full list can be here

UNISON’s Schools FAQ has been updated with some specific content on early years setting. 

There is also guidance for vulnerable employees and template letter wording to their headteacher to explain their circumstances.

All of these are also listed at the bottom under Resources on our Schools Covid-19 webpage.

PPE Not promises

PPE! Not promises

Our members in care, the NHS and other vital public services have risen to the challenge of dealing with this pandemic.
But many feel they are forced to put themselves in harm’s way every time they go to work because this government is not keeping its promises on personal protective equipment (PPE).
Staff are not the only ones at risk – their families and the people they care for are for are also in danger.
Promises won’t cut it any more: we need action.

Please go to the UISON Website Here for more information and to sign the petition


PPE, not promises

Street Enforcement team

Keeping you safe

Middlesbrough Street Enforcement Teams are keeping the public safe.
They are advising people to stay in!
They are taking calls from the public and are responding to those in need of assistance and are driving round the area in the vans to help the public keep safe.