Speech from Branch Secretary Steve North, International Workers Memorial Day 2020

Below is a transcript of the speech delivered by our Branch Secretary Steve North during the Salford City Council International Workers Memorial Day commemoration on Tuesday 28th April 2020. Thank You City Mayor and Thank You Councillor Hinds. Please can I start by following you in paying tribute to the late Councillor John Ferguson. He […]

International Workers Memorial Day 2020

Today we commemorated International Workers Memorial Day 2020. We came together to remember those who have lost their lives, not only through this pandemic, but for other reasons related to their work – and we resolved to fight for the living, particularly by redoubling our efforts to ensure key workers have the correct PPE, access […]

Covid-19 Update: 27th April 2020

This email principally concerns issues of PPE in all social care settings – public, private and voluntary sector. On Thursday afternoon, we were contacted by members at a Salford care provider, who were concerned that they were not being provided with the correct PPE. We immediately contacted the provider, the NHS and the Public Health […]

International Workers Memorial Day

On Tuesday 28th April, we will commemorate International Workers Memorial Day, where we remember those workers who have lost their lives or had their health seriously affected by their work. Every year this is a poignant occasion for us, but this you it is particularly so. Nobody should go to work and not come home. […]

Update – 20th April 2020

Updated government guidance has been published on working safely in care settings. We would advise members to read the guidance in full, but to assist those who may not immediately have the time, the most significant development is the recommendation that surgical masks should be worn in all circumstances where there is the potential to […]

Member Update – 9th April 2020

The statement below was sent out as an email to members on Thursday 9th April 2020. As we approach, what will no doubt be a very different Easter weekend, we wanted to get a message out to members. We know that more of our members will be working than usual this weekend – and we […]

Welfare Support

The information below was sent out as an email to all members on 7th April 2020. It was pulled together by our Branch Welfare Officer, Paula Lawless. We hope it will be of assistance. Further to the email we sent out earlier about enhanced support for City Council employees, we would like to draw your […]

Health and Safety Update on PPE

Even though, a couple of elements relate solely to social care, the content of this email is relevant to all members. This email focuses specifically on PPE. The information contained within it supersedes all previous guidance, including that contained in last night’s social care email. Although, to be clear, the other points in the social […]

Member Update – 2nd April 2020 – Social Care Breakthrough

The information below was sent out to all members on 2nd April 2020. It should be read in conjunction with the latest Government guidance on PPE and Infection Control. We will seek to post updated guidance on this website, whenever it appears, so please check for regular updates. Dear UNISON Member This email is principally […]

Member Update – 30th March 2020

The information below was sent out as an email to all members on 30th March 2020. Dear UNISON Member, This is our first member update of this week. Based on the types of contact we are receiving from members, the areas I want to focus on today are shielded status, homeworking, job retention (furlough) and […]