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Category Archives: Covid-19
My employer says I have to get the vaccine as a condition of employment, can they do this?
UNISON supports vaccination in social care. The vaccine is safe and we have encouraged all members who do not have a medical exemption to get the jab.
But vaccination should be your decision and the UK government should promote persuasion and reassurance.
New legislation means that people who enter the premises of a CQC-registered care home in England for residents requiring nursing or personal care must have completed a course of authorised COVID-19 vaccine doses unless they have an exemption. Click here to read more.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve been fighting to protect UNISON members who are at the forefront of the COVID-19 response.
We are working proactively with the UK governments, employers, and other bodies to keep you safe at work and will continue to do so as lockdown measures ease across the UK.
The UK Government and other devolved parliaments are outlining plans for the easing of restrictions in the coming weeks. Different approaches are being taken by each country.
The information below is being updated to reflect the legislation and guidance as currently applied. Click here to read more.
Four education unions representing teachers and support staff are calling on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools to limit coronavirus spread.
With infections on the rise once more, the unions have issued a joint statement demanding a range of safety measures to keep education on track and reduce the risk of further closures. Click here to read more.
Around one in eight people aged 50 and over in Waltham Forest and one in 10 in Redbridge have yet to receive a first vaccination dose against Covid-19 – despite being invited to book a jab more than two months ago. Click here to read more.
The TUC are interested in the experiences of people with Long Covid in work. Including people who have lost their jobs because of Long Covid. Long Covid is the term used to describe COVID-19 symptoms that extending beyond the initial infection. Evidence on Long Covid points to symptoms of COVID-19 lasting for weeks, months and possibly years after the infection. Continue reading
Resisting unsafe work......
UNISON’s junior vice president, James Anthony, answers questions about being vaccinated against COVID-19. Click here to read more.
We’re holding our People’s Covid Inquiry now because we don’t think it’s too soon to start learning lessons about this crisis, especially while so many people are still dying from Covid-19. We believe this level of deaths was avoidable. We all deserve to know how and why this happened. Click here to read more and take the survey.
Estimates put 39% of teachers and school leaders and 51% of teaching assistants and other staff are working on-site in open settings in the current lockdown. Click here to read more.