Let’s remember those who have died because of their work

On International Workers’ Memorial Day, let us all take a minute to remember how precious life is and the cost that many workers pay every year, around the globe. Today, on International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD), UNISON and the whole trade union movement will lead the way in showing respect for all those who have […]

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 […]

Black Members SOG Talk – 25th Anniversary of the Death of Stephen Lawrence

An evening talk in recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence. The 22nd April 2022 will be the fourth National Stephen Lawrence Day. Following the 25th Anniversary memorial for Stephen in 2018, the Stephen Lawrence Foundation created a day to celebrate and mark Stephen’s life and legacy. The day focuses on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]