Young Workers Month 2020 – A Reflection

This year is my final Young Workers Month as a Young Member, this time next year I will have aged out. I feel reflecting on my time as part of Young Members is important because I want whoever becomes our next Young Members Officer and the young members in this Branch to know that there […]

Training with YGAM

UNISON has arranged three online workshops for members with YGAM (Young Gamblers & Gamers Education Trust) aimed at members working with young people, from primary aged children all the way up to university aged young adults. YGAM are a UK charity and the online training sessions they will be delivering are designed to equip you with the knowledge and […]

Your Mind Matters

This has been a very tough year for many, with Covid-19, isolation, lockdowns, limited access to friends and family, and sadly grief – the losses of loved ones we were not yet expecting to lose. This time has had an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of many people, and it is nothing to […]

Young Workers Month 2020

November is Young Workers Month, and this year I thought I’d honour it with a blog post – This year Young Workers Month is a little different to say the least, but its still important to mark it because its important to acknowledge the hard work, new experiences, different viewpoints and determination of young workers. […]

General Secretary Election – Ballot Papers

You should by now have received your ballot paper for the UNISON General Secretary Election, which has been sent by post to your home address. The General Secretary of UNISON leads the union day to day, along with the Presidential team who are elected by the NEC (who in turn are elected by members). So […]

Women’s Self Organised Group AGM 2020

We are pleased to be restarting the Women’s Self Organised Group monthly meetings and welcoming all our Women members to come and join us. 19th November 2020 18:00 till 19:30  Agenda: Discussion around Women’s Conference due to take place  February 18th & 19th 2021. Members can put themselves forward to attend the conference and voting […]

Poem for the Friendship Festival 2020

For the 2020 Unison Birmingham Branch Friendship Festival we had to go virtual due to the ongoing government restrictions and the safety of our members. So we could still reach out to our members and offer a snippet of what would have been available this Summer a virtual Friendship Festival featuring music, tai chi and […]

Birmingham Branch Friendship Festival 2020

This year we have been unable to hold an in person Friendship Festival like we did last year at Martineau Gardens – so we thought we would bring you the festival virtually, with poetry, music & tai chi to be enjoyed. All linked on the Branch Facebook page. Usually we hold this event in the […]

Schools Update RE: Planned Lockdown in England

The National Schools Committee met on Monday 2nd November to agree the union’s position on including schools and nurseries in this month’s planned lockdown in England. The below update is correct as of Tuesday 3rd November 2020: UNISON’s National Schools Committee wants the best education possible for children and young people and for schools and nurseries […]

Working From Home Tax Relief

If you have been working from home due to Covid-19 for any period this year, did you know you can claim tax relief? This is to help pay for the extra on the heating, gas, electric and maybe even internet. This means that your tax code will be changed to accommodate the entitlement to tax […]