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 […]

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 […]

The Women Chainmakers Festival

Taking place annually on the first Saturday in July, it’s a family friendly event bringing alive memories of the past whilst inspiring visions for the future through street theatre, re-enactments, live metalworking, political stalls and speeches, music, children’s activities and entertainment. Saturday 2nd July 2022 11am – 5.30pm Mary Macarthur Gardens Cradley Heath, B64 5BA […]

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 […]

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 […]