UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea hailed “an incredible achievement for our members”, as almost 200 personal injury cases, worth over £1.7m in settlements, were won in a single month this summer.
Much of the work that the union does around settlements goes unnoticed, but, working with legal partners Thompson’s, this represents an incredible service to members.
UNISON’s personal injury legal assistance scheme is completely free to use, win or lose, with no deductions from any compensation obtained.
It enables the union to secure justice for members who are injured at work and, in calling employers to account, this also means we make our workplaces safer for others too.
The scheme is comprehensive, extending to members and their families when they are injured outside work – such as in road traffic accidents – on the same completely free basis.
Helen Buczynsky, UNISON’s legal officer who coordinates the personal injury service, said: “Our members deserve a strong safety net when they have suffered a personal injury at work, and that is where we come in.
“We are very proud of what we have achieved for our members – we have won over 190 settlement cases, worth over £1.7m in August alone.”