Coronavirus guidance

UNISON branches in our region are advising, supporting and representing members as everyone works to fight the challenge of COVID-19. Our members are on the frontline, doing the important work they always do. UNISON is here to help them and their families.

Use the links below if you have questions and need advice about COVID-19 and employment.

National UNISON’s guidance: this link has more links to information for different work sectors and specific circumstances: schools, social work, universities, NHS staff, WET etc.

UNISON – Coronavirus: Your Rights At Work

School re-opening guidance

If you need financial help, use this link:

There for You: Financial help for UNISON members

The North Yorkshire Local Government branch is updating their website with tailored information for its members. It may be helpful.

UNISON North Yorkshire Local Government branch

If the currently available information and guidance does not provide you with the answers you need, members should contact their UNISON branch. If you’re not sure which branch to contact, you can use the UNISON Branch Finder tool.

UNISON Branch Finder

If the branch finder doesn’t help you, contact the Regional Centre by phone on:

0113 218 2627

Or you can use the Yorkshire & Humberside online enquiry form:

Online enquiries

These are both monitored Monday-Friday. When you leave a message we will endeavour to get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Risk escalation framework

If you work in a health or social care setting, UNISON has developed a framework to help you address concerns about inadequate PPE and infection prevention measures.

UNISON’S Health & Social Care COVID-19 Risk Escalation framework

External sources of guidance

The government and other bodies are publishing and updating information regularly. Below is some of the additional guidance available.

Public Health England guidance

Local Government Association guidance

NHS Staff Council guidance

ACAS guidance for employers and employees

DfE – Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

Public Health England: COVID-19: infection prevention and control (PPE)

Government guidance on the Job Retention Scheme for furloughed workers


This page will be updated on a regular basis.