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 […]

LGBT+ SOG Meeting – April 2022

An LGBT+ Self Organised Group meeting has been arranged for the below date, the meeting is arranged to discuss any workplace issues, wellbeing, events and any other business. Tuesday 5th April 2022 6pm-7pm On Teams Agenda 1. Welcoming new members/apologies 2. Workplace Issues 3. Wellbeing 4. Events (funds of £1000) 5. AOB To join the […]

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 […]

2022 Year of Disabled Workers graphic in purple and green

Blog: UK government should take notice of the new disability charter

The ground-breaking Disability Employment Charter, which UNISON co-founded, calls for a legal two-week limit in responding to reasonable adjustments In January, just as UNISON’s Year of the Disabled Workers began, the Westminster government’s National Disability Strategy was ruled illegal by the High Court. With over 4 million disabled people in work across the UK, only […]

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 […]

Covid Update – Schools

As you’ll be aware, the Prime Minister recently 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 till 1 April. Staff and pupils in specialist […]

LGBT+ History Month

February is LGBT+ history month, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride event in the UK.  As well as celebrating the many momentous achievements the movement has had over the past half a century, we’ll also be looking to the future. It’s time to for us ask what we want to achieve […]

LGBT+ SOG AGM

The Birmingham Branch LGBT+ SOG AGM is due to take place: Tuesday 15th February 2022 6pm – 7pm On Zoom The Annual General Meeting of the LGBT+ Self-Organised group is due to take place on the above date, discussing any issues relevant to the group, future events and any workplace issues. This meeting is also […]

UNISON’s Schools Committee statement on the current Covid staffing crisis

UNISON’s Schools Committee have agreed a statement on the current Covid staffing crisis, including requests for support staff to cover lessons, and the government’s guidance that says schools should consider merging classes. The statement also contains advice for members on cover issues. You can access it here: http://www.unison.org.uk/…/UNISON-Schools-Committee… Please note, UNISON members in school were […]

Enough is enough – Tracey Perry is Voting Yes

Tracey Perry is a Business Support Officer in Birmingham City Council, along with a Senior Steward for our Branch. The below video talks about why she is voting yes to strike action. Enough is enough.