Friendship festival fun!

Birmingham Unison’s Friendship festival was held at Martineau Gardens, Edgbaston on Saturday 31st August. The event was attended by both old and young ,with music led by Donald McCombie’s Gospel Bell and friends, Blue Smoke Union with their set of Americana songs  and poetry readings , a Tai Chi session and even a short joke […]

Menopause Survey

Menopause Survey The branch Women’s self-organised group have decided to try and get the council to have a proper policy on the menopause.  It was agreed at Branch Committee in August to submit a draft policy to HR. We want to back that up with a survey to show that a policy is needed. Members […]

August 2019 Newsletter – Climate Emergency Special

The latest Branch newsletter is below, in this special Climate Emergency issue we discuss the impact on the planet that climate change is having, the solutions and ways we can be more sustainable. Unison Birmingham Branch Newsletter August 2019

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UNISON calls for £10 an hour minimum wage and 10% more pay

UNISON calls for the bottom NJC pay point to be £10 per hour and a 10% pay rise on other pay points UNISON, GMB and Unite today lodged the following pay claim for all council and school workers employed on NJC pay in England, Wales and Northern Ireland:  A real living wage of £10 […]

Labour to end outsourcing

The Labour Party has announced that it will be ending Council’s outsourcing services to private companies. The recent debacle of Amey having to pay back the Council for a job not done, is one example that private isn’t always the best. The company  will pay £300m over five years to buy its way out of […]

Baxendale quits!

Dawn Baxendale Chief Executive for the Council is to leave her high paying £210,000 a year post after being appointed ,just 16 months ago. She said in a statement that she’s taking up a job in Christchurch New Zealand as she’s wanted to live there for a long time. Whether employees will miss her “weekly […]

Children’s Social Services Commissioner not needed now.

 A government appointed commissioner is no longer needed to run Birmingham’s children’s services. A series of child deaths saw the service branded a “national disgrace” and it has been rated as inadequate since 2008. Ofsted has since judged children’s social care services as good. The Department for Education has issued a revised statutory direction to […]

WASPI event success!

The recent meeting WASPI (Women Against State Pension Injustice) information session for West Midlands members held at the Regional Centre in Birmingham was a success. Indeed comments about the issue , has been inundating our Facebook page, with hundreds of engagements and many comments.. The event was well attended and Carol Garfield (Assistant Branch Secretary – […]

WASPI Bus pass news

We’ve been supporting the WASPI campaign at Birmingham Branch. There is now an announcement about Bus Passes being available. Are you a West Midlands woman born between 6/03/1954 and 05/11/1954? if so you are eligible for a Women’s Bus and Metro Pass valid from 02/07/2019. apply Now online at Network West Midlands or call 0345 […]

Branch officers win NEC seats!

Birmingham Branch has officers that have been elected to serve on Unison’s National Executive Council. The recent election results have been published and  Branch Secretary Caroline Johnson has been elected to the female West Midlands seat. Our Young Members Officer (and joint Communications Officer) Nicola Moran is elected for the female Young Members seat. Candidates will […]