Local authorities newsletter: Your health and safety matters!

As services and workplaces start to reopen, Unite members are rightly concerned at the procedures and processes that are put in place to protect themselves, colleagues and indeed the public.

Unite has drawn up guidance for employer to follow to ensure your safety is at the top of any plans.

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Covid-19: Waste Services update

Social distancing, PPE and safety for waste collection workers

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Our coronavirus advice and resources to help you at work

The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Crisis is having a huge impact in every corner of society at present.

Those who work in Edinburgh Council’s Waste Services have been categorised by the Council as Key or Essential Workers. This is the same as workers in Waste Collection in all Scottish Councils.

Although Waste Collection workers are required to attend at work, so long as you are healthy and do not require to be off for any of the reasons outlined by the government, you have a right to have your health and safety at work safeguarded by your employer.

The Branch had been receiving numerous reports from members in Waste Services who were deeply concerned about current safety practices in Waste Services. As a result the Branch undertook to speak to as many people employed in Waste Services as possible so as to get a full and accurate picture to take back to Council management.

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Workers’ Memorial Day 2019 on 28 August

On 28 April every year, all over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and activities to mark the Workers’ Memorial Day.

The motto of the day is ‘remember the dead: fight for the living’. It is the chance to remember those that die at work—more than those that die in wars each year—and to galvanise our efforts to ensure work is safe and the penalties for breaching health and safety laws are severe. Continue reading “Workers’ Memorial Day 2019 on 28 August”