Lockdown has awoken the sleeping giant in our workplaces: union power

With a surge in membership under way during the Coronavirus crisis, this is a once-in-a-generation chance to build unity. Unison Birmingham Branch is mentioned in the below article, for our Home Care Workers strike – and the power it brought to the members. We can bring our workforce together, and ensure a fair working environment […]

Wider opening of schools – 1st June – Our position

There appears to be some confusion about UNISON’s position regarding the wider opening of schools on 1st June. I would like to clarify that we are NOT advising our members not to go to school on 1st June, we are advising members not to actively engage in planning for 1st June (calling parents to see […]

What will be the impact of easing lockdown on BAME Communities?

Stand Up To Racism are delighted to announce that MPs Diane Abbott and Bell Ribeiro-Addy will be joining their meeting on 19 May 2020 –What will be the impact of easing lockdown on BAME communities? Streamed live on Facebook & Youtube at 7pm. Since the start of the pandemic, Diane & Bell have been unrelenting […]

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 […]

Children’s Trust Freephone Service

Due to Coronavirus and the way that Birmingham Children’s Trust’s role in supporting vulnerable families is having to adapt, the Trust has set up a freephone service which will operate Monday-Thursday 8.45-5.15 and Fridays 8.45-4.15 for vulnerable families. With City Council buildings closing and Social Workers and Family Support workers only available on their mobile […]

There for You – During Covid-19

There for You, UNISON Welfare are offering to help members experiencing financial difficulties at this unprecedented time. The service offers confidential advice and support to Members. At the current time financial applications are being processed digitally by National Officers and application forms can be obtained below then emailed to thereforyou@unison.co.uk. There is no need at […]

The Power of Positivity

It is a challenge to maintain a positive mindset at such a difficult time for everyone, the UNISON Branch based learning workshops have always put members wellbeing at the centre of our programmes, with the current suspension of our workshops I offer these five activities as deceptively simple ways of staying positive; they are free […]

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 […]

Members, Travel and Covid 19

If you are like myself and use public transport to get to and from work, then the below information from West Midlands Network will be of use to you regarding your travel arrangements: WEST MIDLANDS NETWORK SERVICE CHANGES FROM MONDAY 23┬áMARCH Due to government advice for people to work from home and introduce social distancing […]

Home working and mental health

With many people now working from home to prevent the spread of Covid-19, here is some advice from My Whole Self on how to support your mental health when working from home. Some key tips for working from home include (but are not limited to): Get up at the same time each morning, this keeps […]