Self-isolating and sick care staff need proper pay,  says UNISON 
Responding today (Friday) to the Department of Health and Social Care’s adult social care winter plan, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Care workers who self-isolate or take time off ill need reassurances they’ll get full sick pay. Shameful employment practices and low wages are endemic in the sector. These issues need tackling properly once and for all. “Making safety kit free for all employers should mean there’s no repeat of the fiasco earlier this year. But the sourcing and distribution of personal protective equipment must be managed centrally...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 18, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release adult social care Source Type: news

Care funding must get through to those who need it, says UNISON
Responding to the extension of the infection control fund announced by the government to help the care sector, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Thursday): “With a shambolic testing system and infection rates starting to skyrocket, care homes need all the protection they can get. “Extending the funding was the least that could be expected, but the money is simply not getting through to ​the care staff that need it. “Many are expected to get by on just £95 a week if they need to stay off work, when they deserve to be paid in full. Ministers ​must get t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 17, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release care workers coronavirus Source Type: news

NHS workers call on government to show its appreciation for them
Health staff across the UK – including nurses, paramedics, cleaners, domestics and porters – are beginning two days of campaigning today (Thursday) urging the government to give an early, significant pay rise of at least £2,000 to every worker in the NHS. Staff in UNISON branches based in NHS hospitals, ambulance stations and clinics will be using social media and taking part in socially distanced events to press home the message that health workers deserve much more than applause for their efforts during the pandemic. Health workers know the public backs an early NHS pay rise, but now want to s...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 17, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release NHS pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Retired members ’ committee announces care webinar
UNISON retired members are to hold a virtual event this autumn, after their annual conference was cancelled due to COVID-19. The union’s national retired members’ committee is organising the remote event in place of the usual conference – online and live – on Wednesday 14 October, from 11am to 12.30pm. ‘Care after COVID’, will be a webinar for retired members, looking at the impact of the pandemic on the care sector, why we need a new system for social care and the actions that need to be taken for such a service. The event will be a panel debate with the following&nb...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 17, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 retired members social care Source Type: news

UNISON president calls for a ‘ global recovery ’ after the pandemic
The conference might be virtual, but the issues are absolutely real, and UNISON members have been making key contributions on a range of important subjects at this week’s TUC congress. Josie Bird, the union’s president (pictured), addressed the general council’s statement on the need for a global recovery for working people. Pointing out that the COVID-19 pandemic has “exposed the weaknesses inherent in the neoliberal economic model,” Ms Bird continued by saying that “over-stretched, under-regulated supply chains failed to respond to the demand for personal protective equipment and vital...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 15, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 health and safety international Josie Bird TUC Source Type: news

Government must support public services and key workers to build a better post-pandemic future
Securing a better future for key workers and the public services that have been supporting communities across the UK throughout the coronavirus pandemic is the aim of a campaign launched today (Monday) by UNISON. The No Going Back to Normal campaign – promoted to coincide with the opening of the 152nd Trades Union Congress (TUC) – highlights how services like health, local government, social care and education cannot continue with the cuts, underfunding and decline that’s been commonplace for the past decade. The campaign – spanning a short film, along with pr...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 14, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release public services TUC Source Type: news

Are you with them – an appeal for solidarity donations
UNISON members employed by the charity We Are With You (formerly Addaction) in Wigan and Leigh are taking strike action over their employer’s failure to pay them the 2018-21 NHS pay award. There are 29 members involved in the dispute, and they are soon to embark on their sixteenth day of strike action. The strike and picket line will be socially distanced. The staff were previously employed by the NHS, and the charity promised that they would continue to receive the NHS rates of pay. Members would have gained an average of around £4,000 over the three years of the pay award, but instead ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 11, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article Addaction alcohol drugs and substance abuse Source Type: news

Have you contracted COVID-19 at work? Let us know  
Do you or your colleagues believe you have contracted COVID-19 as a result of your work? If so, please fill in this questionnaire. UNISON is teaming up with Thompsons solicitors to identify workers who have been affected by COVID-19, and all branches and regions are encouraged to raise filling in this questionnaire with our members. The information in the questionnaire will inform UNISON’s campaign priorities. It will help us improve workplace health and safety and a team of workplace personal injury experts will also analyse the completed questionnaires and explore every avenu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 8, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Covid-19 health and safety health and safety reps legal services Thompsons Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes police chiefs ’ report on safety
UNISON has welcomed the publication of the Report and Recommendations on Officer and Staff Safety from the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC). The report, which was released today, recommends important new measures to protect police staff – who include UNISON members – at work. These include: for the first time, the central collection of data on all assaults on, and deaths in service of police staff in England and Wales; a requirement for each force to review the personal protective equipment (PPE) of police community support officers, which comes after two thirds of PCSOs said that their PPE was inadequate...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 2, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Police and justice staff Source Type: news

The science of healthy eating: Why are we still getting it wrong? - podcast
According toa recent study, obesity increases the risk of dying of Covid-19 by nearly 50%. Governments around the world are now hoping to encourage their citizens to lose weight. But with so much complex and often contradictory dietary advice, as well as endless fads, it can be hard to know what healthy eating actually looks like. How many pieces of fruit and vegetables should you eat a day? Will cutting out carbs help you lose weight? Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?Speaking to Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King ’s College London about his new book, Spoon-Fed,Madeleine Fi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 1, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Produced and presented by Madeleine Finlay with David Waters Tags: Science Health Nutrition Coronavirus outbreak Genetics Fast food Biology Society Source Type: news

How COVID has deepened the housing crisis
As workplaces have been closed and jobs lost, the strain of managing expensive housing costs has affected both renters and homeowners alike. If you’ve found yourself in housing difficult as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, please tell UNISON here.  When lockdown came, school kitchen assistant Adriana Chirica lost all her work: “Even though the school was open for some vulnerable students, the kitchen was not. So I had no income for 8 weeks. “Our housing costs are £1,100 a month with bills on top. My husband is freelance, and though he got a grant from the government, we have still had to borr...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 28, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article Covid-19 housing Source Type: news

School staff should be allowed to wear face coverings, says UNISON
Commenting on the government’s decision to allow secondary pupils to wear face coverings in school corridors in local lockdown areas of England, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said today (Wednesday): “This is a welcome step forward but still leaves a confusing picture. “The focus on pupils is understandable but the government has already admitted the biggest risk in schools is to staff. “School staff who work closely with pupils, and move between classes and bubbles, have particular challenges. “Schools should recognise these issues and allow those who want to wear coveri...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 26, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Lucy Shaddock Tags: News Press release coronavirus schools Source Type: news

For youth workers, COVID-19 is just another challenge
It’s no surprise that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, youth workers have leapt into action to make sure that their vital work is still accessible to the young people they support. UNISON member Tony Rawlings is one of them. As a youth worker in Slough, he leads a team of five who focus on street work and young people likely to be involved in gangs. As he described it: “We tend to work with young people who others struggle to work with. We try to find out what’s going on with young people in the area and where the issues are – before the police get there. “We’ll work with young people to w...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 26, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article local government youth services Source Type: news

Housing problems worsen for members during the pandemic
The UK’s housing crisis has been made worse by the pandemic. UNISON is launching a survey to learn more about how members and their families are having to defer rent or mortgages, and struggling to manage household bills. One member, a nursery worker from East Anglia, told UNISON of the impact that COVID-19 has had on her household income, describing how she and her husband are struggling to manage and to pay bills. “I am in more debt. My husband had to close down his business and was due to start a new job in April, which he hasn’t been able to. “He has applied for numerous jobs to tide him ov...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 24, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 housing housing survey Source Type: news

School staff must be allowed to wear face coverings for safe reopening, says UNISON
Responding to a joint statement by UK chief medical officers about school reopening, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said today (Sunday): “This acknowledgement of the transmission risk between staff in schools underlines why it’s vital they should be able to wear face coverings. “It’s still unclear why government guidance won’t allow them, when they’re recommended for other workplaces. “Regular deep cleaning is also key. Schools need more money to pay for specially trained cleaners, rather than relying on other staff who’re busy enough already. “More thought must ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 23, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus schools Source Type: news

New evaluation system should help government concentrate on delivering for  social care, says UNISON     
Welcoming plans for a new evaluation system for the government’s health and care pledges, announced today (Wednesday) by the Health and Social Care Committee, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “This should encourage the government to focus on what can actually be delivered for the beleaguered care sector, and less on the headlines to be gained. “In recent months there’s often been a gaping chasm between pledges made by ministers and the reality. “The government pledged that no ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 5, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release health and social care Source Type: news

Blog: LGBT+, COVID-19 and mental health
COVID-19 has meant it’s a pretty scary time to be a human. Add into the mix being LGBT+, Black, disabled and/or a woman and life can be even more difficult. And because of prejudice and discrimination, people from the LGBT+ community are more likely to experience mental health problems. In the wider community, around 1 in 4 people are affected by mental ill health. But in the LGBT+ community these figures can be as high as 70%, with trans people – and in particular young trans people – significantly over-represented (41% having attempted to end their lives). Meanwhile, over the past 10 years dedicate...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - August 4, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Blogs equality LGBT Mental health matters Source Type: news

Sweet-taste perception changes as children develop
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) While adults prefer levels of sweetness similar to typical soft drinks, children and adolescents are less sensitive to the taste and prefer concentrations that are 50% sweeter, according to research by professor of food science and human nutrition M. Yanina Pepino and Julie A. Mennella of the Monell Chemical Senses Center. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Government must do all it can to defend jobs and stave off mass unemployment, says UNISON
Commenting on Labour’s call for the government to defend jobs and think again about winding down the furlough scheme, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said today (Thursday): “The economic turmoil of the pandemic is far from over. Workers need all the financial support they can get to avoid the spectre of mass unemployment in the next few months. “The government must pull back from the brink and continue giving a helping hand. “But ministers must also make sure that our services are in a fit state to cope with a second coronavirus wave. That means giving NHS workers an early and significant pay ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 30, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release dave prentis Labour Party Source Type: news

Sunderland members give out 3,000 gift packs to local government workers
UNISON members in Sunderland have created a heartwarming support campaign for local government workers. With 3,000 appreciation gift packs delivered to frontline workers, workplace posters and city billboards, UNISON City of Sunderland branch was determined to make sure that local government workers knew how recognised and appreciated they are. “When the country went into lockdown, it was frightening times,” says UNISON branch secretary Diane Peacock. “A lot of people were working from home, but a lot of UNISON members still had to carry on working. We wanted to do something for them to let them know how ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 29, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News Covid-19 local government Source Type: news

More cleaners needed to make  ​English schools safe for return of pupils and staff, says UNISON
Some cleaners ​in English schools are ​still having to work without protective kit and not given the ‘deep-clean’ training needed to keep people safe, says a survey published today (Thursday) by UNISON. ​ The union is calling on the government to provide schools with money to hire extra cleaners. Figures released by UNISON show that almost ​three in ten (29%) staff say there has been no increase in cleaning services since many schools reopened at the start of June. The survey was based on responses from more than 8,000 employees working in primary, ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 23, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release clean schools Covid-19 Source Type: news

Time to give a fair pay rise to all  public service workers
Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement that around 900,000 public service workers – including teachers, police and the armed forces – will get a backdated pay increase, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said today (Tuesday): “The dedication and hugely important part played by all NHS, care, council, police and school staff during the pandemic is clear for all to see. “But pay rises must be funded or already-stretched public services will feel an even greater pinch. “The government must show its appreciation by coming up with the cash now to give the rest of the NHS sta...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 21, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release dave prentis fair pay public services Source Type: news

UNISON Equality Survey 2020 – tell us about your experiences during the pandemic
Equality is one of UNISON’s core values and since 2016 we have run an annual survey asking members about their experiences of equality and discrimination at work. With so many UNISON members on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, this year we want to hear from you about your experiences during the crisis. The results will be used to direct our work with government, employers and others in keeping workers safe and fighting for better conditions at work. Your answers matter to us, so if you complete the survey and give us your email address, you will be entered into a prize draw to win up to £100 worth o...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 17, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Josephine Grahl Tags: Article Equality News black members coronavirus Covid-19 disabled members equality survey LGBT members women young members Source Type: news

The government must invest in NHS staff too, says UNISON  
Responding to the announcement today (Friday) that the NHS is to get £3bn to help prepare for a possible second wave of Covid-19, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The NHS needs all the resources available to ensure it’s well-prepared for a resurgence. Securing plentiful supplies of personal protective equipment to keep staff and patients safe and getting the entire NHS running again all come at a price. “But the government must invest in staff too. Providing the funding so everyone in the NHS can get an early pay rise this year would make health workers feel valued after all they&r...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 17, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release coronavirus health workers nhs pay Source Type: news

UNISON reports 40,000 calls to members during lockdown
UNISON has made a record number of 41,000 calls to members since the lockdown began, as the union rapidly adjusted to the circumstances created by the pandemic. In the first few days of lockdown, the union rapidly adapted its member communications plans to make sure it could still be there for members in such an unprecedented time. It was vital members knew their union was there for them and that there would be no break in contact and support. As well as launching the COVID-19 Response Fund and keeping all UNISON online channels updated with the latest information, over 300 staff (including UNISON secretary general Da...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 14, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article Covid-19 membership Source Type: news

UMass Amherst food science department receives USDA workforce development grant
(University of Massachusetts Amherst) The University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Food Science has been awarded a five-year, $482,549 grant to fund an experiential learning program for undergraduates, including independent research opportunities with faculty mentors and paid summer internships with industrial partners in the greater Boston area. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Frontline care and health workers face thousands of pounds of government  ​visa charges
​Thousands of low-paid migrant care and health staff have been shut out of a government scheme that would save them thousands of pounds in visa ​renewal fees, says UNISON ​today (Thursday). The frontline ​staff are dismayed the government has blocked them from receiving a free one-year visa extension​, which has been granted to some key workers because of the pandemic. The visa extension programme for health workers was introduced ​at the end of April and is only open to 3,000 NHS professionals, ​including dentists, physiotherapists, nurses, paramedics and psy...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 2, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release Boris Johnson Christina McAnea health Home Office migrant workers one-year visa social care Source Type: news

Together, let ’ s thank all our carers
The group unites a wide range of supporters who intend to heal divisions and reconnect society over the course of the next decade, after a bruising few years. It includes NHS bodies, including the NHS Confederation and NHS England, as well as organisations and employers such as the BBC, the Mirror, Aviva, the Young Vic Theatre and ITV. There are religious groups such as the Muslim Council of Great Britain, sporting bodies including the Football Association and UK Sport, and a number of civil society organisations like the Jo Cox Foundation, the Runnymede Trust and the Girl Guides. It has been backed b...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 30, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Clap for Carers Covid-19 NHS Source Type: news

Investment must be bigger to protect and strengthen valued public services
Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement today (Tuesday) of a “new deal” for capital investment in the UK, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The pandemic has taken a massive toll on the economy and it’ll take a lot to get the country back on its feet. “Investment in public services is the way forward. These moves are in the right direction but must be far bolder if they’re to do more than patch up the damage from a decade of cuts. “The UK can’t simply build its way out of trouble while local authorities still have to shut local serv...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 30, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus council cuts dave prentis Investment Source Type: news

Blog: Retired members are facing a raft of COVID problems
Retired members have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have underlying health problems and we are in one of the most vulnerable groups, with high fatalities. Those living in care homes have been particularly at risk. The lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health staff and care workers, together with those in their care, has been massive and led to numerous unnecessary deaths. Please spare a thought for all victims of this invisible enemy and pay tribute to essential workers who continue to risk their lives on our behalf.  All fear the unknown – not knowing who will succumb ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 29, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article coronavirus Covid-19 retired members Source Type: news

Meat workers put at risk by safety check failures, says UNISON
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has failed to carry out basic on-site Covid-19 safety assessments, which put ​hundreds of workers at risk of coronavirus infection in the meat slaughter and processing industry in England and Wales, says UNISON ​today (Monday). The union has written about its concerns to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which is now investigating whether there have been breaches of safety regulations over the failure to carry out proper workplace risk assessments. It comes as a number of sizeable outbreaks have been reported recently involving dozens of ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 29, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus environmental health food safety paul bell Source Type: news

UNISON launches new casework system to help branches
UNISON now has its own system, developed especially to help you manage your casework. You can keep your information all in one place, with stewards, branch officers and branch staff all able to access members’ case information securely anytime, anywhere – and on any device. It has a live link to UNISON’s membership system, so you can verify members status and contact details instantly. You can also refer cases to your region at the click of a button. No more spreadsheets, paper files or case forms. No more GDPR worries or having to rely on employers’ systems to store your confidential case files. Ca...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 29, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article activists activists education CaseWeb Key documents and tools for activists Source Type: news

UNISON sets out to recruit more safety reps amid COVID crisis
UNISON is launching a new campaign, Be on the safe side, to recruit more safety reps in workplaces across the UK – as the need for them becomes greater than ever. The union has campaigned tirelessly on health and safety issues to protect its members at work during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also supported its safety reps in carrying out their difficult role, whether ensuring that members have access to correct PPE, conducting workplace risk assessments or addressing the particular risks to Black and vulnerable workers. COVID-19: Your rights at work “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fact that ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 29, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News coronavirus Covid-19 health and safety health and safety reps Source Type: news

Recovered from COVID-19? You could help the NHS
Plasma donation is safe, easy and could save lives.  NHS Blood and Transplant has already collected over 6,000 units of plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19, and these have started to be used for transfusing into patients in hospital who are seriously ill.  If you have had coronavirus, you can donate at any of the 23 donor centres or pop up centres. If you, or someone you know has had a positive test – or symptoms of coronavirus – you can get in touch and book an appointment to donate by telephone at 0300 123 23 23 or online here. The article Recovered from COVID-19? You could help the ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 24, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News coronavirus Covid-19 NHS NHSBT Source Type: news

UNISON urges co-operation over reopening schools
UNISON is calling on the government to work with the union urgently, to help ensure that schools can re-open safely in the autumn. The prime minister has announced an easing of lockdown and the relaxation of the two-metre social distancing rule ​from 4 July. But reducing social distancing to “one metre plus” (one metre, in conjunction with other measures, such as face coverings and hand washing) still won’t allow schools to function normally. The union says that huge practical problems need to be overcome to ensure that: schools are cleaned properly, by the right staff; school meals are delivered ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 24, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News coronavirus coronavirus schools Covid-19 school staff Source Type: news

A national care service is the only way to prevent more deaths
The pandemic has exposed the fault lines in the social care system, which requires substantial reform if its many structural, financial and operational weaknesses are to be tackled, says UNISON in a new strategy document released today (Wednesday). Care After Covid: A Vision for Social Care sets out how the fragmented, crisis-riven sector could be transformed into a national care system. One that the union says could cope with the day-to-day challenges of caring for vulnerable people and be better prepared for a future health emergency of the same severity as the current pandemic. Improved regulation and government ov...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 24, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release adult social care Christina McAnea Covid-19 Strategy Source Type: news

Huge  membership rise for UNISON ahead of new recruitment ad campaign launch​
A new recruitment campaign, ​aimed at increasing the record number of public service workers who’ve joined UNISON since the start of the pandemic, is being launched by the union today (Monday). The 60-second animated advert is being screened on Sky, ITV, Channel 4 and YouTube with the message that no worker should feel alone in ​these uncertain times. The film was created by the GOOD Agency, with whom UNISON has worked for seven years, along with animation studio Coffee & TV. At its heart are ​the ​messages that reassurance, peace of mind and ​secur...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 22, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus membership recruitment campaign Source Type: news

Blog: Grenfell must not be allowed to be another example of justice denied
This Sunday marks three years since the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Three years since the deaths of 72 innocent people in the most horrific circumstances, in their own homes. Three years since the worst residential fire since the Second World War. The lives lost at Grenfell exposed government failings on housing, investment, safety standards, deregulation and building control. These were avoidable deaths, but the choices that could have saved lives weren’t made. And they still aren’t being made today. 23,000 households are still living in unsafe residential tower blocks – in both the social and private rented...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 12, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Grenfell Tower Source Type: news

Labour takes forward UNISON domestic abuse amendments
Jess Phillips, the shadow minister for domestic violence and safeguarding, is to take forward two UNISON workplace-related amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill. UNISON is concerned about how domestic abuse affects victims in their workplace as well as in the home. Protections at work can ensure that victims are not trapped in a dangerous relationship because they are concerned about the security of their employment. For victims of domestic abuse, work can be a lifeline to independence and survival. The amendments suggested by UNISON and being taken forward by Ms Phillips are:  Paid domestic abuse leave The governm...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 9, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News domestic abuse domestic violence women Source Type: news

Blog: A major disappointment – but just the latest for Black people
This report was eagerly awaited as its terms of reference promised action to deal with the disproportionate impact we knew that COVID-19 has had on Black frontline workers and communities. Over 60% of NHS workers who have died from coronavirus are from Black communities, rising to over 90% of doctors. Earlier reports from the Office for National Statistics and the Institute for Fiscal Studies had already highlighted the impact of social deprivation and inequalities as key factors with clear evidence that coronavirus seems to thrive on inequality. But this report makes no recommendations – not one – to deal with...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 8, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Blogs black members coronavirus Covid-19 george floyd national black committee racism Source Type: news

UNISON wins clearer COVID-19 guidance for its disabled members
UNISON has successfully lobbied for the government’s COVID-19 guidance to acknowledge that many of the ‘extremely vulnerable’ people who have been instructed to shield at home during the pandemic are also workers – whose employers may not have been sympathetic. Until the end of May, the guidance on shielding did not adequately take into account disabled people in employment. UNISON national officer for disability equality Deirdre Costigan said: “From the beginning, we’ve had members on the list whose employers were demanding that they go to work – they were not allowed to work from...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 8, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News bargaining coronavirus Covid-19 disabled members Source Type: news

Care home company under investigation following multiple  COVID deaths, says UNISON
A major social care company has been reported to regulators after the deaths of multiple residents from COVID-19, says UNISON today (Thursday). The three homes in Sheffield, where the deaths occurred and are run by Horizon Care, are now under investigation by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after staff raised a catalogue of safety and hygiene concerns with UNISON. The union has written to the CQC outlining practices at Woodhill House, Woodhill Lodge and Woodhill Grange, which UNISON says breach safety guidelines for residents and staff. Issues highlighted to UNISON by employees include managers asking care work...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 4, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release care homes Covid-19 CQC investigation Horizon Care PPE Source Type: news

Police and justice committee adds voice to George Floyd protests
UNISON’s police and justice executive committee has today joined those condemning the killing by police of George Floyd in the US. In a statement, the committee said: “We call for those responsible to be brought to justice and express our profound sympathy to the family and friends of George Floyd. “We stand with those peacefully campaigning to end all forms of racism in law enforcement, in the administration of justice and in wider society. “We join with those demanding – yet again – that the faith of Black communities in the police, courts, prison or probation must be built on foundati...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 4, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News international Police and justice staff police staff racism Source Type: news

US unrest is a reminder to stand up to racism
  Commenting on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the resulting civil unrest across the US, UNISON assistant general secretary Roger McKenzie said: “The death of George Floyd has reminded the world once again of the racism that scars US society. It exists too in the shameful brutality of some police officers, whipped up further by the disgraceful actions of Donald Trump. “That these are scenes still being witnessed in 21st century America is truly shocking. Black communities feel attacked on all sides – from the virus, the resulting mass unemployment and the appalling action...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 1, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus racism roger mckenzie Source Type: news

Kindness in the age of COVID-19
Despite the overwhelming nature of COVID-19, people have been stepping up to support their friends and their communities. Here are some heartwarming UNISON members’ experiences of kindness during the coronavirus pandemic. Alison Hann says: “Our branch welfare officer, Aly Thornton, sent small gifts to each member of her work team. “It really lifted spirits and she did it anonymously, so the gift kept giving as people tried to guess who the mystery gift giver was. “So kind, so thoughtful.” Craig Stevens from Telford explains that “the school I work in has been giving us free lun...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 28, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article coronavirus Covid-19 Source Type: news

Support staff losing sleep and suffering anxiety ahead of return to school in England, says UNISON
Anxiety is widespread among school workers about their safety, their families’ and that of pupils ahead of a return to the classroom across England, says UNISON today (Thursday). On the day unions are due to meet with education secretary Gavin Williamson, UNISON has published a catalogue of concerns from support staff who make up more than half the schools’ workforce. Teaching assistants, catering staff, administrative workers, caretakers and other school employees have told the union they are being banned from wearing protective masks, denied gloves when handing packed lunches to parents and being spat at by c...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 28, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release coronavirus schools PPE Alert Source Type: news

Making a difference for care during COVID-19
During COVID-19, care workers have been caring for those most vulnerable to the virus, while facing the triple whammy of an inadequate government response, unfair conditions and a dysfunctional care system. But UNISON has been fighting for them – and winning. Here we share some of those victories. A care home member in Norfolk contacted UNISON, concerned about a shortage of masks. The union contacted local officials who arranged for 300 masks to be quickly transferred, while supply line issues were also dealt with. In Scotland, UNISON negotiated with the Scottish government to secure the Scottish Living Wag...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 27, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Rachael Henry Tags: Article care homes care workers coronavirus Covid-19 Source Type: news

Ministers mustn ’t forget important workers delivering essential services, says UNISON
The government must do more to help thousands of “hidden workers” who are being put under extra pressure or are seeing their health put at risk as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, says UNISON today (Tuesday). Alongside the frontline health and care staff, there are people around the UK keeping essential services going, who are being largely forgotten as they too face serious dangers and are being overwhelmed with work, the union warns. They include refuse collectors, housing officers, social workers and teaching assistants whose work must continue but who are often unable to keep a safe distance or not ent...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 26, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus Jon Richards local government refuse collectors social workers teaching assistants Source Type: news

The science of making sourdough bread
The transformation of dough into a loaf is chemistry in action. With a bit of physics and microbiology. And love …If bread is rising, sourdough is soaring. Along with pasta and toilet rolls, flour was among the first products tovanish from supermarket shelves and Covid-19 inspireda home-baking boom. While Google searches for “bread” tripled in the UK in the weeks after mid-March, those for“sourdough”rose sixfold. Sourdough differs from most bread in that it contains no baker ’s yeast, relying instead on a fermented “starter” of water and flour to provide lift. This also prov...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 23, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nic Fleming Tags: Food science Bread Baking Microbiology Chemistry Source Type: news

Support staff have little confidence in government school safety plans, says UNISON
An overwhelming majority of school support staff don’t feel reassured by government claims that English schools are safe to open to more pupils from the beginning of June, according to a UNISON survey published today (Friday). Only 2% of employees felt reassured by the Prime Minister saying it was safe to open schools more widely from 1 June. Almost all staff (96%) felt ministers hadn’t put safety first when developing their back to school plans, according to the survey of 45,200 teaching and classroom assistants, cleaners, administrative, managem...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 22, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Lucy Shaddock Tags: News Press release coronavirus coronavirus schools Covid-19 Source Type: news