Dundee City Unison - Delivers on its Promise of Protecting Members
- Published: Tuesday, 07 April 2020 19:30
At Dundee City UNISON, we're not afraid to think differently about the best way of helping our members.
Early in the COVID19 outbreak, local UNISON activists realised that things were getting difficult pretty quickly for our members, particularly in public facing services.
We noticed the employer was struggling to source and provide vital basic PPE as the scramble for these items and procurement rules slowed them down.
We agreed to go online, using money we were saving as various representative and training events were cancelled, and source bulk quantities of hand sanitiser.
We also purchased a large number of 100ml bottles to decant it into. The bulk sanitiser arrived in good time and we shared some of this with the employer, rather than sit on it all while waiting for the bottles to arrive.
High demand and a mix up on delivery (due to our office being closed) led to a delay in receiving the bottles but they finally arrived on Monday 6th April.
Branch Co-Chair, Arthur Nicoll, immediately started a home production line, decanting the sanitiser.
On Tuesday we had over 350 bottles ready to go out to our members and their co-workers.
Branch Treasurer Mags McGuire, helped Arthur distributing the sanitiser around key bases for our care workers, starting with Lawton Road and Claverhouse Unit G.
Mags drops off Sanitiser at Lawton Road
There they handed over a large supply to our key Homecare rep Gail Wallace.
Gail and Mags will be distributing more around care teams over the next day or so.
With more bottles and sanitiser on order, we'll carry on getting this and other practical help out to our members and workmates on the front line in our communities.