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“Second-rate PPE” to blame for thousands of ambulance worker COVID absences – GMB

The GMB union has found that across just six ambulance trusts in the UK, Covid-19 absences among ambulance workers hit at least 2,000 during the first week of ...
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GMB Royal College of Nursing UNISON Unite

Health unions call for Christmas pay rise for 1.3m NHS workers

Trade unions representing more than 1.3m NHS workers across the UK have today written to the Prime Minister to call for a pay rise for all NHS staff ...
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“Blunder after blunder”: GMB calls for the “immediate resignation” of Test and Trace boss Dido Harding

Health and social care workers GMB has today called for the “immediate” resignation of Tory peer and NHS Test and Trace chair Baroness Dido Harding following a series ...
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Unions respond to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan

With the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme due to end on 31 October, the Chancellor today announced further economic measures to support workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trade ...
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Unions call for priority COVID-19 testing for school staff to keep schools open and safe

UNISON, GMB and Unite have sent a joint letter to education secretary Gavin Williamson demanding the Government take action to make schools and colleges safe. Giving all school ...
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UK could face a shortage of Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels as factory workers vote for strike action

There could be a shortage of Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels this month as factory workers are threatening to go on strike over ‘derisory’ pay offer. Workers at ...
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Unions warn test-and-trace will fail unless government pays wages of those forced into self-isolation

Trade unions and regional mayors have called on the government to subsidise the wages of people told to self-isolate under the test-and-trace system, saying that statutory sick pay ...
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GMB Unite

Unions call for all workers to be given free face masks

Trade unions say that free face masks should be made available to all workers who need to wear them, including for on the daily commute. Surgical-grade protective face ...
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Teaching unions call for face masks to be compulsory for secondary school students

Teaching unions have urged the government to make face masks mandatory for secondary school children when schools finally reopen in September. Ministers currently have no plans to make ...
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Unions critical of government’s proposed pay rise for public sector workers

Almost 900,000 public sector workers are to get an above-inflation pay rise, but various trade unions have criticised the move for excluding many key workers. In announcing the ...
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