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UNISON North West Schools Forum Statement: Catering Companies and Furlough

Over the last two weeks it has been brought to the attention of the Schools Committee that some catering companies may be trying to work around Cabinet advice in relation to school staff not being furloughed.

Thank You

UNISON publicly thanks members working during the crisis.

Thousands of care workers respond to UNISON North West survey and share their horror stories about the reality of working in care during the pandemic

More than 2600 care workers have responded to a UNISON North West survey and shared the shocking truth about the lack of support for care staff during the ongoing public health crisis.

Thousands of public service workers contact UNISON with ‘harrowing’ stories around protective kit as government asked to step up over Easter

Thousands of people working in the NHS, social care and local services have contacted a UNISON hotline in the last week expressing anxiety at the lack of gloves, masks, eye protectors and gowns where they work.

‘Callous’ Warrington Primary Academy Trust criticised as it presses ahead with plans to make staff redundant during Coronavirus crisis

Warrington Primary Academy Trust (WPAT), which runs six schools in Warrington and Halton, has come under fire as it has ploughed on with a controversial staffing restructure process in the midst of the ongoing national health crisis.

Promises of protective equipment alone won’t keep people safe, says UNISON

A group of women who are part of unison behind a purple transparent background. In the foreground a pink banner with the text PPE Alert written on it. Beneath the banner is the text

All public sector workers facing a virus threat should have the kit they need. Share your PPE story here:

Private hospital firm under fire as it refuses to pay NHS rates to staff who self-isolate due to coronavirus

Health provider BMI Healthcare is failing to support its own staff during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Supporting There For You During the COVID-19 Crisis

In these uncertain times, There for You’s work is vital

In this strange time I felt I must write on to you all on behalf of the North West Regional Welfare Committee, I hope you are all in good health and are staying safe. We are thinking of everyone during what will undoubtedly be a difficult few months ahead.

UNISON North West Regional Office Closure

The UNISON North West regional office is closed until further notice. New rules have been put in place by the government that mean we have to change how we work. The government have said that travelling to and from work should only be done where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

UNISON North West is still completely operational and can provide advice and support to all members who need it. Branch officers and regional organisers are working remotely. If you have an issue, you should contact your branch in the first instance. The list of branches can be found at:

If you are a branch officer and need support, you should contact your regional organiser as you normally would.

We are receiving an increasing number of enquiries regarding what members and their employers should do to minimise the risk of Coronavirus infection at this worrying time. We have compiled some official guidance documents here: 

For other Coronavirus related queries, please email [email protected]

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