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 […]

Retired Members AGM Report

Around 40 members of the Birmingham UNISON Retired Members Section held their first face to face meeting since the pandemic began, as they gathered for their Annual General Meeting at the Birmingham Midland Institute on 14 March. Last year’s AGM was postponed because of the lock-down, but at this year’s meeting all existing officers were […]

2022 Year of Disabled Workers graphic in purple and green

Blog: UK government should take notice of the new disability charter

The ground-breaking Disability Employment Charter, which UNISON co-founded, calls for a legal two-week limit in responding to reasonable adjustments In January, just as UNISON’s Year of the Disabled Workers began, the Westminster government’s National Disability Strategy was ruled illegal by the High Court. With over 4 million disabled people in work across the UK, only […]

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 […]

Retired Members Spring Newsletter

The Retired Members Spring newsletter is out now. Featuring these items: Ukraine – what can we do? End fuel poverty now Mosley out – at last! Save free prescriptions Age is but a number… Places to visit, things to do Iceland, a real Winter holiday and MORE Click below to download a copy of 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 […]