Farewell from Donald McCombie, Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Sadly, I have to say farewell as the Branch Lifelong Learning Coordinator. The Tory Government has ended the Union Learning Fund (ULF). The ULF was created in 1998 by the then Labour Government and has provided workplace learning to thousands of workers on hundreds of subjects. This is a blatantly political attack on union learning […]

UNISON campaign urging voters to show support for Public Service Staff

Voters are being reminded that thousands of public sector staff face a government pay freeze in a campaign launched Monday (26th April 2021) by UNISON ahead of the local elections next week. Care home staff, hospital porters and teaching assistants are among key workers featured in a series of hard-hitting films that show them carrying out […]

The Latest on Schools

On Monday 19th April the majority of schools across the country welcomed students back to school after the Easter break. This is what the Government Education in the Media blog has to say on schools returning:  While there have been a lot of changes and challenges over the past year, we remain committed to ensuring […]

The Importance of Trade Unions for Disabled Workers

We have been going through an unprecedented time, where we have been tested on many levels. Beliefs and values have been tested along with relationships in our lives. One belief that is unwavering though is that disabled people should have fair treatment in society and in work. If the systems we live with in the […]

Branch Equality Survey Results

Recently the Branch completed an equality survey, where members were asked a series of questions themed around disabilities, health conditions, home working, flexible working and a return to work. We now have the results of this. We had a total of 369 responses from members, some partially filled in and some completed the whole survey. […]

Easter Bank Holiday

As we approach a bank holiday weekend, those of us at UNISON Birmingham Branch want to wish you a peaceful and positive weekend, if you are working – thank you for keeping services running. To those who celebrate – we wish you a Happy Easter. Working hard and keeping services going for a year of […]

Branch Successes March 2021

Each month Birmingham UNISON Branch has a Branch Executive meeting with all Branch Officers and senior steward representatives from each directorate, at this meeting we have begun discussing our successes and good news stories so you, the members can see the good we try to do each and every day for our members. So here […]

Government policies failing women on flexible working, says UNISON

Pandemic has highlighted need for new arrangements. Women on the frontline need increased support from government to make their working lives more manageable including control over when, where and how long they work, says UNISON (Monday 8th March). On International Women’s Day today, the union – which represents more than a million female employees including in the NHS, […]

Safer Schools Plan – UNISON’s recommendations

UNISON’s recommendations for safer re-opening of schools in England The government announced on 27 January that it hopes to re-open schools in England on 8 March. UNISON believes that school re-opening should only happen when the science says it is safe, when school risk assessments have been updated, and when appropriate safety measures have been […]

A School Stewards Poem

Unison, Zoom, WhatsApp Group and Me In compliance with the country’s health orders, Restricting in-person meetings, restrictions on boarders. We meet via Zoom a collection of characters, Righting the wrongs of the education parameters. Checking our emails for the details of the link, Carol at the helm, making us think. Coffee brewing, pens and notes pads […]