Poem for the Friendship Festival 2020

For the 2020 Unison Birmingham Branch Friendship Festival we had to go virtual due to the ongoing government restrictions and the safety of our members. So we could still reach out to our members and offer a snippet of what would have been available this Summer a virtual Friendship Festival featuring music, tai chi and […]

Working From Home Tax Relief

If you have been working from home due to Covid-19 for any period this year, did you know you can claim tax relief? This is to help pay for the extra on the heating, gas, electric and maybe even internet. This means that your tax code will be changed to accommodate the entitlement to tax […]

UNISON Birmingham LG nominates Paul Holmes for General Secretary

After listening and questioning the candidates we decided to nominate Paul Holmes for general secretary because: Paul has the best record of leadership and fighting for members; Paul is the members’ candidate, from the shop floor; Paul will take the job on his current wage of £32,000, declining the £100,000 available; Paul will massively increase funding […]

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Birmingham Council COVID19 funding crises

“Emergency budget for Birmingham as Covid-19 ‘catastrophe’ raises prospect of service cuts” was the headline on a Birmingham Mail article at the end of June 2020. The article said the Council was facing a £212 million shortfall and predicted drastic service cuts that could impact on any or all of the council’s services – from […]

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 […]

Lockdown has awoken the sleeping giant in our workplaces: union power

With a surge in membership under way during the Coronavirus crisis, this is a once-in-a-generation chance to build unity. Unison Birmingham Branch is mentioned in the below article, for our Home Care Workers strike – and the power it brought to the members. We can bring our workforce together, and ensure a fair working environment […]

International Workers Memorial Day

International Workers Memorial Day takes place every 28th April, commemorating those killed and injured by work. This year all the usual hazards have been added to by Covid19, so IWMD in 2020 will be a perfect opportunity to raise relevant current issues and get the word out as widely as possible. Please do as much […]

Mental Health – Mindfulness Colouring

Mindfulness techniques such as colouring are a great way to help de-stress, and wind down after a long day at work and to retain a positive mind and good mental health. Its also a great activity to do with children. If you are home schooling, get the kids involved and show support to our services […]

BCC Vulnerable Residents Support Helpline

Birmingham City Council has launched an emergency response hub to ensure access to support is available. This is for the most vulnerable citizens in the city who have no assistance from family or friends and need help from voluntary organisations and community groups for support, which may be provided by the council or the voluntary […]

International Women’s Day 2020

On Saturday 7th March, the Branch Women’s Self Organised Group held our International Women’s Day event. It was a wonderful celebration of Women, sisterhood and what we can achieve as women; With great speakers and questions from the attendees the feeling in the room was positively unexplainable. It was incredibly empowering and a very friendly, […]