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Coronavirus - guidance and information from the South West

The coronavirus pandemic poses huge risks to workers. Trade unions stand ready to work with government and employers to do everything we can to protect health, jobs and livelihoods.

During these uncertain times, trade unions and the TUC in the South West are working hard to support workers understand their workplace rights and ensure they are kept safe at work.

Unions have also been at the forefront of many of the government’s support packages. From shaping the debate on sick pay, to winning an unprecedented job retention scheme, and making the case for safer working, we are showing what a difference unions can make, and playing our part in the national and international effort against the virus.

However, information is changing fast, so we will be regularly updating this page with useful information and resources to help workers, reps and officers during these times. 

What's happening in the South West

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  • Share your stories with us

Are you a union rep involved in negotiations?

Do you know of any great union wins?

Help us promote your good news by sharing any positive examples where you and/or your union have secured new workplace agreements, practices and policies during this time. 

Click here to share your good/bad news here

  •  Thank you

Even in a time of crisis, it is important to find the positives. The pandemic has rightly shone a light on the workers whose day job is to keep us going in the good times and bad. 

You can take part by joining in with the #ClapforKeyWorkers every Thursday at 8pm. Pots and pans work very well! 

Print out or share on social media Usdaw's thank you poster for all the retail, warehouse and distribution workers who are working flat-out to get food, supplies and other essential items to us and the front line. There's even a colour-in version to keep the little ones entertained.

Your rights at work 

  • Information for workers and union reps 

Workers’ rights have not disappeared – even in this crisis.

TUC are publishing regular updates and guidance on what the new rules mean for you: from social distancing, self-isolation and health and safety, to wage subsidies and support for freelancers.

Click here for TUC guidance and information

And if you're an apprentice, see:


Get learning online

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  • Support for reps 

TUC Education is ramping up it’s learning offer for reps with weekly online webinars on key issues affecting workers.

The latest include:

Classroom-based learning opportunities for traditional reps courses have moved online. We will post more information here on which courses will be made available as soon as possible. 

  • Boost your skills at home 

Unionlearn have launched their Learning @ Home training package to support thousands of workers who are working from home, self-isolating or who find themselves temporarily out of work during the current pandemic.

The package of resources provides learning opportunities that union members, their families and others can access from home. These vary from free qualifications through unionlearn’s partnership with The Skills Network, to online assessments, resources and webinars.

Click here for more information

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