Unite in Solidarity: Joint Union Rally on September 25th

Dear Birmingham Unison Members, I trust this message finds you well. As you know, Birmingham City Council is facing unprecedented challenges, including Tory government commissioners taking over for up to 5 years. This could result in a fire sale of valuable assets, including iconic institutions like the Library of Birmingham and Birmingham Museum and Art […]

UNISON urges government to make schools safe now

Scores of schools that could be at risk of collapse have been warned to be ready for the possibility that they could have to close part or all of their buildings within days, according to reports in the Mirror. The affected schools were built with “crumbly” reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) from the 1960s to […]

Government must raise ‘out-of-date’ mileage rates for struggling public service staff, says UNISON.

Mileage rates are woefully out of date. Research shows that the ‘mileage gap’ is costing NHS, social care, police and local government employees up to £6,000 a year Out-of-date mileage rates are leaving frontline workers out of pocket, with some of the lowest-paid workers losing up to £6,000 a year, UNISON can reveal. Using UNISON […]

Archbishops must honour real living wage pledge for church school staff, says UNISON

UNISON writes to Church of England and Catholic Church urging them to practice what they preach on fair pay. Staff in church schools face a bleak Christmas unless archbishops act urgently on pay, says UNISON today (Friday).  The union has written to the heads of the Church of England and Catholic Church urging them to honour their promises to pay […]

Stars in our Schools coverage

It’s been great to see all the social media posts this week – and especially today – about Stars events being held around the UK, and supportive messages from MPs, councillors and other organisations. Thanks very much for all the work that has been put in to organising these. As you know as well the […]

Ventilation in Schools England (for information)

The DfE have today (24th |November) announced more c02 monitors for schools in England  (so one for every classroom instead of sharing one between two) and are reopening bids for of hepa air filters. The criteria being used by the DfE for hepa filters  is however, again based on Co2 readings  “consistently above 1500 ppm” […]

Headteachers fear losing increasingly vital teaching assistants as cost-of-living pressures bite​

To halt the exodus of teaching assistants they need to be better rewarded Teaching assistants are still filling the gaps left by specialist staff ​during the pandemic and providing vital emotional support to students and parents, ​according to a UNISON-commissioned report ​published today (​Thursday). From Covid to the Cost of Living provides a snapshot of the way ​Covid has […]

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 […]

Members and Activist Training Courses

West Midlands UNISON offer a range of courses for members and activists, from courses on Excel and spreadsheets to Dementia Awareness, all free for members to access. Upcoming for members there are the below courses: Online Excel and Spreadsheets (intermediate) – Morning – 7th June – 21st June 2022 3 Tuesday mornings – 9:15am – […]

Education catch-up plans won’t work if teaching assistants and other support staff are ignored

Pivotal roles should be recognised and rewarded Commenting on the education white paper published today (Monday), UNISON head of education Mike Short said: “School catch-up plans will fail if the concerns of teaching assistants and other support staff aren’t urgently addressed. “They’re a key element in tackling the education backlog for every school. But without a clear plan […]