End VAT for PPE to help combat “national emergency” in care homes during coronavirus crisis

Care providers, some of whom are struggling with the financial pressures of the outbreak, are being charged VAT for personal protective equipment

Government must up its game on PPE to protect health and care workers’ lives, demands UNISON

NHS, care and other frontline staff whose lives are on the line need immediate government action to fix inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies, UNISON is demanding today (Sunday). Government apologies and assurances the UK has all the PPE it needs are of no comfort to staff whose workplaces are running low, says UNISON. Over […]

Thousands of public service workers contact UNISON with ‘harrowing’ stories around protective kit as government asked to step up over Easter

Thousands of people working in the NHS, social care and local services have contacted a UNISON hotline in the last week expressing anxiety at the lack of gloves, masks, eye protectors and gowns where they work. Staff from across the UK’s public services say they’re scared that without the right protective equipment, they risk catching […]

UNISON challenges government’s claim that education staff don’t need PPE

Union raises strong concerns with Department for Education’s latest guidance

Government must not allow universities to fail during the coronavirus outbreak

Universities must be given extra protection during the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure their financial survival because of their vital contribution to the economy, local communities and crucial medical research

UNISON wins PPE for ambulance sector

UNISON today won their campaign at a national level to improve the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) guidance to ensure ambulance workers can wear PPE on every direct patient care job.

Promises of protective equipment alone won’t keep people safe, says UNISON

Promises of personal protective equipment (PPE) alone won’t keep NHS, care, police and other essential workers safe, says UNISON today (Tuesday) as the union urges the Prime Minister to ensure all staff get the protection they need. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has written to Boris Johnson demanding he takes action to ensure all hospitals, care homes, police […]

Care workers put at risk by lack of face masks and basic safety kit, says UNISON

Social care workers across the country are at breaking point with many being given just plastic aprons and gloves to protect against coronavirus as they support the vulnerable and elderly, says UNISON today (Tuesday). Care workers say some managers are either refusing to issue face masks or not providing training in how to use them, […]

New Coronavirus advice for schools members in England

From today, schools are only open for vulnerable children, and those whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said that in England the aim is to provide support in school for an estimated 10% of pupils. The government is clear that any children […]

UNISON signs up to the valued worker scheme with Blyth Valley Academy

The scheme is a set of commitments to treat all employees fairly.