Friday, 9 September 2016

Euro H&S Week 2016

The Aging Workforce - Euro H&S Week 2016
There’s only six weeks to go until the European Health and Safety Week 2016, with the theme this year of: “Healthy Workplaces for all Ages.”  Further information about the event can be found here, but as we count down each passing week, we’ll take a brief look at one of the relevant topical issues.

This week we’re considering the aging workforce.

Although the term ‘ageing workforce’ is often used, in reality we are all ageing, and throughout our working lives our bodies undergo numerous changes.  In many cases these changes are not significant; or are more than made up for by other positive attributes such as greater experience, improved judgement, and more job related knowledge.

However, employers must consider these changes when managing the health and safety of their staff.  UNISON’s guide, “The Aging Workforce” advises branches on how they can work with employers to ensure they meet these responsibilities in a fair and non-discriminatory manner.  Employers will also need to do more to adapt work to the changing needs of employees if the desire of successive governments to increase the employment rates among older workers is to be achieved.

Employers should carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments of the hazards their employees may be exposed to at work, and should consider any particularly vulnerable groups.  They must not discriminate against workers because of their:
  • age (unless that there is an objective justification where such treatment is proportionate to a legitimate aim), or 
  • disability (which therefore requires an employer to make reasonable adjustments).

What can safety reps do?

  • Make sure sickness absence polices recognise that older works may take more time off for chronic health problems (but are less likely to have frequent short term absences).
  • Ensure as a reasonable adjustment, that time off work due to disability is managed separately to sick leave.
  • If due to changing capabilities, job tasks or demands need to be altered or even a complete redeployment is required, make sure this is handled sensitively and with the workers agreement.
  • Ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to the working environment.
  • Make sure that relevant risk assessments, policies, procedures, and adjustments are gender and age neutral, and consider those who may be particularly vulnerable due to their age.

For further information have a look at UNISON’s guide, “The Aging Workforce.”



Friday, 22 July 2016

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Friday, 17 June 2016




THE TOLPUDDLE MARTYRS FESTIVAL AND RALLY 2016 

UNISON OXFORDSHIRE HEALTH BRANCH
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FOR UNION MEMBERS AND FAMILY/FRIENDS

SUNDAY 17 JULY 2016
LEAVING OXFORD 08:00 BEAUMONT STREET, OXFORD
(30 MINUTE RESPITE BREAK ON M27 ON WAY DOWN)
LEAVING TOLPUDDLE 17:30
(NO PLANNED STOP ON WAY BACK)

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Monday, 30 May 2016

The 2016 School uniform grants now available

School uniform grants

Families on low incomes can struggle to make ends meet, especially just before the start of the new school year. UNISON’s scheme helps members on low incomes deal with the cost of school uniforms.
The 2016 school uniform grant is now available. You can find an application form in the Resources section below – please ensure that UNISON has received this by July 15.







https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/services-support/there-for-you/school-uniform-grants/



Thursday, 17 March 2016

Trade union bill defeated by lords

David Cameron's trade union crackdown in disarray after resounding Lords' defeat. A great result in the Lords on the Trade Union bill. Government defeated on facility time, e-balloting, and political funds. Ministers may have to rethink. Well done to all our members who have been working on this. Let's keep the pressure up!