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 […]

Disabled Members Conference 2021

A message from the Branch Disabled Members Officer, Philippa Hands regarding Disabled Members Conference 2021: “I’ve been notified by the Branch Secretary that there is a proposal to hold a physical Disabled Members’ Conference from: Saturday 30th October until Monday 1st November 2021. The Conference will be held in Liverpool at the BT Centre at […]

Disabled Members SOG Meeting

Birmingham Branch June Disabled Members’ meeting. All disabled members are welcome to attend this meeting. Monday 14th June  17.30-19.00 Zoom virtual meeting If you would like to attend the meeting, please email: Philippa Hands at Philippa.hands@birminghamunison.co.uk by Monday 14th June at 4.00pm for the Zoom link to join the meeting.  

UNISON NEC ELECTIONS 2021

From the 4th to 27th May this year you will have the opportunity to vote to determine who sits on UNISON’s National Executive Council (NEC). UNISON Birmingham Branch has nominated the following people because we believe they are committed to ensuring our union challenges Government nationally and won’t leave members and Branches to fight alone. […]

The Importance of Trade Unions for Disabled Workers

We have been going through an unprecedented time, where we have been tested on many levels. Beliefs and values have been tested along with relationships in our lives. One belief that is unwavering though is that disabled people should have fair treatment in society and in work. If the systems we live with in the […]

Branch Equality Survey Results

Recently the Branch completed an equality survey, where members were asked a series of questions themed around disabilities, health conditions, home working, flexible working and a return to work. We now have the results of this. We had a total of 369 responses from members, some partially filled in and some completed the whole survey. […]

Disabled Members AGM

Calling Notice Birmingham Branch Disabled Members Annual General Meeting Monday 8th February Time: 17.45-19.00 Zoom virtual meeting The following positions will be elected at the meeting:  Disabled Members Officer Chair Secretary Local Government Conference rep National Conference rep Please send nominations for the above positions to Philippa Hands by Monday 8th February at 12.00 noon. […]

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Branch Disabled Members Officer has produced a reading list of books that have characters with disabilities in them. It is also Disability History Month. This year’s theme is Access- How Far have we come and how far we’ve yet to go. Birmingham Libraries have a variety […]

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 wins Access to Work victory

Union pressure sees government make changes to scheme to help disabled people working from home in the pandemic. UNISON has won a major victory for disabled workers, after the Department for Work and Pensions announced that new help will be available to disabled people who are working at home, with Access to Work extended to […]