Stress Risk Assessments

Under section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers have a duty to ‘ensure, so far as is reasonably practical, the health, safety and welfare at work of all…employees. This includes minimising the risk of stress-related illness or injury to employees and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 […]

Covid-19 latest schools advice and guidance

UNISON, GMB, Unite, NEU, NASUWT and NAHT have issued a further joint statement as affiliates of the TUC about the safe re-opening of schools. Together we are calling on the government to hold off on increasing the number of pupils in schools and nurseries in England on 1 June. We all agree we need a […]

Local Government Pay Update

Following on from our last newsletter on the current pay claim UNISON has received an update from our national office following further consideration of the employer’s final response to the 20/21 pay claim.

Furloughed Members

UNISON is acutely aware that due to the current pandemic many of our members have been or may become in the next few weeks furloughed by their employer and some members will face financial hardship as a result of this. Clearly when balancing financial commitments consideration will be given to the merits of TU membership. […]

COVID-19 testing for CBMDC employees

In response to the management of COVID-19, it is essential that key workers who are self-isolating can be tested as early as possible to establish if they can return to the work place. The test available is a PCR test, to test whether you have COVID-19 and is not an antibody test to identify if […]

Schools bulletin – April 2020

We write in relation to the Coronavirus epidemic and how the school and unions can continue to work together to protect staff and pupils during this unprecedented time. The top priority of UNISON is to encourage schools to limit the spread of the Coronavirus and support our NHS and other key workers. This is evidenced […]

Domestic and sexual abuse – You are not alone

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Update for members within Place

Parks and landscapes During the last week UNISON became aware that our member working as gardeners were being required to work a 44 hour week cutting grass. Our concerns relate to should these staff be classed as essential workers and be asked to come into work and then the need for these staff to be […]

Update for members within Neighbourhoods

UNISON became aware that Management within Harris Street were asking staff within the depot to amend their working day. The proposal was for staff to start work at 6.30am and finish at 3.00pm. On behalf of UNISON I can confirm that we were not spoken to so the calls from members on this subject came […]

HSE issues social distancing warning to employers

The UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned employers it will hand out enforcement notices to those who do not comply with the two-metre social distancing rule in workplaces that remain open during the coronavirus outbreak. The regulator said it is ‘constantly reviewing’ the situation and will consider taking action against those who flout […]