A TUC survey of 52,000 working mums published earlier this month revealed that 9 in 10 had experienced higher levels of anxiety and stress levels during this latest lockdown.
Nearly three-quarters (71%) of those who had applied for furlough following the latest school closures have had their requests turned down.
We always knew unionised jobs were safer: statistically, workplaces with a recognised trade union report half as many injuries. The Covid crisis has shown how much this is the case.
All too often, bosses and the government have not provided enough protection - and it’s only down to our collective organising that conditions at work are improved.
From winning sick pay to improving PPE, unions have fought to reduce the risk of workers being exposed to coronavirus, with our health and safety reps leading the fight.
Safety reps are not like other reps: they have special rights.
This week is #HeartUnions week. A chance to tell the story about why unions are vital for everyone at work, and encourage them to join a union.
We want to do two simple things:
1. demonstrate how brilliant unions are by showcasing all that we achieve for working people – especially during the pandemic.
2. encourage as many people as possible who are already union members to ask someone they know to join one too.
Take a look at our #HeartUnions materials and merchandise to download and use throughout the week.
And use the hashtag #HeartUnions to keep in touch with what the TUC and unions are saying on social media, and publicise your own activities.
This #HeartUnions week, we’re celebrating the efforts of people from across the labour movement who’ve kept our country running this year.
Throughout the crisis, our movement has worked hard to serve our communities, deliver crucial services and protect public health.
Like the Morrison's workers who kept the nation fed, and who, thanks to brilliant work from their trade union, won a £10/hour pay offer.
Or our teachers, who’ve worked tirelessly to educate pupils under chaotic ‘management’ from ministers, and who were supported by their unions when it was no longer safe to go into school.
When the shelves needed stocking - they were there. When hospitals were at breaking point - they were there. When children needed support and care - they were there. Throughout the pandemic they went to work and risked their lives to care for us.
Now we must support their demands for a pay rise. And here's how you can help.
1. Sign the petition
Join more than 50,000 people calling for a pay rise for key workers. Add your name today.
2. Use our social media graphics
Download and share these graphics on your social media feeds.
3. Keep updated
Join the list to receive weekly updates on the campaign, including resources, latest developments and social media assets.
New analysis published at the end of last week by the TUC revealed the economic hit to Yorkshire and the Humber from government plans to cut pay rises for key workers in the public sector.
The TUC is encouraging the chancellor to reconsider, and to commit to policies that will improve pay and conditions for all key workers.
These should include:
Gathering information and mapping union members is an essential part of a union rep's role, but this must be done in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations.
Join us for this webinar where we'll be talking to Edward Cooper, employment rights lawyer from Slater and Gordon, about
We've held some amazing webinars over the past few months, on mental health, supporting apprenticeships, Covid safety measures and loads more.
They're all available to watch again whenever you like. And you can see what we have coming up too.
Our new interactive guides will help you support members at every stage of the redundancy process, suggesting alternatives, making sure the process is fair and helping them to access the knowledge, training and skills they might need to move forward.
Do you want to build stronger unions in the workplace and beyond? One way you can do this is by running an organising and recruitment campaign. And our pocket guide can help.
The Trade Union Badge Collectors Society (TUBCS) was formed in the early 1980’s by a group of union activists and officials.
Their membership consists of trade union members and activists and new members are always welcome.
You can find out more about the society and how you can join on the TUBCS website.
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