Disability Rights UK Shielding Survey

Disability Rights UK completed a shielding survey,  which revealed a huge sense of lack of safety and neglect for disabled people during this pandemic. “Eighty-five per cent of people shielding feel unsafe going outside since the relaxing of lockdown rules on 1 June, according to a new survey by DR UK. Only two-fifths of people […]

Upcoming Online Members Courses

UNISON are offering these courses to Members which can be booked and accessed online, see below for further details and booking form. Online Mental Health awareness – 24th June 2020 – 10am-1pm This will help participants understand the main mental health problems that people face and provide a basic insight in to the experience of […]

Regional Black Members Online Meeting

The Regional Black members Self organised group are calling a online meeting to discuss two important and current topics: Covid 19 The death of George Floyd This meeting will be held online via teams. Date: 25th June 2020 Time: 6pm – 8pm Joining Link – https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NTUwY2I1OTctZjAzYi00MmQ4LTllNTktMDZiNjk1NDk2OTE3%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22d7c21edf-d541-49a4-9f5a-7737832d42c7%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%220c7db06f-7091-4860-a5dc-918827abb97e%22%7d   The agenda: Welcome Speaker – Ravi Subramanian, West Midlands Regional Secretary The […]

Birmingham Black Lives Matter protest – 4th June 2020

Black Lives Matter protests began in Birmingham on Wednesday 3rd June 2020. On Thursday 4th June 2020 an extremely well attended Black Lives Matter protest took place in Birmingham City Centre at Centenary Square. The official report put turn out at 4000 attendees, but from those who were there it is thought there was between […]

Plans for full return to Primary Schools to be postponed

“The plan for all primary school years in England to go back to school before the end of term is to be dropped by the government. There had been an aim for all primary pupils to spend four weeks in school before the summer break. But it is no longer thought to be feasible and […]

Retired Members Newsletter Summer 2020

The Summer 2020 issue of the Retired Members newsletter is here. Fourteen pages filled with stories, including the cover story ‘OUTRAGE – How Care Homes were abandoned to Covid-19’. There are contact details for members of the Retired Members group, a quiz and lots of articles to be read. Click below to open the newsletter […]

Branch Survey Results – NJC Pay Claim

The current NJC pay claim The local government employers have offered council and school workers a 2.75% pay rise, sending a letter to the joint unions – UNISON, GMB and Unite – on April 16 2020. Read the April 2020 offer from the employers Although the offer is an increase on the 2% that was […]

COVID-19: latest schools advice and guidance

UNISON has consistently opposed the expansion of pupil numbers in primary schools in England on 1 June. Our campaign at branch, region and national level has had successes. The government has delayed pupil expansion in secondary schools until 15 June and many local authorities, academies and local schools have decided that 1 June is too early, this has meant thousands of staff will not be going in on Monday, which will hopefully relieve some of the pressure on branches.

Lockdown has awoken the sleeping giant in our workplaces: union power

With a surge in membership under way during the Coronavirus crisis, this is a once-in-a-generation chance to build unity. Unison Birmingham Branch is mentioned in the below article, for our Home Care Workers strike – and the power it brought to the members. We can bring our workforce together, and ensure a fair working environment […]

Wider opening of schools – 1st June – Our position

There appears to be some confusion about UNISON’s position regarding the wider opening of schools on 1st June. I would like to clarify that we are NOT advising our members not to go to school on 1st June, we are advising members not to actively engage in planning for 1st June (calling parents to see […]