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.

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.

Dear Prime Minister – please don’t take our jobs off us!

The government has consulted on plans to stop care workers in nursing and residential homes from being able to have multiple jobs. Many low-paid care workers rely on multiple jobs to pay the bills. Covid has exposed the failings in our fragmented social care system which is why we need a national care service.

UNISON demo

Care workers must not pay the price

The government is proposing to ban care workers from having multiple jobs, despite many relying on second jobs due to low pay, low hours and casual contracts

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.

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.

Care after Covid – the time for talking is over

The time for talking is over. A national care service is the only way to prevent more deaths. We need a resilient system, like the NHS.