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 […]

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 […]