How to become active in UNISON

There are lots of ways you can develop in your job – and gain lots of life skills – by becoming active in UNISON.

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Government must raise ‘out-of-date’ mileage rates for struggling public service staff, says UNISON.

Mileage rates are woefully out of date.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shows that the ‘mileage gap’ is costing NHS, social care, police and local government employees up to £6,000 a year Out-of-date mileage rates are leaving frontline workers out of pocket, with some of the lowest-paid workers losing up to £6,000 a year, UNISON can reveal.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

The Pay Ballot Has Opened!

Dear Members, The pay ballot has opened! Birmingham City Council employees, schools staff, Birmingham Children’s Trust and Acivico are being balloted over strike action to end a decade of pay cuts. This is a UNISON national ballot, GMB and UNITE are also balloting. Ballot papers will be posted to you in a red envelope like […]

UNISON National Election 2023

The election for UNISON’s National Executive gets underway week commencing 17 April 2023.   The below-attached leaflet lists all the candidates NOMINATED by your Birmingham UNISON Branch and the reason why.   Ballot Helpline  If individual members have not received a paper by 25 April 2023, then they should contact the ballot helpline operated by […]

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” […]

General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) Bitesize Online November Sessions

Log in every Monday for lunchtime and evening sessions on a variety of topics aimed at union workplace representatives. Sessions will last no more than 30 minutes and will be accessible through any device be it a smartphone, tablet/iPad, laptop or computer. Join us at 12.30pm or 6pm or view the recording after each session. […]