COVID 19 – **UPDATE** TESTING, HOMEWORKING & PPE

LSGvt_L2_IJBs_re_PPE_to_Social_Care_Settings_230420 Coronavirus+testing+priorisation+matrix+during+lockdown+phase+25+April+2020 (1) Colleagues UNISON had a meeting with the National Director for Testing, Wendy Wilkinson.  She outlined that the reason that tests are not being provided to asymptomatic people is because of the unreliability of the current test and the risk of it giving a false negative result in those instances.  Only an antibody test […]

Workers Memorial Day 2020

Colleagues In addition to the 11 o’clock minutes silence, tomorrow we will mark “Workers Memorial 2020” albeit in a very different way. This year is particularly important given the current global COVID 19 pandemic. Many public and community service workers are putting their lives at risk in the delivery of emergency essential services for our […]

COVID 19 – MEMBERS UPDATE

SJC62COVID19CasualWorkerPayments 170420 JF Letter to Health Boards re Testing 170420 Dear Colleagues Firstly I would like to thank all those UNISON Members who are continuing to support the essential frontline service delivery to our communities. UNISON Members have responded in great numbers and that is why your health, safety and wellbeing are at the heart of our discussions/negotiations with […]

UNISON MEMBERS – UNISON SCOTLAND’S SERVICE GROUP CHAIRS STATEMENT

Colleagues Please find below a joint statement issued by UNISON Scotland’s Service Group Chairs. Please stay safe, fit and healthy during the current pandemic and if you are not part of the emergency essential service response – please stay home. Coronavirus update from service group chairs 14 Apr 2020 Thanks Mark Ferguson Branch Secretary

COVID 19 **UPDATED GUIDANCE** – Non Healthcare Setting

Colleagues Please find below new guidance for those working in non-healthcare settings. We will be discussing this new guidance with our employers asap, please be patient whilst this is being done and any required changes to current arrangements will be actioned as early as possible. https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/web-resources-container/covid-19-guidance-for-non-healthcare-settings/ Can I also bring to your attention information from […]

DOMESTIC ABUSE AND COVID-19

Colleagues, please find below a helpful briefing should any member be experiencing problems and require advice. Many thanks Mark Ferguson Branch Secretary   DOMESTIC ABUSE AND COVID-19 The physical workplace can be a place of safety for those experiencing domestic abuse. Now, with stringent social distancing measures in place, that option may be gone. In […]

UNISON MEMBERS – COVID 19 PPE (Joint Statement)

Colleagues, Last night I took part in my capacity as Chair of UNISON Scotland’s Local Government Committee in a meeting with the Deputy First Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Social Care, Cabinet Secretary for Communities & Local Government, COSLA and other Trade Unions – alongside Johanna Baxter, UNISON’s Head of Local Government (Scotland) to […]

COVID 19 – PPE **URGENT UPDATE**

Colleagues Last night I took part in my capacity as Chair of UNISON’s Scottish Local Government Committee in a discussion with the Deputy First Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Cabinet Secretary for Community & Local Government, COSLA alongside Johanna Baxter – Head of Local Government (UNISON Scotland). This meeting was called following UNISON’s letter to […]

Urgent Advice

Colleagues You may seen in the media that there has been new advice issued by Scottish Government regarding (PPE). We received late last night updated advice regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from Scottish Governments, Clinical Nursing Officer – Fiona McQueen. This advice is contradictory to  the advice issued last week in UNISON’s view and could put our […]

UNISON press release

New guidance for home and social care staff in Scotland puts home care staff at risk   Read the full press release New guidance for home and social care staff in Scotland puts home care staff at risk