Third Generation/Parity Payment Update

All members in Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Children’s Trust and Acivico should have received an email/letter regarding the third generation payments on 13th May 2021. The text below matches the email sent to membership. Dear UNISON member Third Generation Payment UNISON is pleased to confirm that we have signed the agreement with Birmingham City Council […]

Mental Health Awareness Week - 10th-16th May - Nature

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

This week (10th-16th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and this years theme is nature.  ‘There is something to be wondered at in all of Nature’ – Aristotle During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. Our research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks […]

UNISON NEC ELECTIONS 2021

From the 4th to 27th May this year you will have the opportunity to vote to determine who sits on UNISON’s National Executive Council (NEC). UNISON Birmingham Branch has nominated the following people because we believe they are committed to ensuring our union challenges Government nationally and won’t leave members and Branches to fight alone. […]

Farewell from Donald McCombie, Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Sadly, I have to say farewell as the Branch Lifelong Learning Coordinator. The Tory Government has ended the Union Learning Fund (ULF). The ULF was created in 1998 by the then Labour Government and has provided workplace learning to thousands of workers on hundreds of subjects. This is a blatantly political attack on union learning […]

UNISON campaign urging voters to show support for Public Service Staff

Voters are being reminded that thousands of public sector staff face a government pay freeze in a campaign launched Monday (26th April 2021) by UNISON ahead of the local elections next week. Care home staff, hospital porters and teaching assistants are among key workers featured in a series of hard-hitting films that show them carrying out […]

Local Government Workers deserve a pay rise – here’s how you can help

With the upcoming elections and Local Government Pay rise, we would like to hear from you, the members on: Why you deserve a decent pay rise of 10% so what we need is:  a paragraph saying why a picture of you to go with your quote or a short video of you saying why We […]

UNISON responds to George Floyd’s murder case

“Others who abuse their power must be held to account before the law” Derek Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer, has been found guilty of murdering George Floyd in May 2020. After a landmark 15-day trial involving 44 witnesses, Chauvin is believed to be the second Minneapolis police officer to be convicted of murder, […]

Petition – Remove Oswald Mosley Photo From Birmingham Town Hall

“Many supporters of Birmingham’s fine Town Hall have been looking forward to the opening up of the as lockdown is lifted.  However, we are aware that the basement bar of the Town Hall features a photograph of Oswald Mosley — the Leader of the British Union of Fascists. It seems to us that to have […]

Stand Up To Racism Rally

Stand Up To Racism Online Rally Institutional Racism: We Need Action, Not Denial Monday 26th April 6pm Register here for the rally Speakers so far confirmed: Diane Abbott  MP Kehinde Andrews Professor of Black Studies in the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham City University Kevin Courtney National Education Union (NEU) joint general secretary Patrick Vernon Social Commentator, campaigner […]

Heartlands Porters Petition

“NHS Porters at Heartlands Hospital have responded heroically to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis providing support to the most vulnerable members of our communities, despite the risk to themselves and their families. We believe that the University Hospitals Trust acted despicably when they threatened to sack porters unless they signed up to the […]