Welcome to Essex County UNISON

Covid-19 Latest Update (26 March 2020)

Dear Members,

Please be advised that as a result of the Governments advice regarding social distancing measures and the ban on all non-essential travel outside the home (please see the latest advice here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others) Unison (Essex County Branch) has taken the decision to close the Duke Street, Chelmsford office until further notice.

The branch has made alternative arrangements to minimise any disruption this may cause and will continue to provide support to our members throughout this uncertain period. To contact the us please call: 01245 354044

Further advice from Unison can be found here https://www.unison.org.uk/coronavirus-rights-work/

This is a difficult time for everybody and the Unison team hopes that all it’s members keep safe and well and we would especially like to thank all those front-line staff going beyond the call of duty to help those in need!


TWO UNISON  BRANCHES IN ESSEX?!

In 2016 UNISON branches in Essex were restructured and the Essex County Branch now covers only three groups of members:

  • Members directly employed by Essex County Council.
  • Members employed by Essex Fire & Rescue Service.
  • Members employed in LEA maintained (Community or Voluntary Controlled ) schools.

If your employer is one of those above the office telephone number remains 01245 354044. If all our lines are busy, email unison@essex.gov.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

NOTE -If you work for other employers (including voluntary aided schools, foundation schools and academies) contact the UNISON Essex branch tel. 01245 608949 email unisoninessex@gmail.com

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HELP UNISON TO HELP YOU

We always need new Unison reps in a number of roles – do you think you could help?

STEWARDS

Elected by UNISON members to represent members in a workplace or department (or part of one.) Stewards have full rights to represent their members by meeting management, attending the branch committee etc. There is a full range of training for stewards, and the branch appoints a mentor from amongst experienced activists to advise you.

HEALTH & SAFETY REPS

Elected by UNISON members to represent employees in a workplace or department (or part of one) on health and safety issues specifically. There is clear legal protection and definition of what H&S reps can do. We particularly need people to do this job within Essex County Council departments but volunteers from any workplace would be welcome.

CONTACTS

If you don’t feel able to do either of the other jobs we can always use people to act as named contacts between the branch and a workplace/ department. We can email or post you useful information and from time to time we may ask you to find out the feeling amongst members on specific issues for us.

If you are interested in doing any of these jobs or helping UNISON in some other way, please contact the branch office (see below).

 

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