Compulsory jabs is wrong approach

UNISON supports the vaccination programme, but evidence suggests persuasion is better than compulsion.

Jab or Job?

Some employers are seeking to make it a condition of employment to have the COVID-19 vaccination. Our solicitors explain what your right are in this area,

Unions unite for early years rally – 3 February

UNISON has joined up with our sister trade unions to hold a rally for early years on Wednesday 3 February.

North Yorkshire Covid outbreak following mass movement of army recruits

Hundreds of young soldiers have returned to the Army Foundation College, near Harrogate, and there has now been an outbreak of Covid. We have raised our concerns directly with the Government. our new General Secretary and Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary have also taken up the case.

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.