Retired Members Summer Newsletter

The Retired Members Summer newsletter is out now. Featuring these items: Protest – ‘We demand better’ – join the TUC demonstration Saturday 18th June. Coffee mornings are back on! The battles at Starbucks. Don’t fall for scammers. Out on the lakes. Quiz: get the brain cells working. Day trip to Ludlow – Wednesday 20th July. […]

Unions call for expansion of free school meals provision

A joint-union letter, signed by UNISON, calls on the government to take an urgent interim step and increase eligibility. UNISON joined other education unions, this week, in calling on the government to urgently expand the free school meals programme to all families receiving universal credit or an equivalent benefit. A letter, signed by representatives from […]

Counter Protest Against Fascist Tommy Robinson

Unison members attended a counter protest against the fascist Tommy Robinson in Telford on 7 May. Our members joined the Birmingham coach full of Stand Up To Racism supporters. We brought our Unison Branch banner to march alongside other trade unionists and anti racists on the protest in a show of unity. Robinson mustered only […]

Election for Local Government Service Group Executive

Branch members will shortly be able to vote in the forthcoming election for UNISON’s leadership in Local Government. We are writing to advise you why our Branch nominated David Hughes to stand in this election. David is our Branch Treasurer and a Senior Steward in City Housing and City Operations. Experience David is our longest […]

Black Members SOG Talk – 25th Anniversary of the Death of Stephen Lawrence

An evening talk in recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence. The 22nd April 2022 will be the fourth National Stephen Lawrence Day. Following the 25th Anniversary memorial for Stephen in 2018, the Stephen Lawrence Foundation created a day to celebrate and mark Stephen’s life and legacy. The day focuses on […]

Mandatory vaccination in social care settings in England update

Social care workers in England, irrespective of where they work, no longer face a legal requirement to be vaccinated. If social care employers persist with forcing members to be vaccinated, please seek legal advice. Back in November 2021 the Westminster Government passed a law requiring anyone working in a care home, including people who visited […]

Safe Schools for All

As you will be aware, in February 2022 the Prime Minister announced the ending of many Covid measures, against the advice of scientists and school leaders. UNISON has written to all schools asking them to continue recommending regular testing for all school staff and secondary pupils – tests remain free until 1 April. Staff and […]

Retired Members AGM Report

Around 40 members of the Birmingham UNISON Retired Members Section held their first face to face meeting since the pandemic began, as they gathered for their Annual General Meeting at the Birmingham Midland Institute on 14 March. Last year’s AGM was postponed because of the lock-down, but at this year’s meeting all existing officers were […]

Unions urge education secretary to extend free COVID testing

No 10’s Living with COVID plan ‘is likely to result in further illness and disruption to face-to-face education’ Education unions, including UNISON, have urged education secretary Nadhim Zahawi to extend the availability of free COVID-19 tests in England, beyond the end of March. In a letter to Mr Zahawi this week, the unions insist that […]

UNISON launches new manifesto for social work

Move comes on International Social Work Day and explores both the state of social work in the UK today and the union’s hopes for the future Tuesday 15th March was World Social Work Day. As the biggest union for social workers in the UK, representing over 40,000 members working in the sector, UNISON recognised the […]