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 […]

Temporary Covid vaccination exemption could save hundreds of jobs

Under pressure due to the crisis in social care, the government has announced that staff can self-certify if they believe they have a medical exemption or if they are pregnant,

Parliament approves mandatory vaccination for first time since 1853

Parliament has approved regulations that will make Covid vaccination compulsory for people who work in care homes.

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.

Compulsory jabs is wrong approach

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

Supreme Court blow for care workers

Supreme Court rules that care workers who provide ‘sleep-in’ shifts are not entitled to the legal minimum wage.

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.