Black Members Conference 2021

Previously in our last news letter in September 2020, We discussed Black Members Conference and are now delighted to informed you all that the Black Members Conference will still be going ahead in Spring 2021. We, the Birmingham Branch, are asking for Black members who would like to attend the next Black Members Conference to […]

UNISON Birmingham LG nominates Paul Holmes for General Secretary

After listening and questioning the candidates we decided to nominate Paul Holmes for general secretary because: Paul has the best record of leadership and fighting for members; Paul is the members’ candidate, from the shop floor; Paul will take the job on his current wage of £32,000, declining the £100,000 available; Paul will massively increase funding […]

School Safety Update

With schools starting to reopen we know this may be a concern for some of our members. In order to support members, UNISON has produced the new materials below, including an important new joint union guide for vulnerable staff. Risk Assessments Risk assessments are a number one priority. Before staff return to work, schools must update and […]

UNISON wins Access to Work victory

Union pressure sees government make changes to scheme to help disabled people working from home in the pandemic. UNISON has won a major victory for disabled workers, after the Department for Work and Pensions announced that new help will be available to disabled people who are working at home, with Access to Work extended to […]

Apprentices in UNISON – What was your experience during lockdown?

Apprentices’ experiences during lockdown At UNISON we believe apprenticeships are the key to building a workforce that will meet the demands of the 21st century economy. We believe that they should be a vital part of the upcoming economic response to the COVID-19 crisis and we will be using the power that comes from being […]

Reject 2.75% – fight for the full claim

Council workers, alongside other key workers, have shown during this pandemic which jobs are important, and they are overwhelmingly in the public sector (not exclusively, we don’t forget shop workers, delivery drivers etc). We know the majority of the British public know that and support us. People up and down the country stood on their […]

Dave Prentis to stand down as UNISON General Secretary

The leader of the UK’s largest union has announced that he is to stand down at the end of the year, says UNISON yesterday (Monday). Dave Prentis, who has been general secretary of UNISON since 2001, is to retire on 31 December, when his term of office ends. Commenting on his decision, Dave Prentis said: […]

Black Lives Matter at Work Forum

Join the online forum (hosted by West Midlands COVID Action group) to discuss the importance of Black Lives Matter in the workplace during Covid-19. Tuesday 21st July 2020 6pm-7.30pm The conversation will be led off By Rodger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary for UNISON. Followed by Cllr Sharon Thompson and other union community speakers. Zoom login […]

Back the 10 Billion Bailout for Local Services

Our communities face a £10 billion shortfall in funding for local services. Refuse collection, children’s services and adult social care are just a few of the vital services that could be slashed, if the government don’t find significant, emergency funding for councils. Sign the petition to tell the government you back the #10BillionBailout Click here to sign the petition.  Ask […]

Money for public services would mean a quicker recovery

Proper investment would power a return to a more prosperous time. Responding to the summer economic statement yesterday (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Chancellor has firmly closed the door on the damaging austerity of the past decade. “But while there’s much for young people, the energy sector and UK businesses to celebrate, there’s […]