Branch Secretary :

Fighting for Our Lives

Open Meeting for Building Operatives and Maintenance Workers


As maintenance workers and operative staff are being called back to work, or are concerned about repeated exposure to Covid-19 without adequate protection, the Unite Housing Workers Branch is hosting a multi-branch meeting to discuss how we ensure that no lives are put at risk, that all members know their rights, and that they know how to assert them. We are also aiming for a network of mutual support.


The meeting will take place at:

  • 6pm - 7pm
  • Monday 4th May
  • Via Zoom - you will need to register here to attend.


You will be sent a link to the meeting. You can download Zoom here and it should only take a few moments to install. It is simple to use and you can join by phone if you don't have access to a computer.



Fighting for our lives


No worker should put their life at risk when the danger is preventable. With Covid-19, it is now accepted that repeated exposure can significantly increase the likelihood of contamination, meaning the stakes couldn't be higher. There are many measures that employers should take including:

  • Access to sanitising bathrooms after each job;
  • Sanitizer for hands and surfaces; 
  • Social distancing for meal breaks; 
  • Disinfect pads for feet;
  • Health and Safety Risk Assessments for each site;
  • The option of refusing to enter unsafe sites;
  • Only one operative on-site at any point; and
  • Covid-19 related sickness discounted from the sickness record.


Any other measures agreed at the meeting will be added to the Health and Safety Toolkit on our website (see here).






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