Pregnant Workers and Covid-19/Coronavirus

If you are pregnant the government has issued “strong advice” that you should work from home, if possible and to be particularly stringent about ‘social distancing’ during the coronavirus pandemic. Your employer should therefore consider allowing you to work from home. If your job isn’t suitable for home working then your employer should consider whether […]

If you think you or someone you live with has Coronavirus

What should I do if I think I have the symptoms of, or have had, close contact with someone who has had, COVID-19? For the latest information on symptoms, what you should do and how long you should self-isolate, see the “staying at home information” from the NHS. A change to the self-isolation period from […]

Reporting Incidents

Across Birmingham City Council there have been a number of incidents in recent months of aggression from the public. If you have experienced these kinds of incidents it is very important to make sure to fill in incident reports, its not acceptable to feel threatened or attacked in work. We understand some colleagues do not […]

What if I don’t feel my workplace is safe?

We believe that our members should never be in a situation where they might endanger themselves and others in the course of doing their jobs. Putting you in that situation is potentially a breach of health and safety law and may spread coronavirus to people in high-risk groups. As a last resort, when faced with a dangerous […]

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Branch Disabled Members Officer has produced a reading list of books that have characters with disabilities in them. It is also Disability History Month. This year’s theme is Access- How Far have we come and how far we’ve yet to go. Birmingham Libraries have a variety […]

Disability Live!

Like many other organisations, UNISON has had to cancel many of its conferences and meetings as a result of COVID-19. But the UK’s biggest union has democracy at its heart and still wants its members to be involved. With this in mind, UNISON’s Disabled members have organised a series of virtual events in place of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Disability Rights UK Shielding Survey

Disability Rights UK completed a shielding survey,  which revealed a huge sense of lack of safety and neglect for disabled people during this pandemic. “Eighty-five per cent of people shielding feel unsafe going outside since the relaxing of lockdown rules on 1 June, according to a new survey by DR UK. Only two-fifths of people […]