Access to Legal Assistance
We have streamlined processes during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist members access assistance.
Personal Injury Assistance
- If you have suffered injury from COVID-19 due to your work, or in the tragic circumstances that you have lost someone in your family, who is a ULEMASA member, as a result of them contracting COVID-19 due to their work.
- If you are seeking personal injury advice following a work accident/injury or having suffered from any other type of disease
- If you need advice in relation to a non-work-related accident/injury suffered by you or your family.
If you’ve lost someone who is a ULEMASA member to COVID-19, please also see the factsheets:
A fact sheet will be coming soon.
When you call please have your ULEMASA membership number to hand. You can find this at the bottom of any emails we’ve sent you.
Workplace Exposure COVID-19 Questionnaire
Complete the survey if you or your colleagues contracted COVID-19 as a result of your work
Your information is crucial. It will help us to campaign, improve health and safety, and give the best support and legal advice we can to our members.
Issues related to your work and employment law assistance should in the first instance continue to be directed to your branch.
COVID-19 legal guidance
UNISON operates an initial free online wills service for members for standard wills and partners if drawing up a mirror will.
For all other legal queries
- if our members want criminal law advice or to access our initial free legal advice scheme;
- or if they/their families want legal help with complex wills and conveyancing
Call 012 440 1231.
It is important to note our Legal Assistance is subject to terms and conditions, for further information on the scope of that scheme and eligibility please refer to our Legal Services Guide.
When you’re covered
A member must have joined at least four weeks before the incident or occurrence that leads them to seek that assistance. Subscription payments must be up to date. You must continue to be a ULEMASA member while your case is ongoing.
It is important that you contact the union as soon as possible as legal rights often have time limits. For example, a claim for unfair dismissal must be lodged within three months (less one day) of the date of dismissal.
All legal support is granted at the discretion of the union’s national executive council.