Bring back face coverings to limit school Covid disruption

Education unions issue joint statement Four education unions representing teachers and support staff on Tuesday calling on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools to limit coronavirus spread. With infections on the rise once more, the unions have issued a joint statement demanding a range of safety measures to keep education on track and […]

“Insulting” pay offer rejected by council and school staff, says UNISON

Jon Richards says 1.5% shows complete disregard for all staff have done during pandemic. The 1.5% pay offer made by the Local Government Association to council and school support staff last week has been resoundingly rejected by UNISON, the union has announced today (Friday). At an earlier meeting of the union’s local government committee, representatives […]

Online Activist Training

The West Midlands region have a number of forthcoming online learning opportunities for UNISON activists or could be activists who are taking the first step in becoming a steward or workplace health and safety representative. Some examples of courses include: Digital Organising; Basics & Module 1 Dealing With A Disciplinary Dealing With A Grievance The […]

Third Generation/Parity Payment Update

All members in Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Children’s Trust and Acivico should have received an email/letter regarding the third generation payments on 13th May 2021. The text below matches the email sent to membership. Dear UNISON member Third Generation Payment UNISON is pleased to confirm that we have signed the agreement with Birmingham City Council […]

Mental Health Awareness Week - 10th-16th May - Nature

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

This week (10th-16th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and this years theme is nature.  ‘There is something to be wondered at in all of Nature’ – Aristotle During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. Our research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks […]

UNISON NEC ELECTIONS 2021

From the 4th to 27th May this year you will have the opportunity to vote to determine who sits on UNISON’s National Executive Council (NEC). UNISON Birmingham Branch has nominated the following people because we believe they are committed to ensuring our union challenges Government nationally and won’t leave members and Branches to fight alone. […]

Joint Letter to Secretary of State for Education On Masks in Schools

A joint letter from UNISON, GMB, Unite, NEU, NASUWT, scientists, public health professionals, other organisations, parents and young people has been sent to Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education regarding reports that the government plans to stop requiring children to wear face coverings in secondary school classrooms from 17th May in England. We […]

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 […]

Local Government Workers deserve a pay rise – here’s how you can help

With the upcoming elections and Local Government Pay rise, we would like to hear from you, the members on: Why you deserve a decent pay rise of 10% so what we need is:  a paragraph saying why a picture of you to go with your quote or a short video of you saying why We […]