Care home deaths expose social care system ‘unfit for purpose’, says UNISON

Figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics show almost 1,000 care home deaths in the South West linked to coronavirus up to 8 May. In Bristol, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, COVID-19 deaths in care homes now exceed deaths from coronavirus in hospitals. The weekly increase in care home deaths is also higher […]

New ways for members to get legal help from UNISON

During the COVID-19 crisis, UNISON has changed its processes to make it easier for members to get legal support at no extra cost, as part of their union membership.

Health unions publish blueprint for the safe opening up of the NHS

Fast, comprehensive and accessible testing, and the ongoing, ample supply of protective kit are among measures that must be in place for the NHS to be opened up safely as the UK begins to ease the lockdown, say health unions today (Friday).

Give an extra clap for operating theatre staff, says UNISON

UNISON and The College of Operating Department Practitioners mark annual National ODP Day.

Education unions’ agree statement on the safe reopening of schools

Ministers should step back from 1 June target and put safety first.

Blog: Heroes need more than medals and applause

Many of us were irked when the Mayday bank holiday was replaced by a VE Day holiday this year.  As a movement we’re uncomfortable about the celebration of war, even when it’s the war against fascism in Europe. The Covid-19 crisis is often likened to a war and gives too many male world leaders the […]

UNISON Care Worker Safety Charter launched

UNISON has today (Thursday) called on private social care providers in Somerset to sign up to its Care Worker Safety Charter and take immediate action to protect care workers, service users and communities against Coronavirus. The six standards in UNISON’s charter outline simple steps care providers can take to adequately protect workers. The measures include […]

International Nurses Day

Next week, the union will be celebrating the work that nurses, midwives and nursing associates do every day to help the people of the UK and we need your help. We’re proud of the vital jobs our nurses, midwives and nursing associates do every day to help people. Nurses and midwives make a very real […]

Somerset coronavirus testing welcomed by UNISON

Over 340 health and social care providers in Somerset have access to the service.

Corserv care workers count cost of coronavirus

Care workers employed by Corserv in Cornwall have today (Friday) been told that they will not receive a cost of living pay rise in April. The news comes just hours after residents of Cornwall took to the streets for what has become a weekly clap for key workers during the coronavirus pandemic. In a joint […]

Blog: Thank you!

Thank you. Those two words don’t quite seem enough right now, but thank you to all of our incredible members, thank you to the key workers keeping our public services going and thank you to those who are leaving their families to care for others. I know the extraordinary effort and dedication UNISON members across […]

An empty day room at a care home

Care home deaths across the South West triple inside a week

Data published by the Office for National Statistics that shows more than 279 people have died of Covid-19 in care homes in the South West.

Call for minute’s silence to honour all workers who have died from coronavirus

The country is to be asked to observe a minute’s silence next Tuesday (28 April) to remember all the health, care and other key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus, in a campaign launched today (Monday) by three health unions.

Branch Officers Training Weekend Postponed

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, and the uncertainty over how long the current measures will be necessary, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Branch Officers training scheduled to happen at Croyde Bay in July.

The only badge a care worker needs is a union badge

On Tuesday night Health Secretary Matt Hancock addressed the nation and offered care workers a CARE badge. In our view, the Health Secretary should be focussing on PPE shortages, increasing care workers pay and improving their terms and conditions. The only badge care workers need is a union badge. We highlighted this on our Facebook […]