Updated Guidance – COVID-19 and disabled, shielding or other vulnerable workers

UNISON has updated the guidance on COVID-19 and disabled, shielding and vulnerable workers. If you are disabled, pregnant, over 70 or have an underlying health condition you should take extra precautions to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic and may previously have been told to ‘shield’. People who are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised may be particularly […]

Disabled Members Conference 2021

A message from the Branch Disabled Members Officer, Philippa Hands regarding Disabled Members Conference 2021: “I’ve been notified by the Branch Secretary that there is a proposal to hold a physical Disabled Members’ Conference from: Saturday 30th October until Monday 1st November 2021. The Conference will be held in Liverpool at the BT Centre at […]

Disabled Members SOG Meeting

Birmingham Branch June Disabled Members’ meeting. All disabled members are welcome to attend this meeting. Monday 14th June  17.30-19.00 Zoom virtual meeting If you would like to attend the meeting, please email: Philippa Hands at Philippa.hands@birminghamunison.co.uk by Monday 14th June at 4.00pm for the Zoom link to join the meeting.  

Online Learning Opportunities

UNISON has lots of forthcoming online learning opportunities for members. These are a great opportunity to consider for your continual professional development. There has been a slight decline in the uptake of training, but there are lots of courses on offer that may be of interest, and the list is updated regularly. All courses with […]

UNISON NEC ELECTIONS 2021

From the 4th to 27th May this year you will have the opportunity to vote to determine who sits on UNISON’s National Executive Council (NEC). UNISON Birmingham Branch has nominated the following people because we believe they are committed to ensuring our union challenges Government nationally and won’t leave members and Branches to fight alone. […]

Farewell from Donald McCombie, Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Sadly, I have to say farewell as the Branch Lifelong Learning Coordinator. The Tory Government has ended the Union Learning Fund (ULF). The ULF was created in 1998 by the then Labour Government and has provided workplace learning to thousands of workers on hundreds of subjects. This is a blatantly political attack on union learning […]

The Importance of Trade Unions for Disabled Workers

We have been going through an unprecedented time, where we have been tested on many levels. Beliefs and values have been tested along with relationships in our lives. One belief that is unwavering though is that disabled people should have fair treatment in society and in work. If the systems we live with in the […]

Branch Equality Survey Results

Recently the Branch completed an equality survey, where members were asked a series of questions themed around disabilities, health conditions, home working, flexible working and a return to work. We now have the results of this. We had a total of 369 responses from members, some partially filled in and some completed the whole survey. […]

Grief and Bereavement Training

National UNISON have arranged for Grief and Bereavement training for UNISON members. The sessions will be delivered by Cruse, the UK’s largest bereavement charity. The dates of these sessions are: Wednesday 17th February 2021 at 10:15am Monday 1st March 2021 at 14:15 pm Friday 19th March 2021 at 10:15am Thursday 1st April 2021 at 14:15pm […]

Disabled Members AGM

Calling Notice Birmingham Branch Disabled Members Annual General Meeting Monday 8th February Time: 17.45-19.00 Zoom virtual meeting The following positions will be elected at the meeting:  Disabled Members Officer Chair Secretary Local Government Conference rep National Conference rep Please send nominations for the above positions to Philippa Hands by Monday 8th February at 12.00 noon. […]