Election for Local Government Service Group Executive

Branch members will shortly be able to vote in the forthcoming election for UNISON’s leadership in Local Government. We are writing to advise you why our Branch nominated David Hughes to stand in this election. David is our Branch Treasurer and a Senior Steward in City Housing and City Operations. Experience David is our longest […]

Members and Activist Training Courses

West Midlands UNISON offer a range of courses for members and activists, from courses on Excel and spreadsheets to Dementia Awareness, all free for members to access. Upcoming for members there are the below courses: Online Excel and Spreadsheets (intermediate) – Morning – 7th June – 21st June 2022 3 Tuesday mornings – 9:15am – […]

Coach to Telford Rally against Fascism – 7th May 2022

The fascist Tommy Robinson is holding a rally in Telford on Saturday 7th May 2022 to spread his message of hate and division. Birmingham Unison Branch and Birmingham West Midlands Region are supporting the counter protest organised by Stand Up To Racism and Shropshire Trades Union Council. Come and join us to make a stand […]

Big Power Off – Hitting Greedy Energy Companies in the Profits

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) Sheffield came up with the idea off the Big Power Off protest for the 1st of April 2022. An innovative way that people can protest from home against the steep gas and electric price rises. After all, it’s really important that people are protesting against the costs but so many […]

Mandatory vaccination in social care settings in England update

Social care workers in England, irrespective of where they work, no longer face a legal requirement to be vaccinated. If social care employers persist with forcing members to be vaccinated, please seek legal advice. Back in November 2021 the Westminster Government passed a law requiring anyone working in a care home, including people who visited […]

Education catch-up plans won’t work if teaching assistants and other support staff are ignored

Pivotal roles should be recognised and rewarded Commenting on the education white paper published today (Monday), UNISON head of education Mike Short said: “School catch-up plans will fail if the concerns of teaching assistants and other support staff aren’t urgently addressed. “They’re a key element in tackling the education backlog for every school. But without a clear plan […]

LGBT+ SOG Meeting – April 2022

An LGBT+ Self Organised Group meeting has been arranged for the below date, the meeting is arranged to discuss any workplace issues, wellbeing, events and any other business. Tuesday 5th April 2022 6pm-7pm On Teams Agenda 1. Welcoming new members/apologies 2. Workplace Issues 3. Wellbeing 4. Events (funds of £1000) 5. AOB To join the […]

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 […]