Members who are self-isolating or working from home should maintain contact with family, friends and colleagues by telephone, through social media and maintain contact with your employer.
Adjusting to the new arrangements may be difficult and challenging. UNISON has in place several supports for members and I would ask that you look at these should you need to access them.
We understand that domestic arrangements vary and in some cases members may need to seek advice or assistance that is not work related.
We have two job-share Branch Welfare Officers during this crisis – Pat Lee (Cornerstone – Central Belt) and Ann Gray (Aberdeenshire and North East) who are here to help.
Remember UNISON also has its own charity for members “THERE FOR YOU”. https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/services-support/there-for-you
Should you wish to discuss anything with them, leave your details by telephone or email and they will call you back (Please note that if there are times that may not be suitable let them know).
Members in the North East of Scotland can also get help at the Grampian Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assistance Hub https://www.gcah.org.uk/
Members’ health & safety at work is of the utmost importance to us whether working from home or co-ordinating/providing essential services at the frontline. Aberdeenshire UNISON’s Branch Secretary is maintaining dialogue with our employers in order to raise and address any concerns.
Please follow government advice to “STAY AT HOME” if you can do so – this is showing support to your colleagues who are caring for vulnerable, infirm and isolated members of our community.
We are proud of the response by UNISON members in Aberdeenshire branch to this global emergency, whether council workers or in the Community and Voluntary sector. You are owed a tremendous amount of gratitude for doing what you do best.
Please stay safe, fit and healthy.
Aberdeenshire UNISON Branch Officers
9th April 2020