Lockdown has awoken the sleeping giant in our workplaces: union power

With a surge in membership under way during the Coronavirus crisis, this is a once-in-a-generation chance to build unity. Unison Birmingham Branch is mentioned in the below article, for our Home Care Workers strike – and the power it brought to the members. We can bring our workforce together, and ensure a fair working environment […]

Wider opening of schools – 1st June – Our position

There appears to be some confusion about UNISON’s position regarding the wider opening of schools on 1st June. I would like to clarify that we are NOT advising our members not to go to school on 1st June, we are advising members not to actively engage in planning for 1st June (calling parents to see […]

What will be the impact of easing lockdown on BAME Communities?

Stand Up To Racism are delighted to announce that MPs Diane Abbott and Bell Ribeiro-Addy will be joining their meeting on 19 May 2020 –What will be the impact of easing lockdown on BAME communities? Streamed live on Facebook & Youtube at 7pm. Since the start of the pandemic, Diane & Bell have been unrelenting […]

Free Courses Available

There are a new range of online courses that are available for UNISON members have been created by The Skills Academy. It gives UNISON members access to over 550 free, fully CPD certified courses – there is a wide range of courses, on a multitude of subjects: HR Sales/Marketing Medical related courses (such as ADHD […]

Education Update – Coronavirus

UNISON has agreed a further joint statement from the TUC education unions. Together we are calling on the government to hold off on increasing the number of pupils in schools and nurseries in England on 1 June. We all agree we need a joint plan with the government for a safe increase in pupil numbers. UNISON is a […]

Can you refuse to work because of Coronavirus?

Information from the TUC, published 11th May 2020. What are your rights if you refuse to work because of safety concerns over coronavirus at your workplace? Last night, the prime minister encouraged workers who can’t work from home and who don’t work in industries that are closed down to return to work. This announcement took unions and […]

Has the Government Failed the NHS?

This heart wrenching Panorama episode looks at whether our government has let down health workers who are leading the fight against Covid-19. Reporter Richard Bilton investigates the delays and mistakes that may have put the lives of NHS staff at risk. The PPE that the NHS desperately needs to keep its staff safe has not […]

International Workers Memorial Day

International Workers Memorial Day takes place every 28th April, commemorating those killed and injured by work. This year all the usual hazards have been added to by Covid19, so IWMD in 2020 will be a perfect opportunity to raise relevant current issues and get the word out as widely as possible. Please do as much […]

Mental Health – Mindfulness Colouring

Mindfulness techniques such as colouring are a great way to help de-stress, and wind down after a long day at work and to retain a positive mind and good mental health. Its also a great activity to do with children. If you are home schooling, get the kids involved and show support to our services […]

How to support yourself and loved ones at this time

In the current, unprecedented worldwide health situation, we can all help support ourselves, our loved ones and our communities to thrive, even in uncertainty. We thought it would be helpful to share useful information from other sources on the Branch website right now, that members may find of interest. We do not own this content […]