South West Young Members

South West Young Members

The South West Young Members Forum is where young members from the South-West meet to share ideas, run campaigns on issues that impact young workers, and find out how to get more involved.
The group acts as the voice of young workers in the South West, brings together active young UNISON members, and helps to facilitate new young members’ involvement in the union.
Our meetings are open to all young members (under 27) in the South-West. Our meetings are currently held online, every other month.

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Fighting for the Right to Disconnect

Imagine you are at home, it’s nearing 5pm and you are still struggling to see the bottom of your inbox. The country is in national lockdown, so you have no plans for the evening. You live in a flat share with flatmates you sometimes don’t get along with, haven’t seen your family, friends or significant other in weeks. You think to yourself, I might as well just keep on working another couple of hours – what else have I got to do?

Or maybe imagine you’re at home on a Sunday evening and receive a message in your work colleagues’ group chat. It’s from your manager asking you to cover for a colleague tomorrow and work late. After all, you don’t have childcare responsibilities, so they thought you could help. You think to yourself, Well, I guess I don’t have a choice?

Everyone has a story like this. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant more and more people across the country have experienced increased levels of loneliness and mental ill health.

It’s clear remote working is not going anywhere, so it’s time we talked about the right to disconnect.

What is the right to disconnect? The Right to Disconnect is the ability not to engage in work-related electronic communications such as emails or messages during non-work hours. To put it plainly, it’s about feeling you are able and find it easy to switch off your laptop at the end of your work day, and don’t feel like you need to work late or are constantly reminded about work (through emails and notifications)

 Right to Disconnect campaign info

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Email us at swyoung@unison.co.uk

 

Resources

USWYM – Right to disconnect campaign

What is the right to disconnect? The Right to Disconnect is the ability not to engage in work-related electronic communications such as emails or messages during non-work hours. To put it plainly, it’s about feeling you are able and find it easy to switch off your laptop at the end of your work day, and don’t feel like you need to work late or are constantly reminded about work (through emails and notifications)