Updated Guidance – COVID-19 and disabled, shielding or other vulnerable workers

UNISON has updated the guidance on COVID-19 and disabled, shielding and vulnerable workers. If you are disabled, pregnant, over 70 or have an underlying health condition you should take extra precautions to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic and may previously have been told to ‘shield’. People who are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised may be particularly […]

“Third Generation” Parity Payments Update

A letter has been sent to all Birmingham Branch members this week who may be eligible for the “third generation” equal pay payments, if you were employed by Birmingham City Council, Acivico or Birmingham Children’s Trust on or after 31st October 2018. Please see below the letter sent by the joint trade unions: Dear Union […]

Branch Team Building Day 2021

Recently some of the Branch Officers and senior stewards went on a narrowboat trip as a team building exercise (with precautions taken and outdoors. Everyone who attended enjoyed themselves, it was great for some of the Branch to meet up with colleagues especially as some Officers had not seen each other for over 12 months […]

Women’s Group Picnic July 2021

Birmingham Women’s Self Organised Group invites women members to join them for a socially distanced picnic in the park. Saturday 31st July 12pm to 3pm Canon Hill Park Members are requested to bring their own lunch up to the price of £4.00 and will be refunded up to that amount only with a receipt to […]

Birmingham Branch Condemns racist abuse following Euro final

Birmingham Unison strongly condemn the racist abuse that has been displayed via social media, and other channels following the Euro’s football result. We encourage staff to report any discriminatory posts  via the appropriate channels both on social media and otherwise. The abuse that the players have been receiving is unacceptable. The team achieved an amazing […]

Schools Press Release: response to Gavin Williamson statement

Dated: Tuesday 6 July 2021 Government’s “alarming” approach abandons children to the risks of Covid, says UNISON Responding to the announcement from the education secretary today (Tuesday) that school bubbles and self-isolation are to be scrapped from 19 July, UNISON assistant general secretary Jon Richards said: “The government’s alarming approach abandons children to a highly transmissible virus spreading […]

Job Vacancy: Private Sector Caseworker

Private sector Caseworker needed (6 months fixed term, subject to review) for Birmingham UNISON Branch. 36.5 hours per week. Salary – Grade £25,000 Interested in standing up for UNISON Members in the private sector? There is a vacancy available, on a 6 month fixed term basis, for an experienced case worker to help the Branch […]

Branch Recruitment Drive

Recruiting is important for our members and for our potential members. The more of us there are, the louder our voice and the stronger we are in defence of each other. The economy is in a crisis. Public services and jobs, pay and conditions are under attack. Workers need the protection of a union more […]

Reporting of accidents, incidents and near misses

Across Birmingham City Council, especially City Operations and City Housing there have been a number of incidents, accidents and near misses in recent months. If you have experienced these kinds of incidents, it is very important to make sure to fill in accident/incident reports, it’s not acceptable to feel threatened or attacked in work and […]

Ending school bubbles and isolation will be dangerous, says UNISON

Rolling back safety measures risks spread. Responding to education secretary Gavin Williamson’s comments today (Wednesday) that he expects school bubbles to be removed in England if Covid restrictions are lifted on 19 July, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “Removing school bubbles and halting self-isolation will lead to more disruption, not less. “Coronavirus cases in schools are at […]