High level of Covid amongst school support staff – DfE data

Estimates put 39% of teachers and school leaders and 51% of teaching assistants and other staff are working on-site in open settings in the current lockdown.

Royal College of Midwives updates Covid advice for pregnant workers

Trade union representing Midwives and Maternity Support Workers confirms that employers must use pregnancy risk assessments to show how they are removing Covid risks for pregnant women at work.

Library staff ‘scared and stressed’ about having to work during lockdown

UNISON has called for libraries to stay completely closed, to protect library workers and their families.

LATEST – advice for school members

In UNISON’s view, it is unsafe for school staff to attend the workplace at present if your school is fully opened to all pupils. We have issued advice and guidance about how to inform your Head Teacher of your statutory right not to attend an unsafe workplace,

Safer Workplaces – 1,000 new Health & Safety Reps across UNISON

Unionised workplaces are safer workplaces, especially where we have workplace Health & Safety reps. COVID-19 has reinforced the importance of having Health & Safety reps in every workplace.

School workers should be allowed to wear face coverings

UNISON says the government should be taking the lead on the wearing of face coverings in schools, not leaving it to individual Head Teachers.

Winning for our members – pregnant care worker wins £1,800 in unpaid wages

Care worker wins £1,826 in unpaid wages after being unable to work due to her pregnancy and COVID-19.

Clearer guidance still needed on face coverings in schools in England

Government should issue new guidance to allow pupils and school workers to wear face coverings if they wish.

Staff, vulnerable children and safety must be the priority for September

Ministers must work with school staff and unions to agree safe ways of getting pupils safely back to the classroom in September.

Protect you and your colleagues – become a Safety Representative

Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the game for everyone when it comes to protecting yourself and your colleagues in the workplace. We are looking to recruit a Safety Representative in each of the over 900 workplaces where we have members.