UNISON wins Access to Work victory

Union pressure sees government make changes to scheme to help disabled people working from home in the pandemic. UNISON has won a major victory for disabled workers, after the Department for Work and Pensions announced that new help will be available to disabled people who are working at home, with Access to Work extended to […]

Give disabled people the right to work from home after Covid-19

Survey shows majority are more productive home working but employers not allowing them. Disabled employees work​ing from home during lockdown say they​ have been more productive and took fewer days off sick than when ​they were doing their job​s in the office, according to a survey published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. The union is now calling on the government to give disabled people a new right to work from home […]

School Uniform Grant

In response to the growing difficulties many members on low incomes face, a programme has been put in place that will assist our most vulnerable members with the cost of purchasing school uniforms. How much are the grants? They are one-off grants of £50 per school age child, up to a total of £150. Am […]

There for You – During Covid-19

If you are a member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whatever the circumstances, There for You can offer you support. We can provide one-off grants to those in difficulty due to coronavirus, or other financial assistance for those experiencing unexpected hardship. COVID-19 Response Fund There for You has set up a special response fund […]

Personal Development and Wellbeing Pilot Course

The Branch will be organising a pilot course in personal development and wellbeing in partnership with the Global University of Lifelong Learning in the near future. This is a unique opportunity for accredited personal learning, at no cost to members. In the current circumstances this will be organised online with support.The beauty of the course is […]

Unison National Guidance for Disabled Members – Covid-19

COVID 19 – know your rights Guidance for disabled members and those with underlying health conditions. We know that disabled people are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than non-disabled people. The government has acknowledged this and has produced guidance for two groups of workers with underlying health conditions that it calls “clinically vulnerable” and “extremely clinically […]

Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

Right now we are in unsettling times, with lockdown easing in England and guidelines changing on a daily basis we know some people may be feeling uneasy and anxious about what is to come and that the isolation may have had a negative affect on people’s mental health. Below you will find a number of […]

Upcoming Online Members Courses

UNISON are offering these courses to Members which can be booked and accessed online, see below for further details and booking form. Online Mental Health awareness – 24th June 2020 – 10am-1pm This will help participants understand the main mental health problems that people face and provide a basic insight in to the experience of […]

Free Courses Available

There are a new range of online courses that are available for UNISON members have been created by The Skills Academy. It gives UNISON members access to over 550 free, fully CPD certified courses – there is a wide range of courses, on a multitude of subjects: HR Sales/Marketing Medical related courses (such as ADHD […]

Can you refuse to work because of Coronavirus?

Information from the TUC, published 11th May 2020. What are your rights if you refuse to work because of safety concerns over coronavirus at your workplace? Last night, the prime minister encouraged workers who can’t work from home and who don’t work in industries that are closed down to return to work. This announcement took unions and […]