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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

There for You December Newsletter

The There for You December newsletter has been published. This newsletter talks about all that There for You, Unison’s charity has been doing to help members, along with some helpful information. Please click below to download the newsletter. There for You Newsletter December 2021 If you have any questions about There for You or UNISON […]

Updated Social Work England Fitness to Practise Guidance

UNISON has worked with the social worker regulator Social Work England (SWE) to update SWE’s fitness to practise referral guidance for employers and social workers. The updated guides are in links below. There is improved synergy and read-across between the two guidance documents. UNISON views these documents as ‘two faces of the same coin’. There should […]

UNISON COVID-19 Impact Report

Most of us have lived our lives in peace and prosperity. We took for granted that we would have enough food on the table, good health care when we needed it, schools for our children to learn in and parks for them to play in – and freedom from the fear of the deadly diseases […]

Updated Guidance – COVID-19 and disabled, shielding or other vulnerable workers

UNISON has updated the guidance on COVID-19 and disabled, shielding and vulnerable workers. If you are disabled, pregnant, over 70 or have an underlying health condition you should take extra precautions to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic and may previously have been told to ‘shield’. People who are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised may be particularly […]

Ending school bubbles and isolation will be dangerous, says UNISON

Rolling back safety measures risks spread. Responding to education secretary Gavin Williamson’s comments today (Wednesday) that he expects school bubbles to be removed in England if Covid restrictions are lifted on 19 July, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “Removing school bubbles and halting self-isolation will lead to more disruption, not less. “Coronavirus cases in schools are at […]