Safe workplaces – what does the law say?

Labour MP for Middlesbrough, and Shadow Employment Rights Secretary, provides a useful thread about your rights at work.

Any return to work must be safe

Yesterday (Sunday 10 May) the Prime Minister announced what appear to be slight changes to the advice about work during the Coronavirus emergency. This is what he said on going to work: We now need to stress that anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged […]

UNISON launches Covid-19 support fund for members

UNISON provides £250,000 fund to provide grants to members who are struggling financially due to Covid-19.

Government must support local Councils on the frontline of Coronavirus response

Our branch has joined calls for the government to provide further financial support for local councils who are at the forefront of the battle against Coronavirus.

Council workers pause to remember

Council workers across North Yorkshire paused for a minute silence yesterday, 28 April 2020, on International Workers’ Memorial Day, to remember workers who have lost their lives at work.

Pause to remember those workers that we have lost

Every year we remember workers who have lost their lives at work on International Workers’ Memorial Day. This year we are marking it with a minute silence across the country at 11am on Tuesday 28 April.

Further changes to government furlough scheme

Lots of our members in the private sector have been put on ‘furlough’ leave by their employer, under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This means that, rather than be made redundant, they will be kept ‘on the books’ and the government will reimburse their employer for up to 80% of the their normal […]

Care home death numbers: “a national disgrace”

Our General Secretary, Dave Prentis, says care workers still face lack of PPE.

Working together with NYCC to support essential services

Hundreds of our members have volunteered to be deployed to different roles, or work different hours to support the Covid-19 response. We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NYCC to reassure members that these new arrangements are temporary.

UNISON asks government: why ignore school support staff?

UNISON’s National Secretary has written to the Secretary of State for Education to ask why there has been no recognition of the role of support staff in schools during the Coronavirus emergency