Disabled Members Meeting – July 2022

Calling Notice Birmingham Branch Disabled Members meeting Date: Monday 4th July 2022 Time: 17.45-19.00 Zoom virtual meeting Please note the meeting is a week earlier than usual. The deadline for registering a motion for Disabled Members Conference is 8th July, so the meeting will be on the 4th so that the Group can discuss and agree the […]

Disabled Members Meeting – June 2022

Calling Notice Birmingham Branch Disabled Members meeting Date: Monday 13th June 2022 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 10th June for the zoom link, id and password to join the meeting.

Retired Members Summer Newsletter

The Retired Members Summer newsletter is out now. Featuring these items: Protest – ‘We demand better’ – join the TUC demonstration Saturday 18th June. Coffee mornings are back on! The battles at Starbucks. Don’t fall for scammers. Out on the lakes. Quiz: get the brain cells working. Day trip to Ludlow – Wednesday 20th July. […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Retired Members AGM Report

Around 40 members of the Birmingham UNISON Retired Members Section held their first face to face meeting since the pandemic began, as they gathered for their Annual General Meeting at the Birmingham Midland Institute on 14 March. Last year’s AGM was postponed because of the lock-down, but at this year’s meeting all existing officers were […]

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 […]