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 […]

Birmingham Branch Disabled Members’ meeting

Calling Notice Birmingham Branch Disabled Members’ meeting Date: Monday August 12th   Venue:  UNISON Birmingham Branch 19th Floor McLaren Building Priory Queensway   Time: 17.30-19.30   UNISON Disabled Members are welcome to attend the above meeting. If you have any specific access requirements please contact: Philippa Hands: (0121) 464 1048 or 200 7107     […]

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 […]

Health and Safety Updates

Health and Safety is vital for a happy workplace, our Health and Safety Officer regularly raises issues to make sure that our workplaces are as all safe as they can be. See below the latest updates: Hockley Day Centre Abdul, our Health and Safety Officer recently had concerns raised to him from a Steward in […]

Disabled Members News

DISABLED MEMBERS’  CONFERENCE The 2019 UNISON Disabled Members’ Conference takes place from Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th November at Brighton Convention Centre Branches and Regions can send delegates to the Conference to debate motions and amendments on issues that affect disabled members  in the workplace. The Birmingham Branch is one of only six Branches that send delegates from […]

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 […]