UNISON fights to protect rights of workers with long COVID
UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea has written a strongly worded letter to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) accusing it of misrepresenting the Equality Act 2010 when it comes to workers with long COVID and their rights as disabled people. Almost 5% of the UK workforce are struggling with long COVID. UNISON’s legal advice is clear that the Equality Act 2010 means that anyone with a long-term physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial impact on their day-to-day activities, is likely to be a disabled person. On 9 May, the EHRC tweeted that workers with long COVID were unlikely to be disable...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 17, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News Covid-19 disabled members equalities long covid Source Type: news

How to trick your brain into better eating habits
Ditching the cutlery, scoffing a big first bite and discussing the carrots can help rewire our brains and make us more mindful of our mealsBefore diving in at a dinner party, my friend Lizzie always makes a point of asking the host to describe each dish they ’ve made. It’s a way of acknowledging their efforts – but, according to food psychology, she could also be helping herself and her fellow diners eat better by making them more mindful of their meal.Charles Spence is a professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University, who researches the factors that influence what we choose to eat and what we think about ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 17, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Clare Finney Tags: Psychology Food Health & wellbeing Food science Social trends Life and style Society Source Type: news

Government has run out of ideas to tackle cost of living crisis, says UNISON   
Responding to the government’s agenda as set out in the Queen’s Speech today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said: “This is a government that’s run out of ideas. Thirty-eight laws proposed but there are no answers to the biggest cost of living crisis in recent times. “Ministers haven’t grasped the seriousness of the situation. Families are being forced into debt and are going hungry. “Nothing announced today will make a shred of difference to the millions crushed by soaring living costs. European countries have done much more to shield their citizens from surging energy bil...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 10, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea cost of living Source Type: news

Sandwell leisure workers strike to open new pay battle
UNISON members in the West Midlands are taking strike action today in support of a 10% pay claim or a return to national local government NJC pay. Joined by members of GMB and Unite, this new dispute follows the fire and rehire of all 280 staff at Sandwell Leisure Trust to remove them from national pay terms in March 2021. In February this year, Sandwell metropolitan borough council announced that it was terminating the contract with the trust to run nine leisure centres across Sandwell, and looking at how to run the centres in the future, after a series of strikes by staff over their being fired and rehired. Today’s...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 10, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News local government pay West Midlands Source Type: news

TUC demo: Seven bonus reasons to enjoy a day out in London
Doing the right thing doesn’t have to be angst-ridden. You can argue for a change in how the government copes with the cost of living crisis and have some fun with your friends and family. You can demand better and have a good time too. Take in the sights. Let’s face it, all the marches through the centres of the UK’s great capitals have some great views. Closed off roads at the start of summer, doing some sightseeing, what’s not to like?And for those going on the London march, treat it as your own tour of those infamous partygate venues. Spot the Tesco! Top up your tan. Overseas travel is opening up again, but th...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 10, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article cost of living demonstration TUC march Source Type: news

Government must bring back COVID funding to safeguard ‘ lives and livelihoods ’ , says UNISON        
UNISON and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) have written jointly to Sajid Javid urging him to reinstate Covid funding for social care. The letter to the health and social care secretary says the government’s decision to end the adult social care covid infection control fund (ICF) – at a time when virus rates are still high – is an ‘incredibly dangerous move’ that will ‘cost lives’. Introduced in May 2020, the £1.75bn fund gave financial support to care providers so they could continue to pay full wages ​to staff while they were self-isolating. However, funding was stopped at the end of March in a ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 4, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release adult social care infection control fund Source Type: news

Blog: Let ’ s remember those who have died because of their work
Today, on International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD), UNISON and the whole trade union movement will lead the way in showing respect for all those who have sadly lost their lives while working. During a minute’s silence at 11am, we will also think of their families and friends, so deeply affected by their tragic loss. Most work-related accidents and diseases can be avoided, but only if employers make health and safety a top priority. Statistics suggest that, on average, 135 workers die each year in the UK from work related accidents, and a further 13,000 from preventable occupational lung diseases and cancers. But at U...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 28, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog News Covid-19 international workers' memorial day Ukraine Source Type: news

Health conference takes on a packed final morning
On the final morning of UNISON’s national health conference, delegates in Liverpool began by observing a minute’s silence for International Workers’ Memorial Day, remembering those who have died as a result of their work, and re-dedicating themselves to the fight for improved health and safety. Proposing a motion on the international recruitment and support for migrant healthcare workers, on behalf of the nursing and midwifery occupational group, Gamu Nyasoro described how she came to the UK from Zimbabwe, got a bursary to study as a nurse and moved to live in the West Midlands. She had conference laughing with her m...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 27, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2022 Health Care Service Group Conference Source Type: news

Ministers must adopt Migration Advisory Committee recommendations to beef-up care staff numbers, says UNISON
This report is yet another wake-up call for a government that’s been dozing at the wheel for decades. “No bluster, no slogans, the government must adopt the MAC’s recommendations now, so the Cinderella care sector can ​attract the new recruits it needs and retain experienced staff too.”   The article Ministers must adopt Migration Advisory Committee recommendations to beef-up care staff numbers, says UNISON first appeared on the UNISON National site. (Source: UNISON meat hygiene)
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 27, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release care Gavin Edwards migrant Source Type: news

Delegates back a range of motions on mileage and other rates
For some NHS workers, using a car for their work isn’t a choice. But with the cost of living crisis – including the rise in fuel prices – increasing numbers cannot afford to do that and some are even having to “pay to come to work, or stay at home and call in sick”. That is the shocking reality for some NHS staff described by Susan Highton, as she moved a motion for the Yorkshire and Humberside region at UNISON’s health conference this afternoon. Community and district nurses in particular often have to use a car, and those who travel the furthest for their work are disproportionately affected, as more of their...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 26, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2022 Health Care Service Group Conference NHS Agenda for Change Source Type: news

Next week – let ’ s find our voice through the ballot box
In just one week, on Thursday 5 May, UNISON members across the UK will get a chance to cast their votes in elections. Most of the council seats up for election were last contested in 2018. The political landscape of the UK has clearly undergone huge changes in the past four years. From parliamentary gridlock around Brexit to the 2019 general election Tory landslide, from the pandemic to the cost of living crisis, it’s now a different and more challenging world for UNISON members. Clearly many of the issues that can decide local elections remain the same, such as bin collections, the state of neighbourhood parks and pavem...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 26, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article News local elections Source Type: news

Health debates turn to equalities
A busy afternoon for health delegates debating in Liverpool yesterday saw them debate a number of motions covering equality issues. Domestic violence Motion 23, submitted by the national women’s committee, urged conference to address domestic violence as a workplace issue. The mover of the motion, Cheryl Perit, opened by telling delegates: “Too many women live in fear of violence.” Ms Perit added: “Home and work issues cannot always be neatly separated. Violence can frequently spill over into the workplace. “The best employers are introducing workplace policies on domestic abuse. And these policies make disclosin...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 26, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article News 2022 Health Care Service Group Conference Source Type: news

‘ This is genocide, ’ Ukrainian union leader tells health conference
UNISON’s health conference rose as one this morning to applaud Iryna Shvets, the deputy leader of the Health Workers’ Union of Ukraine (HWUU), and the people of that nation. Addressing delegates virtually, Ms Shvets, whose union organises 600,000 doctors, nurses and health support workers, in all regions of Ukraine and in more than 90% of health care facilities, said that she would like to have talked “about peaceful health care matters”. However, for the past two months, Ukrainians “have been raging a heroic struggle against the Russian occupiers”. She thanked UNISON members in London for organising a delivery...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 26, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2022 Health Care Service Group Conference Ukraine Source Type: news

Ambulance pressures taking a significant toll on staff, says UNISON
Increasing pressures on ambulance services are leaving workers “overwhelmed” and struggling to shake off work stress when they finally finish their shifts, according to a new UNISON survey published today (Monday). Emotional breakdowns, sleep problems, mood swings and the use of anti-depressants are among the issues reported by staff who have been dealing with unprecedented demand for months, says the union. The survey gives a snapshot of the colossal scale of difficulties the ambulance workforce is facing daily, with resources stretched to the limit and waiting times hitting ​record highs, UNISON says. Staff shorta...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 25, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release 2022 Health Care Service Group Conference Ambulance Sara Gorton Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes asbestos report
UNSON has broadly welcomed today’s report from the work and pensions committee, which calls for a deadline for the removal of asbestos in all public buildings. With cancers related to asbestos – including mesothelioma – remaining one of the biggest causes of work-related deaths in the UK, the committee highlighted the risk of disturbing the material and exposing workers to it when retrofitting buildings in response to net zero plans around energy efficiency. It also reported on a woeful lack of inspection and enforcement activity by the Health and Safety Executive. The committee made a number of recommendations...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 21, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News asbestos health and safety Source Type: news