UNISON COVID-19 Impact Report

Most of us have lived our lives in peace and prosperity. We took for granted that we would have enough food on the table, good health care when we needed it, schools for our children to learn in and parks for them to play in – and freedom from the fear of the deadly diseases […]

“Third Generation” Parity Payments Update

A letter has been sent to all Birmingham Branch members this week who may be eligible for the “third generation” equal pay payments, if you were employed by Birmingham City Council, Acivico or Birmingham Children’s Trust on or after 31st October 2018. Please see below the letter sent by the joint trade unions: Dear Union […]

School Uniform Grants 2021

Applications for the UNISON There for You school uniform grant have opened today (Thursday 1st July 2021). If you are a member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whether due to coronavirus or other circumstances, There for You can offer you support, including one-off grants. Struggling to make ends meet? Worried about back to school […]

After Covid: Demand a New Normal!

This Government: Corrupt, Negligent, Not Fit For Purpose! After Covid: Demand a New Normal! National Demonstration, Saturday 26 June 2021. 12pm, Portland Place, London WC1 (Tube: Oxford Circus/Great Portland St). Saturday 26 June will bring together the whole of the progressive movement to relaunch an opposition to this disastrous government. Support is flooding in from […]

Bring back face coverings to limit school Covid disruption

Education unions issue joint statement Four education unions representing teachers and support staff on Tuesday calling on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools to limit coronavirus spread. With infections on the rise once more, the unions have issued a joint statement demanding a range of safety measures to keep education on track and […]

“Insulting” pay offer rejected by council and school staff, says UNISON

Jon Richards says 1.5% shows complete disregard for all staff have done during pandemic. The 1.5% pay offer made by the Local Government Association to council and school support staff last week has been resoundingly rejected by UNISON, the union has announced today (Friday). At an earlier meeting of the union’s local government committee, representatives […]

Online Activist Training

The West Midlands region have a number of forthcoming online learning opportunities for UNISON activists or could be activists who are taking the first step in becoming a steward or workplace health and safety representative. Some examples of courses include: Digital Organising; Basics & Module 1 Dealing With A Disciplinary Dealing With A Grievance The […]

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. […]