Your right to request flexible working.

The NHS Staff Council, on behalf of NHS trade unions and employers, has jointly agreed revisions to Section 33 of the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook, which will include a new day one right to request flexible working. Read More Here NHS-Staff-Council-joint-statement-June21

Health and Safety postbag July 2020

Health & Safety Postbag – 16 July 2021 There have been a number of incidents where safety equipment has activated and persons have been injured as a result. It might not be us today, but it could happen. Fire extinguishers have been known to discharge the powder content which has hit the eyes of a […]

Health and safety post bag June 2021

          Health & Safety Postbag June 2021 Working Safely Near Open Water: As summer approaches and the pandemic restrictions start to ease, it is predicted there will be an increase in the number of people having staycations which include holidays on rivers, beside lakes and at seaside locations. Over the past […]

LAMP Covid testing trials

                                                                                                          “LAMP” – […]

Long term absence from work (blue light driving)

                                                                                  Long Term Absence from The Workplace I have been giving much thought to the […]

Black Members Meeting

Dear member Following on from the recent Race for Equality survey that was sent out, Unison is organising a meeting for black members  to meet as a group as there was a lot of interest placed around this.  Any black members that would like to attend, please feel free to come along by following the […]

Joint statement from EEAST and UNISON on holiday pay

Joint statement from EEAST and UNISON on holiday pay   A national framework agreement has been agreed between employers and NHS trade unions in the context of ongoing litigation regarding the calculation of the payment which staff receive during a period of annual leave. A recent legal case found that staff may not have been […]

Night worker health assessments

NIGHT WORKER HEALTH ASSESSMENTS   The Working Time Regulations 1998 require employers to offer free health assessments for those workers who are required to regularly work at night. Under these regulations, a ‘night worker’ is someone whose daily working time includes at least three hours of night time working between the hours of 23:00 – […]

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) – 2nd Notice of Contraventions

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) – 2nd Notice of Contraventions The HSE served the Trust with another Notice of Contraventions (NoC) on Thursday 18 March 2021 relating to material breaches of (1) The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and (2) The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Fit Testing of […]

Face Masks…Who is being Protected?

Face Masks; Who is being protected? The current advice is that we should be wearing face masks in enclosed public places unless exempt on medical grounds but a commonly asked question is “do the face masks protect the wearer from other people or protect other people from the wearer?” Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) such as […]