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 […]

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. […]

Members Meeting – Covid-19 Vaccine

As the vaccination programme for Covid-19 continues, there finally seems to be a light at the end of a long and difficult tunnel. Estimates suggest that three quarters of us will need to be vaccinated to reach population immunity. How many people will agree to be vaccinated? Are some groups more likely to agree than […]

Covid-19 Staff Guidance (BCC)

The Covid-19 staff guidance for Birmingham City Council employees has been updated and staff need to be aware how this might impact on them, their staff and/or service area. Where an employee confirms that they have a COVID-related sickness absence or are in self-isolation, it is the line manager’s responsibility to ensure that the HR/Payroll […]

Schools/Early Years Update – Coronavirus

Section 44 Update This is the latest advice from National Schools Sector following their meeting on Thursday 7th January. The use of section 44 is once again a backstop – we used it on a blanket basis because of the situation faced. Now we are encouraging branches to seek to negotiate with employers and use […]

Pregnant Workers and Covid-19/Coronavirus

If you are pregnant the government has issued “strong advice” that you should work from home, if possible and to be particularly stringent about ‘social distancing’ during the coronavirus pandemic. Your employer should therefore consider allowing you to work from home. If your job isn’t suitable for home working then your employer should consider whether […]

If you think you or someone you live with has Coronavirus

What should I do if I think I have the symptoms of, or have had, close contact with someone who has had, COVID-19? For the latest information on symptoms, what you should do and how long you should self-isolate, see the “staying at home information” from the NHS. A change to the self-isolation period from […]

Reporting Incidents

Across Birmingham City Council there have been a number of incidents in recent months of aggression from the public. If you have experienced these kinds of incidents it is very important to make sure to fill in incident reports, its not acceptable to feel threatened or attacked in work. We understand some colleagues do not […]

What if I don’t feel my workplace is safe?

We believe that our members should never be in a situation where they might endanger themselves and others in the course of doing their jobs. Putting you in that situation is potentially a breach of health and safety law and may spread coronavirus to people in high-risk groups. As a last resort, when faced with a dangerous […]

Free Courses Available

There are a new range of online courses that are available for UNISON members have been created by The Skills Academy. It gives UNISON members access to over 550 free, fully CPD certified courses – there is a wide range of courses, on a multitude of subjects: HR Sales/Marketing Medical related courses (such as ADHD […]