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SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

World Suicide Prevention Day is on Social Media

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News, Young People

The annual world suicide prevention day, organised by the The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) takes place today (10th September) The IASP was founded by the late Professor Erwin Ringel and Dr. Norman Farberow in 1960, and now includes professionals and volunteers ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

Unite at the TUC - Lessons from Grenfell going unheeded

IN: Health and Safety, Housing, Labour Movement, Sector News

Unite delegate and brother of a fire fighter James Mitchell spoke in support of the FBU motion to TUC , Grenfell Tower - Never Again highlighting the union’s calls for an immediate ban on the use of combustible materials on high rise blocks.   In a poignant ... Read more

JUNE 04, 2019

‘Stop exploiting staff goodwill’

IN: Equalities, Health and Safety, Sector News

Our survey reveals staff in the community and voluntary sector including for big name organisations such as Save the Children, RSPCA, Friends of the Earth, Citizens Advice, Oxfam and others found that 80% have experienced workplace stress in the last year with ... Read more

MAY 29, 2019

Epidemic of mental health issues and stress for workers in our Sector

IN: Care and Support, Health and Safety, Sector News

A confidential survey of members working within the Community, Youth and Not for Profit Sector has revealed an epidemic of stress related illness and massive mental health issues with the survey finding that 80% of respondents had experienced workplace stress ... Read more

MAY 17, 2019

Recognising IDAHOBIT and raising awareness

IN: Equalities, Health and Safety, Sector News

Unite the Union is proud to recognise International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia , known as IDAHOBIT for short, this date was chosen as it commemorates the date of the decision to remove homosexuality from classification as a mental illness ... Read more

MAY 16, 2019

Calls for action to build and promote positive body image

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News, Young People

The UK Youth Parliament has been campaigning to bring about social change since 1999. Each year, following the Make Your Mark ballot and a vote by Members of Youth Parliament in the House of Commons, they set about campaigning on ... Read more

MAY 15, 2019

Mental Health at Work - an issue all year round

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News

There are many ways in which work can contribute to or exacerbate poor mental health, and these can include the threat of redundancies, reorganisations, overwhelming workloads, being expected to do more with less, low paid jobs, discrimination or the uncertainty ... Read more

MAY 14, 2019

Stress and anxiety in the workplace

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News

Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity for branch reps and members to address the issue of mental health at work.  Branches are encouraged to help remove the stigma and discrimination that people living and working with a mental ... Read more

MAY 13, 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019 and this years theme is body image. The Mental Health Foundation have released a report setting out the individual, family and cultural influences that sometimes result in a debilitating sense of dissatisfaction ... Read more

MARCH 18, 2019

Workers’ Memorial Day

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News

Workers’ Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government on 28 April each year. Safe work is a right not a privilege. Workers' Memorial Day brings together workers and their representatives from all over the ... Read more

FEBRUARY 07, 2019

Make Time To Talk TODAY!

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet lots of people are still afraid to talk about it.  Today is Time to Talk Day and Unite and other organisations are hoping to tackle the stifling silence and stigma attached to ... Read more

OCTOBER 25, 2018

Amnesty International must improve staff wellbeing and management accountability

IN: Health and Safety, International, Sector News

Following the tragic death of Gaëtan Mootoo, Unite seeks commitment from Amnesty International to take concrete steps in improving staff wellbeing and management accountability.  Without this, it is impossible to create a safe and healthy workplace where employee ill-treatment is never ... Read more

OCTOBER 24, 2018

RSPCA commit to tackling organisational bullying and harassment

IN: Charities, Fighting Back, Health and Safety, Stories

Unite, which represents workers throughout the charity sector, has welcomed a commitment by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (RSPCA) new chief executive Chris Sherwood to tackle his organisation’s culture of bullying and harassment, which was ... Read more

AUGUST 04, 2017

Help us celebrate [email protected]

IN: Campaigning, Health and Safety, Labour Movement, Sector News

It is 40 years since the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 created the role of trade union safety representatives to improve health and safety in the workplace and what a difference this has made to workplaces up and ... Read more

MAY 10, 2017

Low paid workers offered counselling

IN: Health and Safety, Housing, Pay

Mental health issues affect around two thirds of the population, with many suffering in silence. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year's theme is ‘surviving to thriving'. This gives us the chance to highlight how issues around ... Read more

APRIL 24, 2017

IWMD 2017: An organised workplace is a safe workplace

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News

The 28th April is International Workers’ Memorial Day the day each year when workers come together and remember those who have been killed and injured at work. The slogan for the day is “remember the dead – fight for the ... Read more

FEBRUARY 20, 2017

Work Your Proper Hours Day

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News, Stories

Work Your Proper Hours Day, Friday 24th Feb 2017, is the day when the average person who does unpaid overtime finishes the unpaid days they do every year, and starts earning for themselves. We think that's a day worth celebrating. Over ... Read more

JANUARY 20, 2017

Youth Workers Breakthrough on Work Life Balance and Flexible Working

IN: Health and Safety, Housing, Sector News, Terms and Conditions, Young People

Youth and Community workers have reached a significant agreement with Local Government employers group the LGA (Local Government Association) on flexible working and work life balance arrangements which could affect thousands of people working with Children and Young people in ... Read more

JUNE 07, 2016

Alison reinstated!

IN: Fighting Back, Health and Safety, Legal Aid and Advice, Sector News

We have heard today the great news that the campaign to reinstate Alison Morris has been successful! "Following lengthy negotiations I can confirm that Alison Morris has been reinstated by CGL. Both Unite and CGL have committed to work together to ... Read more

APRIL 27, 2016

Give Alison her job back!

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Health and Safety, Sector News

Alison Morris, Team Leader with years of exemplary experience in the field of substance misuse treatment, was summarily dismissed from her job at Reach Out Recovery on 11th April 2016. Alison, an accredited Health and Safety Rep for Unite the Union, ... Read more

APRIL 27, 2016

Workers' Memorial Day 2016

IN: Health and Safety, Sector News

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don't die of mystery ailments, or in tragic "accidents". They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn't that important a priority. Workers' Memorial Day (WMD) commemorates ... Read more

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