Retired members news

We’re getting “back to normal” but WE MUST STAY ON GUARD
It’s July 19th and the Covid rules have been relaxed in Scotland.
Health experts are warning that it may be some time (if ever) before we
can say that the Pandemic is over. In the meantime, you must stay alert
to the virus and follow the guidelines below ….

Scottish Union Learning has organised a summer programme.

Scottish Union Learning has organised a summer programme of learning for reps and union members to develop their skills and knowledge.

The following sessions are being offered over the months of July and August:

28th July – Presenting Yourself Online with LinkedIn

4th August – Deaf Awareness Session

12th August – Employment Law: An Introduction

19th August – Equalities Legislation: An Introduction

25th August – Women & Autism in the Workplace

31st August – Human Rights Legislation: An Overview

Please click here for more information, including times and a link to sign up to these sessions.

Easing of Covid restrictions

The First Minister announced that from Monday 19th July, all parts of Scotland will move to level 0.  There though will be certain modifications made to level 0 rules, with hospitality venues required to close at midnight, physical distancing to remain in outdoor public places and people encouraged to work from home until at least 9 August. Read the full statement here

Guidance on COVID-19 Protection Levels has also been updated yesterday (13th July). The guidance sets out what you can and cannot do at each level. 

Early learning and childcare: statutory guidance – July 2021 

Statutory guidance to education authorities to support them in exercising their functions in relation to the delivery of early learning and childcare from 1 August 2021 has been published today here

This statutory guidance is issued under section 34 of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools Act 2000 (the 2000 Act) which empowers Scottish Ministers to issue guidance to education authorities on the exercise of their functions in relation to the delivery of early learning and childcare. This statutory guidance applies from 1 August 2021. 

This guidance replaces previous guidance and circulars; and should be read in connection with the legislation to which it relates. 

The main part of the statutory guidance follows the provisions as set out in Part 6 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, as it is through these functions that early learning and childcare is defined. To complement this the document also sets out additional guidance on key related legislation and policy that are out-with the scope of section 34 of the 2000 Act under which this statutory guidance is issued. 

Are You a New Heath and Safety Rep?

At the recent UNISON Special Delegates Conference, the outgoing President, Josie Bird, announced that over the last year we have recruited record numbers of UNISON health and safety reps.  The pandemic has shown the importance of workplace health and safety and the devastating consequences for members when employers and the Government get things wrong.

Have you become a UNISON health and safety rep in the past 18 months?  If so, we’d like to hear from you.  As part of our Be On the Safe Side campaign we want to recruit more reps and you can help us by sharing your stories. 

What made you become a health and safety rep in the first place? How are you finding the role? Tips for members who are thinking about becoming reps. 

If you want to support our Be On the Safe Side campaign and help grow our health and safety rep community and make workplaces healthier and safer please contact the health and safety unit on

Long Covid – Return to work risk assessments

at workers with long covid who are able to  return to work have return to work risk assessments.

The TUC recently launched a report on long covid, calling for it to be recognised as a disability.  Amongst other issues the report highlights the need to ensure that workers with long covid who are able to  return to work have return to work risk assessments.
UNISON’s updated bargaining guidance contains information on long covid and again highlights the need for risk assessments to support members returning to work.  Safety reps should be involved in discussions around the safety of members returning to work with long covid. 

Ventilation Matters – Updated Coronavirus Guidance

With growing evidence of the airborne nature of coronavirus and concerns that the Delta variant is more easily spread, we have updated both our coronavirus webpage and our  ‘How to Work Safely’ guide to include more information on ventilation and what employers should be doing as part of their risk assessments.  

The Health and Safety Executive has additional guidance on ventilation including updated advice on using carbon dioxide meters which can be found on the link below.