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3. Set up a direct debit

If you are happy with a monthly fee, you can complete the Direct Debit and activate your membership right away.

4. Receive email & instant MyUnite access

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If you are not yet a member of Unite 

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Unite is the largest trade union in the UK and Ireland with members across the private, public and voluntary sectors including manufacturing, public services, transport, food, finance and construction.  Even if you are not in work, there is a place for you in our community or retired member sections.

Have a voice, take action and make change happen.  Join the union today!

What you will need to join online today

  • Personal and employment details (if applicable).
  • An email account
  • Bank details – to set up a direct debit

The sign-up process

Joining the union could not be easier.  Just follow our simple steps below.

1. Complete the Join Online form

Complete the simple form with your personal information and current job details, if applicable.

2. Find out the cost of your membership

The online application will work out your monthly membership fee based on the information you give us. *

3. Set up a direct debit

If you are happy with a monthly fee, you can complete the Direct Debit and activate your membership right away.

4. Receive email & instant MyUnite access

You’ll receive an email telling you how to gain access to the MyUnite portal.  A membership pack will follow in the post which will include your Unite membership number.

* The online application will calculate your joining fee prior to any payment being requested.

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BECOMING COVID-SECURE Labour & European Law Review Issue 681 22 July 2020

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BECOMING COVID-SECURE

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Labour & European Law Review Issue 681 

Following the government’s announcement that home-working staff should be encouraged to return to their workplace next month, the TUC is calling on employers to ensure they have adequate safeguards in place before doing so.

Accusing the government of passing the buck to employers, the TUC points out that getting back to work safely is not just a matter of returning to the workplace. It also requires a functioning NHS Test and Trace system as well as a safe public transport system if people are to be able to physically get to work.

In addition, before reopening a place of work, employers have to complete a risk assessment and ensure that the risk to workers is minimised through the introduction of measures such as social distancing. They must also consult their staff trade unions.

The TUC is therefore asking employers to ensure they have taken the following steps before asking staff to come back to their workplace:

  • Completed their COVID-Secure risk assessments as required by law, in consultation with unions and their workforces
  • Published their COVID-Secure risk assessment on their website, as the government expects
  • Taken the actions from the risk assessment to enable safer working, such as requiring social distancing and supplying PPE if it is required
  • Shown flexibility and consideration for workers’ individual circumstances, including considering caring responsibilities, those who are shielding, and those who have other health conditions, whether mental or physical
  • Allowed workers who rely on public transport to have staggered start times to prevent a rush hour crush.

 

The TUC is also calling on government to make flexible working the default and give all workers the right to work as flexibly as possible from their first day in the job. This could include the right to predictable hours, working from home, job sharing, compressed hours and term-time working.

Finally, the TUC stresses the need for employers to remember that not everyone can return to the workplace full-time or straight away. For instance, people who have been advised to shield and those without enough childcare may still need to work from home for the foreseeable future.

To read more about carrying out risk assessments and creating a COVID-secure workplace, the TUC has created a COVID Secure Check page: https://covidsecurecheck.uk/

Articles shared by Thompsons relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) are correct at the time of publication. You should check the government’s guidelines for the latest information and advice at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

 

 

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Have a voice, take action and make change happen.  Join the union today!

What you will need to join online today

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1. Complete the Join Online form

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2. Find out the cost of your membership

The online application will work out your monthly membership fee based on the information you give us. *

3. Set up a direct debit

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4. Receive email & instant MyUnite access

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Unite here for you Issue #13

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Issue 13
 Supporting our members and reps
Unite education gets bigger and better
Education can be a passport for the future. Unite has long provided the biggest adult education programme in the UK, and it’s about to get much bigger.
This Thursday, 16 July, our MC2 online education programme launches = More Choices, More Careers, More Confidence. For just £4 a month every Unite member can have access to the new platform.
Find out more and register for a FREE 30-day trial here
Fighting for jobs
Save UK jobs
Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, said last week of his new jobs retention bonus scheme that “without question, there will be deadweight”. In response, your union has launched a #SaveUKJobs campaign.
Workers are not deadweight. They are the breadwinners, supporting their families and spending wages in their communities.

Please join the fight for decent jobs and a better future. Find out more and sign up here

Unite analysis of the chancellor’s summer statement
Our general secretary Len McCluskey described the measures announced by the chancellor as having “failed the enormous test” before him to protect the jobs and incomes of working people.
The jobs retention bonus – a one-off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for every furloughed employee who remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021 – will “barely touch the sides of what needs to be done to support strategic industries”, while the chancellor’s refusal to extend a modified furlough scheme would mean a tsunami of summer job losses.

Unite is determined to win a better deal for members, to protect jobs and skills now and for future generations.

Read Len’s response in full

Unite hails deal to prevent Ryanair job losses
Unite has secured an agreement with Ryanair to protect the jobs of cabin crew. In contrast to so many aviation sector employers, the airline has taken a constructive approach and worked with Unite since it announced the cutting of 3,000 jobs across Europe to ensure job losses and the closure of bases did not happen in the UK.

The deal involves temporary tiered pay cuts that will start to be restored in 2023, or earlier if pre-Covid levels of business return.

Read more about the deal here

We Need Our Steel
Unite has teamed up with sister unions GMB and Community to launch a joint campaign for the future of the UK steel industry.
Through the ‘Britain, We Need Our Steel’ campaign, we are calling for the infrastructure and investment programme – Build, Build, Build – announced by the prime minister to aid the country’s economic recovery to use steel produced in Britain to support the industry and jobs.
Watch a film about the campaign here
Winning wages 
Unite wins at Moxy
A big Unite win for our members at Moxy hotels, one of the many brands of Marriott, who will now benefit from the job retention scheme and receive thousands of pounds in backdated wages.
Management had initially refused to furlough their workers but sustained pressure from Unite and the Swedish hotel union HRF and other Nordic unions forced the company to do the right thing.
Keeping you safe
Unite stay safe merchandise
We’ve launched a range of Unite-branded products designed to help you stay safe at work and in your communities. These include face coverings, hand sanitisers, hygiene hook keyrings, floor stickers and a self-sanitising anti-bac pen.
We expect the items to be really popular so there may be delays in production and dispatch, but please bear with us. Note also that we place a priority on UK and Ireland made products, produced by unionised workers.

More details here

Unite campaigns
Universal Discredit
Tomorrow, Wednesday 15 July, is the Unite Community online day of action, calling for a fairer social security system for all.
At a time when when jobs are being destroyed across the country, the use of benefit sanctions is unnecessary and particularly cruel. We’re calling for the government to stop benefit sanctions, end the five-week wait for payment and that the temporary £20 additional weekly payment be made permanent.
Find out more and get involved here
Summer of Solidarity
Tolpuddle festival goes online
Tolpuddle is where trade unionists come together to honour our movement’s founders and heroes and the lives, struggles and victories of rural workers. As with so many summer events, the three-day festival goes online this weekend. You can join it here

Len McCluskey has recorded a short film celebrating our #SummerOfSolidarity and thanking all our key workers who have kept us safe and our communities working during the pandemic.

Watch it here
 
Durham celebrations
The Durham Miners’ Gala also refused to be silenced by the pandemic. You can watch some of last weekend’s online Big Meeting here

And Len McCluskey recorded his own tribute to the Gala and the working people and communities it celebrates.

Watch it here
Len also wrote about the Gala and our fight for decent pay rises for key workers and NHS staff in last Saturday’s Morning Star.
Read it here

To catch up with all Unite’s statements, stories and actions on #coronavirus go to our News and Events page HERE

And to UNITELive HERE

Please do not reply to this email as the address is not monitored if you need advice or have a query please contact your regional office through the Unite website or visit the Unite coronavirus information page.

#HereForYou issue 13 is out!

MC² Education = More Choices

#SaveUKJobs campaign

#StaySafe Unite merchandise

#WeNeedOurSteel And much more

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Be smart – wear a Unite-branded face covering

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Be smart – wear a Unite-branded face covering

Unite-branded WHO compliant face coverings now available on pre-order

UniteLive, Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Unite has welcomed the government making face coverings in shops in England mandatory from July 24 in the same way that they have been required on public transport since June 11.Unite-branded face coverings, which comply with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, are also now on sale for pre-order.Although widely anticipated, the government officially made the announcement that face coverings would be mandatory in shops on Tuesday (July 14) after growing pressure to conform to action taken in Scotland and other European nations such as Italy, Spain and France.Growing scientific evidence has shown that people wearing face coverings in confined public spaces helps stop the transmission of the virus.

Making the announcement in the Commons, health secretary Matt Hanckock said, “Sadly, sales assistants, cashiers and security guards have suffered disproportionately in this crisis.

“The death rate of sales and retail assistants is 75% higher amongst men and 60% higher amongst women than in the general population.”

“There is also evidence that face coverings increase confidence in people to shop,” he added.

Hancock said the new rules would be enforced by police and would carry a penalty of £100 for non-compliance, decreasing to £50 if paid within 14 days. Shops may refuse entry to people not wearing masks and may call the police if customers do not comply.

Unite national health and safety advisor Rob Miguel welcomed the news, saying that as long as everyone wears the correct face coverings in specific settings such as shops and public transport, it can effectively stop the virus from spreading.

Highlighting the new Unite-branded face coverings now available on pre-order, Miguel said, “We spent a significant amount of time with the designers of the face coverings to ensure that the materials and construction are compliant with World Health Organisation (WHO) manufacturing guidelines.”

“The Unite face coverings have three layers. The outer layer is hydrophobic, or water resistant, and is made with polyster and lycra. The nonwoven middle outer layer is spunbonded polypropylene while the inner layer is 100 per cent cotton. This allows for good filtration and people who purchase the face coverings can be confident that they’re effective as source control coverings.”

Miguel emphasised however that they are not to be used as personal protective equipment (PPE) in health care settings or workplaces such as construction sites and should only be used in suitable settings such as shops and on public transport.

“We urge the public to ensure that any face coverings they purchase are WHO compliant, with at least three layers and made of hydrophobic material,” he added.

You can pre-order your Unite-branded face covering, which is washable up to 50 times, on our website here. Stock will be available from August 3rd.

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Unite is the largest trade union in the UK and Ireland with members across the private, public and voluntary sectors including manufacturing, public services, transport, food, finance and construction.  Even if you are not in work, there is a place for you in our community or retired member sections.

Have a voice, take action and make change happen.  Join the union today!

What you will need to join online today

  • Personal and employment details (if applicable).
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  • Bank details – to set up a direct debit

The sign-up process

Joining the union could not be easier.  Just follow our simple steps below.

1. Complete the Join Online form

Complete the simple form with your personal information and current job details, if applicable.

2. Find out the cost of your membership

The online application will work out your monthly membership fee based on the information you give us. *

3. Set up a direct debit

If you are happy with a monthly fee, you can complete the Direct Debit and activate your membership right away.

4. Receive email & instant MyUnite access

You’ll receive an email telling you how to gain access to the MyUnite portal.  A membership pack will follow in the post which will include your Unite membership number.

* The online application will calculate your joining fee prior to any payment being requested.

Further membership information and contribution rates

 

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