New PPE guidance for NHS teams

Updated rules reflect changing threat The UK Government and NHS leaders from a range of medical and nursing royal colleges have published new guidance about personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS teams who are likely to come into contact with patients with coronavirus. The guidance has been agreed by the four Chief Medical Officers, Chief […]

New minimum wages rates take effect from today

New minimum pay rates come into force for many key workers, including care staff New national minimum wage rates come into force today, bringing a pay rise for care and other workers across the country whose vital, but low-paid, work has been highlighted in the current crisis. “Today’s pay rise will make a real difference […]

PPE Alert: Tell us what’s happening at work

We know how concerned you are about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) available to you. We want to collect stories from as many workers as possible so that we can make sure the prime minister and other senior politicians hear what you have to say. You are in the front line – your […]

Promises of protective equipment alone won’t keep people safe, says UNISON

All public sector workers facing a virus threat should have the kit they need Promises of personal protective equipment (PPE) alone won’t keep NHS, care, police and other essential workers safe, says UNISON today (Tuesday) as the union urges the Prime Minister to ensure all staff get the protection they need. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has […]

Introducing new remote learning opportunities

UNISON has joined with Skills Academy to give members access to over 500 online courses UNISON is keen to ensure that members still have access to the high-quality training that the union provides, even though it’s not possible to meet face-to-face during the current coronavirus crisis. That’s why the union has formed a partnership with […]

Covid-19: Advice for our reps

This is a very difficult time for our members, many of whom are delivering frontline services at this unprecedented time. UNISON members will still need support from activists – and this will also mean challenges for our stewards and reps, including Health and Safety reps. The most important advice is that you keep yourself and […]

UNISON postpones annual conference

The union’s annual delegate conference – together with local government, water, environment and transport, and energy conferences – won’t now happen in June as UNISON members and activists are on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis UNISON’s annual national delegate conference (NDC), due to take place in Brighton in June, has been postponed because of […]

MESSAGE FROM SURREY POLICE BRANCH –UNISON

On behalf of the UNISON-Surrey Police branch I would like to extend our sincere thanks to our NHS colleagues at this extraordinary time. It’s hard to imagine just how much of a strain this is putting on each and every one of you and as police staff we are acutely aware of how critical every […]

‘Managers are bringing tea to us’: inside the 111 service during COVID-19

UNISON member and rep Stella Quentin is a 111 call handler for the South East Coast ambulance service. In normal times, the 300 call handlers in Stella’s office take around two to three thousand calls a day. The severity of calls ranges from sore throats and coughs to people who have taken drug overdoses. A […]

Show support for ‘amazing’ NHS staff risking their lives on front line, says UNISON

Everyone across the country is being urged to join a mass round of applause later today (Thursday) for NHS and care staff in a campaign backed by UNISON. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Clap for Our Carers initiative is a chance to thank all employees who are working around the clock to treat people affected by […]

Thank you to our Guardian Angels, our Public Service Champions

Local papers launch #FrontLineThankYouFund in Andover and Basingstoke to support NHS workers

Covid-19: Advice for branches

Updated 31 March 10:30am The impact of Covid-19 is a fast moving national, and international, situation with implications for all areas of our society – including with UNISON’s internal structures. The region’s priorities right now are to protect the health and wellbeing of our members, their colleagues and families, and to support our members working […]

UNISON cancels annual health conference

NHS needs put before annual gathering UNISON has cancelled its annual health conference that was due to take place in Brighton from 6-8 April. The decision has been taken in light of the escalation of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The safety of participants and their families was also at the forefront of the […]

Together in UNISON – a love story*

Lisa Hambrook and Jon Griffiths were newly elected stewards when their eyes met across a UNISON training room, back in 2016. Lisa has worked for Hampshire Police for 30 years, Jon works in the control room for South Coast Ambulance Services. “Jon worked for South East Coast Ambulance and was based in Worthing when we […]

Then and now, International Women’s Day

Women trade unionists in New York. Photo: The Kheel Center On March 8, 1857, women garment workers in New York City demonstrated against their inhumane working conditions and low wages. They were attacked by the police and dispersed. Two years later, the first female trade union in the US was formed by these women to […]