There for You School Clothing Grant 2022

There for You School Clothing Grant – Launch date Friday 24th June 2022 What is the fund for? A Grant has been put in place that will assist our most vulnerable members with the cost of providing school clothing. This is in response to the growing difficulties many members on low incomes face, especially with […]

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 […]

Introduction From the New Welfare Officer

Our new Branch Welfare Officer has written a letter to members, introducing herself and what There for You can do for you. Dear UNISON member, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Welfare Officer for the Birmingham Branch. I will be working at the branch on Wednesdays and Thursdays […]

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 – […]

Mandatory vaccination in social care settings in England update

Social care workers in England, irrespective of where they work, no longer face a legal requirement to be vaccinated. If social care employers persist with forcing members to be vaccinated, please seek legal advice. Back in November 2021 the Westminster Government passed a law requiring anyone working in a care home, including people who visited […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]