So many UNISON members are working hard day and night in the most difficult of circumstances, caring for others, and keeping the country going throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Whether they are carers, nurses, refuse collectors, hospital porters, or anything in between, dedicated public servants are going above and beyond to look after us all.

This is our space to celebrate the vital role played by public service workers combating Covid-19 and working to keep us all safe and well.

We’ll also be paying tribute here to some of the UNISON representatives and members who tragically died after contracting Covid-19. These are public service champions who fought tirelessly for the rights of their colleagues and had their lives cut short by this horrible disease. Their contribution to our union and our movement will never be forgotten.

These are some of the stories of Our Heroes. From the frontlines of the Covid-19 crisis.


Asked to give so much, on behalf of so many

As we head into the second lockdown, I have nothing but admiration and absolute pride in UNISON members

Sue Allan, UNISON Portsmouth City Branch

We are very sad to report that UNISON Portsmouth City Branch Union Learning Coordinator Sue Allan passed away unexpectedly on 14 September 2020. The news of Sue’s death shocked the branch and regional team and our condolences go out to all her family, friends and work colleagues. Sue was a committed trade unionist and always […]

Motivated staff, who never seemed to run out of energy or passion

Portsmouth Health UNISON’s Mark Inch is a trainee clinical scientist and the branch’s Labour Link and Young Member’s Officer; he was recently redeployed onto a COVID-19 ward at the Queen Alexandra Hospital and wanted to thank his colleagues for their tremendous efforts. Portsmouth has been particularly hard hit by the virus with over 200 deaths […]

Teamwork and compassion – meeting the challenges of Covid-19 testing

Agnes Sitjar, is a UNISON Steward at Andover, Basingstoke & Winchester Hospitals branch and is part of the team that was the first in UK hospital’s to develop a live test for Covid-19. Agnes spoke to us about the challenges she has been facing during Covid-19: “As a Specialist Biomedical Scientist in Microbiology in Hampshire […]

Exemptions would be welcome but health surcharge should be scrapped

Responding to Labour leader Keir Starmer’s proposal at Prime Minister’s questions yesterday (Wednesday) that health and care staff should be exempted from the immigration health surcharge, UNISON South East regional secretary Steve Torrance said: “Dealing with the pandemic has shown more than ever how NHS and care services rely on staff from overseas. It beggars belief that […]

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Your rights

All the latest information from UNISON on your rights at work during the Covid-19 crisis can be found on website and is updated continually: