UNISON responds to George Floyd’s murder case

“Others who abuse their power must be held to account before the law” Derek Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer, has been found guilty of murdering George Floyd in May 2020. After a landmark 15-day trial involving 44 witnesses, Chauvin is believed to be the second Minneapolis police officer to be convicted of murder, […]

Petition – Remove Oswald Mosley Photo From Birmingham Town Hall

“Many supporters of Birmingham’s fine Town Hall have been looking forward to the opening up of the as lockdown is lifted.  However, we are aware that the basement bar of the Town Hall features a photograph of Oswald Mosley — the Leader of the British Union of Fascists. It seems to us that to have […]

Stand Up To Racism Rally

Stand Up To Racism Online Rally Institutional Racism: We Need Action, Not Denial Monday 26th April 6pm Register here for the rally Speakers so far confirmed: Diane Abbott  MP Kehinde Andrews Professor of Black Studies in the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham City University Kevin Courtney National Education Union (NEU) joint general secretary Patrick Vernon Social Commentator, campaigner […]

Heartlands Porters Petition

“NHS Porters at Heartlands Hospital have responded heroically to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis providing support to the most vulnerable members of our communities, despite the risk to themselves and their families. We believe that the University Hospitals Trust acted despicably when they threatened to sack porters unless they signed up to the […]

Branch Vacancy – Young Members Officer

The Branch has a vacancy opening up for a Young Members Officer, as the person currently in post is aging out of Young Members (turning 27 this year) and the post was not filled before our Branch AGM. The Young Members Officer is an important role, bringing young voices to the branch is vital in […]

UN Anti-Racism Day

#WorldAgainstRacism Day of Action Saturday 20th March 1pm #TakeTheKnee – 5pm Online Rally The #WorldAgainstRacism international day of action this Saturday 20 March comes in the wake of the shocking events of the last few days that have again highlighted the discrimination and inequality at the heart of our society. The police response to the Clapham Common vigil for […]

Branch Equality Survey

The Branch is currently conducting an equality survey of members’ experiences during lockdown. The survey is being conducted using survey gismo and runs until Wednesday 31st March. If you have not received this email with a link to the survey please check your junk or trash in case it has gone there. Alternatively, go to […]

A ‘big bang’ reopening of schools is ‘unnecessary and reckless’, says UNISON

UNISON says a phased return in English schools – as in Scotland and Wales – would protect both pupils and staff. UNISON has questioned the Westminster government’s plan for the reopening of all schools in England, announced by the Prime Minister this afternoon (Monday) and has urged a more cautious phased return for pupils and […]

Branch Annual General Meeting

The Birmingham Branch AGM will be taking place virtually this year on Zoom. Tuesday 9th March 2021 5.30-7pm On Zoom The AGM is the meeting where we ratify the Branch Officer elections, agree the annual accounts for the branch, elect the branch delegations to Local Government Conference and National Delegate Conference, Regional Council and Birmingham […]

UN Anti Racism Day

Stand Up To Racism West Midlands online rally against racism. Tuesday 2nd March 7pm  On zoom Join in to hear from people involved in the struggle against all forms of racism and to build support for UN Anti Racism Day. With: Lee Barron, TUC Salma Yaqoob, Political Activist Charlie Willaims, Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice […]