For us to face the challenges posed by this global pandemic it is important that we look after our own health, safety and wellbeing.

Members who are self-isolating or working from home should maintain contact with family, friends and colleagues by telephone, through social media and maintain contact with your employer.

Adjusting to the new arrangements may be difficult and challenging, UNISON has in place several supports for members and I would ask that you look at these should you need to access them.

We understand that domestic arrangements vary and in some cases members may need to seek advice or assistance that is not work related. Locally we have a Branch Women’s Officer – Morag McGuire and Branch Welfare Officer – Katie Kernachan who are here to help. Remember UNISON also has it’s own charity for members “THERE FOR U”. Should you wish to discuss anything with them, leave your details by telephone or email and they will call you back (Please note that if there are times that may not be suitable let them know).

Members’ health & safety @ work is of the utmost importance to us whether working from home or co-ordinating/providing essential services at the frontline, UNISON Renfrewshire’s Branch Officers are maintaining dialogue with our employers in order to raise and address any concerns.

Please follow government advice to “STAY AT HOME” if you can do so – this is showing support to your colleagues who are caring for vulnerable, infirm and isolated members of our community.

I am proud of the response by UNISON members in Renfrewshire to this global emergency and you are owed a tremendous amount of gratitude for doing what you do best.

Please stay safe, fit and healthy.

Mark Ferguson
Branch Secretary