Facing Present Day Racism

See below snippet from an article in The Guardian published 11th June 2020. It is an interesting read, and encourages us to face things we would not have necessarily fully thought about before. It discusses toppling the statues of oppressors and slave traders who are long since gone, and have no place to be displayed […]

COVID-19: latest schools advice and guidance

UNISON has consistently opposed the expansion of pupil numbers in primary schools in England on 1 June. Our campaign at branch, region and national level has had successes. The government has delayed pupil expansion in secondary schools until 15 June and many local authorities, academies and local schools have decided that 1 June is too early, this has meant thousands of staff will not be going in on Monday, which will hopefully relieve some of the pressure on branches.

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 […]

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 […]

Schools and the virus -update

Teacher Unions called on Ofsted to cancel school inspections as the Coronavirus spreads. Amanda Spelman, the leaders of the National Education Union said they were “very concerned” the watchdog still plans to carry out school inspections. As a result of talks today, Ofsted has been given permission by the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, to temporarily […]

Clean Air Zone Exemptions

The following message has been shared with BCC staff this week: Birmingham City Council staff who are eligible for resident, worker, or fleet vehicle exemptions for the Clean Air Zone can be the first to apply. Following the launch of the Government vehicle checker last week, a phased roll out of the exemption application process […]

More learning opportunities for members -updated!

Birmingham regional Unison is offering places to members on the following courses.   062 Your Skills Your Future 6th March 2020 063 Introduction to Excel and Spreadsheets 12th March 2020 064 Managing Stress in the Workplace 13th March 2020 066 Dementia Awareness 26th March 2020 067 Pre Retirement Planning 31 March 2020 068 Power to be You (Confidence […]

University staff walkout

Lecturers and other staff from Universities have started an 8 day walkout over changes to Pensions and pay. Academics, support staff , librarians and technicians walked out of 60 Universities. Staff are facing a hike in Pension contributions,  a decline in real terms pay and concerns over workload. There’s also concern over the amount of […]

Your Vote Matters

Are you registered to vote? You’ve heard the saying “you’ve got to be in it to win it” and it couldn’t be more true with regards to elections. If you care about public services, the elderly, disabled people, our schools, make sure you are registered to vote and use it on the day. To be […]

Women’s Group Cheshire Oaks Trip

Saturday 2 November 2019 Cheshire Oaks Shopping Outlet, Kinsey Rd, Ellesmere Port CH65 9JJ Coach leaving McClaren House at 8.30 a.m., leaves Chehire Oaks at 4pm. Booking advised. Contact Mandy Buckley (Women’s Officer)  for details. mandy.buckley@birminghamunison.co.uk or call 01221 200 3331