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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3. Set up a direct debit

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Post-pandemic ‘Back to work’ training programme launched by Unite Wednesday 15 July 2020

 

 

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Post-pandemic ‘Back to work’ training programme launched by Unite Wednesday 15 July 2020

Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, is launching tomorrow (Thursday 16 July) its largest-ever training initiative to ensure that its members, whose jobs have been lost or threatened by the coronavirus pandemic, have the necessary skills to return to the workplace.

Unite has teamed up with internet platform Vimeo to provide a portal called MC2 which has more than 100 accredited courses available for the union’s 1.4 million members.

For £4-a-month, a Unite member and up to six additional users can exclusively access courses that dovetail with an individual’s training needs and MC2 will also match a person’s work profile to available jobs.

Unite director of education Jim Mowatt said: “The UK is facing the biggest economic crisis for three centuries because of Covid-19 – and a serious recession is very much on the cards with unemployment rates possibly rising to nine per cent.

“The jobs of tens of thousands of our members are under threat because of the slump in demand in the economy and as the furlough scheme tapers off in the autumn. There are also non-Covid-19 factors, such as the onward march of automation, that have to be taken into account.

“In a response to the crisis, Unite has created its most comprehensive training programme ever for our members, as well as for their families and friends, in the UK and Ireland who can now access more than 100 courses, tailored to their particular industry and trade, to enhance their skills.

“With the spectre of mass unemployment looming large on the horizon, we need to intervene to provide our membership with the edge they require to secure a better future for themselves and their families.

“This educational ‘passport’ will enable them to require the best possible skill-set to return to the world of work – and play their part in kick-starting the post-pandemic UK economy.

“The MC2 platform will also match an individual’s profile to available jobs – real opportunities that will help our members get back on their feet.

“The unique selling point of MC2 is that it provides vocational courses, qualifications and securing jobs all under one ‘internet roof’ which  complements the Unite education programme – the biggest adult education programme in the UK which has always been free to our members.

“Unite is committed to doing everything possible to assist our members and their families through the economic trauma we are currently experiencing – and we urge our members to take up the myriad of accredited courses on offer.

“For the price of a posh coffee each month, a Unite member and up to six additional family members and friends can open up exciting employment horizons for a new future, so they can be the best trained and skilled workers in the country.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

MC2 launch video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkrJbe3XnBM&t=12s

Unite will be asking its branches to pay the £4-a-month fee for members who wish to utilise the MC2 platform.

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065.

Please note the numbers above are for journalists’ enquiries only.

Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org

Twitter: @unitetheunion Facebook: unitetheunion1 Web: unitetheunion.org

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

 

 

If you are not yet a member of Unite 

Can you afford not to be?

 

join unite 2019

 

Join online today!

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.

Further membership information and contribution rates

 

 

 

 

 

Unite National Executive Council Results 2020

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Unite National Executive Council Results 2020

The Unite Executive Council election closed on 18th June 2020. Following receipt of the results by the outgoing Executive Council the following people below were declared elected. The new Executive Council took office on 22nd June 2020 and will hold office until 30th April 2023. The Scrutineers’ report of voting can be found here.

 

Unite Executive Council – 2020-2023

Regional constituencies

East Midlands Steve Hibbert & June Shepherd
Ireland Marie Casey & Noel Gibson
London and Eastern David Agbley, Richard Allday, Zimeon Jones & Monica Sorice
North East, Yorkshire and Humberside Michelle Smith; Andrew Dyer
North West Mary Callaghan & Tony Woodhouse
Scotland Eddie Cassidy & Helen McFarlane
South East Hayley Garner& Dominic Rothwell
South West Jayne Taylor & Chris Young
Wales Wendy Gilligan & Kerry Owens
West Midlands Julian Allam,  Maggie Ryan & Nick Wareing

 

Industrial sector constituencies

Automotive Industries John Cooper & Ken Smith
Aerospace & Shipbuilding Mick Darlington & Tam Mitchell
Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Process and Textiles Cliff Bowen
Civil Air Transport Jas Gill, Trudi Lanigan & Nigel Stott
Community Youth workers and not for profit Ruth Hayes
Docks, Rail, Ferries & Waterways Andy Green
Education Ken Drury
Energy and Utilities Tim Davison
Engineering, Manufacturing and Steel Gary Buchan & Tony Pearson
Finance and Legal Jacob Goddard & Fiona Tatem
Food Drink and Agriculture Debi Bell and Matt Gould
Government, Defence, Prisons & Contractors Chris Cadman
Graphical Paper and Media & Information Technology Tom Murphy
Health Suzanne Abachor,  Lesley Mansell & Steve Thompson
Local Authorities Lisa Colquhoun & Kathy Smith
Passenger Transport Nigel Atkinson, Patricia Davies & Simon Rosenthal
Road Transport Commercial, Logistics and Retail Distribution Mick Casey & Dave Williams
Service Industries Howard Percival
Unite Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians Frank Morris & Tony Seaman

 

National constituencies

National Black and Asian ethnic minority seat Susan Matthews
National women’s’ seat Jane Stewart
National disabled members seat vacant – by-election required
National LGBT+ members seat Jenny Douglas
National Retired members seat Phil Wiseman
National Young members seat James Mason

 

Contact

The Unite National Executive Council

https://unitetheunion.org/contact-us/

“Don’t flock to Durham on what would have been Gala day” – Durham Miners

 

 

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2020 Durhams miners gala

may have been cancelled due to #COVID19 but as trade unionists we’ll still stand shoulder to shoulder in celebration.

 

Join the Big Meeting online this Saturday, from 1pm: bit.ly/3got5Rm #DurhamMinersGala

 

“Don’t flock to Durham on what would have been Gala day” – Durham Miners

 

The Durham Miners Association (DMA) is asking people not to flock to the city on what would have been Gala day.

The 136th Durham Miners Gala was due to take place this Saturday, 11 July. The event was cancelled in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The DMA took the decision to cancel in the early days of the pandemic to relieve pressure on public services in the run up to the event, which attracts more than 200,000 people.

An online celebration will mark the day and people are encouraged to enjoy the digital celebrations at home.

With pubs reopening last weekend, the DMA is concerned that people may travel to Durham to mark what would have been Gala day.

DMA Secretary Alan Mardghum said: “We understand that people will be tempted, particularly with the reopening of pubs, to come into Durham with friends as they do each year. If people do so in large numbers, it will put pressure on our public service workers at a time they most need our support. I ask everyone who loves the Gala to act in the spirit of the day, and to continue to do their bit for our community.

“The Gala will be back next year for its 150th anniversary. We will do all we can to ensure that it is the biggest and best Gala to date. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Durham in 2021. Until then, stay safe, and take care.”

Saturday will be marked online with a series of new content celebrating the spirit and values of the event.

The centrepiece of the day will be a live online event streamed to Facebook and YouTube at 1pm.

The day is titled ‘The Second Saturday in July’ – the day on which the Gala is held each year.

Supporters of the Gala are also encouraged to use social media to post their own messages and favourite photos from attending the Gala throughout the day, using the hashtag #DurhamMinersGala.

For more than a century, the Gala was funded by the working miners of the Durham coalfield. Following the closure of the collieries, the Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala was established to ensure the survival of the event. Those who contribute through subscription are known as ‘Marras’, a Durham miners’ term for a workmate or friend who can be relied upon in times of need. Join the Marras here.

The Second Saturday in July will take place on Saturday 11 July. The live event will begin at 1pm on Facebook and YouTube.

Coronavirus Work Rights | UK Advice for Coronavirus from Unite

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Coronavirus Work Rights | UK Advice for Coronavirus from Unite

Last updated: 8 July 2020, 19:30

Check the latest information regarding Coronavirus work rights, as well as government updates on UK advice for Coronavirus.  PLEASE NOTE: Government, public health and other official advice and guidance on COVID-19 is changing on a daily basis.

This update was accurate at the time of writing, but the first port of call for public health guidance on Coronavirus should be Public Health England, Public Health Agency (NI), NHS Scotland and/or Public Health Wales. Daily government updates for the public can be accessed here.

Main Unite guidance

Please also see all the following Unite coronavirus work and employment rights’ guides:

 

 

 

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Check the official government issued guidance on support for workers, public services and businesses related to Coronavirus Employment Rights, while the government’s critical workers list is here (scroll down to see the full list of Coronavirus response critical sectors and essential workers).

Below is a list of frequently asked questions tailored by Unite’s legal department to quickly access a broad range of information and resources on Coronavirus-related issues, including support measures provided by the union and advice on employment rights. This includes advice and guidance on the new Coronavirus job retention scheme and the self-employed scheme.

Howard Beckett – assistant general secretary, political & legal affairs

 

If you are not yet a member of Unite 

Can you afford not to be?

 

join unite 2019

 

Join online today!

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.

Further membership information and contribution rates