Why reform of the Gender Recognition Act is essential (Blog)

Jenny Harvey is a member of UNISON’s trans network, part of the West Midlands regional LGBT+ group and a member of UNISON’s health service group executive. Here, she explains why reform of the Gender Recognition Act is long overdue. Just for a little while during lockdown, the cacophony from UK’s anti-trans media quietened. A few […]

Dave Prentis to stand down as UNISON General Secretary

The leader of the UK’s largest union has announced that he is to stand down at the end of the year, says UNISON yesterday (Monday). Dave Prentis, who has been general secretary of UNISON since 2001, is to retire on 31 December, when his term of office ends. Commenting on his decision, Dave Prentis said: […]

Black Lives Matter at Work Forum

Join the online forum (hosted by West Midlands COVID Action group) to discuss the importance of Black Lives Matter in the workplace during Covid-19. Tuesday 21st July 2020 6pm-7.30pm The conversation will be led off By Rodger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary for UNISON. Followed by Cllr Sharon Thompson and other union community speakers. Zoom login […]

Back the 10 Billion Bailout for Local Services

Our communities face a £10 billion shortfall in funding for local services. Refuse collection, children’s services and adult social care are just a few of the vital services that could be slashed, if the government don’t find significant, emergency funding for councils. Sign the petition to tell the government you back the #10BillionBailout Click here to sign the petition.  Ask […]

Money for public services would mean a quicker recovery

Proper investment would power a return to a more prosperous time. Responding to the summer economic statement yesterday (Wednesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Chancellor has firmly closed the door on the damaging austerity of the past decade. “But while there’s much for young people, the energy sector and UK businesses to celebrate, there’s […]

There for You – During Covid-19

If you are a member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whatever the circumstances, There for You can offer you support. We can provide one-off grants to those in difficulty due to coronavirus, or other financial assistance for those experiencing unexpected hardship. COVID-19 Response Fund There for You has set up a special response fund […]

Showing appreciation and support for Key Workers and the NHS

People around the UK are being urged to celebrate and commemorate health, care and other essential workers this weekend to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS, says UNISON today (Thursday). It will culminate in what is hoped to be the biggest ever clap for carers on Sunday (5 July) as the country shows its […]

Personal Development and Wellbeing Pilot Course

The Branch will be organising a pilot course in personal development and wellbeing in partnership with the Global University of Lifelong Learning in the near future. This is a unique opportunity for accredited personal learning, at no cost to members. In the current circumstances this will be organised online with support.The beauty of the course is […]

UNISON in Schools response to government plan for schools in September 2020

The UK government have produced a detailed plan for all children and young people to return to full time education in September 2020. “Current restrictions on group sizes will be lifted to allow schools, colleges and nurseries to fully reopen to all children and young people, as Covid-19 infection rates continue to fall. Covid-19 secure […]

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We need a National Care Service

Fundamental reform is needed to create a system fit for the future. The pandemic has exposed the fault lines in the social care system, which requires substantial reform if its many structural, financial and operational weaknesses are to be tackled, says UNISON in a new strategy document released today (Wednesday). Care After Covid: A Vision […]