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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 to understand their workplace rights and ensure they are kept safe at work.

Unions have already 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 as we play 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

To stay up to date on all the important news, guidance and campaigns, make sure you sign up to our newsletter here.

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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. 

Email: southwest@tuc.org.uk  

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. Below you will find links to resources from social distancing, self-isolation and health and safety, to wage subsidies and support for freelancers.

Click here for the latest TUC guidance and information for reps 

In there you will find information on:

Unionlearn, the learning organisation for trade unions and in-work learners has also added to its many materials that will be equally useful for all reps and workers affected by the pandemic: 

And more. See here for the latest news and resources available.

 

Get learning online

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Support for reps 

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

Sign up for the next sessions here

Classroom-based learning opportunities for traditional reps courses has also moved online. 
REGISTER HERE for the latest courses for new and existing reps in the South West

Boost your skills and future 

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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