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 […]

Reporting of accidents, incidents and near misses

Across Birmingham City Council, especially City Operations and City Housing there have been a number of incidents, accidents and near misses in recent months. If you have experienced these kinds of incidents, it is very important to make sure to fill in accident/incident reports, it’s not acceptable to feel threatened or attacked in work and […]

School Uniform Grants 2021

Applications for the UNISON There for You school uniform grant have opened today (Thursday 1st July 2021). If you are a member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whether due to coronavirus or other circumstances, There for You can offer you support, including one-off grants. Struggling to make ends meet? Worried about back to school […]

Online Activist Training

The West Midlands region have a number of forthcoming online learning opportunities for UNISON activists or could be activists who are taking the first step in becoming a steward or workplace health and safety representative. Some examples of courses include: Digital Organising; Basics & Module 1 Dealing With A Disciplinary Dealing With A Grievance The […]

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 […]

Mental Health Awareness Week - 10th-16th May - Nature

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

This week (10th-16th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and this years theme is nature.  ‘There is something to be wondered at in all of Nature’ – Aristotle During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. Our research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks […]

Joint Letter to Secretary of State for Education On Masks in Schools

A joint letter from UNISON, GMB, Unite, NEU, NASUWT, scientists, public health professionals, other organisations, parents and young people has been sent to Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education regarding reports that the government plans to stop requiring children to wear face coverings in secondary school classrooms from 17th May in England. We […]

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 Latest on Schools

On Monday 19th April the majority of schools across the country welcomed students back to school after the Easter break. This is what the Government Education in the Media blog has to say on schools returning:  While there have been a lot of changes and challenges over the past year, we remain committed to ensuring […]