Virtual Pride is a Protest Event

Members of UNISON’s national and regional LGBT+ groups have really missed the opportunity to be out and about at Pride events this summer. We’ve missed working with all the branches that support us at these events, and talking to everyone – members and prospective members. Given this – and to make sure that the UNISON […]

Solidarity with the West Midlands WASPI Women

UNISON Birmingham Branch support all West Midlands WASPI groups in their proposal to give 1950’s born women early access to their pensions. This will help the economy, vacate jobs and enable them to spend on the high street. Women Against State Pension Injustice www.waspicampaign2018.co.uk UNISON extends solidarity to Women in pensions appeal hearing Court of […]

Apprentices in UNISON – What was your experience during lockdown?

Apprentices’ experiences during lockdown At UNISON we believe apprenticeships are the key to building a workforce that will meet the demands of the 21st century economy. We believe that they should be a vital part of the upcoming economic response to the COVID-19 crisis and we will be using the power that comes from being […]

School Members – Report for UNISON Black Members and Covid-19 at work

This survey is around UNISON Black Members and Covid-19 at work. As a group that are considered more at risk from Covid-19, this survey was released by UNISON to gather information from our members, this has been filtered for those who consider themselves school staff. It was completed by 808 members in completion, and 11 […]

Reject 2.75% – fight for the full claim

Council workers, alongside other key workers, have shown during this pandemic which jobs are important, and they are overwhelmingly in the public sector (not exclusively, we don’t forget shop workers, delivery drivers etc). We know the majority of the British public know that and support us. People up and down the country stood on their […]

Why reform of the Gender Recognition Act is essential (Blog)

Jenny Harvey is a member of UNISON’s trans network, part of the West Midlands regional LGBT+ group and a member of UNISON’s health service group executive. Here, she explains why reform of the Gender Recognition Act is long overdue. Just for a little while during lockdown, the cacophony from UK’s anti-trans media quietened. A few […]

Dave Prentis to stand down as UNISON General Secretary

The leader of the UK’s largest union has announced that he is to stand down at the end of the year, says UNISON yesterday (Monday). Dave Prentis, who has been general secretary of UNISON since 2001, is to retire on 31 December, when his term of office ends. Commenting on his decision, Dave Prentis said: […]

Black Lives Matter at Work Forum

Join the online forum (hosted by West Midlands COVID Action group) to discuss the importance of Black Lives Matter in the workplace during Covid-19. Tuesday 21st July 2020 6pm-7.30pm The conversation will be led off By Rodger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary for UNISON. Followed by Cllr Sharon Thompson and other union community speakers. Zoom login […]

Back the 10 Billion Bailout for Local Services

Our communities face a £10 billion shortfall in funding for local services. Refuse collection, children’s services and adult social care are just a few of the vital services that could be slashed, if the government don’t find significant, emergency funding for councils. Sign the petition to tell the government you back the #10BillionBailout Click here to sign the petition.  Ask […]

Money for public services would mean a quicker recovery

Proper investment would power a return to a more prosperous time. Responding to the summer economic statement yesterday (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Chancellor has firmly closed the door on the damaging austerity of the past decade. “But while there’s much for young people, the energy sector and UK businesses to celebrate, there’s […]