National Advice for Schools Workers

National UNISON Covid-19 Advice for Schools Workers-

UNISON has now provided updated information for schools workers on the national website.  This can be found here.

You can also download UNISON’s Frequently Asked Questions for Schools Workers in England as a pdf here.

If you have further questions or need UNISON’s advice on your situation or the situation in your school, please contact Southend Branch on unison@southend.gov.uk or by phone on 01702 215980 (leave a message).

National Advice for Social Care Workers

National Advice for Social Care Workers

UNISON nationally has issued advice for social care workers – follow the link below to read this.

Coronavirus advice for social care workers

Southend UNISON will also do everything we can to support our members locally. You can reach us on unison@southend.gov.uk or by phone on 01702 215980 (leave a message). 

If you or your colleagues are union members but do not receive emails from UNISON, please email us at unison@southend.gov.uk to enable us to ensure we can keep in touch with you.

Please keep in touch with your union over these issues, whether with good stories about how we are coping safely or your concerns and worries, so we can collectively support each other in what are unprecedented times.

Latest Advice for Schools Workers

Schools Workers – Latest Advice from UNISON

UNISON appreciates these are extraordinary times for all with increased anxiety and emotions running high. The latest news of some schools staying open has no doubt added to this. As a branch we will continue to support our members and to ensure we all get the best advice and information.

Southend Local Government UNISON’s latest advice on the current situation is:

  • You should not be in school at work if you, people you live with, or people you care for are in an ‘at risk group’ (see UNISON’s  national website www.unison.org.uk for the details on this)
  • The school  should seek volunteers to work where possible
  • Large staff meetings should not be held
  • You should only be caring for children who have no other means of care due to the critical role their parents have (around 10% of the school population) – the school needs to be clear with parents that if they can care for their children they should
  • You should not be at work if you are not directly supporting children. For instance, you do not need to be in school to be put on a rota to clean out the cupboards! Heads should be minimising contact by minimising numbers of workers in the school. This in turn will minimise the risk of infection
  • You should have access to PPE (personal protective equipment) such as hand sanitisers and wipes.

Working over the Easter holidays:

  • You need a break too – try and negotiate what rota best suits you over this time. Maybe have a week as a block of time off if this is appropriate?
  • You should get paid for working over the holiday –  if you prefer time off in lieu then ask but be aware this might be hard to take and the current situation may last for a long period of time.

The local UNISON website www.unisonsouthend.org.uk  and the national website www.unison.org.uk   have information for all workers and this information will be updated regularly. Please share this resource with colleagues.

We will be contacting schools directly to inform them of our concerns and expectations as above. Remember you do have rights and while you will be working hard to do what you can for children, do not place yourself at any unnecessary risk.

If you or your colleagues are union members but do not receive emails from UNISON, please email us at unison@southend.gov.uk to enable us to ensure we can keep in touch with you.

Please keep in touch with your union over these issues whether with good stories about how we are coping safely or your concerns and worries, so we can collectively support each other in what are unprecedented times.

UNISON Coronavirus Advice

Coronavirus advice for UNISON members-

If you have any concerns relating to how your Employers or management are dealing with the virus within your workplace please start with the following link to UNISON’s national website for information:
UNISON Coronavirus graphoicIf you have raised concerns about coronavirus with your employers or managers and their response has not been reassuring then email us at unison@southend.gov.uk with a subject heading of CV19.
Give us details of your issue and we will aim to follow these up collectively with your employer where appropriate to do so.