​Some employers only paying lip service to Black staff’s Covid fears

The stakes are too high for employers to get this wrong, says UNISON

A mixture of relief and anxiety

It’s back to school, but far from ‘back to normal’ for UNISON members and the wider community

Support staff losing sleep and suffering anxiety ahead of return to school in England

UNISON head of education Jon Richards says delay needed so schools have time to complete risk assessments

Government should listen to scientists and pull back from 1 June start date

Independent scientists report says waiting just two weeks would halve the risks

UNISON’s 5 tests for government before school pupil numbers increase

The decision to increase pupil numbers on 1 June is premature and could put lives in danger, says UNISON

Dave Prentis blog: Safety for all workers is UNISON’s bottom line

The past seven weeks have been difficult for all of us. For most of the country, there has been confinement at home, unable to see family and friends, and a deep anxiety about what the future will bring. For many UNISON members, there has been the entirely different pressure of going to work, with all […]

Remembering together – whilst staying safely apart

UNISON is used to organising events that bring people together. But when Covid-19 means we need to show support for each other by keeping our distance, then the way that we bring people together looks very different. On Tuesday 28 April, our union was one of those that called for a minute’s silence in memory of […]

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 […]

Health and safety is clearly important… Right?

Every year, on 28th April, workers across the world mark ‘Workers Memorial Day’. This is time set aside to remember those injured, made sick or killed by hazards in their workplaces. The Health and Safety Executive report 144 worker deaths in their 2017/18 figures, with 1.4 million people suffering from a work-related illness. This year, […]

UNISON stress seminar launches new stress toolkit

Following on from a highly successful UNISON Stress Seminar held in November, UNISON has launched a Stress Toolkit for branches and activists. The toolkit has great advice on how to organising and bargain around the issues of stress in the workplace with practical help and advice. Download UNISON Stress Toolkit  

Thompsons’ Solicitors- Workers’ Memorial Day Photography Competition

Thompsons have launched a campaign to highlight the importance of health and safety in the workplace through a photography competition. The competition will be open to all with entrants being asked to submit a photograph which shows the human side of why health and safety is important. Thompsons’ want to encourage members to submit photos that illustrate […]

28th April is Workers’ Memorial Day

Each year on 28 April, International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) is marked around the world to Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living. We remember those killed, made ill, or injured by their own or someone else’s work. Their pain and suffering and that of their families should not be forgotten. We also renew our […]