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Letter to members from Dave Prentis – tell UNISON about your PPE stories

Dave Prentis
Dave Prentis

Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary has sent out a letter to members with lots of helpful advice but also giving you the chance to tell the national union your concerns about Personal Protective Equipment.

Please click on the link to do so confidentially and it will be taken up with the UK government.

Share your PPE story here

The STUC is also collating workplace experiences to raise with the Scottish Government. It’s confidential so please do this survey too.

“Covid-19 – How safe is your job?”

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UNISON Scotland is part of the Scotland Workforce Advisory Group and has also been raising issues of concern to members during the current Covid-19 crisis. See the letter on righ to the Scottish Government from the joint unions.

Letter from the General Secretary


I hope that you and those close to you are safe and well.

COVID-19 has changed lives across the world in ways that were unimaginable a few weeks ago. I appreciate what a deeply worrying time this is, and I want to reassure you that UNISON is continuing to operate. As always, we are here to help you.

We are continuing to listen to your concerns – that is why I have demanded an urgent call with the Prime Minister to raise the issue of personal protective equipment (PPE) for all workers across our public services.

If you have personal experience of PPE shortages in your workplace during this pandemic, please tell us about them. We will relay them directly to government and demand action for you.

Share your PPE story here

We have had enough of promises. Promises do not protect people. We need protection for all of you.

On a personal level, I know many of you may have financial worries. Our charity, There for You, is helping members whose lives and income have been affected by COVID-19.

Contact There for You

Meanwhile, if you need more general help, you can still get in touch with us. You can contact your local branch to receive help and advice on 01224 620624 or you can contact the UNISONDirect help team online.

We are regularly updating our coronavirus webpage with information on your rights at work. You can read it now and bookmark it for future reference.

UNISON Scotland Coronavirus webpage

UNISON UK Coronavirus webpage

Finally, thank you for everything you are doing to fight the impact of coronavirus in our communities. We are seeing true public service every minute of every day.

Stay safe and take care.

Signed, Dave Prentis
Dave Prentis
General Secretary, UNISON