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).
UNISON and The College of Operating Department Practitioners mark annual National ODP Day.
Ministers should step back from 1 June target and put safety first.
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 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 […]
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 […]
Over 340 health and social care providers in Somerset have access to the service.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
Newspaper ad says ‘Thank you’ to all the UNISON members leaving their loved ones to care for ours.
Plans to cut the pay of Torbay refuse collectors because of the impact of the coronavirus crisis are ‘cynical and unnecessary’, says UNISON. The workers employed by TOR2 – a partnership between Torbay Council and Kier Group – were told today (Friday) they’d face mandatory pay cuts and possible job losses due to the impact of Covid-19. UNISON, which represents the workers recently described by the Government as ‘essential’, is baffled by the TOR2 move. Unlike other businesses […]