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 […]

Black Members SOG Talk – 25th Anniversary of the Death of Stephen Lawrence

An evening talk in recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence. The 22nd April 2022 will be the fourth National Stephen Lawrence Day. Following the 25th Anniversary memorial for Stephen in 2018, the Stephen Lawrence Foundation created a day to celebrate and mark Stephen’s life and legacy. The day focuses on […]

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.

Safe Schools for All

As you will be aware, in February 2022 the Prime Minister announced the ending of many Covid measures, against the advice of scientists and school leaders. UNISON has written to all schools asking them to continue recommending regular testing for all school staff and secondary pupils – tests remain free until 1 April. Staff and […]

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 […]

March Against Racism for UN Anti Racism Day

On Saturday 19th March there are three UK  events/marches taking place: London March BBC Portland Place, London – 12 Noon Saturday 19 March 2022 Facebook Event for London March Birmingham Branch have agreed to provide free tickets to Branch members who wish to attend the UN Anti Racism March in London, organised by the TUC […]

Covid Update – Schools

As you’ll be aware, the Prime Minister recently announced the ending of many Covid measures, against the advice of scientists and school leaders. UNISON has written to all schools asking them to continue recommending regular testing for all school staff and secondary pupils – tests remain free till 1 April. Staff and pupils in specialist […]

Black Members SOG AGM – March 2022

Black Members are invited to attend the Black Members Self Organised Group Annual General Meeting. Wednesday 2nd March 2022 18:00-19:30 On Zoom At this meeting we will elect the following positions for the group – Chair, Secretary, Events Co-Ordinator,  and Black Member’s Officer – the officer post is the only position with facility time (1 […]

UNISON’s Schools Committee statement on the current Covid staffing crisis

UNISON’s Schools Committee have agreed a statement on the current Covid staffing crisis, including requests for support staff to cover lessons, and the government’s guidance that says schools should consider merging classes. The statement also contains advice for members on cover issues. You can access it here: http://www.unison.org.uk/…/UNISON-Schools-Committee… Please note, UNISON members in school were […]