Retired Members Health Survey Results

Birmingham UNISON Retired Members Section set up a survey to see if anecdotal evidence that older members of the community are getting a reduced health service because of the pandemic is backed by clear evidence. The survey is a response to the growing number of our members (who are in the 60 plus age group) […]

Online Training Courses – Jan-March 21

For the foreseeable future training for members and activists is continuing online, including a new course for members who are less confident with technology, Getting Connected Online. Please see below the list of courses running until the end of March. All of the below courses are provided by the Region and if you click the […]

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Branch Disabled Members Officer has produced a reading list of books that have characters with disabilities in them. It is also Disability History Month. This year’s theme is Access- How Far have we come and how far we’ve yet to go. Birmingham Libraries have a variety […]

Training with YGAM

UNISON has arranged three online workshops for members with YGAM (Young Gamblers & Gamers Education Trust) aimed at members working with young people, from primary aged children all the way up to university aged young adults. YGAM are a UK charity and the online training sessions they will be delivering are designed to equip you with the knowledge and […]

New Regional Courses

The Autumn program of courses has been released by the West Midlands region, all of which are free to UNISON members and can be found here. If you are interested in any of the courses simply go to the  website www.learninunisonwm.org.uk and once you have registered you can apply online (if you already have an […]

UNISON Training Courses

See below all UNISON training courses that are currently available  through the West Midlands region. If you have been thinking of becoming a Branch steward, the ONLINE Organising Steward course is being run in both AM and PM sessions. The Health and Safety courses are also being run in AM and PM sessions, to make […]

Virtual Pride is a Protest Event

Members of UNISON’s national and regional LGBT+ groups have really missed the opportunity to be out and about at Pride events this summer. We’ve missed working with all the branches that support us at these events, and talking to everyone – members and prospective members. Given this – and to make sure that the UNISON […]

Solidarity with the West Midlands WASPI Women

UNISON Birmingham Branch support all West Midlands WASPI groups in their proposal to give 1950’s born women early access to their pensions. This will help the economy, vacate jobs and enable them to spend on the high street. Women Against State Pension Injustice www.waspicampaign2018.co.uk UNISON extends solidarity to Women in pensions appeal hearing Court of […]

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 […]

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 […]