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What if I don’t feel my workplace is safe?

UNISON believes that our members should never be in a situation where they might endanger themselves and others in the course of doing jobs.

Putting you in that situation is potentially a breach of health and safety law and may spread coronavirus to people in high-risk groups.

As a last resort, when faced with a dangerous working environment which cannot reasonably be averted, every employee has the right not to suffer detriment if they leave, or refuse to attend their place of work (or take other appropriate steps) in circumstances where they reasonably believe there is a risk of being exposed to serious and imminent danger (section 44 of the Employment Rights Act 1996).

Although this is very much a right of last resort, the context of a situation will be key on whether refusing to return to work or any other steps are appropriate.  This means that an employee cannot automatically refuse a reasonable instruction to return to work without a good reason.

If you feel you are being put at risk it is crucial to get advice and discuss the situation with your UNISON representative. Email us at help@derbyunison.org and if needed you can seek advice from our regional office or legal team.

Financial Advice available from Lighthouse – For You.

As part of UNISON Living, Lighthouse Financial Advice offer advice to UNISON Members and now more then ever advice may help anyone who requires advice to guide them in the right direction.

Coping with the financial impact of coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has quickly changed the way we live our everyday lives and, while our main concern is safeguarding our own health and that of our loved ones and the wider community, many people are already feeling the financial impact of the situation.

Lighthouse Financial Advice, our preferred partners for professional financial advice is available as usual and able to provide advice by phone.

All members of UNISON are entitled to a complimentary, no obligation initial phone consultation with one of their professional financial advisers. If you wish to discuss your finances, I encourage you to take up their offer, whatever your circumstances.

To book your phone consultation call 08000 85 85 90 or email appointments@lighthousefa.co.uk

The initial consultation is designed to discover whether or not you would benefit from financial advice and there is no obligation on either side to proceed further. Any advice related fees will be clarified with you before any commitment to proceed.

Lighthouse Financial Advice Limited is an appointed representative of Lighthouse Advisory Services Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

For more information please click on the below document

 

Online Training Opportunities for You!

Kindly put together by our East Midlands Regional Office, these are training opportunities and support you can access online.

During periods of uncertainty and anxiety many people turn to education to help them find a way through. With our classroom courses temporarily halted we wanted to create a list of online learning and support that’s available.

We hope you find these useful…. (Please click on the image below to view more Details)

Most of these are free unless stated otherwise. Below is a brief list but there are lots more out there.

You will also find details below of UNISON’s Learning Grants to support members that are paying for their own courses.