Category Archives: Covid-19

Schools told to teach outdoors if five pupils test positive for Covid......

Schools have been told to consider moving classrooms outside when they return in September if five pupils test positive for Covid-19.

A new academic year will start in a matter of weeks as school children return to class following the summer holidays.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus advice for social care workers......

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.

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Returning to the office: your rights at work......

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.

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Bring back face coverings to limit school Covid disruption......

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.

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Figures show vaccine hesitancy in East London......

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.

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TUC: Have you had, or do you have, Long Covid? If so we want to hear from you.......

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

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Resisting unsafe work......

Monday 1st March 8-9.30pm

Join Zero Covid and the Hazards Campaign to hear from speakers from across the labour movement on the fight for safe workplaces.  Click here to read more and register.

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Vaccinate, don’t hesitate!......

UNISON’s junior vice president, James Anthony, answers questions about being vaccinated against COVID-19.  Click here to read more.

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People’s Covid Inquiry – learn lessons, save lives......

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.

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DfE stats reveal high level of COVID infections among school staff......

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.

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