COP26 – Climate Change and the United Nations

The Glasgow COP26 in November is fast approaching and the eyes of the world will be watching intently. What is COP26? It is the 26th ‘Conference Of the Parties’, which is a United Nations summit. Why is it important? It is the place where the United Nations will discuss the effects of Climate Change upon […]

Birmingham Branch Condemns racist abuse following Euro final

Birmingham Unison strongly condemn the racist abuse that has been displayed via social media, and other channels following the Euro’s football result. We encourage staff to report any discriminatory posts  via the appropriate channels both on social media and otherwise. The abuse that the players have been receiving is unacceptable. The team achieved an amazing […]

UNISON NEC Election Results & Presidential Team

UNISON’s NEC election results were announced on the National UNISON website on Friday 11th June 2021 – you can find a full list of those elected on this page: Summary list of elected NEC members These members took office following the end of Special Delegate Conference 2021. The term of office will run until the […]

UNISON joins the fight over proper use of health data

The government has announced its intention to take a copy of the entire GP-recorded medical history of patients in England from this summer – in part for commercial use. There has been no public consultation on the plans, though some details have now been published by NHS Digital. The full list of sensitive information or ‘codes’ that […]

“Insulting” pay offer rejected by council and school staff, says UNISON

Jon Richards says 1.5% shows complete disregard for all staff have done during pandemic. The 1.5% pay offer made by the Local Government Association to council and school support staff last week has been resoundingly rejected by UNISON, the union has announced today (Friday). At an earlier meeting of the union’s local government committee, representatives […]

Kill the Bill Protest – Birmingham

Unite to Kill the Bill national day of action Birmingham protest. Saturday 29th May 2021 at 2pm  Victoria Square  The Bill (Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021) is an attempt to criminalise the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community as well as attempting to remove democratic rights won over centuries. We have seen huge protests […]

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 […]

British and Irish trade unions condemn Colombian state violence

Letter notes human rights abuses on a ‘massive scale’, with up to 37 people reported killed UNISON has joined a number of British and Irish trade unions in condemning the latest human rights abuses, including the killing of protestors, by state forces in Colombia. General secretary Christina McAnea and TUC president Frances O’Grady are among […]

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021: A Briefing for Trade Unionists

This briefing has been compiled by the Stop the Police Bill organising group – a network of trade unionists, MPs, climate activists, anti-racist groups and lawyers committed to campaigning against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. What is the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and why does it matter? The right to protest […]

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 […]