LGBT+ workers health and well being

Conference notes that local government used to be an equality trail-blazer in terms and conditions for staff and also in the quality, accessibility and inclusivity of local government service delivery. This, coupled with a strong public service ethos, has contributed over the years to high numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender plus (LGBT+) workers, […]

Trade Union recognition for outsourced workers delivering public services.

Conference recognises the lack of trade union recognition with private contractors and independent companies prevents collective bargaining on issues including pay, terms and condition and securing an equal and sustainable post pandemic settlement for workers delivering public services. This is known to be a contributory factor in the perpetuation of low wages and poor conditions […]

No Going Backwards on Equality

Conference acknowledges that even before Covid, equality was increasingly being seen as a luxury in the workplace, with many employers barely abiding by the law. There is now a risk of going backwards. Challenging discrimination and winning equality is at the heart of everything UNISON does. Conference believes that there is a need to review […]

Burned Out: Young Workers and Mentally Healthy Workplaces

Conference recognises that the pandemic has taken a toll on mental health across the board. Fear and anxiety, created by uncertainty about the disease and how it is transmitted, is understandable and unavoidable, but confusing and misleading government guidance has worsened the situation. For frontline staff, particularly staff in health and social care, the experience […]

LGBT+ people; hidden figures in the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has shone a stark light on the deep and persistent structural inequalities which cut across the UK. However, the impact of the crisis on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) people has often been absent from the narrative. This stems from many factors, including failure to capture LGBT+ identities within specific research […]

Fatigue in the Water Industry

The Special Water, Environment and Transport Service Group Conference 2021 is increasingly concerned about the extent to which a decade of austerity and regulatory constraints has impacted on the safety of WET members when carrying out activities in the workplace as well as the impact on the response to the pandemic as key workers. The […]

Fatigue in the Water Industry

The Special Water, Environment and Transport Service Group Conference 2021 is increasingly concerned about the extent to which a decade of austerity and regulatory constraints has impacted on the safety of WET members when carrying out activities in the workplace as well as the impact on the response to the pandemic as key workers. The […]

Dealing with noise on operational sites

2021 Water, Environment and Transport Service Group Conference notes that UNISON members employed in some sectors of our Service Group experience hearing difficulties during and post-employment caused through noise on operational sites particularly in Water. Pumping stations are particularly noisy but all areas of plant where noise exceeds permissible limits should (but often don�t) have […]

Dealing with noise on operational sites

2021 Water, Environment and Transport Service Group Conference notes that UNISON members employed in some sectors of our Service Group experience hearing difficulties during and post-employment caused through noise on operational sites particularly in Water. Pumping stations are particularly noisy but all areas of plant where noise exceeds permissible limits should (but often don�t) have […]

Shift working health issues

This Conference is concerned about the health risks of UNISON members employed as shift workers in the Water industry and possibly other sectors covered by the Water, Environment and Transport Service Group. Regular shift working causes disturbed sleep patterns which in turn can affect concentration levels which can then cause potential Health and Safety issues […]

No back to normal for disabled workers

Conference notes that the Covid 19 pandemic has revealed the structural inequality disabled people face but has also created a once in a lifetime opportunity to confront discrimination and inequality and to rebuild society and our workplaces in a way that allows the talent and potential of disabled workers to flourish. Prior to Covid 19 […]

Homeworking as a reasonable adjustment in post-COVID local government workplaces

Conference notes that many disabled staff in local government have previously requested to work from home as a reasonable adjustment and been refused. However Covid-19 has sparked a revolution in home working and as a union we need to build on the positives for disabled workers whilst also guarding against any detrimental impact. UNISON�s National […]

Accessing reasonable adjustments during Covid-19

Conference notes that a UNISON survey of disabled members working from home during Covid-19, including local government workers, found that 53% did not receive any reasonable adjustments from their employer to help them to overcome the barriers they faced as a disabled person working from home. Only 5% had help from Access to Work, the […]

Securing an Equal and Sustainable Post Pandemic Settlement

Conference notes that at the end of the second world war the entire labour and trade union movement and the majority of society more widely coalesced around calls for a new social and economic settlement. This was based on the creation of the NHS, the welfare state and full employment policies that would address the […]

The Impact of Covid 19 on UNISON Members, Public Services and Working Life

Conference notes the immense contribution that UNISON members across the UK have made – ensuring that the most vulnerable were cared for and making sure that our communities continued to function throughout the dark days of the pandemic. Conference places on the record its profound thanks for their bravery and sacrifice during this period and […]