Dorset Council sign UNISON’s pledge to support care workers in the workplace

Dorset Council have today, Wednesday, signed up to UNISON’s ‘Stop the Spread’ pledge, a key initiative by the UK’s biggest trade union to support care workers in the fight against coronavirus. The commitments include key safety measures, such as priority testing for social care workers and providing life saving personal protective equipment. In addition, the […]

Blog: We must ensure the clapping is a catalyst for change

Tonight is the ninth ‘clap for key workers’, and I’ll be out clapping again for all the brilliant UNISON members on the frontline during this pandemic. Clapping only gets us so far though. We must continue to lobby the government, negotiate with employers and ensure that the clapping is a catalyst for change. Today, we […]

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 […]

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 […]