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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 unsn.uk/PPEAlert

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


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: 
http://www.unisonnw.org/branches

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: http://www.unisonnw.org/coronavirus_official_guidance 

For other Coronavirus related queries, please email NWcovid-19@unison.co.uk

Coronavirus: official guidance

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 below, which we hope will be helpful.


‘We Won’t Pay You’: costly Addaction rebrand sparks fury as rehab workers resume strike action over broken pay promises


The national charity Addaction is set to re-name itself ‘We Are With You’ this week, but the re-branding exercise is set to be overshadowed by strike action in Wigan and Leigh. 


Charlotte Nichols MP and Warrington councillors condemn local care provider Catalyst Choices over cuts to care workers’ pay and working conditions

Charlotte Nichols, MP for Warrington North and twenty two Warrington councillors have today (Monday) written to Catalyst Choices, expressing their concern about the local care company’s proposed cuts to its employees’ pay and working conditions. The letter also notes that “frontline staff are struggling with understaffing and unmanageable workloads.”



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