Thousands of public service workers contact UNISON with ‘harrowing’ stories around protective kit as government asked to step up over Easter

Ministers need to get to grips with supply problems Thousands of people working in the NHS, social care and local services have contacted a UNISON hotline in the last week expressing anxiety at the lack of gloves, masks, eye protectors and gowns where they work. Staff from across the UK’s public services say they’re scared […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coronavirus – your rights at work

Updated: 1 April 2020 at 15:45 As the COVID-19 virus spreads, find out what your rights at work are. Government guidance released on 23 March advises that everyone should stay at home and only go to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home. Many of our members can’t work from home due to […]

Covid-19 guidance for NHS trusts and health staff published

Advice published to reassure staff and public but alert them on need for vigilance

Covid-19 deep-clean advice for members working in schools

UNISON has been made aware that some schools have been closed as a precaution due to potential risk of exposure to Covid-19, commonly known as Coronavirus. In some instances school cleaners were subsequently instructed to do a deep-clean of the schools. UNISON branches and regions have rightly intervened to stop our members being put at […]