Black Members Conference 2021

Previously in our last news letter in September 2020, We discussed Black Members Conference and are now delighted to informed you all that the Black Members Conference will still be going ahead in Spring 2021. We, the Birmingham Branch, are asking for Black members who would like to attend the next Black Members Conference to […]

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 […]

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Wanted: Your Lockdown Diaries

We are looking for members who want to share their stories and experiences of working throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and Quarantine for some blog posts. We are especially wanting a few ‘a day in the life of…..’ stories to really capture what life has been like for you. We would like members from all across […]

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Birmingham Council COVID19 funding crises

“Emergency budget for Birmingham as Covid-19 ‘catastrophe’ raises prospect of service cuts” was the headline on a Birmingham Mail article at the end of June 2020. The article said the Council was facing a £212 million shortfall and predicted drastic service cuts that could impact on any or all of the council’s services – from […]

School Uniform Grant

In response to the growing difficulties many members on low incomes face, a programme has been put in place that will assist our most vulnerable members with the cost of purchasing school uniforms. How much are the grants? They are one-off grants of £50 per school age child, up to a total of £150. Am […]

Solidarity with the West Midlands WASPI Women

UNISON Birmingham Branch support all West Midlands WASPI groups in their proposal to give 1950’s born women early access to their pensions. This will help the economy, vacate jobs and enable them to spend on the high street. Women Against State Pension Injustice www.waspicampaign2018.co.uk UNISON extends solidarity to Women in pensions appeal hearing Court of […]

Reject 2.75% – fight for the full claim

Council workers, alongside other key workers, have shown during this pandemic which jobs are important, and they are overwhelmingly in the public sector (not exclusively, we don’t forget shop workers, delivery drivers etc). We know the majority of the British public know that and support us. People up and down the country stood on their […]

Dave Prentis to stand down as UNISON General Secretary

The leader of the UK’s largest union has announced that he is to stand down at the end of the year, says UNISON yesterday (Monday). Dave Prentis, who has been general secretary of UNISON since 2001, is to retire on 31 December, when his term of office ends. Commenting on his decision, Dave Prentis said: […]

Black Lives Matter at Work Forum

Join the online forum (hosted by West Midlands COVID Action group) to discuss the importance of Black Lives Matter in the workplace during Covid-19. Tuesday 21st July 2020 6pm-7.30pm The conversation will be led off By Rodger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary for UNISON. Followed by Cllr Sharon Thompson and other union community speakers. Zoom login […]

There for You – During Covid-19

If you are a member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whatever the circumstances, There for You can offer you support. We can provide one-off grants to those in difficulty due to coronavirus, or other financial assistance for those experiencing unexpected hardship. COVID-19 Response Fund There for You has set up a special response fund […]