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 supermarket vouchers – Covid-19 Response

In response to the financial difficulties that many of the West Midlands members are facing due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, a Regional programme has been put in place that will assist West Midlands members in these difficult times. This programme will be administered by the West Midlands Regional Welfare Committee. Eligibility To be eligible for […]

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 […]

Facing Present Day Racism

See below snippet from an article in The Guardian published 11th June 2020. It is an interesting read, and encourages us to face things we would not have necessarily fully thought about before. It discusses toppling the statues of oppressors and slave traders who are long since gone, and have no place to be displayed […]

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 […]

COVID-19: latest schools advice and guidance

UNISON has consistently opposed the expansion of pupil numbers in primary schools in England on 1 June. Our campaign at branch, region and national level has had successes. The government has delayed pupil expansion in secondary schools until 15 June and many local authorities, academies and local schools have decided that 1 June is too early, this has meant thousands of staff will not be going in on Monday, which will hopefully relieve some of the pressure on branches.

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 […]

How to support yourself and loved ones at this time

In the current, unprecedented worldwide health situation, we can all help support ourselves, our loved ones and our communities to thrive, even in uncertainty. We thought it would be helpful to share useful information from other sources on the Branch website right now, that members may find of interest. We do not own this content […]