Somerset County Council has reaffirmed their commitment to care workers, promising them full pay for COVID related absences. The announcement comes after negotiations between UNISON and the council and means that if care workers are required to self-isolate they can afford to do so. In August 2020, the council became the first in the South […]
Women in key worker positions across the South West are losing sleep, spending more on household bills, and worrying about the pandemic’s impact on their children’s education and mental health, according to a survey published today (Wednesday) by UNISON.
UNISON welcomes announcement that care workers who haven’t had a dose yet can make an appointment.
Care home staff in the South West are still not receiving weekly Covid tests despite government promises, according to a survey published today (Thursday) by UNISON.
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 […]
School support staff have been treated to care packages from UNISON as pupils have returned to the classroom. The packages were delivered to schools across Plymouth and Torbay over the last week. The packages are part of a wider campaign from the UK’s biggest trade union to have more health and safety representatives in the […]
Health managers must take immediate action to sort out communication issues which left staff in the dark about major Covid-19 difficulties at Weston General Hospital in Weston-super-Mare, says UNISON today (Thursday).
Responding to figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics showing more than 1,000 coronavirus related deaths have occured in South West care homes, UNISON South West regional secretary Joanne Kaye said: “Over 1,000 families in the South West have lost loved ones to COVID-19 in care homes, many haven’t even had the chance to […]
An overwhelming majority of school support staff don’t feel reassured by government claims that English schools are safe to open to more pupils from the beginning of June, according to a UNISON survey published today (Friday).
UNISON has today (Friday) awarded Discovery a silver award for meeting key standards in UNISON’s Care Worker Safety Charter. The award signals that Discovery are a regional leader in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus in care homes. Silver award recognises that Discovery have proactively engaged with UNISON and has met most of the […]
Cleaners, porters and catering staff working at Bodmin Hospital who are required to self-isolate could receive less than £100 per week, says UNISON. These frontline staff undertake vital jobs for the NHS but their employer GFM has said that employees will only receive statutory sick pay (SSP) if they are required to stay at home with […]
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 […]
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 […]