Retired Members Autumn Newsletter

The Retired Members Autumn newsletter is out now. Featuring these items: We Won! – award for best Communications. Martineau Picnic Meet Up On the March Against Climate Change Retired Members Conference 2021 So this is what ‘digital exclusion’ looks like ‘Thank you NHS’ Jumping through hoops for that holiday in the sun How difficult can […]

Retired Members Summer Newsletter

The Retired Members Summer newsletter is out now. Featuring these items:  The retired members picnic Under Attack – the coming cuts Going soon – the landline National Windrush Day A Funny Old World Defend the Triple Lock A quiz There is more too, click here to download the newsletter: Retired Members Summer Newsletter

Retired Members Picnic in the Park

From the Retired Members group: For once in the past 18 months there does seem at last to be light at the end of the tunnel. So to celebrate our first ‘human contact’, we’ve arranged a picnic in the park at the: Martineau Gardens Wednesday 18th August 2021 1.30 – 3.30pm Priory Road, Edgbaston, B5 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Retired Members Health Survey Results

Birmingham UNISON Retired Members Section set up a survey to see if anecdotal evidence that older members of the community are getting a reduced health service because of the pandemic is backed by clear evidence. The survey is a response to the growing number of our members (who are in the 60 plus age group) […]

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 […]