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Unite Legal Services: Weekly coronavirus COVID-19 latest news round-up – 04 January 2022

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At Unite Legal Services, we’ve collated the latest news and information regarding employment matters and workers’ rights in relation to coronavirus COVID-19 developments.

21 December 2021

Unite warns hospitality package too little too late to save jobs – and says wages must be paid

Unite hit out at the support package announced by the chancellor for the beleaguered sector.

According to Unite, the package meant as little as £50 per worker for an average four-star hotel and it would be insufficient to see the sector through the latest wave of the crisis.

Sharon Graham, Unite’s general secretary, said: “Workers did not create this pandemic and they must not pay the price for it in wage cuts and ultimately in losing their jobs. It is unacceptable that thousands of young workers face such awful uncertainty – they need to know now that they can pay their rent and that they still have a job.”

22 December 2021

Sunak turning his back on aviation workers again, urgent support needed as COVID restrictions impact the industry

Unite hit out at the government for once again failing to recognise the impact of COVID restrictions on the UK’s aviation sector.

The union said that the government is again failing to support the sector at this critical time of further COVID restrictions, and called for chancellor Rishi Sunak to act to help aviation and aerospace through the uncertainty generated by the Omicron variant, so that it can rebuild sustainably and with resilience, in line with Unite’s blueprint for aviation.

Unite said such a meeting, in the wake of the chancellor’s package for the battered hospitality sector, must also involve transport secretary Grant Shapps.

Get more support

For more information on how we are fighting to protect the health and safety, and economic stability of our members during the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, please visit the Unite the Union advice hub.

If you are in need of further advice on an employment law query during the crisis, you can visit the Unite Legal Services coronavirus COVID-19 page, or call Unite’s dedicated coronavirus COVID-19 Legal Advice Line on 0333 202 6557.

COVID-19 personal injury claims

Unite has set up a specialist legal team to advise and represent members who have suffered injury as a result of COVID-19

If you have suffered injury from developing COVID-19, or have tragically lost a family member to the condition, then please call Unite’s COVID-19 PI team on 020 8799 4023.