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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Retired Members Spring Newsletter

The Retired Members Spring newsletter is out now. Featuring these items: Ukraine – what can we do? End fuel poverty now Mosley out – at last! Save free prescriptions Age is but a number… Places to visit, things to do Iceland, a real Winter holiday and MORE Click below to download a copy of the […]

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 […]

Retired Members Group AGM

Dear Retired Member, I am writing to invite you to the Annual General Meeting of the Birmingham UNISON Retired Members Section, to take place on: Monday 14th March 2022 11am – 1pm, in the city centre – Birmingham Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, B3 3RU This will be a face to face meeting, and we […]

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 […]