Unions urge education secretary to extend free COVID testing

No 10’s Living with COVID plan ‘is likely to result in further illness and disruption to face-to-face education’ Education unions, including UNISON, have urged education secretary Nadhim Zahawi to extend the availability of free COVID-19 tests in England, beyond the end of March. In a letter to Mr Zahawi this week, the unions insist that […]

UNISON launches new manifesto for social work

Move comes on International Social Work Day and explores both the state of social work in the UK today and the union’s hopes for the future Tuesday 15th March was World Social Work Day. As the biggest union for social workers in the UK, representing over 40,000 members working in the sector, UNISON recognised the […]

Sign Language Week 2022

Sign Language Week is celebrated each year in March to coincide with the anniversary of the recognition of British Sign Language (BSL) by the UK Government in 2003. Sign Language Week is an initiative of the British Deaf Association (BDA). This year’s Sign Language Week runs from 14th – 20th March. The theme this year […]

March Against Racism for UN Anti Racism Day

On Saturday 19th March there are three UK  events/marches taking place: London March BBC Portland Place, London – 12 Noon Saturday 19 March 2022 Facebook Event for London March Birmingham Branch have agreed to provide free tickets to Branch members who wish to attend the UN Anti Racism March in London, organised by the TUC […]

Ukraine in blue and yellow, the nations colours.

Branch Statement on Ukraine

Millions of people will have been horrified by Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and by him putting Russia’s nuclear weapons on alert, and as trade union activists we condemn the invasion and stand with the people and trade unions of Ukraine. We send our solidarity to them and to the peoples of bordering countries who feel […]

NJC pay for 2021

NJC pay for 2021 for England, Wales and Northern Ireland has now been settled, following a joint circular being issued. The final pay offer of 1.75% (2.75% for those on the bottom pay point) from 1 April 2021 should now be implemented by all employers. The joint circular also asks employers to pay all backpay, […]

How to support Ukraine

UNISON is working with the international trade union movement to mobilise support for those affected by the war in Ukraine – and branches and members can help too. No one can fail to be moved by the scenes of terrified civilians taking shelter underground or of the hundreds of thousands of women and children desperately […]

Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2022

We would like to invite all members of our Branch to attend our  Annual General Meeting that is taking place on: Tuesday 8th March 5.30-7pm. On Zoom We are really please to have the Vice President Andrea Egan joining us as our guest speaker, especially as it is also International Women’s Day.  All full members of UNISON […]

Local Government JNC Pay Offer 2021

Members were consulted on the Chief Officers JNC pay offer of 1.5% from 1st April 2021, including a ballot for strike action – which did not meet the 50% threshold. The consultation of members covered by the Chief Officers Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) has now finished. UNISON members have voted to accept the final pay […]

Third Generation Parity Payment

Third Generation Parity Payment Update – BCC/BCT/Acivico As you know, we have recently learned that Birmingham City Council intends to settle equal pay claims with a no win no fee lawyer for more than the agreed sum with the unions for members via a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Members covered by this MOU will receive […]