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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Birmingham Deserves Climate Jobs

Birmingham Deserves Climate Jobs – what they are and how to get them. This event is a book launch and campaign rally. Monday 31st January 2022 7pm Warehouse Café, 54-57 Allison Street, Birmingham, B5 5TH The event can be joined in person, and online.

There for You December Newsletter

The There for You December newsletter has been published. This newsletter talks about all that There for You, Unison’s charity has been doing to help members, along with some helpful information. Please click below to download the newsletter. There for You Newsletter December 2021 If you have any questions about There for You or UNISON […]

UNISON statement on the murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

UNISON’s National Office have released the below statement: The union sends condolences to all those affected by the case, and remains committed to supporting all those working in child social care. UNISON has responded to the death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and the conviction of both Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes for his murder. The union […]

Equal Pay/Parity Payment Statement

Statement from the Branch on equal pay/parity payment claims, sent to all members via email 12th November 2021 and posted to those we do not have emails for this week. If we do not have an email address for you, you will have a slight delay in any communications from us, we recommend updating us […]

11 things you need to know about council and school pay

If you work in a council or school (or wholly owned company like the Children’s Trust), your voting papers will be mailed to you in December, with a freepost envelope. Local government members working in councils and schools are balloting for strike action. But why? What has happened? And what’s next? Here is everything you […]