Voting has opened for the NEC election

   
Voting has opened for the NEC election    
The ballot papers have been sent out for one of the most important elections in UNISON’s democracy – for seats on the union’s national executive council.

It’s not just about voting yourself. General secretary Christina McAnea asks everyone to spread the word – to friends, family, colleagues, anyone who’s a UNISON member – to exercise their democratic voice.  
News from UNISON  
Human rights: UNISON demands due diligence in supply chains The union is part of a civil society coalition demanding a UK law that holds companies and public sector bodies to account if they fail to address both human rights abuses and environmental damage.

A ‘failure to prevent’ law would increase protection for workers, communities, human rights defenders and the environment.  
Christina McAnea walks the Memorial Wall General secretary Christina McAnea has visited the National Covid Memorial Wall, along the South Bank of the Thames in London. The mural consists of thousands of red and pink hearts, each one commemorating 150,000 people who have died of the virus.  

Calling her experience “incredibly moving and very emotional”, Ms McAnea says the wall – and the messages that have been written on it – “really brings home to you that every single death is the death of an individual who was loved.”  

Coming up   Health: International Nurses’ Day 2021 The theme for this year’s celebration of the nursing community, on 12 May 2021, is A voice to lead – a vision for future healthcare. UNISON wants branches and members to join its live event and share their stories.

Update April 2021

LG Pay 2021  

Preparations are underway for the consultative ballot and further campaign resources will be circulated in advance of the ballot opening.   

LG Hustings – Thursday 15th April, 7pm

Three of the five major parties have now confirmed they will send a representative to our online hustings event which will be live-streamed on Facebook. 

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LG ‘One Year of Covid’ Survey –  Members should have already received a national reminder, however please see link below

Return of schools 

As you will be aware nearly all pupils are due to return to full-time school when the Easter holidays end. 

However, children who are on the shielding list are advised to stay at home until 26 April, in line with advice from the Chief Medical Officer. All other pupils, will return to school once the summer term starts. 

Strict 2 metre physical distancing between pupils in secondary schools will be removed and schools will consider how they can strengthen other mitigations. 

Following the national expansion of lateral flow testing, twice-weekly tests are available for all school staff in primary, secondary and special schools and for secondary school pupils. 

More info on the return of schools here: 

https://www.gov.scot/news/return-to-full-time-school

Reassurance of Safety of COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test  

There have been inaccurate posts on social media and on-line regarding the safety of Covid-19 lateral flow tests in relation to the use of ethylene oxide in the sterilization of the swabs. We urge everyone to get their facts from reputable sources. 

Dr Fu-Meng Khaw, Public Health England COVID-19 Incident Director, said: 

 “Parents, children and staff should feel reassured that lateral flow tests used in schools have been rigorously tested and are completely safe to use on a regular basis. Any suggestion otherwise is inaccurate and harmful misinformation.” 

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said:  

“Lateral flow tests have been rigorously tested and are safe to use on a regular basis. Any suggestion otherwise is inaccurate and harmful misinformation. 

“The manufacturers have confirmed that 1-2ug/g of ethylene oxide is used in the swabs, which is well within national/international safety standards. 

“We are working closely with social media platforms to help them identify and take action to remove incorrect claims about the pandemic, including deliberately false information that could endanger people’s health.”