This pandemic has been incredibly tough on our communities and has exposed the true damage of the past decade of ideologically driven austerity and relentless privatisation. Many who were already in poverty are being pushed further into deprivation. Communities are having to adapt to social distancing measures, including being without so many of our loved […]
Extend furlough and sick pay for those protecting loves ones
Responding to new figures released that show a steep rise in coronavirus deaths due to the inclusion of those in care homes, UNISON regional secretary Clare Williams said: “Care workers have been crying out for essential safety equipment, clear guidance and widespread virus testing for weeks. The risks have been plain to see and these […]
Everyone around the UK is urged to take a moment tomorrow (Tuesday) to remember with a minute’s silence the health, care and other key workers who have died as a result of coronavirus.
UNISON believes that the latest guidance provided by the DfE is insufficient and fails to deal with the practicalities of trying to apply social distancing in schools.
Enlisting the help of some of the million plus people who’ve volunteered their services to the NHS during the pandemic could be key to increasing testing of health and care workers, says UNISON today (Wednesday). Health secretary Matt Hancock has admitted that drive-in centres are not ideal for everyone. and UNISON says this is particularly the case for […]
As the unions representing school support staff – UNISON, GMB and Unite – we represent over half the school workforce. Our members have been essential in keeping schools open during the Covid-19 crisis for vulnerable children and children of key workers. Our members include teaching & classroom assistants, administrative and site staff, cleaners, lunchtime supervisors, […]
No matter how difficult the last few weeks have been and will likely continue to be I am in awe of how our members have stepped up and worked incredibly hard during the crisis
Commenting on the health secretary Matt Hancock’s announcements at the Downing Street briefing today (Wednesday) about care workers, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s right that the care, compassion and selflessness of care workers should be given proper recognition. They’re putting their lives on the line. “But for all the warm words and promises about […]
Care providers, some of whom are struggling with the financial pressures of the outbreak, are being charged VAT for personal protective equipment