Leicestershire Care Home employer plans cuts to pay and sick leave

Care home employer’s plans to cut pay and sick leave for over 100 staff ‘beyond belief’, says UNISON Plans by a major Leicestershire care home employer to make drastic cuts to pay, sick leave and holidays for more than 100 staff have today (Thursday) been condemned by UNISON.  The move by Leicestershire County Care, whose parent company Johnson Care […]

UNISON Challenges NHS Trust Over Failure to Furlough Bank Admin Staff

UNISON members who work as Bank Administrators at University Hospitals of Derby & Burton (UHDB) are no longer employed primarily due to a temporary downturn in elective activity as a result of COVID-19. UNISON believes that there are 35 staff directly affected and many are UNISON members with years of service. On 31st of March […]

Paying tribute to those who have lost their lives in the fight against coronavirus

To coincide with International Workers Memorial Day we have produced a film paying tribute to health and care workers across the East Midlands who have lost their lives to coronavirus. Click here to view the video directly on youtube You can also view and share the video on our facebook, twitter and instagram UNISON and other unions […]

Derby City Council Redeploy Staff to Help With COVID-19 Response

Derby City Council have over 150 colleagues working in other roles across the authority – providing vital resource to our key services.  A great example of this, is staff from Traffic & Transportation, who have been redeployed to help with various tasks at the first medical triage ‘hot hub’ that opened at the University of Derby on Monday (20 April).  One […]

Stranded shipment of safety equipment from Turkey leaves Lincolnshire hospital staff in ‘impossible position’

Frontline health staff in Lincolnshire are facing impossible choices as they balance their own health with that of their patients after serious delays to a consignment of imported personal protective equipment (PPE). The RAF has sent planes to collect much-needed PPE which is still sitting on the tarmac at a Turkish airport but should have […]

Safe working for frontline staff across Lincolnshire must be a top priority

NHS, care and other frontline staff whose lives are on the line need immediate government action to fix inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies. Government apologies and assurances the UK has all the PPE it needs are of no comfort to staff whose workplaces are running low. Over the weekend workers from hospitals and care […]

Contracts, Commissioners and Chaos – broken public services laid bare by Coronavirus

Directors of Adult Social Services say that the supply chain for PPE has been “shambolic” and that testing for care workers hasn’t been properly thought through.   An important intervention from this influential group of local government professionals.   From the outset of the Covid-19 crisis UNISON has been demanding the appropriate PPE for all our public services workers.  While the media narrative has focused on our big […]

UNISON Members Stand Up For Health & Safety Across Lincolnshire NHS

A key part of the national pandemic response is to get as many people as possible to work from home in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community and in our workplaces. Nowhere is this more important than in our NHS – where we must safeguard our front-line, patient facing staff from […]

NHS organisations must be honest with staff over PPE stocks, says UNISON

New Public Health England guidelines have watered down the level of protection needed for front line health staff battling the Covid-19 epidemic. Staff will be told they can now use plastic aprons rather than full-length gowns, when there are shortages. UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “These are absolute worst case scenario measures, which staff […]

Speaking up for our members: “Thank You”

As the nation prepares to clap for carers – including health and other key workers – UNISON is speaking up for our members with national and local newspaper ads. The ads thank UNISON members for the extraordinary work they are doing to fight coronavirus. As the public continues to pay tribute to health, care and […]