Return to work – Protect your colleagues #BeOnTheSafeSide

Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the game for everyone when it comes to protecting yourself and your colleagues in the workplace. As the government moves to ease lockdown restrictions with the wider opening of schools and offices, UNISON is pushing for all employers to do everything possible to keep staff in their workplaces safe and healthy. […]

Overseas workers contribution to the NHS book published

UNISON is delighted to launch a book which it commissioned to celebrate the contribution made by migrant workers who have travelled to this country to work in our NHS. Entitled “Overseas Workers contribution to the NHS in Hull and East Yorkshire” it is launched to coincide with the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on Sunday 5th July.

UNISON Doncaster Raceday cancelled

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic the UNISON Doncaster Race Day on 1 August 2020 has had to be cancelled. Members who have already bought tickets should have received an email explaining how to get a refund, but if they haven’t they can email ticketing@doncaster-racecourse.co.uk and quote their booking reference number and confirm if they […]

Huge membership rise for UNISON ahead of new recruitment ad campaign launch

More than 90,000 new members already joined this year. A new recruitment campaign, ​aimed at increasing the record number of public service workers who’ve joined UNISON since the start of the pandemic, is being launched by the union today (Monday). The 60-second animated advert is being screened on Sky, ITV, Channel 4 and YouTube with the message that no worker […]

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Catalogue of errors contributed to catastrophic care death toll

Commenting on a report published today (Friday) by the National Audit Office on how the government prepared the NHS and social care for the Covid-19 pandemic, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “This is a catalogue of errors and highlights once again a complete absence of planning or thought for social care. “Discharging patients […]

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English schools pause ‘the right thing to do’

Commenting on the announcement today that primary schools in England will not have to open up to more pupils before the end of the summer term, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “This was the right thing to do. As important as it is to open up schools, the challenges of bringing back all […]

Care home company under investigation following multiple deaths from Covid-19

A major social care company has been reported to regulators after the deaths of multiple residents from Covid-19, says UNISON today (Thursday). The three homes in Sheffield, where the deaths occurred and are run by Horizon Care, are now under investigation by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after staff raised a catalogue of safety and […]

Academy chain failing to protect staff and pupils, say unions

National academy chain the David Ross Education Trust has failed to consult staff properly on Covid-19 risk planning ahead of a wider reopening of its schools, say UNISON and GMB today (Tuesday). The unions have made a formal complaint to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about the trust, which runs 34 schools in total […]

Concerns about the re-opening schools

UNISON Yorkshire & Humberside, Unite, GMB and NEU have written joint statements to Council Leaders, Local Authorities, Multi Academy Trusts and Head Teachers expressing concerns about the re-opening of schools in the region. You can find the letters here… Joint Letter to Council Leaders 20.5.20 Joint union letter to Local Authorities 20.5.20 Joint letter to Multi […]

Protect higher education

Universities need an urgent financial injection to give them a fighting chance of coming out of this crisis. A robust higher education sector will be central to getting this country through the pandemic, sustaining our public services and rebuilding the economy, but so far the government is failing to protect it. Universities need stability: they’re […]