Heatwave Advice

As many parts of North Yorkshire are under a Red Warning for extreme heat tomorrow (Monday 18 July) and Tuesday 19 July, UNISON and the TUC have issued advice to members about the impact of the heatwave on workers and what employers must do to keep you safe. Sadly, there is no legal maximum temperature […]

Calling all FE and Sixth Form college members!

Want the chance to think about your own development away from the stress of daily working life? To meet like-minded colleagues from across the UK? To discuss how we can build the union to make your voice stronger?

Unions call on government to recognise Long-Covid

TUC calls on the government to officially recognise Long Covid as a long-term health condition under the Equality Act 2010.

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.

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.

Early Years and Nurseries should be included in partial closure of schools

UNISON says that pre-schools, including nurseries, must be closed except to educate the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable.

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.