Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Let’s say thank you to all our key workers



UNISON has become a partner in the /together coalition, which this weekend will unite the country to celebrate the NHS’ birthday and commemorate all those who have died from the coronavirus.

Click HERE for the full story from UNISON 





Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Tax relief for homeworking

You may be able to claim tax relief for some of the bills you have to pay because you have to work at home on a regular basis. You cannot claim tax relief if you choose to work from home.
You can only claim for things to do with your work, for example, business telephone calls or the extra cost of gas and electricity for your work area.
You cannot claim for things that you use for both private and business use, for example, rent or broadband access.
From 6 April 2020, your employer can pay you up to £6 a week (£26 a month) to cover your additional costs if you have to work from home. For previous tax years, the rate is £4 a week (£18 a month).
You will not need to keep any records.

Friday, 12 June 2020

The trades union congress (TUC) needs your help

Help us keep workers safe when they return to work after lockdown by testing our new website. We need your help to ensure employers are acting responsibly and keeping their employees safe by conducting COVID-Secure risk assessments.

Employers should publish their risk asseements on their websites. But so far, very few employers are publishing them, and we fear many are ignoring their duties altogether. 
We want you to help us report employers that are neglecting their responsibility. So please spare some time to check out our new reporting website https://covidsecurecheck.uk/ 
The website lets workers:
  • Add a risk assessment they’ve found, or flag an employer that hasn’t published.
  • Join a survey panel to help crowdsource safety data on workplaces as more return.
  • Get advice on how to address safety concerns in the workplace.

Your thoughts and help will be hugely useful in building this new resource.
If you’ve got time, please
 Thanks for your help in making our workplaces safer as members go back to work.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Wellbeing Webinars

Monday 22 June | 11:00 - 12:00
Friday 10 July | 11:00 - 12:00

We are excited to announce a special course for all UNISON members.

What will this course cover?

How to identify and manage stress
Practical ways to improve wellbeing - from exercise to meditation
How to manage exposure to the media
How to manage your inner critic (inner coach debate)
Additional resources and activities to boost wellbeing
This training is provided free to all members.

To apply, please email your membership number, full name and date you would like to attend to educationse@unison.co.uk.


Open University Mental Health Awareness Webinar

This training is provided free to all members. 

Friday 3 July | 10:00 - 13:00

Open University will be delivering this course, open to all members within the South East. 

What will this course cover?

Discuss facts about mental health and mental health problems 
Challenge myths and misconceptions 
Explore public attitudes and stigma 
Understand social and medical responses to medical distress 
Explore what might be helpful to promote mental health 
Focus on some workplace examples


To apply, please email your membership number and full name to educationse@unison.co.uk.



Sunday, 10 May 2020

The Government’s new slogan, but the message is still the same.




But the message is still the same.


  1. Stay at home whenever possible 
  2. Work from home if you can
  3. Limit contact with others 
  4. Stay 2 meters apart
  5. Wash you hands regularly 

If not rocket science Stay home - Protect the NHS - Save lives 



Friday, 8 May 2020

Thursday, 7 May 2020

COVID-19 response fund launched


There for You is UNISON’s unique charity, set up to help members in difficulties – and this year, the COVID-19 crisis is making life harder for many of our already-stretched members.

The welfare charity has set up a special fund to respond to calls for help because of the pandemic, with £250,000 set aside for members in need. Our members can only apply for a grant if they know about it so please share as widely as you can.

For full story just click Here or for application form Click Here





Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Supporting your mental health while working from home

A Message From Mental Health First Aid England

As more organisations move to online working, human connections are more important than ever.

Here are some ways to support your mental health, reduce feelings of isolation, and feel connected with colleagues while working remotely.

You can read the full guidance document here: https://mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self...





Friday, 24 April 2020

Coronavirus: Disinfectant firm issues warning after Trump comments

A leading disinfectant producer has issued a strong warning not to use its products on the human body after Donald Trump suggested they could potentially be used to treat coronavirus.
Reckitt Benckiser, which owns Lysol and Dettol, said "under no circumstance" should its products be injected or ingested.
President Trump faces a backlash over his comments at a briefing on Thursday.
Disinfectants are hazardous substances and can be poisonous if ingested.
Even external exposure can be dangerous to the skin, eyes and respiratory system.
Mr Trump's comments have been heavily criticised by doctors and have generated a huge online response. They have provoked hundreds of thousands of comments and caused well-known cleaning brands to trend on social media.
Reckitt Benckiser, which also owns the brands Vanish and Cillit Bang, said its products should not be administered "through injection, ingestion or any other route".
"Our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information," the company said in a statement.
The full story can be found at  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52411706



Thursday, 23 April 2020

International Workers’ Memorial Day

Tuesday 28 April is International Workers’ Memorial Day. It's something we mark every year as we vow to "remember the dead; fight for the living”. In the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak, that has an added significance.

That's why UNISON, the Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Nursing called for a minute's silence at 11am on 28 April to remember those who have lost their lives in this pandemic: UNISON members, family and friends, people in our communities and those our members care for.
Read more about IWMD and Tuesday's one minute silence




Saturday, 18 April 2020

A thought for the weekend


I'll tell you a tale, that's been recently written.
Of a powerful army, so Great it saved Britain.
They didn't have bombs & they didn't have planes.
They fought with their hearts & they fought with their brains.
They didn't have bullets, armed just with a mask.
We sent them to war, with one simple task.
To show us the way, to lead & inspire us.
To protect us from harm & fight off the virus.
It couldn't be stopped by our bullet proof vests.
An invisible enemy invaded our chests.
So we called on our weapon, our soldiers in Blue.
"All Doctors, All Nurses, Your Country needs you".
We clapped on our streets, hearts bursting with pride.
As they went off to war, while we stayed inside.
They struggled at first, as they searched for supplies.
But they stared down the virus, in the whites of its eyes.
They leaped from the trenches & didn't think twice.
Some never came back, the ultimate price.
So tired, so weary, yet still they fought on.
As the virus was beaten & the battle was won.
So many of us, owe so much, to so few.
The brave & the bold, our heroes in Blue.
So let's line the streets & remember our debt.
We love you, our heroes. Lest we forget.­čîł





Friday, 17 April 2020

Thank you from ODS


ODS workers thanked

Refuse collectors at ODS have been receiving thanks from our residents for their continued delivery of the collection service. We sent out our filmmaker, Sharon Woodward, to film the collectors’ appreciation. Please take a look at the resulting video 







Thursday, 16 April 2020

What to think about before you forward that message

We're all worried about the spread of the coronavirus and sharing information on social media can help us feel like we're supporting our family and friends.
But the threat of misinformation is real.
The BBC's Zeinab Badawi explains how to check whether what you're about to forward is real or fake, and how to slow the online spread of falsehoods which can put lives at risk.

Click here to see more



Monday, 6 April 2020

Please make sure your details are correct during these difficult times.



During these unusual times Oxford City Branch of UNISON will be keeping you up-to-date via email only and to make sure we comply with the GDPR laws this is done via the UNISON WARMS systems (Web Access RMS) only 

If during the last two weeks if you have not received any emails from us it maybe because your details are out of date or you do not have an up to date email address logged on the system, to simply resolve this you can go online at  https://www.unison.org.uk/my-unison/ this site allows you to manage and update your own personal details or you can send us a valid email address to office@oxfordcityunison.com and we can update it for you. 

Sadly during these times and to support our comrades in the post room and at Royal Mail, it is not possible to post letters out to you





Wednesday, 18 March 2020




Dear all

We would like to reassure you all, that UNISON will be here for you during these difficult times ahead. The office will still be open but at reduced times and days, if you do need us the best option is to call or email first to save you a wasted trip, but your first point of contact should always be your local steward. Their contact details can be found at www.oxfordcityunison.com if for some reason they are not available then please contact one of us listed below.

There are going to be many challenges ahead of us all and you may be asked to do things differently from your normal daily tasks. We know that you all will rise to the challenge’s that will come. If you are asked to support another roll or support another area and are or unhappy or concerned about it then please talk to your manager in the first instance, if you still have concerns please contact us and we will do our best to help.

Oxford City Council staff are well known for great public service in times of need never has there been a time when  we all need to pull together and support each other.

Lastly, We just want to say stay safe all of you.

Caroline

David

UNISON Direct
0800 0 857 857

In Solidarity

On Behalf of Oxford City Branch of UNISON




Monday, 2 March 2020

2021 PAY DEAL CONSULTATION



NOTICE TO MEMBERS

2021 PAY DEAL CONSULTATION


Our current pay deal expires at the end of March 2021, therefore this year UNISON and Unite officers will be starting to negotiate a new pay deal for Oxford City Council and Oxford Direct Services colleagues to be effective from April 2021.

We, therefore, need to have input from all Trade Union members, via this survey, to guide us in the negotiations. Please complete the survey online using via this LINK  or using a paper copy available from your steward which can then be returned to your workplace reps/steward or via the ballot boxes or to the UNISON office in the Town Hall or the Unite office at Horspath

We kindly ask all Oxford City Council and Oxford Direct Services trade Union, members to take part in this survey as the results will help your Unions to shape the deal going forward.

Colleagues who are not a member of either of the Unions, Unite and UNISON cannot take part in this consultation, however joining either of the unions will enable those colleagues to have their say.

Just as a reminder the final year of the existing pay deal will see an increase in salary as from April this year 2020





Saturday, 29 February 2020

Covid-19 - guidance for UNISON members

UNISON has been working with the relevant government departments to help ensure public services and public service workers are prepared and equipped to deal with Covid-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus.

Guidance for hospitals and NHS staff was published this week by NHS employers, UNISON, and other health unions. The aim of this is to ensure staff know exactly what to do with individuals who are concerned they have the virus and how to treat patients, with minimal risk to themselves. The guidance also seeks to reassure both health employees and the public, alerting everyone to be vigilant to prevent the wider spread of the virus.

Advice has also been issued by the Department for Education for schools and school workers. UNISON has issued additional advice for branches and activists should you become aware of any schools closed following suspected instances of Covid-19.

These sensible contingency plans will help reassure staff and the public that public services are fully prepared for any eventuality. Encouraging individuals to take everyday precautions is essential. But so is the need not to panic or feel unduly alarmed. Being fully prepared now could make the world of difference later.

Advice for anyone concerned they have developed symptoms of Covid-19 can be found on the NHS website.
As more advice becomes available for other areas, we will do all we can to make sure branches and activists have the information they need to respond to this fast moving situation.



How to deal with Coronavirus or COVID–19

Everyone's talking about how to deal with Coronavirus or COVID–19. One suggestion is to stay away from work if you're feeling unwell. But many people don't get sick pay for the first three days, so could you do that if you had to? Check out our advice on Coronavirus or COVID–19 and sick pay

­čöĚSick pay - negotiating guidance for workplaces
https://unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2019/10/25815.pdf
­čöĚSick leave and sick pay - your rights
https://unison.org.uk/get-help/knowledge/leave/sick-leave/
­čöĚCoronavirus - guidance for hospitals and NHS staff
https://unison.org.uk/news/2020/02/coronavirus-guidance-nhs-trusts-health-staff-published/

Join a union. Get active #joinUNISON



Friday, 28 February 2020

Friday, 7 February 2020

Update your details today

We can only keep in touch with you if we know where you are!
There are several easy ways to keep your workplace, home address and other details up to date…
  • Online at MyUNISON on the UK site by clicking here.
  • Email the branch at office@oxfordcityunison.com
  • By phone…
    01865 25 3892
    (08.30 – 16.00 Monday to Thursday and 08.30 to 15.00 on Fridays.
    Or UNISONdirect 0800 0 857 857
    Or freephone textphone 0800 0 967 968
    Lines are open 6am-midnight Monday-Friday and 9am-4pm Saturdays

Let’s say thank you to all our key workers

UNISON has become a partner in the /together coalition, which this weekend will unite the country to celebrate the NHS’ birthday and ...