Free Courses Available

There are a new range of online courses that are available for UNISON members have been created by The Skills Academy. It gives UNISON members access to over 550 free, fully CPD certified courses – there is a wide range of courses, on a multitude of subjects: HR Sales/Marketing Medical related courses (such as ADHD […]

Education Update – Coronavirus

UNISON has agreed a further joint statement from the TUC education unions. Together we are calling on the government to hold off on increasing the number of pupils in schools and nurseries in England on 1 June. We all agree we need a joint plan with the government for a safe increase in pupil numbers. UNISON is a […]

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 […]

Has the Government Failed the NHS?

This heart wrenching Panorama episode looks at whether our government has let down health workers who are leading the fight against Covid-19. Reporter Richard Bilton investigates the delays and mistakes that may have put the lives of NHS staff at risk. The PPE that the NHS desperately needs to keep its staff safe has not […]

International Workers Memorial Day

International Workers Memorial Day takes place every 28th April, commemorating those killed and injured by work. This year all the usual hazards have been added to by Covid19, so IWMD in 2020 will be a perfect opportunity to raise relevant current issues and get the word out as widely as possible. Please do as much […]

Mental Health – Mindfulness Colouring

Mindfulness techniques such as colouring are a great way to help de-stress, and wind down after a long day at work and to retain a positive mind and good mental health. Its also a great activity to do with children. If you are home schooling, get the kids involved and show support to our services […]

BCC Vulnerable Residents Support Helpline

Birmingham City Council has launched an emergency response hub to ensure access to support is available. This is for the most vulnerable citizens in the city who have no assistance from family or friends and need help from voluntary organisations and community groups for support, which may be provided by the council or the voluntary […]

Mental health helplines

Here’s some more information on mental health help from the NHS which may prove useful in this time of emergency and beyond it. Mental health helplines Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice. Anxiety UK Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an […]

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 […]

International Women’s Day 2020

On Saturday 7th March, the Branch Women’s Self Organised Group held our International Women’s Day event. It was a wonderful celebration of Women, sisterhood and what we can achieve as women; With great speakers and questions from the attendees the feeling in the room was positively unexplainable. It was incredibly empowering and a very friendly, […]