Covid-19 Staff Guidance (BCC)

The Covid-19 staff guidance for Birmingham City Council employees has been updated and staff need to be aware how this might impact on them, their staff and/or service area. Where an employee confirms that they have a COVID-related sickness absence or are in self-isolation, it is the line manager’s responsibility to ensure that the HR/Payroll […]

What if I don’t feel my workplace is safe?

We believe that our members should never be in a situation where they might endanger themselves and others in the course of doing their jobs. Putting you in that situation is potentially a breach of health and safety law and may spread coronavirus to people in high-risk groups. As a last resort, when faced with a dangerous […]

Financial Help During Covid-19

What help is available if I am struggling financially? Our charity for members, There for You, has reopened its COVID-19 response fund, offering grants of up to £500 to help those whose household incomes have been affected by coronavirus. You can check if you’re eligible and apply online here. If you are on a low income you […]

Coronavirus: your rights at work

UNISON is working proactively with the UK governments and other bodies to keep you safe at work. On 4 January 2021 national lockdowns were announced for England and Scotland. New guidance has been published on what restrictions are in place and they can be accessed here: The Government’s Advice for England For sector-specific advice see: […]

UNISON Birmingham LG nominates Paul Holmes for General Secretary

After listening and questioning the candidates we decided to nominate Paul Holmes for general secretary because: Paul has the best record of leadership and fighting for members; Paul is the members’ candidate, from the shop floor; Paul will take the job on his current wage of £32,000, declining the £100,000 available; Paul will massively increase funding […]

School Safety Update

With schools starting to reopen we know this may be a concern for some of our members. In order to support members, UNISON has produced the new materials below, including an important new joint union guide for vulnerable staff. Risk Assessments Risk assessments are a number one priority. Before staff return to work, schools must update and […]

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 […]

Showing appreciation and support for Key Workers and the NHS

People around the UK are being urged to celebrate and commemorate health, care and other essential workers this weekend to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS, says UNISON today (Thursday). It will culminate in what is hoped to be the biggest ever clap for carers on Sunday (5 July) as the country shows its […]

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We need a National Care Service

Fundamental reform is needed to create a system fit for the future. The pandemic has exposed the fault lines in the social care system, which requires substantial reform if its many structural, financial and operational weaknesses are to be tackled, says UNISON in a new strategy document released today (Wednesday). Care After Covid: A Vision […]

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 […]