Our members in care, the NHS and other vital public services have risen to the challenge of dealing with this pandemic.

But many feel they are forced to put themselves in harm’s way every time they go to work because this government is not keeping its promises on personal protective equipment (PPE).

Staff are not the only ones at risk – their families and the people they care for are also in danger.

Promises won’t cut it any more: we need action.

UNISON is demanding proper PPE for every member of staff who needs it, for every day that they need it. Will you add your voice?

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PPE advice

Are you worried about your own safety at work, and want to check what PPE you should have?

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PPE advice for care workers

PPE advice for health workers

A daily fight

Our members are working hard every day, and we’re doing the same to fight for their protection.

If we could add in the efforts of every single one of our amazing UNISON reps, branches and regions, this timeline would be a mile long. Our whole union is working together to try to keep members safe in their vital work.

Click the arrows or swipe the timeline to read about some of UNISON’s interventions throughout the crisis so far.

Latest

Government failings over protective kit meant lives were lost

Care workers were forced make their own safety kit, buy it themselves or go without

Getting help with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

UNISON knows that some staff groups may have less employee voice within an organisation. This means they may not feel able to raise concerns with their employer about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Shockingly poor government planning left health and care staff vulnerable to the virus

Ministers reacted too slowly when buying protective kit

Close up photo of person wearing surgical face ma

Politics can’t interfere in the approval of PPE, warns UNISON

Political pressure to approve substandard PPE does not bode well for HSE independence once the UK finally leaves the safety of the EU, says the union

Health and care staff need reassurance about next stage of the pandemic, says UNISON

UK PPE production will guarantee supplies and cut shipping

Tell us your story

We want to collect PPE experiences from as many workers as possible so that we can make sure the PM and other senior politicians hear what you have to say. You are in the front line – your views are the only ones that matter.

Go to the PPE Alert

Get PPE advice

Are you worried about your own safety at work, and want to check what PPE you should have?

Check our general PPE advice

PPE advice for care workers

PPE advice for health workers

Share

Will you help put the pressure on? Once you’ve signed and shared the petition, you could also share our PPE Not Promises social media graphics, with the hashtag #PPEnotPromises.

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Could you stick a poster in your window too to show your support?

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