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 […]

New Regional Courses

The Autumn program of courses has been released by the West Midlands region, all of which are free to UNISON members and can be found here. If you are interested in any of the courses simply go to the  website www.learninunisonwm.org.uk and once you have registered you can apply online (if you already have an […]

Black History Month – West Midlands

For UNISON, Black History Month is a time to acknowledge and celebrate achievements of Black people throughout history. So Black History Month is a key time to Organise and provide an opportunity to discuss wider issues affecting the Black community. There are also lots of resources to help you get active, get involved and get […]

UNISON Training Courses

See below all UNISON training courses that are currently available  through the West Midlands region. If you have been thinking of becoming a Branch steward, the ONLINE Organising Steward course is being run in both AM and PM sessions. The Health and Safety courses are also being run in AM and PM sessions, to make […]

Disability Live!

Like many other organisations, UNISON has had to cancel many of its conferences and meetings as a result of COVID-19. But the UK’s biggest union has democracy at its heart and still wants its members to be involved. With this in mind, UNISON’s Disabled members have organised a series of virtual events in place of […]

UNISON supermarket vouchers – Covid-19 Response

In response to the financial difficulties that many of the West Midlands members are facing due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, a Regional programme has been put in place that will assist West Midlands members in these difficult times. This programme will be administered by the West Midlands Regional Welfare Committee. Eligibility To be eligible for […]

Black Members Self Organised Group – Equality Survey 2020

UNISON National Black Members Committee have been instrumental in its work in addressing inequalities over the years and to this end the National Black Members Committee and Branch Black Members Self Organised Group would urge you to read and participate in the below questionnaire:- UNISON Equality Survey 2020 – tell us about your experiences during […]

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 […]