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 – […]

Disabled Members Meeting – May 2022

Calling Notice Birmingham Branch Disabled Members meeting Date: Monday 9th May Time: 17.45-19.00 Zoom virtual meeting If you would like to attend the meeting please email: Philippa Hands, Disabled Members Officer on Philippa.hands@birminghamunison.co.uk by Friday 6th May for the zoom link, id and password to join the meeting.

Disabled Members Meeting – April 2022

Calling Notice Birmingham Branch Disabled Members meeting Date: Monday 11th April Time: 17.45-19.00 Zoom virtual meeting If you would like to attend the meeting please email: Philippa Hands, Disabled Members Officer on Philippa.hands@birminghamunison.co.uk by Friday 8th April for the zoom link, id and password to join the meeting.

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 […]

2022 Year of Disabled Workers graphic in purple and green

Blog: UK government should take notice of the new disability charter

The ground-breaking Disability Employment Charter, which UNISON co-founded, calls for a legal two-week limit in responding to reasonable adjustments In January, just as UNISON’s Year of the Disabled Workers began, the Westminster government’s National Disability Strategy was ruled illegal by the High Court. With over 4 million disabled people in work across the UK, only […]

Unions urge education secretary to extend free COVID testing

No 10’s Living with COVID plan ‘is likely to result in further illness and disruption to face-to-face education’ Education unions, including UNISON, have urged education secretary Nadhim Zahawi to extend the availability of free COVID-19 tests in England, beyond the end of March. In a letter to Mr Zahawi this week, the unions insist that […]

Sign Language Week 2022

Sign Language Week is celebrated each year in March to coincide with the anniversary of the recognition of British Sign Language (BSL) by the UK Government in 2003. Sign Language Week is an initiative of the British Deaf Association (BDA). This year’s Sign Language Week runs from 14th – 20th March. The theme this year […]

Disabled Members Meeting – March 2022

Calling Notice Birmingham Branch Disabled Members meeting Date: Monday 14th March Time: 17.45-19.45 Zoom virtual meeting If you would like to attend the meeting please email: Philippa Hands, Disabled Members Officer on Philippa.hands@birminghamunison.co.uk By Friday 11th March for the zoom link, id and password to join the meeting.

Disabled Members AGM – February 2022

Calling Notice Birmingham Branch Disabled Members Annual General Meeting Date: Monday February 14th Time: 17.45-19.00 Zoom virtual meeting The following positions will be elected at the meeting: Disabled Members Officer Chair Secretary Local Government Conference rep National Conference rep Please send nominations to Philippa Hands by Friday 11th February at 12pm. If you would like […]

Disabled Members Meeting – January 2022

Calling Notice Birmingham Branch Disabled Members meeting Date: Monday 17th January Time: 17.45-19.00 Zoom virtual meeting If you would like to attend the meeting please email Philippa Hands at Philippa.hands@birminghamunison.co.uk by Friday 14th January for the zoom link, id and password to join the meeting.