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 […]

New Activist Courses For 2022

There are some new forthcoming UNISON Activist courses for the first term of 2022, please see below a list of the courses. You can book places by following the links for each course and details of all activist courses can be found on learninunisonwm.org.uk Online Organising Steward 18th January – 15th February 2022 10am-12pm for […]

NEW Activist/Member Courses

There are two brand new courses being run in the West Midlands:  Details are below, both courses will be held online and follow the links to book. Demand is expected to be high for these courses and places are limited so please apply early. There is a £15 per head charge to the branch for […]

Free online training courses

The West Midlands region have a number of forthcoming online learning opportunities in November for UNISON members and activists to access. Some of the courses available are: Online Organising Steward Online Dealing With a Disciplinary Case Online Excel and Spreadsheets (Advanced) Online Pre-Retirement Planning Online Introduction to Health and Safety Online Family History (Intermediate) Online […]

UNISON COVID-19 Impact Report

Most of us have lived our lives in peace and prosperity. We took for granted that we would have enough food on the table, good health care when we needed it, schools for our children to learn in and parks for them to play in – and freedom from the fear of the deadly diseases […]

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 […]

Ending school bubbles and isolation will be dangerous, says UNISON

Rolling back safety measures risks spread. Responding to education secretary Gavin Williamson’s comments today (Wednesday) that he expects school bubbles to be removed in England if Covid restrictions are lifted on 19 July, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “Removing school bubbles and halting self-isolation will lead to more disruption, not less. “Coronavirus cases in schools are at […]

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 […]