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.🌈





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





Lets all stay safe out there